The Tui Room | Montessori (3 ½ years to 6 years of age.)

Our Montessori inspired classroom that blends both traditional and non-traditional activities to create a unique and innovative learning environment for children. The variety of activities and experiences offered are reflective of children’s interests; with the view to promote independence, a sense of order and a hands-on approach to learning. Our curriculum areas include but not limited to – practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, the arts which include music/movement, expressive art, science, nature, and library areas as well as carpentry, loose parts, sandpit and gross motor play. It is our belief that if we create an environment that is prepared for children that they will develop a sense of belonging to this place – Little Orchard Preschool.

Our team is amazing with a diverse wealth of knowledge and skills, embracing Te Reo Māori and English in the Montessori class, with the added learning of many other languages. Working in partnership with parents and whānau is essential, together we can guide our children in reaching their learning goals.

Positive relationships are important to our team along with an environment that is prepared – mentally, spiritually, physically and resourcefully to cater for the diversity of our centre community. The uniqueness of our blended environment enables us to contribute, work in partnership with the wider centre at varying times.

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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 Patiki 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.