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Gems Educational Childcare centres provide quality care and education for children, in a setting that has a ‘home away from home’ feel. This mission is at the core of their philosophy, and this belief demonstrates the true essence of the values that drive everyone at Gems to be the best caregivers they can be.
The carers at Gems are committed to the guidelines and principles of Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum document. They value and respect each child’s individuality and interests, which is evident throughout their environment. They also believe children will develop as independent thinkers and learners, through a play based programme where children are free to explore, socialise, communicate and investigate.
At Gems they strive to create a rich learning environment, which encourages imagination and keeps a child’s natural curiosity alive, and their natural environment offers developmentally appropriate challenges, and empowers children to take risks, yet still provides a sense of security. Their centres are situated in multicultural communities and they welcome children and families from many different ethnic backgrounds. Their teaching acknowledges and respects all cultures and beliefs, and in particular, they are committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and incorporate Maori language into their daily routines.
Also at Gems they are dedicated to providing a warm and inviting atmosphere where children and whanau develop a strong sense of belonging and collaborative partnership, and they encourage and value parent participation at any level.
Through careful planning and review, supported by passionate qualified teachers, Gems aims to enhance and extend every child’s learning, and their
teaching is inspired by the theories of Pikler and Reggio, in conjunction with an emergent and integrated curriculum.
Gems Educational Childcare centres are all privately owned, independent, locally owned and operated, currently based in the Queenstown Lakes District, so for more information on early childhood education, farm schools and early childhood teachers please visit the website at http://www.gems.net.nz/ .