A typical day at Chapel Hill Kindergarten
Free play is greatly encouraged at Chapel Hill Kindergarten, as children learn through their exploration and discovery during play. However, during our morning session children are divided into three groups according to their age – the Kakapo, Kiwi and Kea groups. During this half hour children are immersed in literacy and numeracy.
Welcome! Teachers support positive transitions into Kindergarten.
Our environment is set up for exploration and free play. The curriculum provides space for children to follow their own interests.
9:45-10:15am Care moment - Morning tea/kai time
Children bring a piece of fruit to add to the fruit platters prepared for sharing at this time.
10:15-10:45am Small group time
We gather together for a Bible story, prayer and music. We then break into groups which provide opportunities to engage with early literacy and mathematical tasks focused at tamariki's level of knowledge and understanding.
"Children learn through play: by doing, asking questions, interacting with others, devising theories about how things work and then trying them out and by making purposeful use of resources. As they engage in exploration, they begin to develop attitudes and expectations that will continue to influence their learning throughout their life" (p.46,Te Whāriki, MOE 2017).
Towards the end of this time we will encourage tamariki to help with our tidy up time in preparation for lunch. Encouraging children to tidy alongside teachers promotes respect and value of our property and environment. These concepts teach life skills such as responsibility and accountability.
11:45 am Mat time / Farewell
Mid day mat time/ 'Ka Kite' (Farewell) for morning session
Fosters a sense of community and belonging as children contribute and engage in a time of leaning, song, dance and fun together.
12:00pm Lunch time / Care moment
Children are learning independence as they eat from their own lunch box. They regulate how much they eat and work out how to open their snacks. We then move into a quiet time to rest as they stop and focus with an educational dvd.
The environment is set up with opportunities to challenge both their fine and gross motor skills whilst they work.
2:15 Tidy up time
Towards the end of this free play time we will encourage tamariki to help with our tidy up time in preparation for the end of the day.
*Gather All Day finishers for story time and 'Ka Kite'
3:00pm Care moment - Afternoon tea/kai time
Children sit alongside their friends as they enjoy a drink and the fruit they have brought in to share.
3:15pm Mat time then 'Ka Kite' for afternoon session
Brings everyone together to share some music/games and a story before saying goodbye and heading home with their whānau.
4:00pm Home time for final all day children
*Please note that the children leaving at 2:30 will be leaving before afternoon tea time.