Mission statement


At Treetops, our mission is to make learning fun, to help children find their passion and to make sure each child is safe and feels loved.

We build positive and open relationships with our children, their whānau and the wider community.

We value open and frequent communication with parents and whānau, and encourage families to become involved in their children’s learning.


Our Guiding Principles


At Treetops, our teaching is inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and the Pikler philosophy and our practice is based on the principles of Te Whariki (The Early Childhood Curriculum) which addresses wellbeing, belonging, contribution, communication, and exploration. 

Our teachers are constantly engaged in on-going professional development to ensure high-quality teaching practices that offer the best outcomes for your child. 


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Our Values


Treetops is a multicultural centre; we actively celebrate the different cultures of our families and teachers. 

We respect our children’s voice and their rights, and we encourage them to be active participants in their learning.

Trust is paramount in our relationships with children, their parents and their whānau. Developing trust is important in a child’s development. The best learning outcomes occur when children feel safe and secure when they trust and love. Because children know that they are safe and loved at Treetops, they learn to trust and to become trustworthy themselves.

Kotahi te kākano, he nui ngā hua o te rākau. A tree comes from one seed but bears many fruit (Ministry of Education, 2016)




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Hewett, V.M. (2001). Examining the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Early Childhood Education Journal. 29, 95–100. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1012520828095

Ministry of Education (2016). Te whariki: Early childhood curriculum. www.education.gov.nz

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