The interwoven core values that underpin our centre philosophy at Little Einsteins Montessori, are relevance, respect and relationships.
Montessori believed that “no human being is educated by another person. He must do it himself or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues to learn long after he leaves the classroom because he is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and a love for knowledge”. Therefore our goal as teachers at Little Einsteins Montessori is not to fill the child with facts from a preselected course of studies. Our goal is rather to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn, to inspire him to be curious and develop his own thinking and problem solving skills, enabling him to grow up as a competent and confident learner and communicator, healthy in mind, body and spirit. To ensure that learning has purpose, meaning and relevance, we believe as Montessori did, that children need to be given the freedom to choose their own activities within a very carefully prepared environment, and that children’s learning should be centred around their individual interests and developmental abilities. As educators, it is essential to observe and be aware of what these interests and learning needs are.
Interlinking with relevance, we acknowledge that reciprocal and responsive relationships are central to knowing and understanding each child. We believe that by building warm, caring, trusting and respectful relationships with the children, their whanau, as well as with each other and the wider community, we can all work collaboratively towards providing the best possible learning outcomes for each child.
Underpinning relationships, is respect. We respect parents as their child’s first teacher, and the knowledge they have of their child. We respect each child for the unique gifts they bring to our lives, for what they teach us, as well as how we can help them learn. We respect each other as teachers who are committed to growing and developing as education professionals. We respect our earth, all living things, and our learning environment. We also respect and support the cultural heritages of both partners to the Treaty of Waitangi, and thus are committed to the process of bicultural development.
Finally, we aim to provide a highly positive and nurturing learning environment that is filled with laughter, love, fun, exploration, creativity, imagination, and the freedom to make choices. The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki and the Montessori curriculum are interwoven to offer a high quality programme. We pride ourselves on our Programme which also includes opportunities for excursions and experiences beyond the classroom environment. Our excellent numeracy, literacy & ICT programmes are designed to meet the children’s individual needs and strengths while extending them to reach their full potential. The Montessori curriculum and Te Whariki complement each other and work in harmony together, empowering the children and instilling a love of learning. For it is our desire that our learners develop the life skills of independence, self-confidence, empathy, patience, thinking and problem solving, curiosity, perseverance, respect, the ability to concentrate, a sense of responsibility, and most importantly, a love of life and a love of learning.