The children follow a daily programme that includes Montessori work, exploratory play, restful pauses, music, physical activity and structured tasks.
Inside and outside play areas offer children the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that include opportunities for social, physical and creative play. Numeracy and literacy awareness, knowledge and skills are naturally integrated throughout the day.
The children’s sense of self-worth as competent and capable learners is enhanced through activities that are directly related to their interests, needs and abilities.
Preschoolers’ will follow a 3-hour Montessori work cycle in the morning in which they choose the activities they wish to engage in. Research into this form of Montessori learning has supported the idea that children are much more focused if they choose when they are ready to have a break or move to a new activity.
Philosophy is the love of wisdom and a thirst for knowledge. The Preschool programme weaves practical philosophical exercises and Montessori learnings together with the Early Childhood Curriculum “Te Whariki”.
We strongly believe a healthy, balanced diet is central to good learning. All the children’s food is provided by the Preschool, including morning and afternoon tea. The food served will be in-season and vegetarian, with one hot dish. It is prepared freshly each day in the Ficino School kitchen. Children with food allergies of gluten intolerance will be catered for as required.
Ficino Preschool invites applications for children between the ages of three and five years.