The Preschool is situated in the Flanshaw Road School Grounds and was established 9 years ago to provide support for the families and children in the local community. The preschool caters for children aged between 3 to school entry level. We are licensed for 35 children per day and offer 20 free hours for all children over 3 years.
The teachers at Flanshaw are committed to providing a programme that is both stimulating and challenging for children's development. It is our belief that healthy self esteem is paramount to our overall wellbeing and as such, we aim to create an environment which promotes a positive self image through responsive and reciprocal communication alongside a strong emphasis on relationship building with other children, staff and their families. We believe that children learn and develop best in an environment where the teacher has a respectful image of children as being competent and capable young people.
We are inspired by the Reggio Emillia philsophy and believe the environment we provide works as the third teacher. We have a strong emphasis on aesthics, and believe in creating beautiful spaces for children to learn, explore and discover.
We have a close relationship with Flanshaw Road School and continue to strenghten links through tranisiton to school programmes for children before starting school, and ongoing positive relationships with staff.
Our philosophy of teaching and learning is underpinned by Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum.
The programme is driven by the child's interest, we believe children learn best when it is relative to their interest. At Flanshaw Preschool we create a co-operative, collaborative approach to learning where: