Preschool Waiwhakaiho (2-6 years)
Our Preschool Room offers opportunities throughout the day for children to be involved in contributing to the curriculum helping to make decisions about what is set up, and sharing their ideas. Teachers work alongside the children to set up an environment which is challenging, provides curiosity and active exploration.
Children’s self-help skills are very important at this stage and children are supported to go to the toilet on their own, wash hands, dress themselves, serve up their own morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
The preschool children have regular mat times throughout the day where they learn songs, stories and are encouraged to share things with the other children.
Some of our group learning times arise from the children’s own participation in incidental moments when we are play with the parachute, outside games, at the play dough table or gardening. We value that each child learns at their own pace and when they are ready, and that play is children’s work.
For new children, we encourage 3 settling visits, approximately 2 weeks before your child’s start date to ensure a smooth and settled transition for both you and your child. We spend time getting to know you and your child and select a key Kaiako who your child gravitates towards.
Children transitioning from our Toddler Room will have regular accompanied visits to get familiar with their new environment and meet their new friends, ensuring this is a positive step in their learning journey. Kaiako have a strong understanding that every child is different and so we connect with transitioning tamariki before their transition begins and maintain flexibility and openness to change. Our Transition Policy is available by asking a member of the team.
Transition to School Programme
We believe in building a foundation for children to transition to school as confident, capable learners. We encourage your child to dress themselves independently, pack and unpack their own bags, go to the toilet on their own, wash their hands, sit on the mat, listen and develop social skills and confidence within large groups.
Skills such as writing their name, holding a pencil correctly, counting, recognising letters and numbers are all aspects where we place a strong emphasis on learning experiences each day.
Literacy and numeracy skills are embedded in all that we do, through the use of well thought out curriculum experiences and language which is rich with literacy and numeracy terms. We use tamariki interest to engage and interest them in activities and learning experiences which require a variety of skills and challenge what they already know. Our philosophy is largely based around free play and exploration and we believe that through tamariki own natural urges, desires and curiosity they learn the skills they need to be successful in all areas of school.