A unique innovative approach to early learning
Continuity of child teacher relationship to ensure a strong sense of belonging to support healthy emotional regulation, a sense of ownership and security.
An inclusive environment that acknowledges and respects diversity to develop and grow the next generation of resilient global citizens.
A curriculum designed to foster passionately curious children with two acres of natural playspace that provides rich and meaningful learning experiences.
School Programme -our unique innovative approach to early school aged learning (numeracy and literacy) based on a curriculum to support natural body and brain development for children aged from 5 years.
Ensure communication and collaboration between the child, the parent/ whanau, the environment and the teacher, including a digital parent information forum.
Committed to growing knowledge and connections to the preservation of our land and awakening an awareness of the value of nature to ensure our unique outdoor environment for this generation and the next.
The DEN staff and teaching team and are responsive to community cultural and linguistic identities and practice culturally responsive teaching and learning.
THE STORY SO FAR
Our vision is to design a place where quality early years education is delivered in a natural setting with a sensory and movement focus. We were lucky to have this experience as a child but have struggled to find something similar for parents today.
THE DEN DIRECTORS
THE DEN HEAD TEACHER
Happiest and at home in the outdoors, in my gumboots, surrounded by birdsong and the laughter of happy children, I am overjoyed to be joining The DEN whanau.
Married to Shane and mother to Oscar, I also have over twenty years experience as an early childhood teacher, and am particularly passionate about children’s holistic development through connecting with nature.
I look forward to meeting your family and exploring at The DEN with your child.