“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi."

"Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work."

"A child is a treasure, to be nurtured, to grow and flourish.”

Te Whariki, The Early Childhood Curriculum.

“Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow will be the shape of Aotearoa.”

Dame Whina Cooper.

Whangai ka tupu ka puawai

That which is nurtured blossoms and grows.


At Te Atawhai we provide an unhurried, natural environment which nurtures and builds partnerships with our tamariki, whānau and wider community. We will strive to provide the best learning and development outcomes for our tamariki.

Te Atawhai honours Te Tiriti O Waitangi and Te Whāriki, the Aotearoa Early Childhood Curriculum. Our vision is entwined with the Virtues Project. The following virtues are our aspirations for our wider community.

Whaka-āe-tika (Trust):

We will form reciprocal relationships with tamariki, whānau and the wider community. Our community will feel confidence to voice their needs and know they will be acknowledged, which will then support a sense of well-being and belonging

Whakaute (Respect):

We will provide an environment which supports understanding and respect limit and boundaries. 
We will encourage respecting others, ourselves and wider environment.

Kotahitanga (Unity)

We will encourage and support our community to work alongside others or individually, in a positive way. When contributing as a group we will be inclusive of others which will maintain and encourage enjoyment of friendships.

Tino Rangatiratanga (Self Determination)

We will encourage tamariki to grow in confidence and self-reliance. To take care of themselves and others in a positive and decisive way. We provide an environment which enables tamariki to set purposeful goals.

Pākiki (Curiosity)

We will support exploration of literacy and numeracy through play. We will encourage tamariki to explore the world, taking calculated risks and building on their prior knowledge.

Waihangatanga (Creativity)

We will acknowledge the importance of imagination and problem solving. We encourage tamariki to explore new ideas and appreciate originality by embracing their strength and interests.