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Scholars Preschool pukekohe

Scholars preschool Pukekohe has been operating since February 2005. We are licensed for 30 children including 8 under twos. Our hours are from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through to Friday.

The under two children have their own indoor and outdoor space and two dedicated qualified staff worked with them, at times we have three staff, depending on the needs of the children. The under two children engage in activities such as water play, painting, play dough, messy play etc. They have morning tea, a cooked lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack each day. They have their own designated cot and bedding is provided. Staff work closely with parents to ensure that their routines are kept the same at preschool that they have at home to ensure continuity between home and the preschool.

The 2 – 3 1/2 year old children (Tui Kids) have their own room for the morning where they engage with their peers and two teachers, in activities such as name recognition, shapes, colours, simple mathematics, scissor and pencil skills, songs, games etc. They have their own mat time and share a morning tea together; children are encouraged to help themselves to morning tea and pour their own drinks, clear their plates away and stack their own chairs.

The 3 ½ - 5 year old children (Kiwi Kids) have their own room for the morning where they to engage with their peers and two teachers in preparation for school. Activities include name writing, mathematics, scissor skills, worksheets, games with rules, turn taking, sewing, threading and work on a computer. They also have their own mat time and morning tea together, these children are also encouraged to set the tables and help themselves to morning tea and drinks, the clear their plates away and stack their chairs.

After morning tea all the children are together, activities are set up each day for them from painting to carpentry, messy play to dramatic play. The environment is set up differently each day to allow children to experiment all areas of the curriculum.

All children have a hot cooked lunch each day followed by dessert. Where parents have indicated, some of the younger children sleep and the older children rest for about ½ an hour.

In the afternoon the environment is set up again and children are free to engage in activities of their choice.

Afternoon tea is about 2:30, late snack at about 4:30, the centre then closes at 5:30pm.