Preschool at Chilton offers the first formal step to becoming remarkable as a life-long learner. The Chilton Preschool challenges and nurtures the pre-literate child and provides a strong foundation for future success at school. We welcome boys and girls, aged 2, 3 and 4 into our Preschool programmes.
The Preschool has a wonderful reputation in the community because of the focused and nurturing approach of our attentive and caring staff with excellent teacher to child ratios. Our dedicated and qualified teachers provide the right balance of structured and free play plus specialist classes which include Music, Dance and Physical Education. Nestled in the Junior School, our Preschool enjoys modern purpose-designed facilities with two age appropriate preschool playgrounds. The Preschool is integrated with the Chilton Junior School, which provides a seamless transition for girls entering the next important step in their education at age 5.
2 Year Old (toddler programme)
Children of 2 years are at a turning point in their lives, they are embarking on the road toward separation and independence. In their struggle for autonomy, these children are eager to assert a mind of their own, to have their own say. They yearn to be individuals. They are just learning to use their language, to express strong feelings, often revealing this through their actions. If children are to become autonomous and competent they must develop a clear sense of self.
The foundation is laid during their toddler years. Only then can children develop traits such as self-motivation, pride, self-respect and accountability. Our programme for 2 – 3 year olds enables our children to experience thinking, learning, social and emotional changes whilst exploring and making sense of the world around them. We link our observations and learning stories to Te Whāriki, the IB (PYP) programme and the Chilton Preschool curriculum.
What is Te Whāriki?
Te Whāriki is the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum policy statement. Te Whāriki is a framework for providing children’s early learning and development within a sociocultural context. It emphasises the learning partnership between teachers, parents, and families. Teachers weave a holistic curriculum in response to children’s learning and development in the early childhood setting and the wider context of the child’s world.
3 – 4 Years Old, Preschool International Baccalaureate (PYP)
The curriculum for 3 and 4 year olds is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) using Te Whāriki , and the Chilton curriculum. There is a strong focus on literacy, numeracy, self-management skills giving our children a head-start for school.
The IB PYP Programme supports students to gain understanding of the world and to learn to function comfortably within it, moving from not knowing, to knowing. In the PYP, it is acknowledged that experiences during the early years lay the foundations for all future learning.