At Funhouse we value whanaungatanga and manaakitanga. We share warm, responsive, and respectful relationships between staff, tamariki, and their whānau. We see in children such a capacity to learn when they feel loved, appreciated, and accepted; and when they see this happening for others around them. We value collaborative partnerships with parents, whanau, and the wider community. We want our Funhouse families to feel confident to partner with us their child’s learning journey. We believe that when teachers and whānau share and combine knowledge, we can support their child’s learning goals with greater insight and care.
At Funhouse, we recognise that all tamariki learn in their own way and at their own pace. We cherish each child’s individuality and our planning and assessment practices reflect this. Funhouse provides a rich, stimulating, intentionally play-based environment which supports children’s self-chosen exploration and discovery, and takes their learning and interests into account. We follow a basic daily routine which provides our tamariki with a sense of security through knowing what to expect next in the day.
New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum document, Te Whāriki, frames and guides learning and teaching in our centre. Our whānau also weave a unique set of aspirations for their children into how we make curriculum decisions.
We respect New Zealand’s bicultural heritage and encourage tamariki to be confident in their own cultural identity. We promote kotahitanga (oneness) by supporting our children to develop understandings and respect for both cultural partners to Tiriti o Waitangi. We also acknowledge the multicultural society we live in and strive to make Funhouse families from all nationalities feel included and valued.
We feel honoured when we are chosen to provide a child with opportunities to grow and learn. Our hope is that by the time a child leaves us they are well-equipped for their next stage of life - that they will be self-confident, resilient, empowered, and passionate about life and learning.