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What we believe in

At EML International we believe that meaningful early learning experiences for children in an inclusive environment serve to deepen their desire to learn and be curious about the world. To do this we use the Curiosity Approach which draws ideas from four educational philosophies; Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf and Te Whariki (NZ early childhood curriculum). 

Reggio Emilia

The Reggio Emilia Philosophy values the child as strong, capable and resilient. The Philosophy believes that the child is alive with wonder and knowledge and that innate curiosity of a child needs to be supported not lead by adults. Started by parents in Reggio Emilia, Italy after World War II due to parents believing that a better way of educating their children was needed. They developed a program which emphasised respect, responsibility and community. Children are allowed to explore and discover in a supportive and rich environment with a curriculum created around the children’s interests.



The Montessori Method of education is a child-centered educational approach based on the scientific observation of children from birth to adulthood from Dr Maria Montessori. It has been time tested with over 100 years in countries all over the world. Montessori views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating their own learning in a supportive carefully prepared environment. Montessori education offers child opportunities to develop their potential, stepping out into the world with an appreciation that learning is for life.


Waldorf Education was developed in Europe nearly 100 years ago by an Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner. Steiner believed that from birth to seven years of age children learn primarily through their senses and learn best through imitation. Educators strive to be worthy of imitation and nurture each child providing gentle yet sensory rich environments and play based activities that encourage the child to investigate the natural world explore relationships and expand their imaginations.


Te Whariki

Te Whariki’s vision is children who are competent and confident learners and communications. Children who are healthy in mind, body and spirit. Children who have a sense of belonging and knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society. Te Whariki believes that early learning centres must work in partnership with families and the community to realise this. The expectation is that in their early years a child will experience a curriculum that will empower them as a life long learner.

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