Peppertree Preschool is located in a character home with a spacious, mature setting. We believe the environment and atmosphere created is homely, safe, caring, happy and stimulating. We aim to provide quality Early Childhood Education in this environment that meets the needs of all children and their families/whanau.
Our programme offers a balance of structured and free choice learning experiences that are appropriate to the needs of each child. We recognise routines as opportunities to extend and support children's learning through a combination of teacher directed activities and children's interests. Our programme is delivered with guidance, support, understanding, consistency and care.
Our programme is based on the curriculum for early childhood centres - Te Whaariki. We provide the children with opportunities to explore the 16 areas of play. We carefully plan our indoor and outdoor envionments to meet the children's individual learning goals providing them with stimulating and fun activities. The Nursery, Preschool and Prepschool each have a monthly focus coming from the children's interests. Our monthly focuses include dress up days, excursions out into the community and carefully planned activities to extend childrens learning. Each week we focus on a different letter, colour, number and shape.
Each child at Peppertree has their own profile book which is a record of their learning journey. The profile books contain learning stories (narrative documentations of your child's learning), photos, milestone achievements and learning goals for each child. Learning goals are set by the parents twice each year. Teachers then use teaching strategies to support your child's learning and development to meet goals. Progress and outcomes are documented through learning stories.
We are also recording your child’s learning online through “Storypark”. The aim of Storypark is to develop a strong partnership between teachers and parents/whanau and to increase family involvement.
Using Storypark you will be able to contribute to your child’s Learning Portfolio. You are also able to invite other people, especially extended family members to view and contribute to your child’s Portfolio.
Click here to read more about Storypark.