Paula's Academy is a special classroom designed specifically for older children aged 3-5, dedicated to preparing your child for the transition to primary school.

With the help of local New Entrant teachers and our own educational philosophy, we have created a programme where fun based ‘child lead’ play is balanced with a more focused ‘teacher lead’ Early Childhood Educational approach. Alongside free play (which we recognize is very important at this age) we focus on creating a planned programme where children develop independence, problem solving skills, confidence, and social skills whilst laying down the key foundation of literacy and numeracy.

This unique concept classroom allows our skilled teachers to work alongside small groups of children in a settled environment. Children participate in hands-on learning projects while incorporating “STEAM” based learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). All children benefit from quality time in our programme, becoming eager learners.

We regularly have excursions into our community and primary schools, as well as ‘theme’ days.

Owners Anthony and Stacey Holder realise the importance of preparation for school and feedback from parents has been really positive.  “We are thrilled with the reaction to our classroom from parents, children can’t wait to get into the Academy environment, they absolutely love it and it shows."

With an emphasis on a balance of ‘teacher lead’ and ‘child lead’ learning, children thrive in the Academy Room. This leads to a smooth transition into primary education where children are confident and capable learners. New Entrant Teachers love what we do and are big supporters!

  • Paula’s Academy programme accommodates up to 20 children.

  • Sessions are booked 8.30am-3.30pm. Bookings can extend past these times if required.

  • 20 hours ECE funding available.

  • Minimum of 3 sessions per week.


Call us today to learn how you can get your child school ready!

Both of our children have been involved in the Academy programme. Our eldest is now at primary school, and not only did she have a head start with her learning, she easily slotted into the school routine and was able to make friends quickly and easily. Our son who is almost four is currently enrolled in the Tuatara Academy room. He really looks forward to going to ‘school’ each day, which is cute. I think it’s the great relationship he has with his teacher, the intimate group of children his own age who are his buddies, and carefully thought out classroom activities. He is so eager to get involved! I am always recommending the programme to others.
— Sonya Sladen
Morgan transitioned into school easily. The academy programme really promotes the love of learning. Morgan has an active mind and the structure channelled his learning into the right direction to become a lifelong learner.
— Cassie Fitzsimmons