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I thought I'd mention just how amazing the welcome's been that we've had to Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School.  I can't belive how easy it has been transitioning Macs from being at home to coming to daycare.  The team were so wonderful at making me feel at ease, inviting me and Macs to visit and giving him so much love and attention even prior to starting.  I love how he seems so happy and engaged when I pick him up - even though hes been teething, the team have worked their magic and helped him settle in so quickly.  I never thought I could feel this comfortable going to work ithout him, but even in such a short time I feel so relaxed and happy that he is in the care of such professional and caring individuals.  I also love reading his daily report card - I literally share it with the whole family.  Many Thanks.

- L Morris 07/2017

My son has attended Flying Turtles Pre-school after turning four and transitioning from a very happy three years at Prickly Hedgehog Pre-school next door. Jodi and the team at Flying Turtles have always made me feel very welcome, the environment has always been positive and overall presentation of the centre has impressed me.

Aidan is now transitioning to school and has just completed his enrolment at Primary School.  Thanks to the support and learning environment of the centre, he has achieved all the necessary skills to be accepted straight into curriculum learning.  The feeling of pride in having your child be completely prepared and confident for his next step into the future is priceless.  A parent only can wish for the best opportunities for their child – and thanks to Flying Turtles and the amazing educators, I have the benefit of knowing Aidan’s foundation in learning is strong.

I have always felt very comfortable with leaving him with the teachers.  I feel he is in an environment that has always been strongly child-lead for discovery and learning, with so much fun and social interaction.  Focus has always been on actively encouraging the children to initiate the learning experience and develop it as far as they wish it to go.  I have never heard a teacher tell any child there that they have moved on from a specific learning experience – I like that the children are not limited in that way.  I also appreciate the work they do with the children to maintain positive relationships with not only the teachers and children at the centre, but also with myself as a parent and other people in general.

The outdoor area is fantastic! There are new activities added regularly and the facilities are great.  The indoor area is well set out and there is plenty of opportunity for quiet play/learning.  There are always so many options of play available both inside and outside.  Aidan can choose what he prefers and a teacher will always gravitate over to him to see how he finds the activity and ask him questions about what he is doing and use it to further his experience.

They regularly go on field trips and I have always felt Aidan was in good hands while out and about.  I love that he gets to see and do so many different things.  It really builds on the strong level of learning he experiences at the centre.

I love the Educa website. It is so great that technology is so widely used and embraced by the centre. It is my immediate link to Aidan and enables me to provide feedback straight away, plus my parents can also see what their grandson is learning about all the way from Taranaki.  I can access his learning stories whenever I want, and add my own which the centre actively uses to incorporate into Aidan’s learning at the centre.  The Facebook page is also very welcome as I love seeing photos and stories of Aidan.  I think that Flying Turtles is very up to date with forms of communication to parents and that has been beneficial both for Aidan’s development, and for my inclusion in the period of time that Aidan is away from me.

Teachers are very professional and easy to talk to and have always made me feel welcome to discuss any concerns or suggestions. They are very open to a mutual approach for any ideas I have regarding Aidan’s development and have also approached me with their own observations, which has helped me encourage his interests, development and learning at home.  I feel a strong partnership with the centre in the upbringing of my son.

I am a strong supporter of Early Childhood Centres, as my mother was an early childhood educator until her retirement a few years ago.  I place great importance on Aidan’s pre-school years and would not hesitate to recommend Flying Turtles Pre-School (and associated centres Prickly Hedgehog & Little Pukekos) to anyone looking for a quality early education for their child. 

You will forever have my gratitude for everything you have done for us - both Aidan and I will miss all of you.

- H Kerr

My name is Chantel I am Austin's Mum, we started in Little Pukeko's just a month ago.  I just want to take this opportunity to thank you and the Ladies from Little Pukeko's so, so much.  They have been amazing, Austin has settled in so well and even after only his first day there we could already see that he had picked up a few new things from pre-school.  Me and my husband Freddie are so impressed, I was also a pre-school teacher before I had Austin, 3-5 year olds - but boy it is way different when you are looking at things from a parents point of view.  I appreciate every little thing they do.  Monique is a SUPER STAR and Austin loves her, she always gives me an in depth description of his day at school and that makes me feel so at ease (yes I am one of those Mums, my little boy is my LIFE hehe!)  I could write you a novel, but in short thank you, you have made the experience of taking our first child to pre-school the easiest and most memorable experience and we will be forever grateful for it.  

Love and Respect

 

Chantel & Freddie

- Boshoff Family

For the amazing Prickly Team.
I cannot begin to thank you enough for the love and care you have shown to our little Claudia this past year.  As a parent all you want is for someone else to value and see the strengths in your child that you also value and on a daily basis I feel so blessed to know that you are working with Claudia's strengths to ensure that she becomes the best little human she can be.  The aroha, manakitanga and awhi you give my girl means the world.  Personally, I also thank you for the friendship and genuine care you show to me also and the support and guidance while I also learn on this parenting journey!  It is true, it takes a village to raise a child and I am so lucky that the staff at Prickly are part of this village.
Love Rochelle, Claudia and Shane xxx

- Keown Family

The service from Flying Turtles Pre-School exceeded my expectations.  The staff are caring, the environment is very suitable, and the activities are varied and encourage creativity from the children.  I am very satisfied with Beatriz's overall readiness for school.  She has shown that she is ready for learning by having better knowledge on basic shapes, colours, and numbers, as well as being more independent.  I give Flying Turtles Pre-School the highest rating for preparing my child for school.  They have helped her develop confidence in interacting with others and expressing herself, which I think are very important in school.  I believe the activities at Flying Turtles are very much aligned with the expectations of my child's school.  

- Abecilla Family

We cannot rate the level of care that Flying Turtles Pre-School provides high enough - our only regret is that we didn't enrol our child sooner!  

Our child has really blossomed since joining Flying Turtles ie; interest in numbers and letters has significantly increased.  And we can see his confidence growing in a lot of areas. 

We liked the caring nature and professionalism demonstrated by all the teachers and office ladies.  They all seem to genuinely care and have the best interests of the children at heart.  Flying Turtles is an amazing educational and fun facility.  We also love all the different activities that they organise for the children.

We feel there is no further areas of development required.  We are happy with everything!

We would definitely recommend Flying Turtles Pre-School to friends and have done so.

We will miss Flying Turtles very much and wish you all best for future.  

 

- Mrs H

My daughter Sophie started Flying Turtles in August last year (2014) and very quickly decided it was her favourite place to be.  Her days are packed with fun, friendship and learning and I know this because when I pick her up, she is so excited to tell me about her day.  In her short time at Flying Turtles, I have noticed her confidence grow.  She has become computer savvy and has learnt to write both her first and surname (which is quite an achievement if you know our surname).  She has learnt her letter sounds, developed a strong pencil grip and is developing a passion for numbers.  Sophie's interests are nurtured too.  The "take home table" always contains many of her imaginative creations and her bag is often packed with paintings and pictures.  Sophie loves to dance and the weekly hip hop classes are a favourite.  She gets to swim every week (another favourite) and is in love with the new turtles.

The teachers at Flying Turtles are wonderful.  Someone is always on hand to distract her at that slighty difficult moment when she has to say goodbye to Mum.  They are friendly and approachable and always happy to chat with me about her progess or share a funny story - Sophie also shares many funny stories about them with us.  The centre itself is bright and cheerful with lots of walls displaying the children's art and photos.

I know that Sophie is going to get the best start in her fast approaching new journey when she starts school in May.  I know this because I am a New Entrant teacher.  I have taught many children who have come through Flying Turtles and all of them have been well prepared for school.  The routines that Jodi and the other teachers follow - mat-time, structured learning time as well as the all important play and social experiences - are very similiar to how I run my classroom.  The children transition so quickly because the school routines are similiar.  A quick transition to school means that the children begin to learn sooner (most are coming already from Flying Turtles with good alphabet and number knowledge).

I love the relationship that I have developed with this centre.  I look forward to regular visits from the Turtles into my classroom after their weekly swimming lesson.  What I love even more is the sharing of knowledge and teaching practice.  I believe strong relationships between Early Childhood and School are important.  

I heard about Flying Turtles from colleagues and friends who couldn't recommend them enough.  I am so glad that I made the choice to send her there and know that she is well and truly ready to start school

 

- Tanya Jarkiewicz

I don't know where to start... I was a little apprehensive to leave my baby girl with people that, at the start of the year, we did not know.  Meggie settled into Prickly's so well and has now become part of 'the furniture'.  You all have made her, Skylar, Phoenix and myself feel part or your family, and for that I thank you so much.  I feel so happy and comfortable with leaving her and feel as if the kids and I have developed a wonderful relationship with you all.  Thank you so much for taking care of this beautiful girl, who we love more than words can say.  You are all amazing people and the way that you all genuinely care about Meggie just blows me away, so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

- Amy Ash

James' interest have been broadened hugely from when he first started at Prickly.  He enjoys learning and his thirst for knowledge is consistently fed.  He is physically, mentally and emotionally challenged on a daily basis.

James loved the topic about wild animals and this was fostered with a trip to the zoo.  He loves watering and planting the garden, which coincided with his real need for helping others.  It's also great to see James playing with a mixture of children rather than being so attached to one particular child.  It's fantastic to see James learning such a broad range of things and his hunger for learning.  For example, just yesterday, James was busy telling me about the spine of a book and how important it is for keeping the pages together.  When asked where he had learnt this, he casually replied "my teachers".  He has a close relationship with all of his teachers and it is obvious they care for and respect James.  Thank you all for your hard work with my James!

- Sam Gallaher

My daughter transitioned to Flying Turtles from Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School.  What I most liked about Flying Turtles is that a hug is given to the children when needed; manners, good behaviour and safety are taught; and all the learning that takes place in a fun environment - when your child tells you a fact and you have to google it because you don't know it, they must be learning something.  I also liked that the teachers were a range of ages and each lady had great qualities which rubbed off on my daughter - it was great for her to have such a range of role models.  I could tell my daughter loved the teachers as each one had had their turn of being my daughter's favourite and I heard so many good stories about them.

I asked my daughter what she liked most about Flying Turtles, she said 'the teachers are helpful and on the last day I almost cried'.  She learnt so much from the team at Flying Turtles and is off to a terrific start at school which I have no doubt Flying Turtles played a big part in.  I would strongly suggest that anyone searching for a preschool put Flying Turtles on their 'must see' list.

- The Soppet Family

Our daughter attended Little Pukeko's before turning 4 and moving onto Flying Turtles.  Her time at Little Pukeko's was wonderful, she was able to visit all three Centre's, and got to to know all the teachers, and most of the children.  This made the transition to Flying Turtles when she was 4 a breeze, she already knew the teachers and had visits beforehand to get a really good idea of the transition-to-school centre..

Flying Turtles is a great kick start to what's involved in everyday school life.  Mat time is precious and every part is filled with FUN learning time, the sound of the week helps the children with phonics and the work book gets them involved with early hand writing skills.  I loved the way the children are taught how to write letters and numbers with the Caterpillar story, something I still use now with my 5 year old.

The Centre allows children to explore almost anything their little minds can think of, from Outer Space to playing mums and dads, building Volcanoes in the sand, to baking!

The real bonus for us was the kind loving, hands on teachers.  I never felt guilty for leaving my daughter in fact she wanted to go more!!

I want to thank Flying Turtles for the wonderful job they do, our daughter has settled very well into school life, and i honestly believe it would have been a lot harder without the skills she has been taught.

 

- The Kervin Family

We enrolled our little man when he was only 7 months old at Little Pukeko's after having had our older two children cared for at another centre, but by the same staff.  

We were very nervous as this was the youngest we had put any of children into care.  The staff at Little Pukeko's made the whole process easy to cope with, for both myself and our baby.  

I was able to return to work knowing my baby was being cared for in a nurturing and caring environment, all his needs were being met and during his time there he grew into a confident, caring, fun, extremely happy little man.

Keian's love of exploring and curious nature was always encouraged from which he has developed a passion for learning.

The staff at Little Pukeko's were always available to discuss any concerns we had and I consider them family.  They played a huge role in the daily raising of our baby and if we could, we would have taken the staff with us when we moved towns to continue caring for our son, we wouldn't have hesitated.  

I have since recommended Little Pukeko's to friends that are considering putting their little ones into childcare and will continue to do so.  

We miss you

- The Sperry Family

When we moved to Pukekohe we enrolled Lauren into Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School. She settled in well and had so much fun. The wonderful staff presented to us stories of her time through her portfolio.

When Lauren turned four she moved to Flying Turtles a unique preschool for 4-6 year olds. She loved the year she had at Flying Turtles. The teachers were wonderful and the learning through play, songs, letters and sounds, writing and computer all offer such an excellent experience which has helped Lauren so much now she has started school.

Flying Turtles offers such a wonderful caring environment for children to learn and express themselves. I would not hesitate to recommend all three pre-schools. Lauren is doing so well at school and a lot of that is to do with the great start she had.

Thanks for everything. We miss you all.

- Julie Hitchmough

Our Joan was well equipped for her first day at school thanks to the team at Flying Turtles. She was familiar with mat time protocol, writing, counting and sounding out words. Lots of fun and learning characterised her year at Flying Turtles and she graduated a mature capable five year old ready for big school.

 

- Sally Grey

To ALL the staff of Flying Turtles Pre-School.

In August 2010 we decided to enrol Wiremu into Flying Turtles Pre-School. At the time he was 4 ½ years old, and I was a bit concerned with the effects that the sudden change and new environment would have on him. He was a quiet, shy child, who was reluctant to pick up a pencil. His confidence in learning to write his name was quite low, and as parents we had no idea how to support this part of his early years. Wiremu was yet to discover his love for learning.

It took less than a week for Wiremu’s personality to open up revealing a very happy, LOUD little boy. Within days he began to form letters on paper and started attempting to write his full name. As parents, we were also given skills on how to support his learning, and the sound/letter scrapbook was just one way in which we were included in his early childhood education.

2 weeks after leaving Flying Turtles and beginning school, Wiremu was assessed for his on-entry report. He scored the highest of all the new entrants for sound recognition and letter recognition. He was also assessed as having the oral and social skills of a 5-10 year old, as well as impressive manners, respect for people and their property and imagination. Feedback from the school has been that this is due to the time and care that all of the staff at Flying Turtles invested in him, and the way that we were able to support this learning from home. He has been a confident child entering school, making the transition smooth for us all.

Our family is so grateful to you all for helping us to build this foundation for his education, and setting Wiremu up for his journey of lifelong learning. We feel that enrolling him at your preschool was the best decision that we made in his early years, and would whole heartedly recommend Flying Turtles to other families.

Our family wishes your centre and your staff nothing but the best for the future, with many more success stories to come.

- Melanie, Elton and Wiremu

- Melanie White

Recommendation of Pukekohe Preschools – Little Pukekos, Prickly Hedgehog and Flying Turtles Preschools. Prickly Hedgehog – provides an extremely positive Preschool environment, professional care, encouragement, learning through play and a high level of input from teachers that so obviously care for their “Preschool Family”. Children can settle quickly into preschool routines, enjoying the learning activities and being made to feel welcome here.

Prickly Hedgehog Management provides systems that cater for the individual needs of the children, and ensures many and varied child centered learning opportunities, based on the interests of the children, are accessible to all.

The teachers are completely approachable, welcoming communication with parents/caregivers which helps them to understand the routines of the children in their care.

Three of my children have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Prickly Hedgehog, thank you for the wonderful learning stories that you presented in their Portfolios – we will treasure them as a record of their early learning forever.

Flying Turtles – A unique Preschool catering for 4-6year olds. My oldest preschooler attends this preschool, and is truly off to a Flying Start, singing preschool songs, reciting sounds that letters make, and talking about experiences Preschool have provided. These experiences are for the children to explore, and will aid their transition to school. Alongside their commitment to support learning through play, the Flying Turtles teachers are also offering excellent learning experiences in early literacy, numeracy, technology and art.

Flying Turtles Preschool has a huge commitment to aiding the children’s transition into school. Management and teachers work alongside New Entrant teachers in the schools that the children are enrolled in, and are in turn able to help the children get “School” ready.

Again Flying Turtles is offering an extremely caring environment, where children feel comfortable to express themselves and learn to communicate with others in a safe environment.

Thank you again for everything you are offering my children.

- Andrea Corkill

- Andrea Corkill

We couldn't be happier that we chose Prickly Hedgehog for our son and daughter to attend, they have been going for 4 weeks and love it.  Both settled in quickly as all the staff are so positive, happy and friendly.  We love hearing about all the different activities they have done, it is clear to see the teachers are passionate about what they do.

- Lorraine Horne

I have found Little Pukeko's to be very friendly and accomodating.  The staff are always friendly and welcoming, it's a pleasure to hear my daughter speak about her day at the pre-school.  She always sounds happy and excited and talks about what she has done that day.  The 2014 Christmas show was fantastic and shows how much effort the staff at the centre put in to making this a great place to be, it has a warm family feeling when you walk through the door.  The school goes further to provide children with days out and different experiences throughout the week.  I appreciate the effort that they have all put into their centre to make it such a great place to go to.

- Simon Hibberd

We couldn't be happier with our choice to send both our kids to Flying Turtles and have recommended it to many.  The day is structured with a great balance of time for free play, learning, craft making and some R&R.  Our kids have benefited immensely from their time spent there.  But what easily stands out the most for us, is all the amazing staff that add to this invaluable experience.

- Kris Titus

Our son Alfie started at Little Pukeko's 6 months ago when he was 19 months old.  We are very happy with the centre, the staff are awesome and have a great rapport with the children and parents.

We always know what is going on and what activities our son has been doing during the day.  The learning stories we get are fantastic and the trips and little outings locally are really well organised.  

Alfie is really happy and we know that he is well looked after and having fun when we are at work.  We wouldn't hestitate in recommending the centre.

- James & Clare Harvey-Fitzgerald

I enrolled my son in Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School from the age of 14 months and I never worried about whether or not I have made the right choice in doing so - he has loved every minute!  He comes home full of stories and I have found at drop off and pick up, the staff are always very welcoming and friendly.  I cannot recommend Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School enough!

- Rebecca McIntosh

Testimonial from Andrea Corkill

Recommendation of Pukekohe Preschools – Little Pukekos, Prickly Hedgehog and Flying Turtles Preschools. Prickly Hedgehog – provides an extremely positive Preschool environment, professional care, encouragement, learning through play and a high level of input from teachers that so obviously care for their “Preschool Family”. Children can settle quickly into preschool routines, enjoying the learning activities and being made to feel welcome here.

Prickly Hedgehog Management provides systems that cater for the individual needs of the children, and ensures many and varied child centered learning opportunities, based on the interests of the children, are accessible to all.

The teachers are completely approachable, welcoming communication with parents/caregivers which helps them to understand the routines of the children in their care.

Three of my children have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Prickly Hedgehog, thank you for the wonderful learning stories that you presented in their Portfolios – we will treasure them as a record of their early learning forever.

Flying Turtles – A unique Preschool catering for 4-6year olds. My oldest preschooler attends this preschool, and is truly off to a Flying Start, singing preschool songs, reciting sounds that letters make, and talking about experiences Preschool have provided. These experiences are for the children to explore, and will aid their transition to school. Alongside their commitment to support learning through play, the Flying Turtles teachers are also offering excellent learning experiences in early literacy, numeracy, technology and art.

Flying Turtles Preschool has a huge commitment to aiding the children’s transition into school. Management and teachers work alongside New Entrant teachers in the schools that the children are enrolled in, and are in turn able to help the children get “School” ready.

Again Flying Turtles is offering an extremely caring environment, where children feel comfortable to express themselves and learn to communicate with others in a safe environment.

Thank you again for everything you are offering my children.

- Andrea Corkill

15 March 2011

To ALL the staff of Flying Turtles Pre-School.

In August 2010 we decided to enrol Wiremu into Flying Turtles Pre-School. At the time he was 4 ½ years old, and I was a bit concerned with the effects that the sudden change and new environment would have on him. He was a quiet, shy child, who was reluctant to pick up a pencil. His confidence in learning to write his name was quite low, and as parents we had no idea how to support this part of his early years. Wiremu was yet to discover his love for learning.

It took less than a week for Wiremu’s personality to open up revealing a very happy, LOUD little boy. Within days he began to form letters on paper and started attempting to write his full name. As parents, we were also given skills on how to support his learning, and the sound/letter scrapbook was just one way in which we were included in his early childhood education.

2 weeks after leaving Flying Turtles and beginning school, Wiremu was assessed for his on-entry report. He scored the highest of all the new entrants for sound recognition and letter recognition. He was also assessed as having the oral and social skills of a 5-10 year old, as well as impressive manners, respect for people and their property and imagination. Feedback from the school has been that this is due to the time and care that all of the staff at Flying Turtles invested in him, and the way that we were able to support this learning from home. He has been a confident child entering school, making the transition smooth for us all.

Our family is so grateful to you all for helping us to build this foundation for his education, and setting Wiremu up for his journey of lifelong learning. We feel that enrolling him at your preschool was the best decision that we made in his early years, and would whole heartedly recommend Flying Turtles to other families.

Our family wishes your centre and your staff nothing but the best for the future, with many more success stories to come.

- Melanie, Elton and Wiremu

30th March 2012

Our Joan was well equipped for her first day at school thanks to the team at Flying Turtles. She was familiar with mat time protocol, writing, counting and sounding out words. Lots of fun and learning characterised her year at Flying Turtles and she graduated a mature capable five year old ready for big school.

- Sally Grey

Testimonial for Flying Turtles

When we moved to Pukekohe we enrolled Lauren into Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School. She settled in well and had so much fun. The wonderful staff presented to us stories of her time through her portfolio.

When Lauren turned four she moved to Flying Turtles a unique preschool for 4-6 year olds. She loved the year she had at Flying Turtles. The teachers were wonderful and the learning through play, songs, letters and sounds, writing and computer all offer such an excellent experience which has helped Lauren so much now she has started school.

Flying Turtles offers such a wonderful caring environment for children to learn and express themselves. I would not hesitate to recommend all three pre-schools. Lauren is doing so well at school and a lot of that is to do with the great start she had.

Thanks for everything. We miss you all.

- Julie & Lauren Hitchmough

Testimonial for Little Pukeko's

We enrolled our little man when he was only 7 months old at Little Pukeko's after having had our older two children cared for at another centre, but by the same staff.  

We were very nervous as this was the youngest we had put any of children into care.  The staff at Little Pukeko's made the whole process easy to cope with, for both myself and our baby.  

I was able to return to work knowing my baby was being cared for in a nurturing and caring environment, all his needs were being met and during his time there he grew into a confident, caring, fun, extremely happy little man.

Keian's love of exploring and curious nature was always encouraged from which he has developed a passion for learning.

The staff at Little Pukeko's were always available to discuss any concerns we had and I consider them family.  They played a huge role in the daily raising of our baby and if we could, we would have taken the staff with us when we moved towns to continue caring for our son, we wouldn't have hesitated.  

I have since recommended Little Pukeko's to friends that are considering putting their little ones into childcare and will continue to do so.  

We miss you

- The Sperry Family

Testimonial for Flying Turtles Pre-School

Our daughter attended Little Pukeko's before turning 4 and moving onto Flying Turtles.  Her time at Little Pukeko's was wonderful, she was able to visit all three Centre's, and got to to know all the teachers, and most of the children.  This made the transition to Flying Turtles when she was 4 a breeze, she already knew the teachers and had visits beforehand to get a really good idea of the transition-to-school centre..

Flying Turtles is a great kick start to what's involved in everyday school life.  Mat time is precious and every part is filled with FUN learning time, the sound of the week helps the children with phonics and the work book gets them involved with early hand writing skills.  I loved the way the children are taught how to write letters and numbers with the Caterpillar story, something I still use now with my 5 year old.

The Centre allows children to explore almost anything their little minds can think of, from Outer Space to playing mums and dads, building Volcanoes in the sand, to baking!

The real bonus for us was the kind loving, hands on teachers.  I never felt guilty for leaving my daughter in fact she wanted to go more!!

I want to thank Flying Turtles for the wonderful job they do, our daughter has settled very well into school life, and i honestly believe it would have been a lot harder without the skills she has been taught.

- The Kervin Family

Testimonial for Flying Turtles Pre-School

My daughter transitioned to Flying Turtles from Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School.  What I most liked about Flying Turtles is that a hug is given to the children when needed; manners, good behaviour and safety are taught; and all the learning that takes place in a fun environment - when your child tells you a fact and you have to google it because you don't know it, they must be learning something.  I also liked that the teachers were a range of ages and each lady had great qualities which rubbed off on my daughter - it was great for her to have such a range of role models.  I could tell my daughter loved the teachers as each one had had their turn of being my daughter's favourite and I heard so many good stories about them.

I asked my daughter what she liked most about Flying Turtles, she said 'the teachers are helpful and on the last day I almost cried'.  She learnt so much from the team at Flying Turtles and is off to a terrific start at school which I have no doubt Flying Turtles played a big part in.  I would strongly suggest that anyone searching for a preschool put Flying Turtles on their 'must see' list.

- The Soppet Family

 Testimonial for Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School

James' interest have been broadened hugely from when he first started at Prickly.  He enjoys learning and his thirst for knowledge is consistently fed.  He is physically, mentally and emotionally challenged on a daily basis.

James loved the topic about wild animals and this was fostered with a trip to the zoo.  He loves watering and planting the garden, which coincided with his real need for helping others.  It's also great to see James playing with a mixture of children rather than being so attached to one particular child.  It's fantastic to see James learning such a broad range of things and his hunger for learning.  For example, just yesterday, James was busy telling me about the spine of a book and how important it is for keeping the pages together.  When asked where he had learnt this, he casually replied "my teachers".  He has a close relationship with all of his teachers and it is obvious they care for and respect James.  Thank you all for your hard work with my James!

- Sam Gallaher

Testimonial for Prickly Hedgehog Pre-School

I don't know where to start... I was a little apprehensive to leave my baby girl with people that, at the start of the year, we did not know.  Meggie settled into Prickly's so well and has now become part of 'the furniture'.  You all have made her, Skylar, Phoenix and myself feel part or your family, and for that I thank you so much.  I feel so happy and comfortable with leaving her and feel as if the kids and I have developed a wonderful relationship with you all.  Thank you so much for taking care of this beautiful girl, who we love more than words can say.  You are all amazing people and the way that you all genuinely care about Meggie just blows me away, so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

-Amy Ash


 

Testimonial for Flying Turtles Pre-School

My daughter Sophie started Flying Turtles in August last year (2014) and very quickly decided it was her favourite place to be.  Her days are packed with fun, friendship and learning and I know this because when I pick her up, she is so excited to tell me about her day.  In her short time at Flying Turtles, I have noticed her confidence grow.  She has become computer savvy and has learnt to write both her first and surname (which is quite an achievement if you know our surname).  She has learnt her letter sounds, developed a strong pencil grip and is developing a passion for numbers.  Sophie's interests are nurtured too.  The "take home table" always contains many of her imaginative creations and her bag is often packed with paintings and pictures.  Sophie loves to dance and the weekly hip hop classes are a favourite.  She gets to swim every week (another favourite) and is in love with the new turtles.

The teachers at Flying Turtles are wonderful.  Someone is always on hand to distract her at that slighty difficult moment when she has to say goodbye to Mum.  They are friendly and approachable and always happy to chat with me about her progess or share a funny story - Sophie also shares many funny stories about them with us.  The centre itself is bright and cheerful with lots of walls displaying the children's art and photos.

I know that Sophie is going to get the best start in her fast approaching new journey when she starts school in May.  I know this because I am a New Entrant teacher.  I have taught many children who have come through Flying Turtles and all of them have been well prepared for school.  The routines that Jodi and the other teachers follow - mat-time, structured learning time as well as the all important play and social experiences - are very similiar to how I run my classroom.  The children transition so quickly because the school routines are similiar.  A quick transition to school means that the children begin to learn sooner (most are coming already from Flying Turtles with good alphabet and number knowledge).

I love the relationship that I have developed with this centre.  I look forward to regular visits from the Turtles into my classroom after their weekly swimming lesson.  What I love even more is the sharing of knowledge and teaching practice.  I believe strong relationships between Early Childhood and School are important.  

I heard about Flying Turtles from colleagues and friends who couldn't recommend them enough.  I am so glad that I made the choice to send her there and know that she is well and truly ready to start school

 

-Tanya

 


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