The Ark Preschool

Providing excellent early childhood education in partnership with families and the community, within a nurturing and caring christian environment.

About Us

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Vision Statement

To embrace a culture of ongoing improvement, resulting in a demonstration of excellence for children and their families, teachers, management and governance.

Our Philosophy

Teachers and Staff
Trained Christian teachers, who are committed to the vision of The Ark Preschool and to ongoing professional development, will be employed.Teachers and staff will be warm, welcoming, caring and encouraging to all children and their families. Teachers and staff will strive for a spirit of excellence in all that they do.
  
Teachers and Staff relationships with children and their families
Children will experience positive relationships at The Ark.Teachers and Staff will model behaviour that encourages and builds up others self-esteem and confidence.  Children will be encouraged to do the same.Relationships based on respect and trust will be promoted for all. Open communication will be encouraged where information can be shared, for the benefit of the child and their families.
  
Children's learning and development, curriculum and environment
Opportunities will be provided to extend and encourage further learning and development in children in an accepting, supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Children will be given opportunities for self-directed learning and for making choices within the programme.The curriculum will nurture children cognitively, physically and emotionally with a Christian ethos underlying all aspects of the programme. Safety of cihldren will be paramount at all times.   Attractive, well maintained and inviting resources that cover all curriculum areas will be provided.
  
Equity and the Treaty of Waitangi
Differing views and values of families will be respected and all children valued.
Bi-cultural partnership will be acknowledged.
  
Management Systems
Effective, efficient systems will be put in place to enhance the quality of the programme offered.

Programme and Curriculum

At The Ark Preschool, children will experience a curriculum that builds on their experiences, knowledge, skills, attitudes, needs, interests and views of the world.
  
The curriculum will nurture children cognitively, physically and emotionally with a Christian ethos underlying all aspects of our programme.
  
Our programme is based on Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum.
  
Our well resourced core curriculum supports children in spontaneous, meaningful play as well as providing a wide range of experiences to encourage children's learning and development.   A balance between free play and structured activities encourages children to make choices and decisions so that they develop competence, confidence and independence as learners.
 
We offer a programme that ensures all children have the foundation skills for literacy and are prepared for the organised, highly symbolic world of school.
 
Talking Skills:
The 'talk' that is necessary for learning and to survive the busy and competitive world of the school classroom.
Listening Skills: Learning to listen for sounds and sounds in words in preparation for spelling.
Looking Skills:
Learning to discriminate pictures, shapes, letters and words in preparation for reading.
Moving Skills:
Ensuring that children have the co-ordination and motor dexterity to manage classroom and play activities and are prepared for handwriting.
Print Knowledge:
Ensuring that children understand what the world of print is all about; the difference between pictures and words, of words and letters and of letters and sounds.

 

Facility & Learning Environment

We provide your child with a spacious, high quality learning environment.

Our facility is well equipped with a good range of resources to support your child's holistic development. The interior is bright and attractively finished.  This results in a warm, inviting workspace, both for adults and children.   We have a large veranda, which is an all-weather space, facilitated by the pull-down plastic, see-through curtains.   Our outdoor area is planted in natives and has a mix of surfaces.   We have a large, covered sandpit.  A good range of fixed and movable equipment provide plenty of opportunities for your child's physical and social development.