It is our philosophy that children are able to initiate their own learning. It is the teachers role to equip the environment to be the “third teacher” with multi-purpose tools for learning; and to also provide assistance through positive interactions when required, encouraging children to initiate their learning, and develop their current understandings. Through doing this children are empowered and responsible for themselves and their peers, fostering a tuakana – tēina approach to their learning and development. Meaningful interactions between educators and children are highly valued at the Treehouse, as we believe that listening to children is the first step in understanding their current knowledge. It is this understanding that gives educators a true idea of what future learning pathways each child may take.
It is our philosophy to respect and support parents and whānau who use our service by providing a safe, secure, caring, and educational environment for their children. Skills and knowledge of how to learn are valued, and valuable for infants, toddlers, and young children. We view learning as a lifelong process. The framework of the pedagogy and programme at The Treehouse on Ranolf is the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki. The foundation and walls is our philosophy.
At The Treehouse we recognise and respect the vital role of parents as first teachers, and encourage, welcome and respect formal and informal feedback from whānau. Educators at The Treehouse on Ranolf aim to develop a community of learners where children, whānau and educators develop and add to each others current understandings through reciprocal and responsive relationships.
It is our philosophy to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community by including language, symbols, resources and activities of all nationalities. This instils a positive view towards each family’s individual background through respecting, gaining a deeper understanding of and embracing their values and beliefs. We believe it is important to honour the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi through embracing and instilling respect for the dual heritage of our homeland Aotearoa, through developing an understanding for Te Reo, and Tikanga Māori in our centre community.