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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Fruity ice blocks at First Steps Waiuku

The babies at First Steps Waiuku have been exploring ice and water activities recently so we decided to further their experiences by making something cold and tasty! We brought in a variety of fruit – passionfruit, pear, bananas, strawberries and raspberries. The babies helped us to put each one into the bowl (taste testing as they did!). […]

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TopKids Manuroa learn about Waitangi Day

At TopKids Manuroa we marked the importance of Waitangi Day in Matai Senior room. During our mat time we talked about what Waitangi Day is all about. Children also told us what they thought about Waitangi Day. For the tamariki, it is a day when our centre is closed and we have holiday. Teachers shared information […]

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EduKids Papakura Kiwiana celebrations

February has started off with a bang at EduKids Papakura! On Wednesday 7th we had a Kiwiana day where we were able to learn about and celebrate Waitangi day throughout the centre. We celebrated with a centre-wide dress up and everyone dressed in something kiwi related! We also had a day full of kiwi food. […]

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TopKids Regent’s local pride

Whangarei summer is synonymous with beautiful beaches, long days on the boat cruising and fishing and quiet bush walks to exercise and appreciate the wonders of nature.  At TopKids Regent, we depicted this imagery in our entrance way to showcase what our lovely town has to offer to our local community and to all its […]

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Tōtara Room is OPEN at First Steps Kelvin Grove

Our first week in the Tōtora room at First Steps Kelvin Grove has been both exciting and intriguing as we opened new resources and explored our environment.  We discovered the box outside was really big, the sandpit had some cool toys in it including ‘real’ spades and huge diggers. Families are an integral part of […]

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Montessori Otumoetai celebrate Chinese New Year

At Montessori Otumoetai, we celebrated Chinese New Year this Monday with children’s enthusiastic participation. Children enjoyed activities such as paper cutting to decorate our classroom, Calligraphy practice, listening to stories about Chinese New Year, singing Chinese songs, exploring cultural items and making and eating Dumplings. This experience enhances children’s awareness of the cultural diversity and provides […]

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Wet and Wild Day at First Steps Mount Maunganui

The weather this summer has been so hot that at First Steps Mount Maunganui, we decided to have a wet and wild day outside, where our tamariki could have fun in the sun and cool down. We added in some extra water-based activities such as water balloons and water slides. The tamariki got stuck into […]

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ABC Queenstown Plants the seed – A story about our Vegetable Garden

Here, at ABC Queenstown, we have chosen to make sustainability a priority within our teaching programme. A starting point has been our vegetable garden. We believe it is important for children to be active participants in creating a healthy and sustainable environment. From seeds, we have grown vegetables, that have required care.  Together we water, […]

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Community Kindy Heuheu Street visit Mt Tauhara Gymnastics Club

Our tamariki and teachers from Community Kindy Heuheu Street had an awesome time when we visited Mt Tauhara Gymnastics Club.  The tamariki’s self-esteem was growing as they engaged in new challenges.  There was lots of jumping, bouncing and balancing, which is fantastic for keeping our tamariki healthy and active! A special thank you to LJ Hooker, […]

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Celebrating the year of the dog at TopKids Pukuatua

This year at TopKids Pukuatua we had a dragon come and scare away spirits for our Chinese new year celebration today. Wow what a day, we had lots of children/teachers dress up to celebrate The year of the dog. We had Chop suey for lunch , Lots of art activities, and Chinese Music Thank you […]

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