Our Teaching Philosophy:
At Flying Start Kindergarten, we see each child who walks through our door as a capable and whole human being, eager to explore, discover, and learn. We are here to support them in this foundational part of a life long learning journey.
Our focus is on learning how to learn. We look to empower our children, supporting their confidence, resilience, creativity, critical thinking, and social and emotional skills. We see these as not only important to learning but also living a fulfilling life among their fellow human beings.
As shown by academic research, child-directed play is central to learning in the early years. It is a mechanism through which children make sense of their environment and the world around them, explore their interests with focus and attention, experiment alongside friends, and push themselves to test their own limits and grow beyond them.
To best support this process, we focus on providing a warm and nurturing environment where the children feel safe both physically and emotionally. Tamariki are supported by qualified, experienced, and, most importantly, caring teachers, building a mutual relationship which allows each child to be supported as a unique individual.
Of course, we are only one piece of the puzzle. We work together with our families and community to reach the best possible outcomes for our children. The Mt. Eden community is vibrant and diverse, rich in ideas, experiences and knowledge brought from every corner of the world. We are lucky to be able to draw from that and hope everyone feels welcome in our kindergarten.
At the same time, we recognise the unique foundations of Aotearoa/New Zealand as a country with Te Tiriti o Waitangi being the historic foundation for living in this country. We are committed to working with ‘the spirit of the treaty’, looking to use our place in the community to advocate for te reo and tikanga Māori, and support Māori in reaching equitable outcomes.