Preparing children for school
Selwyn House Preschool is a vibrant place where childhood is celebrated. Its modern, spacious building is located within the Selwyn House School community and caters to the specific needs of pre-school children.
As the only pre-school in the South Island that offers the International Baccalaureate Programme and is influenced by Reggio Emilia, its educational philosophy incorporates an international perspective into the inquiry-based pre-school. In an environment that supports the ‘‘100 Languages’’ principle (the different means by which children learn and express themselves), the children’s questions drive their learning. The pre-school’s hands-on and life activities support an expanding awareness and respect of other cultures and perspectives. its focus is on teaching boys and girls how to learn, how to ask questions, how to research and how to present information.
It offers a unique specialist programme where, each week, the children attend music, Spanish, perceptual motor programme, technology, art sessions and swimming lessons with trained, specialist teachers within the school environment.
It also offers the Future Coders programme and a Transition to School programme for its fouryear-old girls.
The Future Coders programme introduces older children of four years to early coding and robotics skills. This is achieved through use of i-Pads, robots and interactive websites.
The Transition to School programme promotes school readiness and supports children to become familiar with the school environment and the new routines they will experience. The pre-school also plans carefully to extend the children’s skills such as literacy, numeracy, problem solving and active inquiry, along with personal responsibility and independence. These classes are held in the junior block alongside the Year 1 class.