Our Programme

St Mark's Preschool

At St Mark’s Preschool, we believe in the importance of high-quality early childhood education. We have a strong focus on providing a positive foundational learning experience emphasising that every child is capable and has the ability to reach the most of their potential.

St Mark’s Preschool programme follows a play-based inquiry model as a part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP).  We also adhere to New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki.  We interweave both curriculums through all activities and all areas of the curriculum to develop a unique programme that combines a balance between child-initiated inquiry and structured, small group activities which match the age and developmental stage of each age group.

All of our teachers are committed, highly experienced and fully qualified early childhood educators who are passionate about nurturing and developing young children.  Our teaching team brings a wide variety of teaching and learning styles to both support and encourage children through the different stages of development.  The diversity of staff contributes to meeting the needs of our multicultural community and contributes to the strong partnership with parents and whanau to celebrate and promote each child’s learning and development.

Our Preschool operates 48 weeks a year, closing only for one week in the July school holidays (mid-year break) and for three weeks over the Christmas/New Year period.  Our central Wellington location and convenient opening hours – 8:00am to 5:30pm each day – make us an ideal choice for everyone.  Click here for more information about the Preschool opening dates.

The Preschool timetable is structured placing the children at the heart of our programme.  There is a balance between active play-based activities and introduction to the academic skills of literacy, numeracy and science. Throughout the day, the approaches to learning – thinking, research, social, communication and self-management skills –  are fostered and developed.

Our Preschool students enjoy regular lessons with specialist teachers in Te Reo Maori, Spanish, Physical Education and Music and Movement.  They also make regular visits to the Library, Chapel and Hall at St Mark’s.

Preschool Timetable & Programme

8:00am - 9:00am
Children arrive
9:00am - 3:30pm
Active play-based inquiry
Structured learning sessions
Developing approaches to learning
Specialist lessons
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Preschool after care/pick up

Children are able to extend their knowledge and skills through extra-curricular activities including Ballet through En Pointe Dance Academy and PE and Fitness with Rugbytots.

“Children learn in a calm, ordered environment. Interactions with children are warm and highly responsive. Teachers know the children well and respond effectively to their strengths, interests and capabilities. They are intentional in the way they recognise and respond to opportunities to engage in, and extend, children in self-directed learning.”

– ERO Review Findings, 2018