Pohutukawa Room (Preschool)

Preschool Childhood Education

Pohutukawa children are inventive, creative explorers who test theories and practice their developing social skills. They like to be cooperative and collaborate in order to solve problems, take risks and understand their place in the world. With a focus on building self-confidence and supporting children to become intrinsically motivated, we see our oldest children really begin to thrive by using their growing independence, creativity and imagination to support their own learning.

Dedicated Space

The Pohutukawa Room has dedicated spaces to cater for the differing ages and diverse aspects of the programme. This includes our Pukeko room where we run our specialised Transition to School Programme. We have unique large outdoor areas with natural grass and mature trees. This beautiful safe, stimulating environment enables your child to explore, and to be active and curious.

Learning Programme

Our learning programme is a balance of structured group time and self-initiated play. Your child will encounter many different concepts which increase their physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social development. They will also spend time in smaller groups with their teachers, to harness the richness of targeted learning outcomes. Literacy and numeracy are critical in a child’s development thus we foster this programme through all our rooms.

Our teachers encourage your child to initiate their own play, make discoveries and set goals for their future learning. We know how much children thrive on being challenged and the satisfaction they feel when they have achieved their goals. In our Pohutukawa room we also run our ‘Being a Good Friend’ programme where your child is encouraged to treat everybody kindly, fairly and with respect. We also expect our children to be proactive and positive members of the team, supporting teachers and peers within their room.

Albany pre-school child and teacher studying writing.

Our Teachers

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.

Pohutukawa Room (Preschool)

Preschool Childhood Education

Pohutukawa children are inventive, creative explorers who test theories and practice their developing social skills. They like to be cooperative and collaborate in order to solve problems, take risks and understand their place in the world. With a focus on building self-confidence and supporting children to become intrinsically motivated, we see our oldest children really begin to thrive by using their growing independence, creativity and imagination to support their own learning.

Dedicated Space

The Pohutukawa Room has dedicated spaces to cater for the differing ages and diverse aspects of the programme. This includes our Pukeko room where we run our specialised Transition to School Programme. We have unique large outdoor areas with natural grass and mature trees. This beautiful safe, stimulating environment enables your child to explore, and to be active and curious.

Learning Programme

Our learning programme is a balance of structured group time and self-initiated play. Your child will encounter many different concepts which increase their physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social development. They will also spend time in smaller groups with their teachers, to harness the richness of targeted learning outcomes. Literacy and numeracy are critical in a child’s development thus we foster this programme through all our rooms.

Our teachers encourage your child to initiate their own play, make discoveries and set goals for their future learning. We know how much children thrive on being challenged and the satisfaction they feel when they have achieved their goals. In our Pohutukawa room we also run our ‘Being a Good Friend’ programme where your child is encouraged to treat everybody kindly, fairly and with respect. We also expect our children to be proactive and positive members of the team, supporting teachers and peers within their room.

Albany pre-school child and teacher studying writing.

Our Teachers

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.