TOFA MANINO

We offer our children and family a safe, nurturing and stimulalting educational and care environment. We aim to provide positive and enriching learning experiences to ensure every child attending the centre is supported and scaffolded in ways which educate and care for them.

We believe that the curriculum we offer must be based on the New Zealand Early Childhood Education National Curriculum Te Whaariki and other New Zealand education curriculums including christian and cultural beleifs of the families and their children attending our Centre. We believe in the importance of a strong emphasis in our curriculum on literacy and numeracy as well as the concept of sustainability so that children become responsible and show respect for the environment in which they live. We believe that knowledge and skills in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) are important to develop in our childrens' learning capabilities to meet the demands of our technological world. We believe that our centre has great respect for Tangata Whenua and incorporates Te Tiriti O Waitangi in our curriculum programme.

We believe that our centre has a commitment to an inclusive care and education for children who have special needs who may attend our services. IDP or IEP will be developed for children who require this service so they can be actively engaged in learning.

 We believe in the need to work in partnership with parents, whanau, matua and the aiga or families that constitute our learning comunnity showing mutual respect and communication with openness and honesty. We believe New Zealand has a unique multi-cultural heritage and we must reflect this at every level of our work. People of all backgrounds and cultures within Avondale and surrounding communities will be welcomed, accepted and respect.

We believe that each child's quality learning depends to a great extend on the quality of teachers and management operating our centre. The teaching approches and commitment to our programmes and services are holistic, integrated and collaborative in setting a strong  foundation for lifelong learning.

We believe in an ongoing review of our learning and teaching practice, collaborative practice and governance and management practice. We believe that careful review of our practice provides opportunities for an ongoing improvement of our curriculum ensuring our children are receiving quality education.  

                             The Lalaga or Weaving Metaphor

Our Tofa Manino explained above is based on three Samoan/Pasefika core values of Alofa, Fa'aaloalo and Tautua  (Love, Respect and Service) which is our centre's educational metaphor. These core values represent the Ula or the Faasolo, a ceremonial dress jewellary woven from fresh flowers to place on ones neck indicating Alofa, Fa'aaloalo and Tautua during special cultural occasions of the Pasefika. The Faasolo metaphor signals the inter-connecteness of the flowers on the Ula. This in turn symbolizes the inter-conectedness of all areas of our programme including physical, emotional, intellectual, social/cultural and spiritual develpement of children who attend our centre. The word Faasolo in our metaphor also reinforces the weaving methodology, the lalaga concept which is ongoing and connected signifying the weaving concept of Te Whariki, the NZ early childhood curriculum.







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30.01 | 18:48

Hi there,
My friend's son is turning 4 yo tomorrow. He is wondering if he can enrol there. His parents know zero english. They are coming tomorrow around 10am

21.11 | 14:54

Good afternoon Anjiline, Yes we have options to help you and could you please contact the Centre on 0274810656. Thank you.

20.11 | 17:40

Hi there,

I was just wondering on the fee structure. My Son will be 4 in January and is already attending a ECE centre, im just looking around for other option

30.07 | 00:48

good post.

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