The St Andrew’s College Pre-school is a safe, rich, warm and dynamic environment in which young children can enjoy interacting with each other and making sense of their world in their own time and in meaningful contexts. We offer full day (8.00am – 4.30pm) and session-based places for children aged from two and a half years.
Introduction to the Pre-school
Our team of fully-qualified teachers actively observes and listens to each child so we can meet their unique needs. We ensure an appropriate balance of learning and play, and set problem-solving and creative challenges. Children spend part of each morning in groups with their key teacher, focusing on a particular theme or idea. Teachers plan carefully to integrate as many curriculum areas into the focus as possible and to extend each child’s experiences and learning. The younger children tend to make discoveries through art, construction and story-telling, while the older children learn through collaboration, research, creative writing, measurement, plan making, drama and dance.
Our pre-school is uniquely advantaged by its location within the wider St Andrew’s College campus. Children have the opportunity to visit the facilities used by students in the Preparatory and Secondary Schools, such as science labs, the television studio and the drama centre, where they encounter new and exciting ideas that help them greatly with their transition into primary school.
We encourage parental participation in many aspects of pre-school life, as we strive to create an environment in which children feel stimulated and secure. We welcome visits from interested families, at any time.
ERO Report 2011
The 2011 ERO (Education Review Office) report has just been completed. This report was very positive about a number of areas in the Pre-school including:
"A feature of the preschool is the diverse range of educational programmes available for children. These experiences give particular emphasis to areas such as literacy, numeracy, science and the arts."
"ERO observed children happily involved in sustained, independent and small group play and friendship groups. Children are well supported to take responsibility, to care for themselves, others and the environment."
Learning and Environment
"Children's well-being and sense of belonging is fostered by the relationships teacher develop with children and the environment they provide."
"Teachers know children well, are respectful of their interactions and show genuine interest and care for them. Teachers affirm and value children's efforts. Children are confident to approach adults and seek comfort and support. Their self-help skills are encouraged."
Leadership and Management
"Preschool leaders have built on the most effective practices to bring about further improvements to the programme and implement recommendations in the last ERO review."
Click here to read the full report.
Term Dates, Hours and Location
We are located at the St Andrew's College grounds, Normans Road off Papanui Road, Christchurch.
Our hours of operation are 8.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
|Term 1||28 January - 12 April|
|Week 1||15 - 19 April|
|Week 2||22 - 26 April|
|Term 2||29 April - 12 July|
|Week 1||15 - 19 July|
|Week 2||22-26 July|
|Term 3||29 July - 27 September|
|Week 1||30 September - 4 October|
|Week 2||7 - 11 October|
|Term 4||14 October - 6 December|
|Week 1||9 - 13 December|
|Week 2||16 - 20 December|
We accept children aged from two and a half years.
2013 Rates (GST Inclusive)
|1 - 9 hours per week||$9.75 per hour|
|10 - 19 hours per week||$9.10 per hour|
|20 - 29 hours per week||$8.30 per hour|
|30 - 39 hours per week||$7.60 per hour|
|40 + hours per week||$7.00 per hour|
Please contact Beverley Rose Head of Pre-school for more information on 03 940 2030 or email@example.com .
St Andrew's College Pre-school is a well-resourced specifically designed environment set within the wider St Andrew's community. Children at St Andrew's College Pre-school participate in whole school events and have access to the resources provided by the wider school.
In a curriculum that balances learning with play and mixes problem solving and perseverance with creativity and joy each child is nurtured yet challenged and their developmental and spiritual needs are met.
Within a prepared environment each child is able to choose freely from the following curriculum areas;
- Environmental Studies, Care of the Environment, Science, Biology, Cultural Studies, Bi-Cultural Aotearoa;
- Art, Practical and Art Appreciation;
- Physical Education;
- Construction & Design.
The curriculum has been developed in collaboration with the Head of the Preparatory School and the Head of the Junior School to ensure that each child is optimally prepared for their Primary School experience.
St Andrew's College Pre-school values the role of parents as first teachers. We aim to work collaboratively with you to achieve optimum outcomes for children.
In addition to the many opportunities each term for parents to participate in Pre-school activities, e.g. Sports Day, Art Exhibitions, Science Fairs and Performances, parents are warmly welcomed at any time during the Pre-school day.
Formal Parent Teacher Interviews are held in the first and third term of each year where child’s progress, interests, abilities and areas for development are shared. Observation and assessment sheets, record sheets and child profile books are kept and updated daily to document each child’s progress. The Head of the Pre-school is available at all times to speak to parents.
All our staff are fully qualified in early childhood education.
Head of Pre-school
Bachelor of Science, St Nicholas Montessori Diploma, LTCL
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Joanna Gregg – (on leave)
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, Diploma of Teaching (ECE), Diploma of Management (ECE)
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Emma Richards –
Bachelor of Performing Arts, Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
St Andrew’s College Pre-school Operations Manual (containing all policies and procedures) and Recent ERO Reviews are available in The Parent Library.
Communication with Parents
A parent’s notice board is prominently displayed in the entrance to the Pre-school. Displayed here is general information for parents; information about the Pre-school programmes e.g. topic plans, special events and financial reports.
A diary is written each day to inform parents about the events of the day. This is located on the table in the foyer.
Teachers will provide regular opportunities both formally and informally for parents to discuss their child’s progress, interests, abilities and areas for development. Formal parent interviews are held during Terms 1 and 3. Teachers are always available formally or informally to meet with parents.
The St Andrew’s College Pre-school Operations Manual is available at all times in the Parent Library. This contains the Philosophical Statement and Policies and Procedures. Policies and procedures are continually being reviewed and updated. Your comments and suggestions are valued.
Parent Evenings / Parent Participation
Parent evenings are held during Terms 1, 2, and 3. Each Term parents are invited to celebrate children’s’ learning. For example, Sports Day, Art Exhibition, Music Festival, Science Fair and a Nativity Play. The Pre-school is also involved in the celebrations of the wider school.
Parents are encouraged to spend time with their child in the Pre-school, to contribute to our programme and to be involved in decision making concerning their child.
Download the pre-school routine from the sidebar to see the diverse range of activities the children are engaged with.
Please contact us for an information pack or if you wish to book an appointment to visit our Pre-school. Please contact Beverley Rose, Head of Pre-school on 03 940 2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org .