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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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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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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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Ambulance visits First Steps Brooklyn

At First Steps Brooklyn, we have connections with the wider communities. Our centre had a visit by St John Ambulance officer who shared her experiences and showed the tamariki the emergency equipment needed to save life.  

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Healthy choices at First Steps Everglade Preschool

First Steps Everglade Preschool has always been committed to the wellbeing (mana atua) of our tamariki. We are now totally engaged in BestStart’s Hauora initiative where kaiako provide children with an environment where they engaged in active movement experiences. This year teachers and parents together have also decided to have healthy options for birthday celebrations. […]

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First Steps Papatoetoe Waitangi connections

First Steps Papatoetoe were honoured to celebrate Waitangi Day with our friends from EduKids Manukau. We had three of their kaiako and nine tamariki accept our invitation to visit our centre. They joined us in waiata, kai and many different creative art activities. For morning tea Aunty Ruth our cook prepared us a delicious kai […]

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Getting back to nature at First Steps Peachgrove

Gardening has been a huge focus over the last few months here at First Steps Peachgrove. We have spent many hours in the garden planting flowers to save the bees, planting silverbeet, corn, peas, and broccoli to feed our whanau and the rabbit. We have planted swan plants and have enjoyed watching the progression of caterpillars turning […]

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Special Events at First Steps Peachgrove

First Steps Peachgrove really focuses on whanau involvement and this shows in our annual events that we have in the centre. We celebrate through holding different community events, inviting visitors into the centre and also spending time out in the community with forest days, and centre trips. Some of these events include Chinese New Year, Fish and chip […]

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