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Welcome to Senior Kindergarten
The Senior Kindergarten programme operates between 9:00am and 3:00pm, Monday to Friday catering for up to 30 preschool children.
Senior Kindergarten Philosophy
Our teaching team strongly supports the Scallywaggs Kindergarten & Care Philosophy because it overarches our core values and beliefs.
At the Senior Kindergarten, we provide quality education curriculum with appropriate learning experiences (play) that are: SAFE, FUN, POSITIVE and STIMULATING. We encourage children to EXPLORE their interests and DISCOVER the many possibilities of learning through PROBLEM SOLVING using TRIAL and ERROR in a CARING and SUPPORTIVE environment. We are passionate teachers who are committed to teach children in partnership with parents/whānau with warmth and respect.
ERO REPORT: August 2014
Children learn in an environment where they are valued and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning. A sense of belonging is promoted through strong, respectful relationships with families and whānau. Teachers seek and respond to parents’ aspirations for their children. They provide ongoing opportunities for parents to contribute to the programme.
Teachers provide a curriculum that responds to individual children’s strengths and interests. It reflects the rural background of the children. Literacy, mathematics and science are integrated. Children are able to explore their interests and have fun. Access to the wider Scallywaggs environment and regular outings to the library and other areas of interest in the community enrich children’s learning experiences.
Children lead their own learning. They engage in cooperative play for sustained periods of time. Their independence is fostered through access to a good range of resources and activities. Natural resources are integrated. Routines are responsive to the children’s needs and promote social skills.