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Monthly Archives: June 2014

First Steps Aongatete visit to TECT Rescue Helicopter

Children, parents and staff of First Steps Aongatete visited the TECT Rescue Helicopter in Tauranga. The TECT Rescue Helicopters pilots explained what the helicopter do and how they help people who have had accidents and in trouble. The children are currently learning about keeping safe and who helps us when in trouble, so when the […]

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Early Years Nevis’ Play Dough Bugs!

Early Years Nevis’ project focus on insects has really taken off with the children becoming increasingly enthusiastic about finds and exploring bugs! There have been bug hunts outside – the centre found lots of spiders and went for a trip to the library to find books on insects and bugs and the children have also […]

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First Steps Palmerston North’s trip to Memorial Park

First Steps Palmerston North went on a van trip to Memorial Park. This visit was linked to their current planning around the children’s interest in learning all about how their bodies work. The idea was for the children to do lots of exercise, the teachers then discussed what was happening to their bodies, once they […]

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ABC Hastings Central’s Bottle and Box Auction

ABC Hastings Central had their annual Bottle and Box Auction last month, it was a really successful evening. The parents and their families came in with their own takeaway dinner, which they ate outside on picnic blankets in our playground area.  After their kai, the staff sung a waiata to the families and the bottle […]

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ABC Mahora’s Pirate and Princess Day

ABC Mahora came dressed in their best pirate and princess clothes, the children were surprised to find a change in the playroom, instead of our normal equipment there was now a princess castle and a pirate cove and pirate ship complete with plank to walk! The centre spent the morning role playing, making our own treasure […]

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Topkids Lynmore celebrate Matariki

Topkids Lynmore celebrated Matariki with many activities involving the whole community. On Friday 13th June, the whole centre went to the Rotorua Museum by bus looking at all the ancestral displays. Then on the 19th of June the centre provided the parents with a Hangi and concert followed by a glow worm walk after dark. On Friday the 20th […]

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Kids to Five Green St’s Matariki Learning

Kids to Five Green St had a visitor Piki who came to help them learn all about Matariki. To start this learning journey they began by making some stars. Piki cut out some star shapes and the children used glitter and glue to decorate them. It took a lot of concentration as they carefully used […]

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ABC Te Aroha celebrates Tonga-Emancipation Day

One of our parents from ABC Te Aroha suggested to celebrate Tonga-Emancipation Day. Some of our wonderful families cooked some delicious Tongan food which everyone enjoyed! Members of the families danced for everyone and then blessed the food before eating. Karen read a story about Tonga to the children and learnt some of the Tongan […]

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ABC Havelock North’s Magical Adventure at Keirunga Garden

ABC Havelock North were very lucky to have Keirunga Garden so close to the centre so it was decided to take some of the older children for a walk to see what they could find in the surrounding tree’s after their Autumn fall.  What a wonderful trip, the centre saw so many leaves everywhere, their feet […]

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