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Empowerment, Whakamana for children is a principle in Te Whāriki; at My Preschool this principle is the hallmark of all our aspirations for the children. Empowerment starts the moment our tamariki arrive at My Preschool, be they our precious pēpē, babies, toddlers or preschoolers, by having all of their needs met, social, emotional, physical and spiritual providing a firm foundation for growth, development and empowerment.

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Progressively children are given the freedom to experiment - they are open to possibilities whether that be physically appropriate challenges, independence with tasks, contribution to the choices available and decision making, and the ability to communicate their thoughts in many different ways to the people around them. The understanding of belonging to a caring community is paramount. Skills involved in reading, writing and math are discovered alongside even more importantly, the ability to inquire, interpret, make meaning and problem solve. Children’s contributions are sought and valued, creating a culture of reciprocity and respect.

“Observe and listen to children because when they ask why, they are not simply looking for the answer from you. They are requesting the courage to find a collection of possible answers. “ Loris Malaguzzi.

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