Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy is the anchor for all we do at Paradise for Little Angels. We are guided by

the principles of Te Whariki, Emmi Pikler and Reggio Emilia but just as important we use

our heart to guide us in our interactions with the tamariki and their whanau. We believe

in the people and the partnership above the premises and the programmes.

Wholesome Relationships


The relationship we build with you and your child is the most important part of our work. We believe that the tamariki in our care need to develop a trusting relationship with the kaiako in order for them to confidently engage in play and develop social relationships with other tamariki. When tamariki feel accepted, appreciated and secure in their relationships they are emotionally satisfied. That means they are ready for quality play, which results in quality learning.

Every child is free, unique and valued   We believe it is essential for each child to have a healthy sense of who they are, to grow to see themselves as a valued member of society. Your child is a free and unique human being and we work in partnership with the child and their whanau.

Beauty and Nature guide our teaching


We are committed to preparing an environment of beauty where children can explore freely, and unfold, embraced in Nature. The play resources we provide have been carefully chosen to harmonise with the natural environment. We are also committed to using recycled items that encourage children’s creativity and imagination, their thinking and experimenting. The children will be active participants in all the routines, rituals and regular events involved in running our little slice of paradise.

There is no bad weather, only bad clothing   The outdoor environment and outdoor play are crucial to the development of a healthy body, mind and spirit. We believe in the importance of children actively engaging in risky play, which builds their character and self respect to go beyond their normal realms. The children are free and encouraged to play outside at any time in all weather. In our beautiful setting children can connect with nature through our outdoor play areas, with gardens and trees. We are committed to caring for our environment in an ecologically sound way. Along with the children, we respect and care for our natural resources in our community and wider world.

Balanced curriculum


We believe it is very important that each child has opportunity to participate in learning through play child-initiated group learning experiences as well as deliberately planned activities to extend children’s learning.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi   The environment reflects our commitment to upholding the principals and values embodied in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and its focus of tikanga and Te Reo Maori which is woven into the daily programme and planning.