Mōkehu Room – for 3-5 year olds

Mōkehu Room – for 3-5 year olds

Philosophy

We believe in fostering trusting relationships between kaiako, children and whānau through authentic communication.

We believe in a bicultural environment where EVERYONE develops a sense of belonging and feels safe and secure to explore, create and grow within the natural and physical world.

We aspire our children to leave Kindergarten:

Teaching Team

Curriculum Leader
Andrea Aitcheson
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Full registration

Kaiako
Michelle Smith
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Full registration

Kaiako
Deirdre Paterson
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Full registration


Ratio

1:10

Routine/Rhythm

Morning Session

Session Times: Mon – Fri  8.30am-12.45pm

8.30am Children and whānau arrive: They are greeted by the kaiako (teachers) and sign in together. During the morning children are free to make choices about their interests and learning and have opportunity to engage in 14 different curriculum areas on offer.

9.00am Hui Time: Children and kaiako gather together to introduce themselves and mihimihi, share news, messages, stories, songs, music and movement and participate in karakia kai.
Please feel free to come and join us.

9.20am Kai Time: Rolling morning tea is offered after hui time until 11am. Healthy eating is encouraged, shared fruit is on offer and children can select from their lunch box.

12.00pm Pack-away/whakapaipai Time: Children choose where they would like to pack away and with whom. Children and kaiako are encouraged to take responsibility to pack away resources, and represent them for the next session.

12.15pm Final Hui Time: Children and kaiako gather together to share songs, stories and reflect on their morning.

12.30pm Lunch Time: Children bring their own packed lunch and when finished pack away their belongings ready for their whānau to collect them.

Afternoon Session

Session Times: Mon, Tues, Thurs 1pm-3.30pm

1.00pm Children and whānau arrive: They are greeted by the kaiako (teachers) and sign in together. During the afternoon, children make choices about their interests and learning and have the opportunity to engage in 14 different curriculum areas on offer.

1.15pm Hui Time: Children gather together to share news and participate in songs and stories. Please feel free to come and join us.

1.30pm Kai Time: Rolling afternoon tea is offered after mat time. Healthy eating is encouraged, shared fruit is on offer and children can select a snack from their lunch box.

3.15pm Pack away/whakapaipai: Children are encouraged to take responsibility at pack away time. Please remember many hands make light work, we ask that you please assist your child with this before leaving.

Unique to the Mōkehu room

Morning Kindergarten offers a single aged session for four-year-olds where there is interesting and inviting spaces to explore, wonder, discover and hypothesize with and alongside others. The afternoon session offers opportunities for Tuakana/Teina Relationships where the older or more experienced children support and nurture the younger tamariki.

Within these sessions, kaiako/teachers place emphasis on supporting children’s developing foundational skills that we value as important in supporting their life long learning.

We are all on the waka together - no exceptions He waka eke noa