At Little Buddies Richardson road, we believe in providing our Tamariki with a safe learning environment where they feel comfortable and enjoy coming every day. We believe that we should provide an environment for our tamariki which encourages them to be curious and to want to explore and experiment within their world. This is where responsive and reciprocal friendships will start developing and problem-solving skills will be encouraged.

It is valuable to us that our Tamariki are encouraged to explore the wider world as well, we do this through taking the tamariki out on trips to local places in our community as well as bringing the community into the centre.

At Little Buddies Richardson Road, we follow our National Curriculum of Te Whaariki (2017) which we strive to implement and weave throughout our programme so that you can see it reflected in everything that we do. We believe that we need to be a Bicultural centre and teaching our Tamariki about the importance of Tikanga Maori, Kaupapa Maori and how we honour the Treaty of Waitangi. We value each individual child and their own culture which we acknowledge and include in our environment.

We cherish our Papatuanuku and believe we should be teaching our tamariki how they can look after the natural world as well as how we can look after each other. Kaiako role model appropriate behaviours to the tamariki and through daily conversations and setting challenges we teach them how to negotiate play as well how to build resilience and how to care for Papatuanuku.

We believe that children should have healthy nutritious food while they are with us at our centre. We are a Halal certified centre. Our food is all home cooked and we are working alongside the healthy heart foundation to ensure that we are meeting children’s nutritional requirements. We believe that this is important not only to keep them healthy, but also so they have enough energy to get them through the day so they can accomplish all the tasks they have set for themselves.