Our Teaching Team philosophy is guided by the statement "Ko te Tamaiti te Pu take o te Kaupapa" The Child – the Heart of the Matter - ERO. At LBLC, teachers are underpinned by the principles and strands of Te Whāriki the Early Childhood Curriculum that holds the aspiration for children, “to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society” (Ministry of Education, p. 9). Our teaching philosophy encompasses an inclusive curriculum for diverse learners, in the multicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand. This will not only ensure that the individual learning needs of children are met but also the cultural identity of every single child is maintained, and appropriate opportunities are provided for children to learn and develop in an environment that respects their own language and culture.