Our Early Childhood Educational Programme
We offer an exciting early childhood education (ECE) programme that sets the standard for care and education on Auckland's North Shore. We strive to lay the foundations for your child to be a confident, happy learner, offering a holistic approach that will give your child the tools they need going forward.
We understand each child sees and learns about the world differently, so our curriculum includes opportunities for each child to learn in their own way, with fantastic excursions once a term, and involvement from the wider community including our police constables, fire service, and local vets. Parents/whanau are welcome to join in and be a part of the fun.
Furthermore parents/whanau are encouraged to be a part of our preschool family by joining our friendly committee, or as helpers on excursions and/or with laundry and kitchen roster duties.
The Great Outdoors
Albany Community Preschool has a rural feel, with wide- open green spaces and the wonderful opportunity to use the adjacent Albany Domain.
Our children love playing in our inviting outdoor area that includes a Water Garden, fun Tree-house, and Butterfly House. There is also rope climbing and obstacle courses, bikes and scooters, a trolley, monkey bars, rope swings, a big covered sandpit, and the ever-popular carpentry area.
All children at our Preschool have the opportunity to care for our preschool pets including baby guinea pigs, chickens, fish and rabbits, as well as observe eggs hatch into chickens, caterpillars emerge into butterflies and seedlings grow into plants and trees.
Arts and Crafts
Creativity is encouraged and applauded at Albany Community Preschool, with many opportunities for your child to enjoy not only arts and crafts, but fun baking and cooking experiences on a regular basis.
GlobugsA special feature of our early childhood education curriculum is our” Globug” extension group that is offered during the morning sessions for children who are around four and half years of age.
One of our experienced teachers works with this small group to foster exploration across all the curriculum areas, giving children the opportunity to increase their competence in early literacy and numeracy as they prepare to start school. This is just one component of our well-established Transition to School process.
Session times, 20 hours ECE
Albany Community Preschool is licensed for 40 children (aged 2-5years) per session and offers 20 hours ECE and the option of either morning, afternoon and/or full-day sessions. The preschool remains open during the school holidays except for a 6 week break over the Christmas holidays.
- Morning sessions are from 08.30am am to 1 pm.
- Afternoon sessions are from 1 pm to 4 pm.
- Full days are from 08.30am to 4pm.