The Pohutukawa Room (3 ½ years to 6 years of age)

The Pohutukawa class is immersed in a bicultural learning environment. The classroom is responsive to children learning at their own pace where making decisions and taking responsibility becomes part of the curriculum. Te reo Māori is incorporated in all learning aspects of the curriculum, and tamariki are encouraged to korero Māori. In preparation for school we have a Pakeke programme, which supports children in their readiness for school. We immerse literacy and numeracy development with all areas of play.  We acknowledge our large outdoor play space, where we can extend children’s learning through our natural environment.

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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 Kowhai 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.

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 you can have updates right to your smartphone.

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.