Our Prepschool caters for children three to five years old.  Our programme inspires a love of learning and confidence and ensures a smooth transition to school.

Our morning begins with a whanau time, an opportunity to come together and share our stories, waiata and news. We then move to our morning group time splitting into three "Mini Groups" relating to the children's age and stage of development. Each teacher facilitates a planned activity or experience such as maths and literacy skills, cutting and pencil control.

Our lunchtime group is a chance for all the children to come together before lunch for stories, waiata, group games, music and movement.  Afternoon group is another opportunity for all of the children to come together and includes music and movement, stories, drama and farewelling the children that leave at 3 pm.

Children are supported and encouraged during free play times to explore, make discoveries, challenge themselves and participate in a variety of learning experiences such as art and creative play, tactile messy play, science and nature, construction, water play and music and movement.

Transitioning to School

At Poppies we aim to ensure your child's transition to school is as smooth as possible by fostering independence, and encouraging children to take responsibility for themselves and their belongings.

As well as our morning mini groups, in the afternoons the older children take part in "School Group". This group time ensures the children are ready for school and provides activities focusing on maths, literacy, independence, social skills and children's individual interests.

We pride ourselves on our good relationships with the local primary schools.  We keep in contact with new entrant classrooms to ensure a positive transition.


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