Aim and Philosophy where education and care are interwoven, families are valued, everyone is welcome

Your Tūrangawaewae - A place where you belong

Aim and Philosophy

We meet community, whānau and tamariki needs through experienced kaiako; close, supportive, caring relationships; strong community links in a fun, unique environment.

Riverton Childcare was founded in 2003 to meet the community need for quality, full day, early childhood education and care.  

At Riverton Childcare tamariki (children) are viewed as individuals who are supported by caring kaiako (teachers) to reach their full potential.  We believe our tamariki have a great sense of belonging and respect for each other. They are competent and confident learners, who are developing their own identities as they engage with and alongside others.

We recognise tangata whenua and that our unique bicultural heritage is founded in Te Tiriti O Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi. Our tamariki experience the language, music, art and stories of the cultures of New Zealand. We embrace and celebrate diversity within Riverton Childcare irrespective of ethnicity, culture, religion, socio-economic status or gender differences.

We respectfully acknowledge the unique knowledge and contribution of whānau in the decision-making process around their tamaiti (child's) care and education, acknowledging that the parents/whānau are their child's first teachers. We have a strong partnership and a sense of trust between whānau and kaiako (teachers). Riverton Childcare kaiako strive to provide the tamariki with the skills and knowledge to enhance their individual learning journey by engaging in professional development and keeping up-to-date with best practice in early childhood education.  Riverton Childcare kaiako are supportive, passionate, knowledgeable and have the tamariki best interests at heart.  The team appreciate and support each other, making every effort to ensure each day is enjoyable for the tamariki.

We believe that interactions with the natural world are essential to our tamariki development, so our outdoor environment encourages tamariki to be creative and imaginative, exploring ways to be physically expressive. The kaiako are encouraged to take the tamariki out on excursions regularly, to give the tamariki opportunities to engage in the natural environment.

The wider world of whānau and community are an integral part of life at Riverton Childcare.  Our identified curriculum priority is that tamariki should and will experience opportunities to be involved with people in the community establishing valuable links between Riverton Childcare and our Tūrangawaewae (a place where we feel empowered or connected, a place where we belong).  Here at Riverton Childcare we are privileged to be surrounded by a small community.  We have close relationships with the local retirement village, schools, art centre, community garden and participate in local events like the Christmas parade. This is a fantastic way for our tamariki to make links with the wider community and develop a sense of belonging in our local community.

We believe at Riverton Childcare that it is essential that our environment and our interactions with tamariki and whanau are warm, relaxed, inclusive and welcoming to all.