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Monthly Archives: June 2016

ABC Stokes Valley’s surprise beanies

A couple of weeks ago the children at ABC Stokes Valley got a lovely surprise. The local knitting group “Knit One Pearl One” had been very busy knitting some beanies for them. The children were very excited and wanted to go and meet the lovely people that made them. So the following week we made some […]

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TopKids Porchester’s Police visit

The preschoolers at TopKids Porchester are currently learning about their community and emergency awareness, so when constable Katie and constable Dexter visited them, they couldn’t believe their eyes! They had fun sitting in the police car, trying on the police hat and handcuffs, interacting with the constables, listening to the siren and looking at the […]

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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival celebrations

Here at ABC Dannemora we acknowledge, respect, and appreciate our multicultural heritage.  We recently celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival, also often known as Duanwu Festival. It is a traditional festival originating in China. The children and parents were involved in making zongzi (sticky rice treats wrapped in bamboo leaves), with the teachers. They all enjoyed it!

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EduKids Halswell earn the Healthy Heart Award

Edukids Halswell signed up for the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart Award programme (Tohu Manawa Ora – Kōhungahunga) in 2014 and initially achieved the Rito (Founding) award, they continued on their healthy journey and have now earned a ‘Pā-Harakeke’ (flourishing) award. There are over 4000 early learning services in New Zealand, with about 10% of them holding […]

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Matariki at TopKids Virginia Ave

Matariki is a significant cultural event in New Zealand calendar.  At TopKids Virginia Ave we took the opportunity to familiarize our children and families with the event, language, culture and traditional celebration of Matariki. We cater for a multi-cultural community many of whom are new New Zealanders and we feel that we have an important […]

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Early Years Petone Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Pink Ribbon Breakfasts are a great opportunity to get together with friends and family over breakfast or lunch anytime during the month of May and raise funds for The Foundation. This year the funds raised from Early Years Petone‘s Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign will go towards funding research projects and medical grants to help improve […]

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ABC Raumati visit Kaitawa Reserve

What an exciting morning 6 of our 4 year old tamariki had as we headed off to Kaitawa Reserve for the first of our forest Kindy excursions. Before we left ABC Raumati we prepared ourselves with warm clothes, walking shoes or gum boots, our fluro vests and each of us had a whistle to use […]

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ABC Havelock North’s community Matariki celebration

On Sunday, 12 June 2016 ABC Havelock North joined our neighbourhood Matariki celebrations held at the Mangarau Garden and Community Space.  Our centre have been invited to join the community garden and have been offered a garden plot.  This will be an excellent opportunity for the children to be involved in the wider community and […]

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First Steps Palmerston North get a special visitor

First Steps Palmerston North had NZ teakwondo Olympian Andrea Kilday come along to the centre and teach the children some of her winning tricks at their Olympics day. The centre has recently been awarded the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart Award so getting the children to have a go at lots of different sports was a […]

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Matariki at Everglade Babies

First Steps Everglade Babies had an awesome day celebrating Matariki. Babies and staff were dressed in red and black and enjoyed Matariki themed activities. Alisha our administrator did some flax weaving putiputi and head bands. Babies were read stories about Matariki, we did poi dance and and baked star cookies. We are proud that our babies who are special individuals […]

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