Why Wise Owl Early Learning Centre Pukekohe?


Here at Wise Owl Early Learning Centre Pukekohe we believe that each and every person needs to have their identity and culture respected and encouraged.

We embrace diversity.


Our home is bursting with children engaged in play.

We support meaningful play by giving children lots of time for uninterrupted exploration and child guided play.

Our teachers thoughfully set up the environment to foster imagination and sustained attention.

Our resources are a mixture of new, pre loved and loose parts. This allows for children to construct, collect, design and lead their own learning-through play.

Brain Development/Stages

What we know about learning through play is that chidren’s brains between the ages of 0-6 months are developing their trust and relationships whilst learning about love and nurture. This is a time for close cuddles, lots of interaction and eye contact. Our babies brains will release a chemical called Oxytocin – or the love chemical.

From 6 to 18 months our brains are ready to learn about movement. Large and small movement. Gaining control over their bodies.

From 18 months to 7 years they are ready to develop emotionally and socially.

These are our focuses when planning our routines and environment.

Extensions, Urges  and Rituals

Our teachers support children’s individual growth and dispositions by assisting as needed. By offering extension of language through conversation and a sense of wonder. We encourage independence and an awareness of social cues and etiquette. Being leaders in their own right, children can learn so naturally and meaningfully. By the time they are ready to move on from here, they are safe in the knowledge that they can do it and that they are valued members in our society.

As children are ready, they are encouraged to participate in larger group times.

Dispositions are combinations of children’s emerging knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning. Positive dispositions for learning include courage and curiosity, trust and playfulness, perseverance, confidence and responsibility.


Te Whariki

Te Whāriki is underpinned by a vision for children who are competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.

More on Te Whāriki Here

Nurturing, passionate Teachers

The Wise Owl teaching team has been carefully selected to embrace these philosophies.  They work alongside each other and our children to nurture and support each child in their journey of growth and learning about their world.

Meet our team here

Our Latest ERO report

The Education Review Office evaluates and reports on the education and care of children and young people in early childhood services and schools.

See our latest ERO report here