Learn to play, Play to learn


Our Vision

The vision of Korukidz Education & Care is to remove barriers and make

Early Childhood Education accessible to the families/whanau living in 

the community we work in.


  • Natural & Authentic - We keep it real!
  • Community Belonging
  • Enjoyment - Let children be children
  • Inclusiveness
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Caring
  • Respect

Korukidz Philosophy

The team at Korukidz Education and Care share the same aim -to nurture the growth of our next generation through respectful responsive relationships within a respectful and positive environment. We acknowledge individuality and allow each child to grow and develop dispositions that enable them to become competent confident lifelong learners and communicators healthy in mind body and spirit.

We bring our philosophy to life by using a combination of both free play and familiar daily routines, allowing an emergent curriculum to unfold.

The management and staff at Korukidz are first and foremost the child’s advocate. We are committed to acting in the child’s best interest in all aspects inclusive of learning, social and emotional well-being. We provide an atmosphere of friendship and safety, in which all children feel valued and safe.

 We see Parents/Caregivers as the child’s first teacher and believe that a partnership between the home and the centre are important. Parents and caregivers should feel comfortable discussing their expectations, delights, ambitions and anxieties for their children with staff. We have an open-door policy at Korukidz where all children are welcome to enrol, bringing with them their own unique heritage and family/whānau. By respecting the individual heritage of each family/whānau that join us, we aim to be an extension of their family/whānau support systems.

Children at the centre are taught life skills, love, respect and self-worth. Our programme is focused on being child-centred. Our teacher’s plan specific learning experiences for our children to engage in originating from the child’s interest; this in turn contributes to our way of programme planning.

It is important to the team at Korukidz that children are physically, cognitively, creatively and spiritually enhanced. We value the imaginative development of children in both the outdoor and indoor environments. We place great importance in children’s learning through unhurried play, recognising specific interests, strengths and abilities. We value the importance of child initiated, play based experiences – play is children’s work!

As staff we celebrate each other’s differences and contributions through open communication. Our commitment to providing our teachers and staff with professional development ensures that quality practice is enhanced and that the teaching team have shared understandings. Teacher practice is reflective of current theories of learning and development, and our early learning programmes are based on New Zealand’s curriculum - Te Whāriki.

We see it as our responsibility to create an environment that acknowledges the dual heritage of Aotearoa / New Zealand; we work to uphold the spirit and intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We celebrate a rich environment where languages, rituals and symbols of children’s own and other cultures are promoted and protected. 

Let the children play!