Little School offers an 8:30am - 3:30pm programme.  All schools also have extended hours from 8am until 5:30pm. We are open 50 weeks of the year.


The Little School programme incorporates the philosophies of many theorists and educationalists from all over the world.  The best from each of these ideas and theories, along with the New Zealand early childhood and primary based curriculums, are what creates our unique programme.

Brain Gym - Brain Gym is a programme of physical movements that enhance learning and performance in all areas.  It is a programme dedicated to enhance living and learning.

Sensory Motor Development and Integration - Sensory Integration is a process that occurs in the brain.  It allows us as individuals to take information though our senses, organise it and act and respond according to any situation.  It is also the process which allows us to filter out any unnecessary sensory information.  Sensory Integration forms the underlying foundation for academic learning and social behaviour.

Music - Music is a vital part of our programme at Little School. Music provides opportunities for children to learn, both socially and educationally. By children participating in singing, movement and dance, children's confidence and oral language is also extended.

Virtues - The virtues programme empowers children to live by their highest values.

Creative Development/Fine Motor Development - Art and Creative Development are integrated throughout our daily programme at Little School. Children are encouraged to use equipment independently to gain confidence.

Maths - The Little School Programme focuses on early numeracy awareness and concept development. A grasp of basic mathematical concepts is vital for children starting school.

Writing - At Little School, children are encouraged to explore writing for a purpose as they play. They are encouraged to practice their writing skills through a mixture of cross-curricular free play and adult led activities.

Dates for 2022

Local Anniversary, Waitangi Day (6th February), Good Friday (15th April), Easter Monday (18th April), Anzac Day (25th April), Queen's Birthday (6th June), Labour Day (24th October)

School year ends on Friday 23rd December and re-opens on Monday 9th January 2023.

Daily Programme

8:00am - 9:00amChildren arrive to Little School. Fine Motor Skills equipment set out in the Main Room for children to do, as everyone is arriving for the day.
9:00am - 9:30amMat Time and Junior Mat
9:30 - 10:00amGroup Activities
10:00am - 11:15amRolling Morning Tea
10:00am - 11:45amDevelopmental / Choosing Time and Home readers issued
11:45am - 12:00pmStory and News time
12:00pm - 12:30pmLunch Time
12:30pmSleepers to bed
12:30pm - 12:45pmQuiet Time
12:45pm - 1:30pmDevelopmental / Choosing Time
1:30pm - 2:00pmGroup Activities
2:00pm - 3:10pmDevelopmental Time / Choosing Time and Rolling Afternoon Tea
2:30pmSleepers awake and dressed
3:10pm - 3:30pmStory and Farewell Mat
3:30pm - 5:30pmDevelopmental Time / Choosing Time