Kia Ora and Welcome to Scallywaggs Graduation Kindergarten
We welcome you and your family/whānau to the Graduation Kindergarten and extend an open invitation to spend time with your child in our stimulating and safe learning environment.
This is a brief overview of a few routines and expectations that will support a smooth transition for your child to move on to school:
- Our programme operates between 9.00am and 3.00pm, however, Scallywaggs Kindergarten and Care is open from 7.50am – 5.15pm.
- If dropping your child off before 9.00am and picking up after 3.00pm, you must sign in and out on the white sheet in the Main House just outside the office door. If dropping your child off between 9.00am and 3.00pm, you need to come straight to the Graduation Kindergarten and sign your child in and out on the yellow sheet. Teachers from the Graduation Kindergarten are required to supervise in other areas at 3pm so there will be no children in the Graduation building after this time.
- Scallywaggs supplies morning and afternoon tea.
- Please supply your child’s lunch in a named lunchbox and a water filled, named drink bottle (children have access to drinking fountains). We encourage healthy eating and children are asked to choose sandwiches or fruit from their lunch boxes first.
Scallywaggs is nut free! This includes all nut products including nuts, peanut butter and Nutella.
- Children will need to get food out of their lunch boxes that require refrigerating or heating and put it on the kitchen tray. We appreciate your support by not sending lollies/roll-ups/chocolates in your child’s lunchbox. High sugar treats will be returned home in lunch boxes.
- Lunchboxes are to be stored in cubby holes.
- Please send your child with an adequate amount of named spare clothing and a plastic bag. Exploring with water, sand, clay, paint and messy play means clothing can often become wet or dirty. If this is a concern, please discuss it with the Head Teacher.
- We often go on walks within our local community so it is important that your child has good walking shoes, sun hat/warm hat, (gumboots for wet and winter days) and a jacket.
- Toileting – please talk to the teachers if your child needs extra support with toileting.
- Any information for you or your child will be placed in their ‘whānau pocket’. Information will also be displayed on the whiteboard at the entranceway or notices will be placed in your child’s bag. Please check these areas daily.
- Please check the children’s art box regularly and take your child’s precious art home.
- Your child’s profile book is available for you to share with your child at the centre or take it home to share with families. It will be presented to them to keep or pass on to their New Entrance teacher on their 5th birthday. Your child’s profile book needs to be returned to the kindergarten so we can continue to add examples of your child’s learning.
- Birthday celebrations: We acknowledge that your child’s 5th birthday is a very special time, so we make their day all about THEM! In keeping with our healthy eating policy we ask that NO celebratory foods be brought along. Their day will be made very special for them including making their own birthday cake which they can take home to share. Families are invited to come to our celebration group time at 11.30am.
- We have an open door communication ‘policy’. Our teaching team welcomes parents, caregivers, families/whānau to chat and share information about your child’s learning and development any time.
- Formal information sharing time can be arranged with the head teacher if you have any queries and/or concerns.
- We welcome and value your support sharing knowledge and working together with us in partnership to enhance your child’s holistic learning and development.
- Please write any special daily requirements on the sign-in sheet or let the teachers know on the day.
- Please ensure written permission in our medication folder is given for us to give any medicine your child requires while at the kindergarten. This is a legal requirement that we must have on our records.
- We undertake self review on a regular basis to ensure we are meeting the needs of children, families, and the community as well as regulation requirements. We invite and encourage you to be actively involved in this process so your needs are met.
- We invite you to participate and contribute in our policy review process. We review different policies monthly. The policies due for review will be available to read online.
- The Graduation Kindergarten surveys will be sent home with your child from time to time.
- Scallywaggs receives funding from the Ministry of Education and the record of spending is displayed on the parent notice board.
We look forward to having you and your child/children in our Kindergarten.
Graduation Kindergarten Fees - Booked hours - $5.20 per hour
- Casual hours - $7.50 per hour
- 20 ECE hours - No Charge
Graduation Kindergarten Daily Programme
Graduation Kindergarten opens and the programme commences.
Children are supported and encouraged to take responsibility for putting their bags and lunch boxes in the correct area, and then sign their name on the sign in sheet.
Encourage/support children to engage in learning experiences based on emerging interests, available inside or outside. This may include being involved in the setting up process.
Teachers to support children by providing safe and stimulating resources, use timely intervention engaging children in meaningful conversations and interactive sustained play.
Morning tea (provided) –sandwiches, fruit or fresh baking. All children to eat together and are supported to wash hands and sit when eating.
Regularly provide children with the opportunity to make/bake or be involved in their own morning tea.
Group time: Children are encouraged to participate and explore group learning experiences/activities like shared books, music and movement, letter sounds, early math concepts and classroom routines.
Lunch time karakia.
Lunch time – Learning appropriate social skills at meal times.
Same routine as above - highlighted in green.
Pack up time – Both inside and outside. Tidy up areas, clean and put away resources.
2 – 2.10pm
Quiet Time with puzzles and books, on the mat.
Pack up our bags – children are encouraged and supported to take responsibility for packing their belongings
Group Time – Children come together as a group where they write their names, learn the days of the week. Sing songs, and read a story.
Graduation Kindergarten closes.
*Timeframes are flexible to meet the needs of children, to visit local schools, parks, community events, and learning experiences and/or activities.
*Monday and Wednesday mornings are our allocated time for using the fun gym here at Scallywaggs.
Is My Child Ready For School
This is a question many parents ask us as their child is approaching school age. Here is a brief list of things your child should be doing by the age of 5 ensuring they are prepared for their school years. Please remember children develop at different rates so talk to one of our teachers if you have concerns or questions about your child’s development.
Self Help Skills
• Recognise own clothing (named)
• Dress himself/herself
• Tie shoe laces or do up Velcro shoes
• Be responsible for their belongings
• Put things in their bags
• Access resources and put them away
• Tidy up after themselves
• Use a toilet independently
Is your child able to:
• Get on with others, co-operate, share, take turns, be persistent, work alone, follow instructions for example: boundaries, doing as he/she was asked or told.
Is your child remembering what is heard and seen?
Can your child …?
• Follow simple directions
• Remember simple rhymes
• Remember a simple story that has been told or read
Is your child seeing, understanding and reacting appropriately?
Is your child hearing, understanding and reacting appropriately?
Children grow towards readiness for reading at different rates which vary widely in their abilities, skills and understanding. A preschool child may not learn all these pre reading skills before five but will learn and understand some of them.
• What a book is?
• Know that a book contains words and pictures
• Know that words are what are read
• Know that a book has a beginning, an end, a back and a front
• Understand that reading is done from left to right, top to bottom
• Understand that a printed word represents one spoken word
• Children need to learn to love and care for books in order to want to read
• Children have enough vocabulary to express what they want to say