Vision & Philosophy

Vision & Philosophy

“..Be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.. the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock”.

Matthew 7:24-25.

Vision Statement

In providing high quality education for the children of our greater community, Little Rock Preschool shares a special place in the heart of the community, through love and faith.

Our beliefs

Like a solid rock, Christian values underpin our Preschool.  Love and relationships then form the foundation on which teaching and learning is built.


As teachers, we believe encouraging a spiritual faith (Wairuatanga) is a crucial part of the holistic development of children – healthy in mind, body and spirit.  We model respect of one another, and nurture the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in our programme.

All are welcome at Little Rock Preschool.  We are passionate about developing strong communication and partnerships with whānau (Whānaungatanga), and creating a programme that values the cultural diversity of our community.  We endeavour to be accommodating as possible, and embody hospitality (Manaakitanga).  Our partnerships  extend to include Big Rock School, and the wider community. 

We believe that children are unique, and learn in different ways.  They come with their own competence (Mōhiotanga), whakapapa, and seeds of greatness within them. These personality traits enhance the richness and diversity of our Preschool, and offer opportunities for tamariki to extend their thinking.  We are intentional about developing nurturing and responsive relationships that are built on trust, and ensuring that each child receives 1:1 attention from us as kaiako. These relationships help empower children to be lifelong learners, and are fundamental in developing their sense of belonging and well-being, which in turn, allows learning to take place.  We encourage service of others and leadership in our children (Tuakana-Teina), which develops agency, responsibility, connection and collaboration (Mahi-Tahi).  

We are committed to honouring Te Tiriti O Waitangi and developing our bicultural journey, so that our tamariki can flourish as children of Aotearoa New Zealand.  

We value developing a programme that seeks to be sustainable, and utilising our local natural resources (Kaitiakitanga).

Our desired outcomes for the children of LRP are that they:

  • Know who they are, their mana, and their value

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvellous… You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe”.  (Psalm 139:13-16)

  • Are able to engage in meaningful and loving relationships with others

“Be kind and loving to each other”.  Ephesians 4:32

  • Have confidence in using their growing kete of knowledge, skills, and social & emotional intelligences as building blocks for lifelong learning.
  • Know they are competent and capable, and have agency through their voice and character as a positive influence

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”. Ephesians 2:10

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” Psalm 90:17