Poppies is a group designed specifically to meet the
needs of young gifted children and their parents.
It provides an enrichment and extension programme
that allows gifted children to work at their own pace
and level, with children of similar abilities and
with similar interests.
provides an opportunity for parents to meet others
facing similar parenting challenges.
Poppies is a child-centred environment in which a range
of challenging learning experiences are offered. Emphasis
is placed on stimulating the childs learning process,
rather than on achieving any specific end result or product.
July 1996, Small Poppies began as a parent co-operative
venture, which came about when a group of parents with very
able children found they and their children had common needs
which were being overlooked in the current pre-school system
in Auckland. These children needed extension activities
and contact with like minds.
Poppies was given charitable status by the Inland Revenue
and our Trustees were incorporated as a Board under the
Charitable Trusts Act 1957. in 2000.
July 2007, the Small Poppies Charitable Trust dissolved,
in order to allow the services offered under Small Poppies
to be administered and nurtured under the umbrella of the
Gifted Education Centre.
important feature of Small Poppies is the employment of
Sue Breen, a teacher trained and experienced in working
with gifted children. Her role is to work with the children
extending and challenging them in a variety of ways. She
trains and mentors all Small Poppies teachers, as well as
maintaining her strong teaching role.
also shares ideas with parents that they can use at home
with their children.
Poppies children come from all backgrounds and areas of
Auckland and can attend sessions from the age of two until
they turn six.
to cater for a bright preschooler the Small Poppies way
a very bright, enthusiastic child
an interested parent or two
them to other similar children and parents
in a heap of stimulating ideas and a never-ending supply
of balloons, straws, bubbles, paper and pencils
a heap of books and equipment
the mixture into an adequate sized space
in a motivated teacher and a theme for the
questions, discussions and activities
fun with the results.
Allow for contagion. This recipe will expand.
further information phone Small Poppies on 09 827-5271 or
0508 GIFTED (0508 443833) if outside the Auckland free calling
area, or visit the Small Poppies website.