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Headstart Childcare Hobsonville Auckland


As an early childcare centre, we believe true holistic development is best achieved through a curriculum of child-led learning and discovery, community awareness and individual acceptance.

What we
stand for:


The wellbeing of your child/tamaiti is our paramount objective. Whilst in our care, we will strive to uplift and protect the mana of our tamariki, to build their pride, confidence and integrity.


Our philosophy is to provide a caring and supportive environment for the whole family, one that is dedicated to creating respectful relationships with all family members.


We will provide a centre that is focused on developing your child holistically. We ensure a warm and nurturing environment providing stimulating and developmentally appropriate opportunities that will interest and motivate learning.


We are an inclusive centre providing equitable learning opportunities which celebrates and is inclusive of the cultural differences and learning abilities in our community.


Our programme is child initiated and places emphasis on their exploration of themselves, their peers, the environment, learning experiences and social connectivity. It provides opportunity to enhance the children’s growth on all levels of being; emotional, social, cognitive and physical, to create confident and competent learners for the future.


The New Zealand Early Childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki is our guiding document. From this starting point, we construct a considered and well-rounded curriculum using emergent philosophy as well as incorporating the components of other effective learning models, such as Reggio and Montessori.


We take a holistic approach to learning and teaching. Our teachers are selected with great care to ensure they have an authentic interest in our children’s learning and embody all aspects of the centre’s philosophy.


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Emergent Philosophy

Te Whāriki Curriculum

HeadStart ensures its curriculum is strongly grounded in Te Whāriki, the Ministry of Education's Early Childhood Curriculum.

This curriculum emphasises the learning between teachers, parents and families/whānau, and relies on teachers to weave an holistic curriculum in response to tamariki learning and development in the early childhood setting and the wider context of the child’s world.


It provides a framework of early learning within a sociocultural context, and is based on four broad principles:

Empowerment Whakamana

Empowering children to learn and grow.

Family and Community Whānau Tangata

Holistic Development Kotahitanga Hononga
Reflects the learning of family and community as an integral part of early childhood.

Holistic Development Kotahitanga Hononga

Reflects the learning and growing of the whole child.

Relationships Nga Hononga

Learning through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things.

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