Transition to School
At Happy Steps, we often get positive feedback from our parents and teachers from our local Primary Schools about out Transition to School Programme. 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.
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 Happy Steps we place a special emphasis on celebrating this milestone.
Happy Steps meet regularly and network with the local Primary Schools; Dargaville Primary and Selwyn Park Primary School and work closely to ensure best outcomes for children who are ready to start their next journey to Primary School.
We love our community involvement and take part on short excursions out and about. Our children enjoy walks where they can get out and explore locally. We often have our local community join us in Centre for visits and enhance our children’s knowledge about people, places, things and events.
Circus Kumarani visit the centre on Thursdays. They provide a great opportunity for our Pre-School children to jump, climb, tumble, swing, juggle, twirl and clown around. Children explore skills as well as work on balance, movement, communication and more! Children play and learn with hula hoops, spinning plates, the globe, poi, ribbons, balls and so much more! Circus is a great way for children to use their imagination, develop cognitive skills and express themselves in a fun environment. There is a very small cost involved for this additional programme.
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.
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!