Vision and Philosophy

Kōhungahunga o Mt Cook Vision 

Growing caring, curious and creative learners

Staff and families work together to ensure that children receive a high quality education in a caring, supportive, vibrant environment.


Kōhungahunga o Mt Cook Philosophy

We are a community based, not for profit, multicultural centre where we work together with families to provide a friendly, warm atmosphere that promotes the happiness, well being and overall development of the children.  In our centre strong and positive relationships with families are important, and families from all cultures are welcomed and supported. 

We provide a safe and vibrant environment in which children develop within warm and caring relationships and through having fun, being creative, and being surrounded by passionate staff.  In this environment we:

  • Respect each person, all cultures, and the environment
  • Follow the children’s interests, ideas and abilities and continuously develop and respond to these
  • Interact with children in ways that are culturally sensitive, positive, caring, responsive, reciprocal and encouraging
  • Consider, care for and value each child’s needs through staff observation, communication and programme planning
  • Support and develop te reo me ona tikanga Māori (by honouring the principles of The Treaty of Waitangi) 
  • Celebrate achievements, strengths, and special events in the lives of the children, staff and families 
  • Provide activities that are inclusive of gender, ethnicity, culture and ability 
  • Acknowledge the importance of free play 
  • Encourage the development of self-esteem, confidence, independence, teamwork, social skills, creativity and an interest in learning 

The staff, management committee and families work together to:

  • Provide a high quality, affordable, community-focused centre
  • Promote excellent communication, information sharing and cohesive, warm relationships
  • Value the continuity of staff committed to the centre
  • Foster a sense of teamwork between parents and staff
  • Maintain a high staff-child ratio, providing extended learning and support for children and families who have English as a second language
  • Create an environment where families feel welcome and can be involved in the education of their child