Our Philosophy

At Elm Tree Early Learning Centre our dedicated, knowledgeable, and passionate kaiako provide a safe, nurturing and loving home away from home for our tamariki.

We centre our practices around whanaungatanga, valuing the partnership we have with our whānau and working with them to fulfil their aspirations for each child; and manaakitanga whereby all whānau are cherished and warmly welcomed into our whare. We are proud to embrace Te Tiriti o Waitangi through genuine partnerships with Māori learners and by reciprocating knowledge of Tikanga and Te Reo Māori with our whānau and tamariki, as well as sharing and celebrating the many other wonderful cultures represented within Elm Tree.

We uphold the RIE and Pikler philosophies of respectful practice, and empower our tamariki (whakamana) in an environment that sparks curiosity and wonder, helping them feel safe to express their ideas, desires, and feelings freely through our child led, play based curriculum (Te Whāriki). We nurture the holistic development of our tamariki (kotahitanga), treasuring the knowledge that each tamaiti brings with them. Our local environment provides additional areas of learning and discovery, enriching our curriculum as we visit such places as The Elms, Tauranga’s art gallery and library, local schools, and our heroes at the police station and Aspen aged care home.

Tipu tahi tātou. Tākaro tahi tātou. Ka ako tahi tātou.

Together we GROW. Together we PLAY. And together we LEARN.

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A Special Place

Elm Tree is a special place where children feel empowered to be themselves and create memories with their friends, teachers, and families as they learn and make discoveries together.

Children are always our primary focus and our heart is in caring for them in a very respectful way.