Ready Steady Go

READY-STEADY-GO is our new entrant transition programme, ensuring that when your child is five they are eager to begin school and know what school is like, having met their teachers, their classmates and been to school for four visits. Children are eligible to attend Ready-Steady-Go once they are enrolled at our school and for four weeks prior to starting school. The programme currently runs in the last four Friday mornings of each term, with the four visits building from just an hour and a half up to the last one being the full morning until lunchtime.   You will receive a letter to invite you to the Ready Steady Go programme and to give details about specific dates and times.  The visits will take place in Room 14 which is our new entrant classroom and is part of the Rainbow team.


The timing is:

* The first visit is 9 - 10.30 (with the parent staying),

* The second visit is 9 -10.30 (with parents choosing to stay or not)

* The third visit is 9 - 12.30 (with parents not staying)

* The fourth visit is 9 - 12.30 (with parents not staying) 


Parents/caregivers are encouraged to stay for the first session and then work towards the child being independent. Sorry but no other preschoolers are able to come to these visits.  Children will require a packed morning tea on the third and fourth visits.


During  Ready Stead Go visits your child will:


* Experience school routines such as where the toilets are, morning tea and lunchtime routines, mat time routines and where to find things within the classroom.


* Get to know other class members and staff.


* Participate in some arts, literacy or numeracy activities.


* Participate in some developmental, choosing type activities to explore their new environment.


We would love to see your child's pre school portfolio to help us get to know them and please let us know if there is any specific information that would help us to transition your child positively into the new school environment.  


It would be a great idea for you and your child to have a look at some of the things we do at school to aid their transition.  Room 14 has a class blog which is updated weekly and you can access it via the school website.  We also share additional information on our Rainbow Team Facebook page which is a great way for parents to communicate also.


If you have any further questions please contact the new entrant teachers.  We would also appreciate it if you contact us if your child is unable to make a Ready Steady Go visit.


Thanks


Joe Gazzard-Steele - jgazzardsteele@tawa.school.nz

Robyn Warden - rwarden@tawa.school.nz

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