Our Approach


Our Centre Philosophy


Kowhai Kids is a small, homely centre with a team who passionately believe positive relationships and education in the early years, provides the individual with the recipe for success in life.


Being inspired by the RIE approach means that our educational programme, environment and centre culture reflect an absolute belief in respect; respect for the child, respect for peers, and respect for our environment.


We seek to complement the important role of families/whanau by developing transparent, strong and collaborative partnerships. We value their unique knowledge and contributions towards their child’s early years and commit to engaging in regular communication both formally and informally.


We recognise that our unique bicultural heritage is founded in the Treaty of Waitangi and that our children have a right to experience the languages, music, art and stories of the cultures of Aotearoa.  We celebrate the diversity of cultures that New Zealand now comprises and welcome, value and respect each ethnicity, culture and heritage.


Our small, but growing, community holds amazing and valuable opportunities for our children. We view these people and places as significant contributors to feeding our children’s growing awareness of their wider world; their engagement with our centre is priceless.