We want the children to inspire, and be inspired, by the people around them.

And that is why we:

Are a small family, not a big institution. Take photos and share stories, want to know how your weekend went—how it really went, feed your children healthy food so that dinner can be a quick, easy meal after your busy day, stay up late getting new ideas and information, looking for answers to that difficult problem—and then share it with each other.

Become your friends (sometimes your brutally honest, tough-love friends), cry when you leave, and love hearing how things are going for you years later (Please stay in touch), debate and disagree, respect and support.

That’s why we are different.

Just saying.’
– Diane, Staff member of 20 years

Children will be cared for in a warm
and loving environment, which stimulates good health and learning.

Kinderen Philosophy – Kaupapa ō Kinderen

Respect is important to us at Kinderen. We are respectful with each other and of all living things within our environment.

Ngā hononga

We work hard to develop meaningful and trusting relationships with the children in our care and their whānau. These relationships form the foundation of future learning and development and allow for the child and their whānau to feel safe and welcome within our Centre. We assess and plan our programme, valuing children’s and their whānau contributions.

Whānau Tangata me ngā Ūkaipōtanga

We acknowledge New Zealand’s bicultural heritage and multicultural society. We give our children opportunities to learn about their own and other cultures. We have an in-depth knowledge of Te Whāriki and include all the strands, principles and virtues in our daily curriculum.


We create an environment where personal worth is valued and encouraged, by being aware of family’s needs and culture, and by providing a loving environment that allows children the opportunity to make choices and determine their own actions.


We provide a curriculum where children can learn through active exploration of their environment. Children will be given the opportunity and be encouraged to develop knowledge, skills and dispositions. We foster an environment around them, promoting a sustainable world view through all areas of our practice.