Paua3 - 4's
The Pāua Room (3 to 4 year olds)
Our Junior preschool have a huge space at one end of the building. The outdoor environment has a fixed play structure, sandpit, space for water play, messy play, riding bikes whilst the inside space is large and open with areas for art, blocks, family play, reading, music and various theme spaces that change regularly depending on the focus of the current learning topic.
We like to think of this as our “inbetweenies” room. Young children that are no longer baby/toddlers but are not preschoolers, they are still developing their communication skills and physical capabilities and needs a programme that provides for constant change and development, stimulation and exploration.
The large double play space has bi-fold doors that enables children that still an afternoon sleep to have a quiet space whilst the children that do not can play without the constant need to be quiet or cautious which is a real bonus of the centre design. One child said they were in “the big kids room, before you go to the big big kids room”.
Knowing for these children that they have a place that is perfect for their age group and needs is very important to the teachers in that room and in line with our holistic philosophy.