Alison Horton

Kia ora e te Whānau!

I believe that one of the founding principles of my teaching, with any age group, is developing trusting and meaningful connections with our tamariki. Without this bond, and an environment in which they feel welcome, nurtured and safe with each other, tamariki are unable to engage and therefore learn to their full potential.

I aim to provide a teaching and learning environment that is based on mutual respect, and is harmonious, joyful, and comfortable. I believe this can be effectively achieved through the theories of the Pikler approach, allowing for freedom of movement, uninterrupted free play, and healthy and tactful relationships.

Underpinning all of my teaching methods is a strong confidence in the effects of consistency – this enables me to build trust between tamariki and their whānau, develop routines in our setting, and provide comfortable and predictable responses to behaviour.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. – What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.