What We Do

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At Lollipops Waiwhetu we aim to provide a fun, stimulating and responsive programme to children and their whanau based on the following 5 values.


We are influenced by the RIE/Pikler philosophy with the core belief that children should be given the time and space to lead their own learning. We encourage children to thrive and grow through unhurried exploration. We value the concepts of love and kindness in an environment where we genuinely care for each other.


We foster strong support and value building relationships. We build our community through reciprocal relationships with whanau and children. We value the importance of these relationships and the connections we make. As part of this encourage the tamariki the regularly explore our local community and the diversity it brings.


We are passionate teachers who aim to empower all learners, teachers and whanau. We use the environment as the 3rd teacher and purposefully choose resources that engage children to learn using their senses. We promote sustainability and caring for our centre and wider environment.


We are proud of our centre and value a strong sense of ethics and integrity which we role model to children. We appreciate each other and our diverse opinions and see this as a strength. We work at an unhurried pace which ensures there is time and flexibility for all learning styles.


We foster an environment which is calm, respectful and child paced. Within this environment we provide experiences that are thoughtful, calm, unhurried and supportive. This enables children to develop a sense of wonder and explore new challenges.

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