Commitment to High Quality.
NZCA Premium Quality Centre.
The A’oga Fa'a Samoa recently took part in a trial to be assessed as a quality Centre by N.Z.C.A. completing all aspects and so have become registered as a ‘Premium Quality Centre.’ The A’oga also receives quality funding from the Ministry of Education.
A Centre of Innovation (COI).
In 2003, the A'oga Fa'a Samoa was chosen by the Ministry of Education as one of six Centres of Innovation nationwide. Follow this link to find our more about the A'oga Fa'a Samoa's COI involvement .
Professional and Qualified Staff.
The A’oga Fa’a Samoa is committed to providing quality care and education for the children that attend and so have supported the staff to become fully trained. There are currently twelve teachers registered, seven with degrees in teaching ECE and one with a postgraduate qualification. Staff train through Te Tari Puna Ora / NZCA as the field-based training that they provide best suits the philosophy of the centre.
The philosophy of the A’oga Fa’a Samoa is to promote Samoan language and culture so as to nurture positive identity of the children.
A’oa’oina o le gagana ma aganu’u a Samoa, ina ia tuputupu a’e le tamaititi e mautinoa lona fa'asinomaga. E fa’amalosia le fa'alauteleina o le a’oa’oga o faia'oga ina ia lelei le a'oa'oina o tamaiti. E lagolagoina le mafutaga fa’ale’aiga i totonu o le A'oga mo matua ma fanau, e ala i le tausia lelei ma le alofagia o tamaiti. E fa'amamafaina le fiafia o tamaiti e a'oa'oina, e ala i le fa'aaogaina o le gagana Samoa
The A’oga Fa’a Samoa works closely with Mua i Malae, the Samoan Bilingual Unit of Richmond Road School, sharing in school assemblies, extension activities with A'oga four year olds, using the school library. This allows for easy transition into Richmond Road Primary School as they become familiar with staff, children and thus feel secure in the whole school environment.
The reputation of the A’oga Fa'a Samoa for providing quality standards and knowledge of language and culture to the children attending is widely known and reinforced by the Educational Review Office.
The fact that the children are able to carry their language on through to Primary School is very desirable to parents. This is also important to the Primary School as they are then able to maintain roll numbers, and involve the older students in caring for younger children, which is part of the Richmond Road Primary School philosophy of Family Grouping.
Partnerships with Community & Health Services.
The A’oga Fa’a Samoa works closely with the Samoan Community in resourcing both staff and parents in health and social issues. Health Professionals used include Plunket and District nurses, Asthma advisers, Cervical screening, Immunisation and sexual abuse advisers, plus ear and dental nurses. The A’oga occasionally provides Samoan language classes for adults, and/or work experience training and Job Plus schemes.
License and Hours of Operation.
The A’oga Fa'a Samoa is currently Licenced for 50 children: 34 over-two's, and 16 under two's.
The centre opens for attendance at 8.00am and closes at 5.00pm.
Aso ma Itula le A'oga Fa'a Samoa
Aso Gafua e tau i le aso Faraile.Taimi amata: 8.00 i le taeao. Taimi fa'aiu: 5.00.
Children must attend for a minimum of two days so that language and learning needs can be catered for.
All absences must be reported to the Supervisor before 8.30 am.
Children who are booked on a regular basis will be charged for statutory holidays. Childcare subsidy forms are available at the Centre for fee assistance from Work & Income New Zealand.
20 hours fee is offered to all three and four year old children.