To achieve a successful transition to school, it is very helpful for your child to have some familiarity with the school, their teachers and with our learning space (Pūkeko). We recommend that three visits are appropriate for most children, but are happy to facilitate more visits if necessary.
Approximately one month before your child’s fifth birthday, the New Entrant teacher will contact you by email to arrange suitable dates for these visits. At this time you will also be sent a copy of the Pūkeko class information booklet. The information booklet contains further information about how to prepare for starting school, how the learning space works, how to purchase uniforms and stationery etc. We most commonly schedule visit days for one day a week for the three weeks before a child starts school. Tuesday is our usual “visit” day, however, we are able to be flexible based on work schedules, etc.
- Our usual structure is having a first visit that runs from 9.00 – 10.00 am, where you, as a parent, stay with your child to support them as they become familiar with the space. School begins at 8.55 am and you are welcome to arrive a little early so your child can get to know their new environment and you have a chance to talk with the teachers. For this first visit, you don’t need to bring anything for your child.
- The second visit runs from 9.00 – 11.00 am, where you drop your child off and pick them up at the end of the visit. Please provide a water bottle with some water in it and a small fruit or vegetable snack for your child, as the children have a snack at around 10.00 am.
- The third visit runs for the whole morning from 9.00 – 12.30 pm, so your child is able to experience staying for a longer period of time, including morning tea. For this visit, your child will need their water bottle, a small fruit or vegetable snack and something small to eat for morning tea (e.g. crackers, yogurt, more fruit, biscuits, etc). Your child does not need to wear their school uniform for these visit days.