Welcome to Willows Early Learning Centre in Cromwell

We welcome you and your child to our centre. We hope that your family finds our centre a welcoming and safe environment for your child. By working together we will ensure that a quality care and educational environment is provided.

Our Learning Philosophy

Relationships

At Willows we believe that developing positive reciprocal relationships with tamariki, family/whanau, caregivers and the wider community as essential to tamariki’s holistic development. As a team we aim to nurture and grow relationships that embrace respect
and open communication, the tamariki will develop trusting and respectful relationships with their teachers and the environment.

Identity

At Willows we provide a safe warm and caring environment where diversity and inclusive education is supported. We acknowledge the importance of biculturalism and the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote Te Reo and nga tikanga Maori into our everyday practice. We recognize the diversity of families and celebrate and acknowledge each child’s individual
culture and heritage.

Play is a tamariki’s work

At Willows we highly value the importance of play. Our team works collaboratively to provide quality learning and teaching based on the tamariki’s own interests and uniqueness. The tamariki are empowered to take leadership in their learning, develop their social skills and the confidence to make their own choices, take risks and express themselves.

We use NZ Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki to guide our planning for each individual child. This is an emergent curriculum and encourages tamariki to learn
through free plan both independently and alongside their teachers and peers. We are committed to ongoing evaluation and professional development to ensure we are meeting the needs of all tamariki / whanau.

Click here to download our handbook with more information