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Continuity of idea and purpose throughout our Bear Park classrooms enables a daily flow that supports the zones of proximal development of our learners. We view this flow as a ritual rather than a routine and we consider our daily flow to be meaningful practices that are essential to empowering our tamariki. Carefully considered lighting...
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bi-cultural pedagogy
In Aotearoa (New Zealand) we are lucky to be living in a land that is home to a multitude of different cultures. The unique blend of Māori, Pacific Island, European and Asian cultures provide an opportunity to broaden our perspectives and deepen our thinking about the world and ourselves. Part of belonging to this multicultural...
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australia
Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities being devastated by the fires which continue to burn across Australia. All 11 Bear Park centres have committed to supporting the fire services and wildlife protection agencies committed to helping those affected. Below are several links where you can show your support! Please visit the links below...
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Westpac Helicopter Rescue
Last week we were delighted to welcome the team from Westpac Helicopter Rescue to our Bear Park HQ in Remuera.  With the help of our parents and children, we’re able to help fund incredible initiatives like these to support the life-saving work they do! Every year we decide to support an initiative that contributes to...
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Bear Park Childcare, Parent Testimonial
Bear Park centres have always advocated for all children to a childhood that nurtures their confidence and abilities to become capable individuals empowered to their full potential. We continue to be inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and our philosophy remains grounded in our four main principles of whakama/empowerment, kotihitanga/holistic development, whanau tangata/family and community,...
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Bear Park St Clair - Environment 1
What comes to mind when we first think of the environment is the space that directly surrounds us, but there is so much more to environment. The environment is a living and changing system that is not only a physical space, but also a place that acknowledges time and roles within our social realities. Our...
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learning investigations
Bear Park is greatly inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia and there are certain routines and rituals of the day that are highly valued and important to us. Examples of such include the ‘hundred languages’ and small group investigative learning, which we consistently embrace and integrate into the classroom’s daily routine. During the morning...
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Our October teacher spotlight features Priyanka Mathur Kapoor, one of our amazing teachers from Bear Park Mt Eden! Priyanka is always empowering children’s learning potential and truly nurtures Bear Park children to develop their own sense of curiosity and creative expression through inspirations from the Reggio Approach. Choosing a career with Bear Park Priyanka: Bear Park...
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learning spaces
“It has been said that the environment should act as a kind of aquarium which reflects the ideas, attitudes and lifestyle of the people who live in it.” —Loris Malaguzzi At Bear Park, we create learning spaces of wonder and curiosity that invite children to explore, discover, and engage with rich materials, including natural and...
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Bear Park teachers understand that the early years of life are critical in child development. During this time, personalities are being formed and attitudes toward learning are solidified. In these early years, children are learning about how they feel about themselves and others; they are quickly adapting skills and knowledge about their world. Children are...
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