Once you have enrolled your child in Tōtara Park School, we will contact you about starting school visits.
The goal of our transition-to-school programme is to make the transition to school an exciting and positive experience for your child.
Our pre-school visitors attend Discovery (a learning-through-play experience) on Thursdays from 8.55 a.m. to 10.40 a.m. Children can have up to 6 school visits. For the first few visits, we encourage parents and caregivers to stay for the duration of the visits.
During Discovery, you will have the opportunity to talk with the teacher about your child and the sessions. As your child gains confidence and settles into school routines and the classroom environment, you are welcome to leave them at school and collect them at the end of Discovery at 10.20 a.m., and stay for morning tea until 10.40 a.m. Staying for morning tea enables your child to have the opportunity to open and close their bag, practise selecting food out of their lunchbox to eat at morning tea, sit with their friends to eat, and get a chance to play in the junior playground with other visitors and school children.
The last two visits are extended visits until 12.45 p.m. The goal of these extended visits is for children to experience time in their classroom with their teacher and join in with teacher-directed activities. Silent reading, reading groups, teacher-directed reading activities, and further learning-through-play experiences are some of the learning activities that may be held after Discovery.
Your child will also learn about simple classroom routines, including how to move around the classroom, what the bells mean, and what to do when they ring. Your child will also get to establish closer relationships with their teacher and future classmates.
Lunch is from 12 noon to 12.45 p.m. (with supervised eating time from 12 noon to 12.15 p.m.) The opportunity to eat lunch at school allows children to practise lunchtime routines like getting their lunchbox out of their bag, selecting which food to eat, finding and wearing a hat, sitting to eat until the play-bell rings, and raising their hand to get their lunch box checked by the teacher on duty.
Our transition-to-school programme provides opportunities to experience these important school routines and give your child a chance to familiarise themselves with school behaviour - making the transition to school easier.
Download our guide to preparing your child before they start school.