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Toddlers & Preschool

(approximately 3.5-6 years)

 

Environment

Our Toddler & Preschool Room offers a space for our curious toddlers to explore both indoors and outdoors, as well as opportunities for our older children throughout the day to be involved in contributing to the curriculum, helping to make decisions about what is set up, and sharing their ideas. We support childhood learning with a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and supportive of all children during this age of discovery and wonder. 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 (however facilities are still available for children still developing this skill that may be in nappies or toilet training still), wash hands, dress themselves, and opportunities to serve up their own morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

The children have regular mat times throughout the day where they start the day together with a karakia, learn songs, stories and are encouraged to share things with the other children. We value that each child learns at their own pace and when they are ready, and that play is children’s work.

Transition

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 Infants and Toddler Room will have regular accompanied visits over a one month period, to get familiar with their new environment and meet their new friends and teachers, 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 (which is the largest focus). 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. We have a current classroom where the 4 yr olds have the opportunity and space to develop all of these skills alongside a teacher, up to 3 times a day.

Nutrition

Our talented chef creates healthy and well-balanced meals, providing the nutrition and energy our preschoolers need for all aspects of their growth and development. Visit our Nutrition page to find out more and see an example menu.

Communication

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.

Toddlers / Preschool Daily Routine

7:30am           Happy Steps opens & tamariki arrive

7:45 – 9am     Teaching & learning through play

9:40am          Tidy up time

9:45am          Age appropriate mat times (opening karakia, greeting, morning  song, information, active movement, kai karakia)

9:55am          Children was their hands

10:00am        Morning kai time

10:30am        Sunblock is applied to children

10:45am        Teaching & learning through play

11:40am        Tidy up time

11:45am        Age appropriate mat time (story / active movement, kai karakia)

12:00noon     Lunch kai time

12:30pm        Mixed story time. Children who have nap get ready and go off to bed. Sunblock is applied for older children who do not nap.

12:45pm        Teaching & learning through play

1:50pm          Tidy up time

1:55pm          Children wash their hands

2:00pm          Afternoon kai time

2:30pm          Sunblock is applied to children

2:45pm          Learning through play

3:55pm          Children wash their hands

4:00pm          Late kai snack

4:30pm          Quite activity or outdoor play

5:30pm          Happy Steps closes