About

Our Preschool

Discovery is a 30 place centre which provides an educational programme that is based on your child’s physical and emotional needs as well as their individual strengths and interests.

Our preschool is a home away from home for our families and because we are a small preschool, every child is an individual to us and all the teachers know all the children well. We have four qualified and registered teachers which enables us to provide high quality care and education for your child. We aim for one teacher to every six/seven children.

We are open Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, with the exception of statutory holidays and two weeks close down at Christmas Time.

Discovery Routine

7:45am – 8:00am – Opening jobs

8:00am – 9:30am – Children arrive with parents/caregivers, hang up their bags and find their name tags. Two and three year old’s also put their lunch boxes on the trolley. Four year old’s keep them in their bags for school readiness. Children are then helped to settle in by the teachers and engage in free play activities.

10:00am – Rolling morning tea – children are invited to the morning tea table and can come when they are ready to eat.

10:30am – Children who wear nappies are changed and children who are toilet training are encouraged to sit on the toilet. Nappies are provided by parents/caregivers.

10:45am – Messy play is cleaned up and any wet/dirty children are changed into spare clothes provided by their parents/caregivers. Wet clothes are placed in a plastic bag and then into their school bags.

12:15pm – Tidy up time – all children help to clean up inside in preparation for lunch time together.

12:25pm – Mat time with all children which involves identifying the day/month/year, songs, games and stories.

12:45pm – Lunch time – we start with a kai karakia (blessing) before we eat and then all sit down together with one teacher at each table. Safety when eating and self-helps skills are encouraged at this time.

1:15pm – Children who need a sleep are put down when they finish their lunch

1:30pm – As children finish their lunch, they wash their faces and put their lunch boxes in their bags. Different activities are put out in the afternoon and children engage in free play

2:00pm – Children who wear nappies are changed and children who are toilet training are encouraged to sit on the toilet

2:15pm – Messy play is cleaned up and any wet/dirty children are changed into spare clothes provided by their parents/caregivers. Wet clothes are placed in a plastic bag and then into their school bags. Children are then asked to put their drink bottles and any other belongings in their bags at this time and put their shoes on/in their bags.

2:30pm – Children who are sleeping are woken up, dressed and reminded to go to the toilet/have their nappies changed.

2:40-3:00pm – Teachers start to tidy up and children are encouraged to do the same. Most children go home by 3pm and teachers support children leaving with parents/caregivers at this time.

3:00pm – Children who stay late get their bags and come inside for afternoon tea. Children are then free to do an activity inside, read books with the teachers or play a board game.

4:00pm – Home time – teachers support children leaving with parents/caregivers at this time.

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