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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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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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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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Fire Fighters visit First Steps Newmarket

First Steps Newmarket recently had some special visitors – the firefighters from Remuera Fire Station! The firefighters spent the morning with us. They talked to the children about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire. We all practised saying, “Get Out! Stay Out!” Some of us were curious about the equipment used […]

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Police Visit at First Steps Newmarket

Constable Cyrus recently came to visit the children at First Steps Newmarket. He talked to the children about what police officers do and their responsibilities of keeping people safe and helping everyone in the community. Constable Cyrus discussed the importance of staying safe and close to our parents when outside and finding a safe person […]

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Celebrating Mother’s Day at First Steps Coronation

First Steps Coronation recently celebrated Mother’s Day. During the week, our children made a Mother’s Day card for their mums and attended Mother’s Day Story Time at the Papatoetoe Library. On Friday,  some of our mums joined us to celebrate their special day. During the celebration, they played musical chairs and enjoyed listening to the special […]

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Celebrating Mother’s Day at First Steps Papatoetoe

Here is a pure example of whanaungatanga as we all worked together to make sure our mothers had the best morning and afternoon tea. It is a tradition at First Steps Papatoetoe to put on a high morning and afternoon tea for our mothers. During the week our tamariki helped prepare the different baked goods and […]

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Mother’s Pamper Day Fun at First Steps Waihi

At First Steps Waihi, we had such a fun day when our mother’s joined us for a morning of pampering and morning tea. Our little darlings attentively did face masks and moisturised and painted the nails of their mothers to show how much they appreciated them. The foot spa was not a great hit with […]

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