““If we could truly respect and trust our infants, our whole attitude would change.
We would worry less, enjoy more, and become part of the miracle””
The Reggio Emilia approach
“A moving child is a learning child”
At The Secret Garden we are committed to providing the very best learning foundations for children developing self motivated learners that love to learn and have the skills to access and interpret the information they need to meet their learning potential.
Through our perceptual motor programme we empower children in a fun challenging physical environment developing the essential skills they need to equip them best for formal learning. Young children who possess adequate perceptual motor skills have better co-ordination, greater body awareness, stronger intellectual skills and a more positive self image.
Research also shows that perceptual motor development is critical to children’s brain development and essential neural pathways, enhancing their abilities to read and write. Physical activity builds the neural pathways needed for children to have greater academic readiness and success in learning.
“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning” Carol Dweck
At the Secret Garden we are inspired by the work of Carol Dweck and Guy Clayton and aim to grow learners who are resilient, independent, resourceful, creative, curious and have the capacity to think about and explore ideas more deeply.
“The Earth is a fine place worth fighting for” Ernest Hemingway
Enviroschools is an environmental action based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in their schools, neighbourhoods and country.
Both our centres are involved and inspired by the Enviro school programme. Our environment viewed as the "3rd teacher” provides numerous opportunities to develop close relationships and respect of the physical and natural environment, nourish and care for Papatuanuku, engage with the natural and living worlds and develop a sense responsibility, sustainability and Kaitiakitanga.