Ako – Pre-School (3 – 6 Years)
When your child has transitioned from Matāuranga their needs and strengths will be communicated between teachers. Time will be taken to again develop that special relationship with the new teachers of Ako room.
If you are new to our Centre, time will be taken to understand your family’s needs, aspirations and routines as we all work together in giving your child the freedom to grow.
In Ako your child will continue to have experienced and dedicated teachers paying special attention to their developing interests. Experiences are provided each day that are carefully selected to foster their interests and support their holistic development.
Planning and Portfolios
Your child’s learning will be visible with planning displayed and assessment in their portfolios. Your thoughts and ideas will be sought by the teachers to add to the experiences developed within the Centre and to extend on activities from your home and community.
Continuing the focus of your child developing self-help and care skills, time is allowed each morning and afternoon for a rolling meal. This is to allow each child to understand when they are hungry, and to respect their learning so key moments are not interrupted. Time will be taken each day for a group gathering to share news, stories and songs. Numeracy and literacy will also be a focus here.
Areas will be available throughout the day for active and quiet times. After lunch a quiet space has been designed if your child requires a sleep.
Ako can cater for up to 25 children. Kid Country St Johns will aim for with a teacher/child ratio of 1:8 in this area although at times this may vary due to enrolment patterns.