Little Engines is open from 8.45am – 3.30pm. We are open 50 weeks of the year, closing for 2 weeks over the Christmas/New Year holiday period. For Christmas 2018, we will close on Monday 24 December and reopen on Monday 7 January.

Little Engines plans activities that are appropriate, challenging, educational and of interest, to extend children’s learning and development. Teachers work closely with children developing child initiated discussions and extending children’s ideas and interests.

Our programme:

1. Is child-focused and encourages self-reliance, develops children’s self esteem, wellbeing and social skills. The programme also seeks to further children’s knowledge of their own and other cultures in New Zealand, recognising beauty in diversity.

2. Provides activities for children to develop social skills, communication skills and exploratory play.

3. Provides opportunities for children’s skills and knowledge to be extended, according to their individual needs and abilities and interests. We acknowledge children’s strengths and interests and cater to their learning in a way that appeals to them.

4. Aims to create independent learners for the future; by building children’s confidence and self-esteem, equipping them with the necessary skills for all social and educational experiences in life.

5. Recognises the importance of the intimate relationships required between the home and the pre-school and utilises a primary caregiver system to facilitate and foster that relationship. A broad outline of our daily programme is as follows:

8.45am – 9.00am Welcome! Morning greeting and line time (Brain Gym, song, story time, calendar, days of the week, weather, roll call)
8.45am – 11.30am Montessori work cycle – independent choosing and presentation of Montessori activities
9.45am – 10.15am Rolling morning tea
9.15am Indoor/outdoor flow
11.30am Tidy up and line time (music and movement, poems, birthday celebrations)
12.00pm – 1.00pm Lunch time and outdoor play time
1.00pm Rest time
1.15pm Children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities: physical education, folk dancing, art, craft, cultural studies, science, topical investigations and/or free choosing time
2.30pm – 3.00pm Afternoon tea, tidy up and pack bags
3.15pm – 3.30pm Story time, goodbye song and pick-up

On Wednesdays, an Extension Class is run by the senior teaching staff.