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Welcome to Graduation Kindergarten
The Graduation programme operates between 9:00am and 3:00pm, Monday to Friday catering for up to 19 preschool children.
Graduation Kindergarten Philosophy
Provide children with opportunities to develop into competent learners who are emotionally, socially and cognitively prepared for the transition from the Early Childhood environment to the School environment.
Our aim is to build strong partnerships between teachers, children, families and the community, to enable children to build foundation skills and knowledge.
We believe in fostering children's cultures, current needs, strengths and interests while nurturing their early literacy and numeracy skills. We do this by planning a programme underpinned by our Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki and links to the New Zealand Curriculum.
ERO Review, February 2013:
Children are purposefully engaged in a wide range of learning activities. Teachers notice recognise and respond to children's interests, needs and strengths by setting up resources that appropiately challenge and support the learning programme. These resources encourage exploration that is meaningful and enjoyable for children. Te ao Maori is highly evident in the environment.
Teachers know children, parents whanau and well. Interactions are warm and nurturing. Staff are respectful and form responsive relationships with children and their whanau. Opportunities are provided for parents,whanau and community to share their views and aspirations and to be partners in children's learning.
The curriculum is child-centred and has a clear focus on literacy and mathematical skills. Children's ideas and thinking are extended through conversations and activities linked to their interests. The use of te reo me nga tikanga Maori is integral to the daily programme. Teachers encourage self- management, resilience and independence in children's learning.The principles of Te Whariki, the early childhood curriculum, are reflected in programme planning and children's learning stories.
Children's profiles show clear evidence of a focus on their learning characteristics. They illustrate and support continuity in learning and show children's progress. Children's success is celebrated and their identity as capable learners is fostered."
Successful transitions are underpinned by effective partnerships between families, the kindergarten and schools. Children's resilience is nurtured during and after transitions in the service, and when moving to school.