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TopKids Regent’s Special Visitors

TopKids Regent were fortunate to be visited by nanas from the nearby rest home, Parahaki Court. We sang them songs and showed them our different dance moves. We also had time to interact, talk to them and listen to their stories. What a fun and meaningful way to spend our morning with them. What does […]

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First Steps Wattle Downs Celebrate Papatuanuku

At First Steps Wattle Downs, we are so excited about our new topic within our preschool room which is celebrating Papatuanuku.  In Maori tradition, Papatuanuku is the mother earth figure who gives birth to all things including people.  Trees, insects, animals and people are born from the land which then nourishes them. We are so […]

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Celebrating Mother’s Day at First Steps Wattle Downs

On Friday the 11th of May First Steps Wattle Downs decided to thank the unsung heroes of our children’s lives with a morning tea for our preschoolers and an afternoon tea with our infants. We feel that a lot of the time, a mothers hard work is left unnoticed so to say thank you to our […]

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Arthur the Worm Man Visits Community Kindy Waihi

The children and teachers of Community Kindy Waihi have been working on a garden and bug project.  The children have been loving cultivating and tending to the community garden as well as looking for and finding bugs. We have recently set up a bug hotel in our sensory garden to see which bugs come and […]

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A Glitter-bug visits ABC Salisbury Street

ABC Salisbury Street were lucky to be able to borrow a  glitter-bug from the CDHB. The children put magic gel on their hands, then put their hands under the ‘bug’ (a UV light with a peephole). This showed the children the amount of bugs on their hands, they then washed their hands and returned to […]

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Celebrating Mother’s Day at First Steps Newmarket

We celebrated a lovely Mother’s Day at First Steps Newmarket. Everyone shared a lovely morning tea and the children gave their mothers a special necklace with a shell they made themselves. We all enjoyed eating yummy blueberry and raspberry mini pancakes and waffles. We also had some delicious fruit kebabs and savoury scones. We also […]

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Community Kindy Warspite’s neighbourhood hero adventure

 We love neighbourhood heroes at Community Kindy Warspite, and our April Neighbourhood Hero is Gene from the Porirua Fruit and Vege Co-op. Every week he goes out of his way to drop off our amazing fruit and vege pack – which we really appreciate! We decided to give back to Gene and his volunteers, by taking […]

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ANZAC Remembrance Week at First Steps Newmarket

During our ANZAC Remembrance Week the children at First Steps Newmarket have been exploring the history of Anzac Day and why the event is still significant in our lives. The children have been learning about the brave soldiers who went to war to protect our country. We have been talking about the sacrifices and sufferings […]

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Lunchbox Day at First Steps Newmarket

We recently had a Lunchbox Day at First Steps Newmarket. All the children were very excited! Yesterday the children brought their lunch boxes, prepared and packed their own morning tea and lunch. This enables children to understand that when they go to big school they have to learn to save some food for lunch and […]

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Nature Play, The Project Way at ABC Katikati

At ABC Katikati we are extending and deepening our children’s current interests with a project based approach. By carefully observing our children and the resources that they are interacting with, we are able to see developing interests emerge. In our under two room our children are still busy exploring and discovering our revamped natural environment and […]

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