Transition to School

Te Whariki (the early childhood curriculum) is based on the aspirations that children grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging, secure in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.

Learning happens everywhere and all the time the connections tamariki make about learning between home and their preschool helps build strong learning foundations.

Good relationships among tamariki, kaiako, parents, and whᾱnau are all essential to support tamariki settling in to school. Helping tamariki to make sense of what is happening and supporting them through the change helps them to confidently, continue on their learning pathway.

We care and educate tamariki in an environment that promotes literacy, numeracy, physical and cognitive development as well as independence, self-esteem and caring for others. We include dispositions for learning among important outcomes of education at every level. By placing dispositions in the list of educational goals, we pay deliberate attention to strengthening tamariki interests and learning outcomes, which facilitate a smooth transition to school.

Ongoing Learning Characteristics

– Taking an interest
– Communicating with others
– Persisting with difficulty
– Being involved
– Taking responsibility

Self Help Skills

– Being able to go the toilet/wash hands and change clothing by themselves
– Managing their lunchboxes making healthy food choices, not eating all their food at once
– Packing their bag at the end of the day, looking after clothing, shoes etc

Problem Solving Skills

– Asking questions
– Developing hypotheses
– Negotiation
– Willingness to try a number of approaches and not be discouraged by failure

Social Skills

– Working collaboratively with peers
– Having confidence to contribute ideas in both formal and informal settings
– Solving conflict themselves
– Making friends and sharing empathy
– Managing emotions