Our Philosophy

Kopuwai Early Learning Centre promotes a calm and purposeful environment where tamariki and whānau feel welcome and safe.  Kaiako supports an inclusive home-like environment through empowering tamariki to make their own learning choices, while fostering holistic development.

The Kopuwai culture advocates manaakitanga, empathy, communication, curiosity, resilience, fun, laughter and laughter and joy. Teachers are intentional in designing environments to develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes for working cooperatively.  Enriched play-based experiences promote creative expressive and active exploration, encouraging children to take risks and give things a go, challenge themselves physically and mentally, devising working theories and providing opportunities to develop dispositions for future formal learning.

Kaiako design a programme around tamariki is present needs and emerging interests, underpinned by the principles of Te Whāriki and Tātaiako. Kaiako are guided by priority learning outcomes outlined by the Ministry of Education, research, and the evolution of our team.  Our skilled and dedicated kaiako exhibit a passion to create environments rich in provocations creating a sense of wonder and excitement to learn.

At Kopuwai Early Learning Centre we value and respect Tuakana Teina, the strong relationships which develop between akonga, kaiako, parents, whānau and the wider community.  We encourage whānau to be actively involved in their children’s learning. Through these social interaction’s children learn to become collaborative, confident, competent, life-long learners.  We encourage this through open, honest communication, nurturing, and supporting inclusiveness and equity for all.

What our parents say

"Both my kids have been really happy and well looked after here. The staff are really caring and dedicated. The fact it is community-based, parent-run and not-for-profit were big ticks for us."


—  Trudy Anderson