The Ark Preschool

Providing excellent early childhood education, within a nurturing and caring christian environment.

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, emotionally, spiritually, and socially 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.