Our Philosophy

Willow Tree Philosophy

Willow Tree is a boutique Early Learning Centre dedicated to creating a safe and respectful environment where children develop a strong sense of belonging. We are committed to offering a warm, nurturing and homely environment for our Tamariki.

At the Willow Tree each child is respected as a competent, inquisitive and curious explorer, developing their own ideas and knowledge about the world around them. Play is integral to children’s development and at the Willow Tree, we provide opportunities for both structured and spontaneous experiences. We provide warm and inviting indoor spaces and explorative outdoor areas to empower our young learners to follow their individual interests for fun and creative learning.

Our teachers will take the time to observe children’s individual interests and understand parent’s and whanau’s aspirations for their children. Creating tailored play and development opportunities to suit the individual needs of our Tamariki. Our well-trained educators have regular professional development and quality non-contact planning time. This encourages collaboration and idea sharing with their teaching team away from the classroom.

We foster the social, physical and emotional development of children through a balance of activities and the provision of an ongoing educational programme, which is following the New Zealand curriculum Te Whaariki.

Our practices are responsive to the identities, languages and cultures of our community. We acknowledge the strong influences of The Treaty of Waitangi in guiding authentic and meaningful bi-cultural practice. We recognise and celebrate diversity within our community and embrace the cultural heritages of all people in Aotearoa.

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