Starting school is an important time for children and families, and children who make a positive start to school are more likely to feel comfortable, relaxed and valued, feel excited and motivated to learn, have a good relationship with others and develop a sense of belonging within the school community.
Starting school is not just about the first day. It’s a process that begins when children and families start to prepare in the year before, and continues as children experience their first days, weeks and months of school. The process involves a number of changes for children and families, and everyone reacts differently.
In the school holidays when Flanshaw Road Primary School is empty, Te Atatu South Childcare use this an opportunity to explore the school environment. When they visited the school they were able to find the classrooms that some of them would be going to be in to, the library, the office and the swimming pool. They were also able to engage in different conversations about where they would have their lunches at school and talked about how the toilet block isn’t in the classrooms.
By providing the children with this experience they are becoming familiar with different areas of the school so that when they eventually make the transition it is somewhat familiar to them. It is also allowing them to become familiar with different services that are available in the local Te Atatu community.
To find out more about the programme they offer at their centre, so you can feel free to visit the centre or contact them through their contact page.
The Centre caters for children from babies to school age, and their opening hours are 7.30am to 5.45pm. Though licensed for 50 children, on average they have 10 under 2’s and 35 2 to 5 year olds. They have 3 separate learning environments divided by gates, not doors, so siblings are able to see each other throughout the day if they wish.