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We’re Open At BestStart Borman Road!!

At BestStart Borman Road, our day began early this morning with our local kaumatua blessing our centre environment followed by a shared kai with family and friends. It was fantastic to see our first few children and their families through the door, they were just just as excited as we were for our first day!! As you can see […]

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EduKids Manukau Celebrate Matariki

Over the past month at EduKids Manukau, our learning journey has been in full swing as we celebrated Matariki (Maori New Year). During our annual celebration, we were joined by our friends from First Steps Papatoetoe who were welcomed to our centre with a traditional powhiri led by kaiako Tania. Once our manuhiri (visitors) and whanau were […]

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Celebrating Matariki at TopKids Karaka

Throughout the month of June, TopKids Karaka have been participating in a variety of Matariki inspired learning experiences. The infants and toddlers planted seeds and are eagerly waiting for them to grow. The infant room also created a night sky and added stars that were painted by the children. We have had lots of positive […]

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Bike day at ABC Mayfield

Recently ABC Mayfield had Bike Day! One of our children asked if she could bring her bike to school so we could see her riding it on the preschool Bike track, so the notice went out and nga tamariki brought along their bikes and scooters to ride on the bike track. Lots of fun was […]

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Sensory sensations at EduKids Prestons

At EduKids Prestons we believe that all children need messy play!  Even in our youngest room.  Messy play gives children the opportunity to experience a wide range of sensory experiences.  Providing finger-paint, slime and gloop give children the opportunities to  learn about textures and other materials. Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s […]

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Jammies in June at First Steps Waiuku

First Steps Waiuku celebrate Jammies in June for Kids First Hospital, which we complete annually. We held a PJ week where the children got to come in all snuggly and complete fun activities. Even the teachers wore their PJ’s! One of the activities the children enjoyed was ‘roasting marshmellows’ over a fire. The fire was […]

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Matariki a-kura: Matariki for our tamariki at ABC Botany

It’s Matariki – Maori New Year – and to build on our tamariki’s knowledge in this area, we at ABC Botany decided to join in the programme at the Auckland Museum. Our tamariki were invited onto Hotunui, the meeting house and whaea Jo shared the story of Matariki. Jo then taught out tamariki our song […]

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ABC Blenheim Central at the theatre

Recently a group of ABC Blenheim Central’s tamariki, teachers and parents went to the theatre to see a show called Odd One Out. We walked down to our local ASB Theatre with all of our parent helpers which was so much fun. When we got there we sat in the foyer and had morning tea. Once […]

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Pet World visit ABC Somerfield

Craig from Pet World visited us at ABC Somerfield with a parrot, puppy, dog, rats, and a range of reptiles (including a real water dragon). The children had the opportunity to touch all the different animals and grow their confidence around them.  The bearded lizard was quite spikey and the blue tongue lizards were cold and […]

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Matariki at ABC Mayfield

As part of ABC Mayfield’s Matariki Celebration to celebrate the Maori new year we had the children bring vegetables  to make a big pot of Matariki soup and the children made some star scones to go alongside the soup. The favorite part was the machine that cut up the veges with a bang (safe and […]

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