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Centre Philosophy

At Elim International Kids Early Childhood Centre we believe in the importance of facilitating an appreciation of the wealth of culture in our society. This is underpinned by a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, through te reo (language) and tikanga (customs) being woven throughout our day.

We believe that all children should feel valued, respected and heard, in order that they may find their own “turangawaewae” (place of belonging). We desire to see every child growing up with Aumangea (resilience) as confident learners and communicators, being “waewae kai kapua” (adventurous and creative) on their learning journey.

We show Manaakitanga (respect) by celebrating the diversity of culture represented in our Centre in many ways, through food, song, dance and story. This helps children to develop the values and confidence needed to be able to embrace the rich diversity of people around them, and be able to participate fully in our multicultural world.


Elim International Kids embraces Whakapono through the importance of our Christian faith, with bible-based values and morals being woven through all we do. Children will experience the love of God through stories, songs and devotions which will enable them to realize their value and worth as individuals.

We believe in Whānaungatanga - strong partnerships with whānau, creating an environment of open communication where Parents and Caregivers can feel comfortable discussing their hopes, joys, aspirations and concerns for their children with Staff. Parents will be welcomed into the Centre at any time of the day and encouraged to stay and interact with their child.

We appreciate our staff, and do our best to employ high quality teachers. We intentionally cultivate a positive working atmosphere, where teachers feel valued and affirmed as educators, and enjoy coming to work.

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We aspire to make a positive difference in the lives of all members of the learning community as we actively grow curious learners & resilient risk takers that are able to walk with confidence in an ever changing world.