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Gore Preschool Early Learning Centre is complete.
It invites the Gore community to come along and view the centre today from 4pm-7pm at the first of many open days in the lead-up to its official opening on January 9, 2017.
Owner-director Petrina Hickey said the preschool would be licensed for a maximum of 70 children from birth to 5 years old.
At present, six early childhood teachers have been employed for the opening, and as the roll increases more staff will be employed to ensure the centre maintains excellent teacher-to-child ratios.
The centre has been designed to offer four spacious, age-appropriate learning areas, a centralised learning space and two separate outdoor play areas created to challenge children and inspire their imagination, exploration and creativity.
The playground will continue to be a work in progress, with many projects planned for the future to enable the children to have some input into their learning environment.
Ms Hickey and teachers will be on hand at the open days to answer any questions, assist with enrolments and to provide tours of the centre.
Gore Preschool will be open Monday to Friday from 7.30am until 6pm.
The centre will be licensed as an all-day centre, meaning parents have flexibility to choose the hours that suit their needs.
The programme will be guided by Te Whariki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum.
A preparation for school programme called “Fabulous 4s” will be a focus in the older children’s room to help strengthen the transition from preschool to school.
The preschool has a van, so many opportunities for exploring the wider community are available to the children.
The Nature’s Explorers programme planned by the centre is another opportunity for children to be immersed in play in a natural environment.