Our preschool environment reflects the current interests and abilities of our tamariki, providing open-ended free play experiences. Our teachers regularly consult with children's whanau to ensure we are providing an exciting and challenging space for children aged 2 - 5.
Children transition into our setting from the under two's or their home environment with the guidance of a support teacher. Your child's support teacher will endeavour to build a caring, trusting relationship with child and whanau, empowering your child to feel safe and happy at preschool. Our transition process is unique to each child and family, and we encourage you to talk with our teachers to ensure you feel well supported during this difficult time.
The basic outline of our programme includes a shared morning kai (prepared by our wonderful kitchen person), free play, a short mat time, lunch, sleep time for those who require a rest and plenty more free play. This outline is entirely flexible and we change our rhythm of the day to support children as required.
During child-led free play, children have the opportunity to engage in experiences of interest including;
- Art's and Crafts
- Music and Movement
- Physical Activities including bikes, group games, obstacle courses and much more
- Open-ended loose parts play; where children use a variety of 'junk' or 'recycled' resources to build, create, imagine and work together.
- Science; including experiments, baking and interest based inquiry
- Literacy experiences including dramatic play, reading, writing and much more
- Messy Play (yes, spare clothes are essential!)
- Construction activities including, blocks, duplo, wood work, sand and crafts.
- Adventures in the community entailing regular trips to local businesses, schools and community events.
- Social experiences with peers promoting social and emotional competence including prosocial skills such as communication, turn taking, sharing and listening.
Our teachers are passionate about getting to know each individual child's special strengths and interests and supporting them to develop a love of life long learning.