Our Philosophy


 At the Sandbox Preschool we believe that relationships are the foundation for learning.


  • We are committed to providing a nurturing, supportive and respectful environment where children and their teachers intimately know, respond and understand each other’s individual cues and rhythms.
  • We support open, meaningful partnerships with whānau and believe ongoing collaborative communication deepens and sustains trusting and respectful relationships.
  • We acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi and follow Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. It is this curriculum that underpins and guides our practices.
  • We have teachers who embrace and celebrate children’s individuality, natural curiosity, wonder and inquiry. Children are empowered to view themselves as successful, capable and competent learners. Teachers affirm individual’s interests by providing holistic experiences so that learning becomes meaningful.
  • We are committed to having dynamic and responsive teachers, who believe in personal and professional growth, where the sharing of one’s knowledge and experiences are supported and valued.
  • We believe in creating a culture of respect, where children develop a relationship with our natural environment and are inspired by the living world. To foster a love for the environment children will have opportunities to connect and “learn with nature”.
  • Through partnerships with whānau and teachers we build the foundations for children’s lifelong learning.