What does a day at our Kindy look like?
We arrive to a big welcome from our kaiako, we get our name tag, choose a cubby hole and put our bag away.
We get to choose from lots of different activities at the tables - craft, messy play, puzzles, painting or cooking. There is something new every day. Tamariki can choose whether they stay inside to play or venture outside to the playground, snadpit, carpentry table, water play, bikes, prams and more.
The bell rings to come inside for our first Mat Time - this is when we practise our listening and learning skills in a group, just like we will at school one day. We learn days of the week, play number and letter games, sing action songs or have a Te Reo lesson. We also share our news with the class.
In small groups we go to wash our hands ready for kai time at the tables with our friends.
After we've put our lunch boxes away, it is back to free play with lots of activities to offer choice and stimulation for the tamariki.
Is it Lunch Time already? You know what to do now: hand washing, lunch box and choose a seat with your friends at the tables.
After lunch we might play a group game all together, sometimes we have running races on the reserve next door, sometimes we play 'doggy, doggy, whose got your bone' outside just to name a few or if it's wet we play an indoor game until our final mat time. Now we share the day's events and recognise our achievements and celebrate Birthdays or Goodbyes. We sing our Goodbye song and wait on the mat until our carer is there to collect us.
This is at 2.45pm.
Wow, what a busy, fun day at Kindy today!