The space is named after the Kōtare and seen as a sentry, keeping a watchful eye over the happenings within their surroundings. We feel the protective qualities of this age group are an apt representation of this, while also acknowledging their role as tuakana (older children) of the centre.
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 at play with the parachute, outside games, at the playdough 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 refrain from setting a limit of transition visits, instead, we use an individualised approach and encourage our parents to bring their children in for as many visits as they feel comfortable with and we are very flexible with this.
Children transitioning from our Kawaupaka space 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. 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.
As well as daily face-to-face catch ups about your child’s day at drop off and pick up time, we use Storypark to share photos, videos and audio of your child’s development so you never miss out on those special moments. Storypark also offer a handy mobile app so can have updates right to your smartphone.