Transport & Excursions
We proudly operate our own Seashells van, “The Tamariki Express”, allowing us to help support both new and existing families who require assistance with transport to the centre. We also utilise this awesome resource for excursions out and about in our community!
Transition to School
At Seashells, we often get positive feedback from our parents and teachers from our local Primary Schools about our Transition to School Programme – The Dolphin Group.
We hold this programme close to our hearts and consider it a real point of difference in our community.
We believe in building a foundation for children to transition to school as confident, capable learners. This programme for our 4 year olds offers structured daily sessions that focus on literacy and numeracy. Teachers cater the lessons to each individual childs needs and build on key skills such as listening and following instructions, being involved, working alongside one another, extending concentration and promoting independence.
To compliment this programme, once a week the children in the Dolphin Room ‘create’ their own lunchbox, which helps further develop independence, self-help skills, as well as time management.
We appreciate that graduating from Early Learning and heading off to Primary School is an exciting step for children, as well as families. Here at Seashells we place a special emphasis on celebrating this milestone. Our children love the special graduation ceremony we put on for them and their whānau, where the child wears a graduation cap, gown and get awarded with a graduation teddy bear to keep as a momento.
Seashells meet regularly and network with the local Primary Schools; Mongonui School, Taipa Area School and Oruaiti School, and work closely to ensure best outcomes for children who are ready to start their next journey to Primary School.
Portfolios & Storypark
We use an awesome app called Storypark, which allows whānau to follow their child’s early learning journey and to ensure you don’t miss out on important centre communications.
Photos, videos and audio capture your child’s learning so you never miss a treasured moment again. You and your family can also feel more engaged in your child’s development, and you decide who you would like to invite to experience your childs learning journey with you. A perfect way to share those special moments with loved ones down the line or overseas.
You can download the Storypark app free on your smartphone to receive updates on your child, or important centre messages wherever you are!
Although we love to use Storypark as an online platform to communicate with parents, we also use paper portfolios for each child.
Children enjoy finding their paper portfolio and reflecting on their past activities at the centre. It is a fantastic way for children to engage in self-recognition and reflect on their personal development, as well as being a treasured keepsake for their 21st Birthday!
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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!