Here it all begins

At our Pre-School we balance play with stimulating young minds, all the while ensuring our environment allows children to see themselves as capable, competent and confident learners. Through play the children are supported to engage in literacy, numeracy, science, technology, music, art and physical education. Specialist teachers lead weekly art and physical education lessons in The Cathedral Grammar School which nurtures, exposes and extends children's natural curiosity and early talents.

Children are supported to develop strong social connections with teachers, peers, families and the wider community. Children are encouraged to build on skills in listening, self-help, risk taking, social interactions, concentration and preparing the Pre-School children for a successful start to their schooling education.

All the facilities of The Cathedral Grammar School are available to our Pre-Schoolers, and there are strong links to the Junior School to make your child’s transition as straightforward and smooth as possible.

Our Pre-School students also enjoy regular playground fun and story time with the ‘big kids’, students from the Girls’ and Boys’ Prep Schools.

Click here for our Pre-School Term 4 Timetable: Timetable

Ministry of Education ECE

We offer the Ministry of Education '20 Hours ECE' (previously known as 20 Free ECE) of childcare for children aged between 3 and 5 years of age (maximum 6 hours per day). 

ERO Report 13 March 2020

The Cathedral Grammar School recognises it is a great privilege to partner with families in supporting the educational journey of their children. The latest ERO report states:

Ratio 1:8 - better than minimum requirements.

Children are settled and focused on learning. They experience positive, respectful interactions with each other and their teachers. Children have a wide range of additional learning opportunities provided by specialist staff in the arts and physical activities.

Leaders and teachers actively foster respectful and reciprocal relationships with children, parents and whānau. They provide an inclusive and welcoming learning environment. The home culture, language and identity of children and families are acknowledged and valued. Te ao Māori is evident in practices and is given prominence in the curriculum and the environment.

Teachers promote a rich and broad child-centred and well-paced curriculum. They provide authentic learning experiences that are responsive to children's interests, ideas, strengths and capabilities. Emphasis is given to encouraging child choice, independence and social competencies. Children’s creativity is fostered through deliberate acts of teaching that extend oral language, thinking and reasoning skills. Literacy and numeracy are integrated in ways that are meaningful for children.

The learning programme is enhanced by purposeful links to the school curriculum, resourcing and exploration of the local community. The strong partnership between the preschool and the school promotes collective responsibility for children’s learning and wellbeing. Children are well supported to make successful transitions to the school. - ERO Report 2020

The full ERO report can be viewed here: ERO Report - 2020