At Kiwikidz we have successfully developed a programme that encourages and extends our older children with skills and attitudes that support them on their journey to become a competent and curious life learner. Our aim is to prepare children emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically as they embark on their journey to school.
EDUCATION REVIEW OFFICE:“Children and their families are well supported to make a successful transition when they are ready to begin school. Transition processes include visits, liaison with schools, the whā club, sharing of information and support for parents. A feature of the transition process is the regular visits by groups of children and their teachers to the local school. Children are able to develop strong relationships that support a confident and seamless move to school.”
Our Whā Club programme starts after lunch daily. Our programme is relevant to our children’s interests and is fun and varied with activities and projects. This is time that allows our children to be involved in smaller group activities such as maths and language games, art, cooking, and science and technology projects.
We have developed a close connection with Waihi Beach Primary School and our four year olds enjoy regular visits into the new entrant classrooms along with visits to local schools annual sports and cultural events.
Children also enjoy opportunities for excursions into our local community such as to the library, to the beach , into the bush, trips to the vets, local village, and community gardens etc.
We provide advice and information for parents/guardians about school procedure and enrolment packs. Whānau are always welcome to join us on our school visits and we have found this is a relaxed opportunity for families to ask questions, meet teachers and observe their child in a new entrant classroom environment.