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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Showing their heart

A passion for teaching children and whanau about healthy eating and being active has earned Community Kindy Turangi a gold award from the Heart Foundation. The kindy has been part of the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart Award programme since 2013, and it recently attained Pa Herekeke – the highest level available. The team at Community […]

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Present from Cashmere View Retirement Village

First Steps Pioneer was invited to the Cashmere View Retirement Village who wanted to donate their go kart to our centre. We visited Cashmere View Retirement Village where they had a lovely barbecue lunch and presented us with the go-kart. The residents loved seeing the children visit with many of them commenting on how lovely […]

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The Magic of Science at Kids to TopKids George Street

Our curious tamariki in the Kids to Five George‘s nursery room have been investigating scientific concepts. What originally began as a traditional baking soda and vinegar volcano in the sandpit extended into observing the chemical reaction between the two ingredients using frozen vinegar. Our tamariki created their own chemical reactions as they took turns sprinkling […]

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BestStart Fire Truck’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic

There were pirates, singers, fairies and competitions galore when our Bay of Plenty teachers, families and community held a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Saturday! The sun shone as families had fun visiting all the BestStart centre stalls and joining in the colourful activities. Morris Danks, the organiser and team head of the BestStart Fire Truck, […]

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Celebrating the New Year

新年快樂 (Xin nian kuai le)! Happy Chinese New Year! Kids to Five Bader celebrated the Chinese New Year on 11th of February and learned more about the Chinese culture and practices through various cultural activities. Our children and their families learned to make Chinese snacks, using chopsticks, Chinese calligraphy, and the dragon dance. From everyone […]

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Healthy Hearts

What an awesome day First Steps Everglade Preschool had with everyone dressed in red to support the NZ Heart Foundation on Heart Day! The centre had planned a day full of activities to help our children take care of their hearts.  

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Fruits and Veges

As ABC Monokia learned about the environment during Summer as well as healthy eating, it was the perfect time to visit our centre teacher’s home where she was growing different types of vegetables. There were many different vegetables and fruits growing in the garden for the children to explore. They helped to pick berries, herbs, […]

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Getting their hearts racing!

What a special way to celebrate Valentine’s and Healthy Heart Day! The centre celebrated Healthy Heart Day and Valentine’s Day together; hearts were racing through active play and hearts were melting with the special gifts. TopKids Motutaiko dressed up in red, brought in their bikes and scooters to race around the parking lot! Parents received […]

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Whanau BBQ

The team at TopKids Harrison Street hosted a whanau BBQ to kick of the New Year. There were water fights, salads and bbq for our whanau to enjoy! We had over 130 people join us and was such a great way to meet the extended family and friends of our children.

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Treaty signing

ABC Whitby South have been learning about the Treaty of Waitangi. The centre made their own treaty and had a signing ceremony to mark the occasion. What a great opportunity for role play and learning about history!

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