You are welcome to enroll your child at any stage prior to their fifth birthday. We would appreciate having enrolment forms completed on the day of the pre-entry visit that you attend. This will enable the teacher to have everything ready for your child’s first day at school.
Pre-schoolers usually attend their school visits the 2 weeks before they turn 5. School visits are arranged with the school office or Room 1, (Ruma Kereru) teacher and usually run from 8.40am until interval. For your child’s school visit, they may want to have a healthy snack and a water bottle so as they can join in the interval activities.
These visits provide the opportunity for children to familiarise themselves with the school and classroom environment, begin to understand classroom routines and expectations and get to know the other students.
A parent or caregiver must accompany each child to the New Entrant visit and remain with the child throughout the morning. This will enable you to support your child in their transition to school as well as providing an opportunity for the teacher to explain class organisation in greater detail. Unfortunately, we are not able to cater for younger brothers or sisters. We would ask you to make alternative arrangements for their care.
What You Can Do to Help
Things you can do to help them prior to starting (and after)
What Will My Child Learn?
In the first year, your child’s learning will focus mostly on the Key Competencies: Thinking, Managing Self, Participating and Contributing, Relating to Others, and Using Language, Symbols and Text.
As part of the Using Language, Symbols and Text competencies students focus on the learning areas of literacy and numeracy where they cover learning experiences such as: