Sydenham Community Preschool


130 Waltham Rd corner Hasting street East Christchurch

Childcare Type
Education and care centre

The centre has two areas, the under two’s, and the over two’s. We have a very well resourced outdoor area that provides a large variety of equipment for the children to explore and challenge themselves.

In our core curriculum the children have constant opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities.

Art media, painting, collage, puzzles, play dough, water play, climbing equipment, carpentry, literacy/books, science/maths/blocks, music, gross and fine motor development, language, drama and Te Reo Maori.

As part of the curriculum the teachers provide challenging and interesting activities that support the children’s individual needs and their personal interests.  Our programme is based on the goals of Te Whaariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, which promotes five key areas of learning and development for children:

  • well-being
  • belonging
  • communication
  • contribution
  • exploration

Kotahitanga preschool Profile Book.

We use a narrative approach for assessing and evaluating children, which are learning stories.  While your child is at Sydenham Community Preschool we will gather examples of their participation in the programme which will be kept in your child’s Kotahitanga preschool Journey Book.

Each child is assigned an Anchor teacher who is responsible for maintaining your child’s Kohtahitanga preschool profile book. These books are available for your to read and share with your family and whanau, plus we encourage you to make regular contributions to these books.  Copies of learning stories for your child are emailed to you for parent voices.

The children’s books are kept in the preschool and they are yours to keep when your child turns five or leaves the centre.

The Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO) is the New Zealand government’s external evaluation agency. It evaluates and report on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo, and early childhood services.

ERO Report

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