Early Years, Preschool & School Readiness Programmes

Play with Purpose 2 3 years


Foundation 3 4 years


School Readiness 4 5 years


More than A.B.C.s & 123s, helping children to be the brightest little learners they can be!

The Begin Bright early years, preschool and school readiness programmes focus on supporting our youngest learners in the early stages of development and school life. Our programmes assist children in building confidence and creating a love of learning. They help children prepare for the transition to school and then continue to support them in the first year of school and beyond. The Begin Bright characters and interactive, engaging lessons make learning fun!

Begin Bright Preschool Programmes

What are our early years & preschool programmes?

Play with Purpose starts children’s learning journey from 2 years of age with creative and fun lessons that build on children’s natural curiosity. Supported by parents, children are introduced to literacy, numbers, craft, science and music through fun and interactive activities. They are also strengthening their fine and gross motor skills, learning to share and build their social skills.

Our Enriched Learning programmes align with the Early Years Frameworks giving young children a balanced introduction to learning and early exposure to maths, literacy, and social skills by engaging with well-known children’s books.

Begin Bright also has our flagship Maths and Literacy programmes designed to focus on developing these essential skills. This programme is ideal for children who are more confident with their learning and wish to progress their mathematics and literacy fundamentals.

Throughout all the Begin Bright early years and preschool programmes, children are supported to:

  • Confidently approach tasks
  • Demonstrate an understanding of age-appropriate literacy and numeracy skills
  • Develop a phonemic knowledge of words
  • Work in groups
  • Follow instructions
  • Build independence
  • Build school readiness skills

and so much more!

Enriched Learning Programmes

Begin Bright programmes incorporate synthetic phonics so that when a child arrives at the stage of decoding words, the words can then be broken into small pieces (e.g., b-ea-ch). This approach gives children more success when starting to read, and they reach words that they cannot identify through context and appearance alone. All of our programmes are designed to be enjoyable and give kids the absolute best start to their education.

Please contact your nearest location to enquire about the range of programmes that they run and to book a free trial class.


The 2 – 3-year-old Begin Bright programme is designed for play with purpose. 

This programme builds on children’s natural curiosity and love of learning. While each lesson revolves around stories, craft, songs, exploring and playing, the main focus is to introduce children to age-appropriate concepts. This will give children a solid foundation for learning when they progress through the later levels of Begin Bright programmes and transition to school.

Play with Purpose Programme

This programme not only concentrates on the traditional learning focuses of colours, shapes and numbers but also looks at understanding concepts such as seasons and weather, positioning of items, people in our communities and how their body works. Hands-on activities help develop their gross and fine motor skills and build their social skills as they interact with other children and adults. This gives children confidence when they go to kindergarten, preschool or the next level of the Begin Bright programmes.

Each lesson includes

  • Storytime with a well-known children’s book
  • Music or nursery rhymes
  • Arts and craft activities
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Fine and gross motor activities or play-based activities

Parents are encouraged to assist their little learners in completing the activities and sharing in their education journey.

Where to next?

Once children have completed the 2 – 3 years programme, they can then move into our 3 – 4 years programme as they start to prepare to transition to school. Children usually participate in this programme two years before they start school, and it helps lay the foundations for a life-long love of learning.

Start your little one on their learning journey with Begin Bright.


Enriched Learning Programme

Aligned with the Early Years Framework and Te Whãriki, the 3 – 4 years programme provides the learning foundations for children and compliments learning at daycare or kindergarten. The School Readiness programme for 4 – 5 years then follows on from our foundation programme and is designed to support children in their transition to school in the following year.

Play-based activities and hands-on group work help to develop social and co-operation skills. The programmes incorporate activities to build fine motor skills, develop pencil grip and hand-eye co-ordination to support the preparation for writing.

Each lesson includes

  • Literature study with universally loved books like “We’re going on a bear hunt”
  • Early S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and literacy-based activities that introduce reading and writing skills and enhance children’s language skills
  • Craft based and movement activities also improve gross and fine motor skills
  • Songs and nursery rhymes
  • A focus each week on a letter and a number from 1 – 10
  • Fun literacy and numeracy games
  • Letter sounds and phonemic awareness
  • Activities to do at home

Foundation Programme
School Readiness Programme

Maths and Literacy Programme

Our flagship programme aligns with national school curriculums. A combination of group, one on one, and independent work are encouraged to introduce children to learning concepts that will help them successfully and confidently transition to school.

This programme is workbook based and includes a concentration on the fundamentals of maths and literacy (reading, writing and oral language) skills. It also incorporates activities to develop pencil grip and hand-eye co-ordination to support the preparation for writing.

Incorporating synthetic phonics, children learn to identify sound formations as letters, recognise sounds in words, and write words containing the sounds.

Once they are in the 4 – 5 years programme, we focus on blending sounds – single sounds at the beginning, end, and middle of three-letter words giving them a great head start to school and boosting confidence in future learning.

Each lesson includes

  • A poem incorporating the Begin Bright characters based on the letter focus of the week
  • Workbooks activities
  • An associated Craft activity
  • Movement activities to enhance gross and fine motor skills
  • Literacy and numeracy games to make learning fun!
  • Each week focuses on a letter and number
  • Letter sounds and phonemic awareness
  • Worksheets to practise at home

Book a free trial class and start your child on their learning journey with Begin Bright.

Math and Literacy Programmes

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