At Swannanoa Preschool it is important to us that children and their whānau transition to school smoothly.
We have established strong relationships with our surrounding schools and these collaborative relationships help our children experience successful transitions. Te Whāriki outlines the wider world of family and community as being an integral part of the Early Childhood Curriculum.
The Education Review Office states that successful transitions are supported by effective partnerships between families, services and schools.
We make regular visits to Swannanoa School, we visit the library, attend assemblies, have lunch with the 'big kids', attend pet days and sports days amongst other things.
All children have the opportunity to visit their future school with their preschool teacher.
We invite our local schools to visit us here at preschool.
We hold parent information sessions.
We have transition to school boards that show which schools the children will be attending.
In our parent library you will find photo books about our local schools and books on transitioning to school.
During the preschool years you can help your child by encouraging the following skills and dispositions Encourage your child to:
Other ways of helping your children are by fostering an enjoyment of literacy and numeracy.
The Education Review Office has a very thorough report on this important part of your child’s life:
Please feel free to come and talk further to us about our transition to school process at any time.