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The Salvation Army Early Childhood Education centres provide quality, Christian, Early childhood education, care and wrap around whānau care services within the community. 

The early years are a crucial time for children’s development. We have the privilege of supporting tamariki and whānau during this precious time. 

At our centres we place a strong emphasis on supporting children to learn through play. We provide individualised learning programmes based on each child’s interests, using a wide range of opportunities and experiences.

Te Whāriki, the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum is woven throughout our programme. This emphasises the learning partnership between Kaiako, tamariki, parents and whānau. We value our trusted relationships with each child and family and want ‘our place’ to become ‘your place’. 

All our centres receive regular positive reviews from the Education Review Office (ERO).

Our Kaupapa

Wairuatanga – Spirituality
We value, foster and live out our Christian beliefs. 

Whakaute – Respectful Relationship
We believe that respectful, heart-centred reciprocal relationships are the foundation of our entire approach. 

Whanaungatanga – Whānau Connection
We value whanau and community involvement, seeing whanau as first educators and the experts on their tamariki. 

Mātauranga Manaaki - Care as Curriculum
We believe that rich learning exists within care situations and are passionate about providing an exceptional level of personalised care. 

Mana āoturoa - Exploration
We believe that every child has their own unique learning dispositions and ways of being. We value free play, natural motor development, child-led learning, inquiry, and discovery. 

Harikoa - Joy
We are a joyful place to be for adults and children alike. We value fun, laughter, love and authenticity. 

Kāinga - Our Place
We strive to create a home away from home and believe in providing a visually beautiful space that nurtures, protects, challenges and inspires. 

Te Tiriti ō Waitangi – Our Commitment
We aim to uphold and honour the principles of Te Tiriti ō Waitangi.