At Albany Kindergarten

we understand how moving into a new environment is a time of change and adaptation

For children and their families/whānau This time of change, commonly referred to as a transition, involves forming new relationships, understanding new roles and responsibilities, and finding out how you and your child fit within this new space and this new community.

While your child is at kindergarten they will have numerous opportunities to strengthen and develop self help skills, fine motor skills necessary for writing, explore science and mathematic concepts and enhance social skills.

As a means of fostering a smooth transition to school, teachers will create a transition to school portfolio that will help your child’s school teachers get to know them better.

These provide a resource for children to take to their new classroom without having to take their treasured, larger portfolio books – and will offer the possibility of making further connections with the ‘funds of knowledge’ that children bring from home and the kindergarten setting to the school community.

 John Holt an American author and educator said,

“Since we cannot know what knowledge will be needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, our job must be to turn out young people who love learning so much, and who learn so well, that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.” ( 1965)

Here at Albany Kindergarten, we have a wide catchment area with children transitioning to many local primary schools