Little School - Our transition to school programme
As a former new entrant, primary school teacher, Bridget is aware of the importance of school readiness in order to transition smoothly from an early childcare experience, to a school classroom.
A major part of this at The Orchard Child Care is "Little School" (named by our Littlies). Little School is held daily, for approx 30 minutes, at around 10.45 and is optional for all 4 year olds. A strong focus of this time is extending our 4 year olds and their worlds. We extend our current focus through the worlds of language, culture, science and arts.
Another part of our transition programme is a Friday lunch box day for 4 year olds. Four year olds are encouraged to bring a nutritious packed lunch on Fridays in order to learn the importance of eating appropriate amounts at certain times (so there's still some left at lunch time).
We have close relationships with Kaharoa and Ngongotaha Schools.
We have children who graduate and go onto a number of schools within the Rotorua area, all equipped with the knowledge and attitudes to set them up for a lifelong learning journey.