Daisies Philosophy

Daisies is a loving, engaging and pleasing place of learning for both our babies and children, and parents and teachers.

We create a culture and teaching and learning practices at Daisies:

  • where children flourish;

  • where investigation by children (and adults) is a hallmark of the curriculum, and children and adults demonstrate a passion to explore and learn;

  • where children and family members feel welcome and their culture respected; and

  • which is connected to the Johnsonville community and beyond.

Our number one objective is to provide high quality early childhood education and care.

We live and work by the following values:

  • respect - for people, Daisies environment and community by children, parents and whānau, teachers and management;

  • manaakitanga – warm, welcoming, hospitable, kind and caring, and trustworthy; like family;

  • sustainability - in our environment and kaitiakitanga of the Earth;

  • enthusiasm for learning – for children, for families, for our teachers and others in education.


We acknowledge Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum. It guides and inspires everything we do as teachers.

Our pedagogy is inspired by Te Whāriki, Malaguzzi, Bronfenbrenner, Pikler, Gerber, Vygotsky and Athey.

We recognize that Māori are the first people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Te reo and tikanga Māori are woven into our daily practice.

We provide peaceful and consistent ‘educare’ through key teacher relationships for children’s sense of security.

We trust children: decisions regarding children consider their perspectives.

We believe that the visual arts and aesthetics are essential for the growth of thinking children.

We emphasise nature education for its breadth of learning and to contribute to sustainable environments.

We believe learning, leadership and responsibility should be shared amongst everyone in the Daisies community, including teachers, parents, whānau, children and others.