Child: teacher ratios are well above the Ministry of Education requirements. This ensures a high level of care, interaction and education. The 1:8 teaching ratio allows our experienced and qualified teachers to support and extend your child ’s learning. Our Pohutukawa teachers hold primary and early childhood teaching qualifications. They are rich in experience both individually and collectively.
We want our children and their families to feel prepared for the next step in their education journey. Our teachers regularly visit the local primary schools and have a good understanding of the primary curriculum. This enables our teachers to support your child’s smooth transition to school.
Transitioning to School Programme
The Pukeko group is a specialised programme aligned with the new entrant classroom. We know how important it is for children to have solid foundations and to feel comfortable and safe in their environment. Our programme has been designed to support your child’s smooth transition to school.
During Pukeko group time your child will participate in a variety of experiences based on the Early Childhood curriculum including language, maths, art, social, science and physical activities. Children are encouraged to; listen to and follow instructions, persevere with a task to completion, participate and cooperate within a group, take risks and grow in confidence.
In addition to our Transition Programme we also introduce new concepts, including a book bag to take home each day and a packed lunch prepared by our in-house cook. All of which helps support your child’s transition to their new school life.
We are exceptionally proud of our Pukeko programme. Feedback from families and schools tell us that our children experience a positive and smooth transition to school and stand out as being Summerfield graduates.