Minnies Preschool Facts
The preschool is open from 7.30am - 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays.
We are closed on Public Holidays.
We offer full day, half day, and school hour sessions (9 – 3pm) at the preschool, according to availability.
We are part of the 20 hours ECE scheme.
We operate staff to child ratios of 1:9 in the over twos and 1:4 in the under twos.
Caregivers are required to spend an orientation time with their children at the Preschool before leaving them here. This promotes confidence in the child (and the parent) while the child explores and adjusts to the new environment and makes the settling in process a smoother one. You are always welcome to drop in during the day and to phone us at any time should you wish to check on your child’s well-being.
You are an important part of our community and have much to contribute. You are welcome at the centre at any time to share your ideas, discuss your child’s development or just to spend time with your child. A bi monthly newsletter will keep you informed on the running of the Preschool. We have a Operations Manual that contain our company policies and procedures, which we ask you to read, as well as a parent library where books are available on loan. We have parents’ evenings approximately four times a year, which may be on an educational topic or just an informal get together. Please read the parents’ notice board and the programme planning sheet, which will keep you in touch with what your child is learning about during their time at Minnies.
We highly value and encourage involvement from our families. We hold parent evenings approximately once a term, which may include a speaker, wine and cheese night or fish and chip evening, and a celebration Christmas party at the end of the year for all families, children and staff. We hold formal parent teacher interviews once a year with dedicated time spent with your child’s profile teacher reviewing your child’s time at preschool and any questions you may have.
What do the children bring to preschool?
- Children bring their own lunch box, drink bottle and a piece of fruit to share for shared morning and afternoon tea.
- Disposable nappies if required
- Bottles of milk or formula as required
- A backpack with a change or changes of clothes, suitable for your child to experience the full range of (sometimes!) messy experiences that we offer in our programme throughout the day, and warm clothes for our cooler weather – all named please to avoid lost property.
- Sensible, supportive shoes that your child can run, jump and dance in.
- We provide sunblock for the children and apply this twice a day
- Children are required to wear hats while outside in the summer months. We ask that they bring their own named hat to minimize the risk of head lice.
Excursions are a valuable learning experience and great fun for the children. We schedule trips according to the curriculum and community events and are usually inundated with parent help for the trips, which is great. In the past we have taken the children on excursions to the Antarctic Centre, the Christchurch Museum, the local parks and Willowbank. All excursions are thoroughly planned and attention to health and safety risks is continually assessed with a strong emphasis on high teacher to child ratios. Permission is required from caregivers before the children go on any excursion.
Does my child have any documented records of their time at preschool?
Each child has an allocated profile teacher who documents their learning and development through assessment based learning stories. These are collated in your child’s profile book which is yours to keep once your child leaves preschool. We base our individual and group curriculum planning on these learning stories, therefore ensuring the activities we provide are based on interests that your child shows through their play. Children aged under two are provided with a daily communication notebook for each day of attendance, in which all routines, sleeps, bottles and food along with comments from the day are noted.