Welcome to Tots on Triton

Our inspiration comes from nature and the children themselves

We aspire to provide our children with an environment of rich experiences through a play-based curriculum, one where children feel empowered to explore and direct their learning.  Through their exploration, children use all their senses to build intelligence and to draw their own conclusions about objects, events and the world around them. 

This is learning at its best, where the foundations of intelligence are able to unfold and where children are making connections and building a body of knowledge.

You will be welcomed by a friendly team who foster the emotional well-being and growth of each individual child, promoting self-help skills and independence. A privately owned Centre licensed to the Ministry of Education, we are nestled in a quite area, our own pocket of native bush and big outdoor areas facilitating a wonderful focus on exploration and nature.  

The living and learning that happens through play 
offers each child their best chance of health, happiness and success in education and living – 
both now and in the future… Study after study shows that leaving formal cognitively-based learning
until after the brain has laid down firm foundations gives our children a “head” start when it comes to higher learning.

Pennie Brownlee

Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. You need experience to gain wisdom.

Albert Einstein

Knowledge gained through experience is far superior and many times more useful than bookish knowledge.

Mahatma Gandhi

About our curriculum

Our curriculum, Te Whāriki is revered internationally for its play-based learning.  Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum (1996) was one of the first national curriculum documents for early childhood education.  In 2017 a revised and refreshed update was released emphasising our bicultural foundation, our multicultural present and the shared future we are creating. It encourages all children to learn in their own ways, supported by adults who know them well and have their best interests at heart.

Underpinning Te Whāriki is the vision that children 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.

Te Whāriki acknowledges that each child is on a unique journey. They come into the world eager to learn and into family, whānau or ‘aiga that have high hopes for them.  We see that we as Kaiako (teacher(s)) have an important role to play in facilitating their learning and acknowledge the privilege of being a part of their learning journey.

The revised Te Whāriki also acknowledges our diverse society that is comprised of people from a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities is an important move from a bicultural to multicultural curriculum that supports children from all backgrounds to grow up strong in identity, language and culture.

Therefore, our curriculum must speak to our past, present and future, in a rapidly changing and increasingly connected world.  Our children need to be adaptive, creative and more importantly, resilient. They need and environment that gives them the support and encouragement to ‘learn how to learn’ one that helps them to engage with new contexts, opportunities and challenges with optimism and resourcefulness. For these reasons, Te Whāriki emphasises the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that support them as lifelong learners.


Our curriculum is underpinned by four principles:

Empowerment | whakamana, Holistic development | kotahitanga, Family and community | whānau tangata, and Relationships | ngā hononga.

The five strands of Te Whāriki are:

Wellbeing | mana atua, Belonging | mana whenua, Contribution | mana tangata, Communication | mana reo and Exploration | mana aotūroa.

Together with the principles, these strands provide the framework for a holistic curriculum.

He whāriki hei whakamana i te mokopuna, hei kawe i ngā wawata

A whāriki that empowers the child and carries our aspirations.

Documents referred to or cited; The Ministry of Education, Te Whāriki – Early childhood curriculum, 2017.