About Us

 

Conveniently located onsite at Johnsonville School, Premier Preschool is an innovative concept in pre-school education. 
 
 

He waka eke hoa

Without exception we are all in this canoe together

 
Our Philosophy

 

We see preschool education as part of the whole sphere of learning and strive to enable children to experience a seamless and confident transition on to school.

 

We offer a comprehensive developmentally appropriate preschool programme that incorporates the principles of Te Whāriki, the ECE Curriculum, with a strong focus on enhancing literacy and mathematical knowledge, skills and concepts. This programme is created through ongoing observations and assessments of each individual child. We begin with a focus on each child’s interests, extending their knowledge, skills and dispositions. Children’s learning is enhanced with our knowledge of child development as well as life experience, and an ongoing commitment to professional development and learning within the team.

 

The teachers work alongside children in a positive and affirming manner, building warm, caring relationships with them as we guide, challenge, assist and question to extend their thinking in a powerful learning environment; always promoting their health, well being and safety which creates a fun-filled environment to help children to be more receptive to learning.

 

We believe in showing respect to each child and their family, recognising, empowering and celebrating cultural heritage and acknowledging different beliefs and values. We provide equitable opportunities for all children and strive to develop an awareness of right and wrong, fairness and justice.

 

We acknowledge the importance of parents / whanau and the wider community and will encourage their participation and collaboration through responsive and reciprocal relationships to ensure a strong partnership exists to support the children.

 

Learning & Development

 

Our programme is based on the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whãriki. Each child is involved in an Individual Education Plan and regular feed back is given to parents. Families are included in educational and social events, on a regular basis.

 

Our programme includes a mix of: 

 

  • free play

  • structured learning

  • opportunities for individual development

  • group experiences

  • drama

  • music

  • art

  • manipulative activities

  • physical play

  • involvement in the community

  • regular excursions

 

We begin with a focus on each child’s interests, extending their knowledge, skills and dispositions. Children’s learning is enhanced with our knowledge of child development as well as life experience, and an ongoing commitment to professional development and learning within the team. The teachers work alongside children in a positive and affirming manner, building warm, caring relationships with them as we guide, challenge, assist and question to extend their thinking in a powerful learning environment; always promoting their health, well being and safety which creates a fun-filled environment to help children to be more receptive to learning.

 

We encourage the growth of dispositions such as self esteem, confidence, independence, curiosity, emotional resilience, risk taking, persistence, decision making, negotiating, problem-solving skills, creativity and a love of learning in all children. The children are encouraged to show consideration and caring for others, and to respect the Pre School environment and all within it, so that safe, happy and secure learning experiences can be enjoyed by all.

 

We acknowledge the importance of parents / whanau and the wider community and will encourage their participation and collaboration through responsive and reciprocal relationships to ensure a strong partnership exists to support the children.

 

He waka eke hoa

 

Without exception we are all in this canoe together

School Involvement

 

There is regular two way participation with the Junior School classes at Johnsonville School for appropriate outings and activities which enhances preparation for school routines and provides mutually beneficial learning opportunities.

 

We receive regular positive feedback from the Junior school teachers on how smoothly the Preschool children make the transition to school and how their Preschool experience sets them on a learning pathway for life.

 

They arrive at school confident in themselves as learners able to manage change.

 

We have access to the school library, sports equipment, playing fields, Discovery Room and the book room.

 

We encourage visits to and from other contributing schools in the area and support their transition to school programmes. We encourage families to be involved in the transition to school process and also to share their child’s learning journal with the school teacher to help build up knowledge of the child’s interests, strengths and needs and how they learn.