Our Approach

Penguins Philosophy

“Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi”

“With your basket and my basket the people will live”

Through sharing our baskets (of knowledge, values, traditions, and beliefs) we will all thrive and grow to be respectful of one another.

We believe in the following for our children, their families and our team:


Our environment provides space and opportunity for children to explore within a play-based, emergent curriculum.


We embrace the uniqueness of us all, and the individual talents, strengths and interests of children and the teachers are of importance.


Our relationships with each other keep us connected, and they underpin our guiding principles. We show appreciation for what each other contributes.


Cultural heritage is appreciated and protected.

Family values, aspirations and contributions are appreciated.

Laughter, passion and excitement is seen and heard.


Kindness and care are seen in the ways we interact together and look after each other and the environment around us.


We are all important in our centre, and we all have a place here, and our “basket of knowledge” is embraced.


We are responsive to the cues from our children, the needs within our team and the teachable moments we can use to enrich learning further.

We acknowledge the contributions of our teachers, parents/whanau, their children and our wider Penguins team in developing this philosophy.



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There was always excellent communication in general and all the amazing learning stories about my daughter, especially during lockdown made us all feel very connected.

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