Our daily programme provides both planned and spontaneous opportunities to extend children’s interests, concentration, phonetic awareness, oral language and further develop their individual skills.
We value the small group and our unusually high teacher to child ratio which allows teachers to spend quality time with children. Our teachers share equally in the development and documentation of the programme, which reflects our philosophy and the principles of the Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki.
We communicate as a team and with parents and children to share knowledge, resulting in everyone taking responsibility in recognising and responding to ‘our’ children’s interests and progress in learning.
Family Group Teacher: Each child has a teacher (Family Group Teacher) who is responsible for overseeing their care and education. Information sharing commences with an induction meeting before your child starts. Family group teachers have overall responsibility for documenting planning and assessing in their children’s Profile Books using Learning Stories and Educa.
Daily Schedule: Includes elements of the school classroom with a bell rung for group times.
Mat Times: We come together as a group for Hello Time at the beginning of the day. At our second mat time we sing songs, use puppets, magnetic stories and dance. We discuss the days of the week and the weather for the day. We often have discussions and activities based on our current programme focus topic.
News Time: To develop our children’s confidence at speaking in front of others, and strengthen links between home and Preschool our children also have “News Time” where once a week each child has an opportunity to talk about “news” to their friends and answer questions.
The Jolly Phonics Programme: Is a unique phonics programme where each sound is represented by a Picture, story, song and action. This is a multi-sensory programme, enabling all children to engage, no matter what their learning style. We focus on one sound each week during the term.
Transition to School Group: Children join our transition to school group 6 months before they start school. The focus for this group of children is to ensure that they have the independence and self-help skills needed for school, as well as a basic understanding of literacy and numeracy concepts, social skills and the ability to listen and pay attention at group times.
Reading Programme: We also offer our transition to school children a reading programme one morning a week; each child has 15 minutes of individual time with the teacher. The programme incorporates both early reading and early literacy skills, using the Jolly phonics programme.
Holiday Programme: Our holiday programme is run between each term. It offers children activities and experiences that are exciting, fun and different from the Preschool term programme. They are based on children’s current interests and events on in our community.
Excursions and Community Events: These provide us with the opportunity to be apart of our community. We enjoy being involved in local annual events such as, the Carterton Christmas Parade, Rippa Rugby Tournament, Scarecrow Festival and the Mangatarere Stream Restoration Society. We also enjoy walks to our Library and local parks, bus trips to Wallowing heights, Capital E theatre at our wonderful Carterton Events Centre, Pukaha Mount Bruce and many more fantastic locations around the Wairarapa. This provides children with the opportunity to form relationships with people and places, as well as to teach children about road rules and how to keep safe.