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Our philosophy


Whanaungatanga is our grounding value. Interconnected and responsive relationships is a priority at Feathers.

We acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua - we celebrate and respect diverse cultural identities along with practices.

Our kaiako will always nurture the cultural identity of all our tamariki through Te Whāriki Early Childhood Curriculum.



Ako is a big part of our philosophy at Feathers.  We value the importance of learning from the different backgrounds of others.

This enables our tamariki to grow to be independent, inclusive, free spirited individuals that are equipped to work with others to learn.

Mana ao tūroa

We absolutely love seeing our tamariki learn and connect with nature.

From nature walks, exploring outdoors and growing our own plants, we provide wonderful opportunities for tamariki to build a sense of wonder amongst their natural surroundings.

With a focus on tiaki, we are proud to teach the importance of caring for our environment.

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Reggio Emilia &
Dr Emmi Pikler

Our pedagogy is guided by the teachings of Reggio Emilia and Dr Emmi Pikler, where importance is placed on the environment as being a third teacher.


This includes aesthetic indoor and outdoor play areas, provocations and also ensuring a safe, unhurried, stimulating and peaceful environment that is respectful and empowering for each child.

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