Our 2018 Centre Philosophy

Created by our team with our tamariki and families in mind

Our founder, Judy Burgess, had a vision for Funhouse to be “your child’s home away from home”. We strive to make this a reality for our tamariki and whanau every day. We understand that the first years of a child’s life are an important time for shaping how they view the world. We recognise the importance of an environment that is positive, nurturing, empowering, responsive, and supported by adults who know your child well and who have his/her best interests at heart.

At Funhouse, relationships are at the heart of everything we do. You are embraced as a member of our whanau when you join our centre. We believe that children learn best when they feel secure, valued, and supported so our relationships with tamariki are warm and attentive. We value collaborative partnerships with parents and whanau, believing that open communication and shared insights mean your child reaps the benefits of optimal care and education. Our centre values are whanaungatanga (relationship, sense of family/belonging) manaakitanga (welcoming, sharing, hospitality), and kotahitanga (connectedness, collaboration, unity).

We cherish the unique identity and diversity of all our tamariki. Our curriculum planning takes each individual child’s interests, strengths, and needs into consideration, and inclusive practices mean that every child is empowered to succeed and learn with us.

Our environment is thoughtfully laid out so that tamariki have easy access to a wide range of resources and experiences that they can freely explore and choose from according to their preferences. Our kaiako are passionate about the important role they play your child’s life and are knowledgeable about how to strengthen and extend your child’s learning. Play is valued as the ultimate vehicle through which children learn and every child’s learning pathways are noticed, recognized, and responded to.

Te Whariki, New Zealand’s world-class early childhood curriculum document, guides teaching and learning in our centre. The aspirations and contributions of our parents are also actively sought to tailor our provision for your child.

We respect New Zealand’s bicultural heritage and are committed to enriching our centre and the lives of our tamariki with both cultural parties to Tiriti o Waitangi. We support and value the nationalities of all our Funhouse families and willingly include your cultural practices and aspirations into our daily practice.

We feel honoured when we are chosen to be a part of your child’s learning and development. Our goal is that each child will leave us well-equipped for their next stage of life – enthusiastic about learning, secure in their identity, and confident to contribute and participate in society.