Pohutukawa Room

  • Welcome to Pohutukawa Room! The first day of preschool is an exciting milestone in life.
  • Your child is embarking on a journey that will lead them onto many roads of discovery and learning during their time with Our team are always here to support you and your child.
  • In the morning, please get your child to put their bag in their locker, get their name tag, write their name in a sign-in sheet, put the name tag on the easel and go to Mahuri Room.
Pohutukawa Room Routine

7.30am - 8.30am

Pre-schoolers start in the Mahuri Room. Breakfast if needed. FREE PLAY.


Breakfast is finished. Pre-schoolers come to the Pohutukawa Room. FREE PLAY.


Morning Tea followed by FREE PLAY


Tidy-up time


Mat time

12.00 pm


12.20 pm

Quiet activity time

1.30 pm


2.45 pm

Tidy-up time

3.00 pm

Afternoon Tea followed by FREE PLAY

4.45 pm

Tidy-up time

5.00 pm

Cool down games

5.45 pm

Tidy-up time

6.00 pm

Home time

In the Pohutukawa room, it is imperative that your child brings their own labelled:
  • Lunch box - Every Friday children in the Pohutukawa Room bring a packed lunch box from We do encourage whanau to pack a healthy lunch ensuring there are NO SWEETS, CHOCOLATE, FLAVOURED DRINKS AND NUTS. If you have any questions regarding this, please don't hesitate to come and talk to one of the teachers in the room. Lunch box is optional therefore if your child comes without it, we will still provide them with the lunch that is already prepared at the centre.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen - we provide sunscreen but if you would like your child to have their own sunscreen then you can provide one for them.
  • Water bottle
  • At the end of the day children are encouraged to take their water bottles home, clean them, and bring it back the next This enables the child to take responsibility for his/her own
  • Most children prefer not to sleep in the Pohutukawa room but if your child needs sleep then we will make sure that they are given the choice if he/she would like to rest or
  • We celebrate the 5th Birthday of children in the Pohutukawa room whereby parents are encouraged to bring in a Fruit Cake and the children follow the 'Walk around the Sun tradition'. This tradition looks at the child's journey every year since birth to 5 years.
  • Parents are also encouraged to provide at least 1 or 2 photos of their child to be shown and talked about during the 'Walk around the Sun tradition'.
  • Transition to school - Within the Pohutukawa room there is a strong focus on developing fundamental social skills, positive dispositions such as cooperation, determination, exploration, curiosity, perseverance, responsibility and communication which will assist in a smooth transition and create a solid foundation for future learning and relationship.