Haere mai! Welcome!
Open at 7:30 am and taking toddlers approximately 1.5 years.
Our aim is to create happy memories in a loving environment and to nurture your child’s spiritual, physical and emotional well-being. We are committed to teaching/scaffolding foundational life learning skills which will prepare your child to be set up for success.
Our Promise is “To Prepare your child to read and write.” We are here to ensure that your preschool journey with us is a happy and a memorable experience for your whole family. We look forward to working together for the benefit of your child.
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Our programme is varied between teacher directed activities and spontaneous play. It is designed to empower children to grow up as competent and confident learners; physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
We aim to provide meaningful learning experiences in a safe and warm environment to encourage the development of positive learning dispositions (taking an interest, being involved, persisting with difficulties, expressing and idea/feeling and taking responsibility for their learning) as Te Whāriki (The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum) promotes for young children. Our programme also includes Bible teaching, literacy and numeracy skills, science, ICT, music and movement as well as awareness and exploration of God’s creation.
For the morning part of the day, we divide our centre into four age appropriate areas to meet the various needs and interests of these age groups. Each of our areas are spacious, interesting and well resourced, which means children can easily select from our wide range of resources in the indoor and outdoor areas.
In the afternoon, we encourage mixed age play, which provides a place of connection and collaboration, allowing our younger children to be inspired and challenged by the older children, while our older ones learn to share their skills and take responsibility for others.
We pride ourselves on providing holistic learning opportunities for all ages in a warm, welcoming Christian environment. Our qualified and multicultural team of teachers are committed to providing excellent care and education in a loving environment.
Toddlers – Rimu Room (Settling-in Programme)
It is the settling-in stage for your toddlers who learn through their curiosity and active exploration and play thereby making meaningful learning.
3 year olds – Tōtara Room (Preparing Programme)
It is the preparing stage for your children who learn through sustained interests and their language and social needs are supported and extended accordingly.
4 year olds – Kauri Room (Transitioning Programme)
It is the transition stage as your children are now growing up to be competent and confident learners in communicating, discovering, exploring, negotiating etc., being prepared to read and write.
5 year olds – Whare Kura (Teaching Programme) *
A special everyday program with more literacy, numeracy and reading skills developed (at a new entrants level) to get your children off to a good start for school. We promise to teach your child to read and write.
Chinese Bilingual Programme *
A special (optional) class to introduce any of your interested children to Chinese culture and language. It is run between 1-3 pm. Our bilingual teachers provide educational activities to stimulate your children in various learning experiences. This programme especially enables the Chinese speaking children to smoothly transition into our English learning environment.
* Conditions Apply
What our parents/whānau say
Love God, Love People, Love Learning
Sunshine Christian Preschool opened in August, 2010. It provides a multicultural, family friendly environment that has developed strong links with our community. Licensed for 80 children, we nurture children aged approximately 1.5 – 5 years (children can stay up to their 6th birthday).
We believe that each child is a gift from God and is best taught well while they are young. Our Learning program is based on Biblical teaching and the principles of Te Whāriki (New Zealand ECE curriculum) which guides us in the development of children’s cognitive, emotional, physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social needs.
Sunshine Christian Preschool is run by the Manukau Christian Charitable Trust