What We Do
Welcome to Learning Adventures Henderson, here at the Heart of Learning.
We know that when a child’s needs are met, they learn at their best, to provide a loving, nurturing environment. Parents are a child’s first teacher, and as such, a parent’s abundance of knowledge of their child is vital throughout their journey at Learning Adventures Henderson.
Children are culturally bound, we place the child in the forefront within their context to celebrate their unique individuality.
We appreciate the concept of reciprocity and partnership inherent in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This aspiration of partnership flows through to our cherished connections with whanau and is evident in everything we do.
We are dedicated to learning how to implement kaupapa Maori values in practice.
By connecting children’s experiences at home with the centre, children extend prior knowledge with new learning. Children’s dispositions of learning are noticed, recognised and responded to. Kaiako role model social skills and strategies with a positive approach to foster the development of children into resilient, competent and lifelong learners (MoE, 1996).
We support children through transition periods using readiness and considered processes with the aim of growing autonomy and independence. We foster the tuakana/teina relationships as beneficial for comfort and peer learning.
Already viewed as competent and capable, children, as agents in their learning, are supported through assessment to lead their own learning. Our role as Kaiako is to provide flexibility in both routine and planned experiences to enable children to implement their own unique ideas.
Our curriculum is overarching and embedded within the day-to-day routines and experiences offered at the centre. As children develop holistically, it is crucial to cater to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Like your tamaiti, our Kaiako each bring their personal gift of individuality to the centre. We are positive and passionate about providing the best care and education for your tamaiti. We achieve this through collegial collaboration, reflection and empowering children by being responsive practitioners.
Ako means to teach and also to learn, our Kaiako are lifelong learners too, we flourish with regular internal evaluation, a robust appraisal system, and Professional Development.
We live in Waitakere, a vibrant, diverse community and thrive from the associations we have with our neighbours, local schools, parks, and township.
We feel privileged to share this journey with you and your whanau!