Your child is about to take an exciting new step in his or her life and we are proud that you have chosen Cockle Bay School.

When you have pre-enrolled your child we will contact you prior to your child's 5th birthday and invite you to attend our Pukeko visits.  Our preschool visits take place on Monday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. During this time your child will be in the classroom learning alongside students who will be in their class when they start.

Pukeko Programme


While your child is in the classroom we host a Pukeko programme for parents and caregivers which covers the following:

  • Everything you need to know about starting school

  • Supporting your child with literacy & maths

  • Learning support/extension

  • Assessment

  • Getting involved in school (Board of Trustees/ Parent teacher Network)

  • Digital devices and cyber safety

  • Uniform, notices, absent from school, school lunches

It’s important that your child feels positive about starting school you can encourage this by:

  • talking about starting school in a matter of fact way

  • walking around the school on the weekends

  • meeting the teacher

  • attending special occasions at the school

  • reading stories and books about starting school

Positive Experience

It is usual for parents to feel nervous or worried when a child first starts school. It is our aim to make your child's transition to school as smooth and as happy as possible.

Each of our staff will do everything they can to make sure that your child finds Cockle Bay School to be a happy place enabling them to capitalise on all learning opportunities.

It is also important to us that you are able to voice concerns that you may have so please feel free to speak to your child's teacher or one of the Leadership Team.

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