Preschool (2-6 years)
In the over 2’s room we have implemented learning groups such as the Dolphin group which caters for the 4 year old children. Taniwha group which caters for the three year old children and the Shark group which caters for the 2 year old tamariki. Each of these learning groups promote an age appropriate format where teachers follow a purposeful pedagogy that responds to their age.
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. 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. 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.
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 Room. We 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.