The move from preschool to primary school is a milestone in your child’s life and the transition is so much smoother when they are well prepared for this step.

When young children are learning in preschool education environments they’re gathering the skills, knowledge and dispositions to cope with the diverse challenges of life, including the more immediate challenge of starting school.


During early childhood at Pikopiko Learning the foundations for literacy and numeracy, decision making, perseverance, patience and creativity are developed through a range of play based learning experiences. Self-help and self-care skills are fostered within the children, along with the development of social competence leading up to the transition to school.


Over the last 3 years we have built strong connections with our local primary schools, and used these to ensure that the programme we offer your child will ensure that they can hit the ground running and be competent in all the skills that the schools are looking for.

Kate Deane from Maraetai School is a regular visitor to our centre and recently (2019) had this to say about our children:


“Children from Pikopiko early learning centre have a successful transition to school. They come polite, independent, curious and willing to ask for help when needed. It is always a pleasure to have children from Pikopiko start at Maraetai Beach School.”


Our aim for your child when they transition to school is to ensure a smooth and successful transition into their new School. 


So how do we support our children in their preparation for school?

Through our Reggio inspiration, and particularly the project approach, we are able to enrich children’s knowledge by challenging their thinking and empowering their capabilities through their many artistic languages. Working in small groups on their projects allows your preschooler to pose questions, solve problems, develop social skills through working with others, learn how to plan and increase their awareness of the world around them. At Pikopiko Learning your child is able to construct their own understandings in a stimulating, challenging, and responsive environment, alongside teachers who support them to widen and deepen their learning.

Children develop deep understandings when they’re able to choose learning paths that interest them before concentrating and exploring for extended periods of time over days, weeks, months and even years, with minimal interruptions. They learn persistence and patience when they’re able to return to their own chosen pursuits day after day. Being involved in our projects, will enable your child to develop these skills.


Our inquiry based approach lends favourably to ensuring the growth of capable, confident, independent and collaborative young children as they tackle problems, questions and debate their ideas during their investigations and their play.


Through this project exploration, play and spending time in nature your child will be further develop their Mathematics and Numeracy, Science, Language and Literacy, Arts, Woodwork, Social Sciences and Physical Health and Well-being.  The ongoing inclusion of the creative arts such as dance, music, drama and visual arts also plays a crucial role in the holistic development of your child.


We believe exposure to all of these concepts through play, fosters and develops  dispositions and skills required for positive learning and development e.g. communication skills, information skills, problem solving skills, self-management, competitive skills, social and cooperative skills, physical skills and work and study skills. Most importantly it develops a love of learning.


At Pikopiko we also promote children’s independence and self help skills such as taking responsibility for their possessions e.g. putting clothing away in their bags, putting their own clothing and shoes on and being able to apply their own sunscreen. All expectations that most of our local primary schools have for new entrants.


Our aim is not to push children into "academic" work, rather more, to provide the opportunities for the children and extend them as their confidence increases.


We believe it is important to provide these opportunities for the young child to experience new challenges, co-operative ventures, and longer term projects. These experiences help to meet their expanding capabilities and provide a smooth transition to school.