What We Do to Encourage School Readiness

Essentially, school readiness means that children should be able to manage themselves appropriately in the school environment. Ideally, a new entrance student should be able to listen carefully to stories, follow instructions, sit quietly on the mat, raise hand to ask a question, put on shoes and jersey, put bag away, wash hands, sit and eat food at break times, pack bag and carry it, and so on. Basic school readiness is really important in making new entrants feel confident, positive, and able to cope with the practical independent challenges of being “a big school kid”.

In our Wha Club session we work alongside your child to develop their learning competencies as advocated by Te Whāriki.

We encourage children to:

These early childhood curriculum competencies flow onto the New Zealand School Curriculum competencies.

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies:

Numeracy and literacy is immersed in the programme naturally. It is vital that for children to be ‘school ready’ they develop a love of learning and this is our main priority. Pre-reading and writing knowledge skills and attitudes develop naturally in this approach and we have a solid excellent reputation with new entrant teachers in the district for having our children ‘school ready’.

The project based approach gives our older children (who always say “Why?” and “How?” - their natural curiosity) wings! It provides the group an opportunity to discuss and choose a topic that appeals to their interests and working theories about the world around them. Children begin to seek answers to their questions as they explore, experiment and discover more through various media including books, the internet, and other adults from their wider community; all assisting in developing their knowledge and skills further. Displays throughout the centre show their progress and findings which the children enjoy sharing with their peers, families and our wider community!