Preschool 1 room – 2.5 years to 4.5 years old
At Little Scholars we believe in laying the foundations for a life-long love of learning, and have created an environment where children are nurtured and encouraged to explore all aspects of our educational programme. In our spacious Preschool room we have 3 qualified and registered teachers, and 1 teacher in training to work with your children in preparation for school. Learning happens through play and our staff ensure high quality interactions that foster children’s creativity, early literacy and math concepts, problem solving skills, social competencies, memory skills, communication and discovery. We use the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki to help create meaningful experiences for the children throughout the day.
Painting, drawing, using dye, and making play dough we enjoy exploring all sorts of visual artistry. Creative art develops hand eye coordination and small motor skills as well as learning about colours, shapes and textures. Although some of our children can’t speak yet, they are more than able to communicate through their art!
Our Preschoolers love to cook! What better way to encourage healthy eating habits than involving the children in the cooking process? We enjoy making a variety of foods and explore new tastes – soups, muffins, biscuits, scones, pizzas and slices are just some of the yummy foods we like to create. Cooking introduces basic math and science concepts and relationships are strengthened as children learn to cook and share with others.
Exploring the dolls, pretend cooking in the kitchen area and dressing up in different outfits is a great use of imagination and a great way to role play. Children enjoy modelling real life experiences and develop their own self-help skills through their created experiences. The children learn to communicate with each other to share their experiences together.
Threading materials, screwing items together, blocks, train tracks, and stacking toys are just a few examples of our manipulative play activities. Our age appropriate resources challenge our children thinking to refine small motor skills and hand-eye coordination. An understanding of spatial awareness is created when the objects fit together not to mention a sense of pride of the achievement!
Our child initiated group times are a lovely way for our children to get together and shares songs, stories and learn about different interests. Mat time promotes healthy language development and provides opportunities for sharing which builds social confidence. It is also a great way for our young ones to develop memory and concentration skills.
This sensory learning experience can range from gloop to shaving foam and allows our children to learn about tactile play whilst learning about hygiene practices. Our children love to express their creativity through messy play and engage with others through this spontaneous play.
Music and movement
There is nothing more enjoyable than having a boogie with the children! Creating music and dancing is a great way for us to express ourselves and learn more about the way we move. Singing encourages pre–literacy skills and enhances speech. When we dance we learn more about cultures and build relationships.
The playground is shared with the Babies room, and is designed to be all weather and age appropriate. In this space we love to build sand castles, explore water play (in summer time), zoom around on the bikes, play amongst the trees, and climb obstacle courses. These fun activities encourage an appreciation of the natural world through sensory exploration and provide an area where children gain increasing control of their bodies. Positive relationships continue to flourish with the babies’ room teachers and the younger children and everyone develops a sense of enjoyment in participation.
On some sunny days we are able to take a short walk to the local park. The children love to get out in to the community and experience a different environment. In the past we have enjoyed kicking the balls around on the luscious grass, challenged ourselves on the playground and fed the ducks! Walking to the park gives the children some exercise and refines their motor skills.
Reading and early literacy
We love reading stories together and building language through conversation. Through reading with each other there is a greater development of imaginative play and communication skills. Our children have an appreciation for a range of stories and enjoy a sense of wellbeing through hearing their favourite stories being read.
Planning for learning
Our effective programme is based on the children’s interests and follows the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki. We believe in creating an environment where children love learning, and are immersed in literacy and numeracy as part of what looks like play.