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Mt Cook Preschool
Kōhungahunga o Mt Cook

Growing caring, curious and creative learners

"The centre’s vision, values and philosophy are clearly evident in practice and underpin high quality programme implementation. Planning is based on children’s analysed learning stories that identify emerging interests, strengths and, at times, needs. Aspects of literacy and numeracy are well integrated into the programme" reports the Education Review Office.



We provide....

        Participation for all through
    • Celebrating cultures, languages and diversity
    • Valuing parents as first teachers
    • A sense of belonging, empowerment and respect
    • Supporting families from non-English speaking backgrounds - both at preschool and in the community
    • Low weekly fees and discounted rates for community service card holders
    • Session hours: Monday - Friday  8:30 - 2:45pm and 8:30am - 1:00pm

A wide range of activities to all children
      This includes:
    • Weekly visits to Mt Cook School library for small groups of children
    • Small group trips into our community
    • Teaching environmental responsibility (eg recycling, composting and worm farm)
    • Providing a variety of physical challenges for the children on a daily basis
    • Connection with families via e-profiles using StoryPark
    • Specific programme planning around individual children's interests

Priorities for children's learning
The teaching teams have reviewed the needs of the community and the skills that will help children to 'grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society' (Ministry of Education, 1996)

We define our priorities for children's learning as:
  • Empowered - healthy, proud of who they are, confident, know their strengths and share them with others
  • Respectful - toward other people, even those who are different from themselves, respectful of the places and things around them, and                             respect the environment
  • Relationships - develop secure social and emotional skills for initiating and maintaining relationships
  • Communication - develop communication skills for a range of purposes
  • Independence - develop strategies for self-care and independent problem solving
  • Intellectually engaged - the children are curious, working things out, forming theories and testing them.

          Ma te huruhuru ka rere te manu

     Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly




Mt Cook Preschool is part of Z Good in the Hood 2014 and 2015






Mt Cook Preschool is a multicultural centre catering for up to 28 children mainly between the ages of three and five years old.


Preschool has been operating for over 20 years, is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity supported by a parent management committee, where staff and families work in partnership to ensure that children receive a high quality education in a caring, supportive, vibrant environment.


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