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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Visiting Wharenui Te Papa

Montessori Kilbirnie really enjoyed our recent visit to Te Papa to visit the wharenui and learn about patterns, designs, stories and legends.  We will recreate our own designs at Montessori.  

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Little gardeners

The children at First Steps Newmarket have been interested in gardening for quite some time now. Earlier in the year Mason bought in his little garden from home to plant with his friends. This then sparked a huge interest in the natural world, with other children also bringing in their seeds from home to plant. […]

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Green fingers

The children at ABC Manurewa Central are so excited about their sustainability project. We have created a lovely garden in a corner of the playground and are also planning a worm farm!  Thanks to one of our wonderful parents who gifted the plastic bottles which have made excellent gardens for the strawberry plants which are […]

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Future Leaders Programme

We often get asked to explain how we support teachers develop their leadership skills. As part of our Training and Development Programmes we’ve developed Future Leaders, a course guiding participants through the theory and practice of all things leadership.  We asked Matt Jaunay, the Organisational Development Manager to explain more. What is BestStart’s Future Leaders programme […]

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A Trip to the Museum

We have had many tamariki here in the prep-room at Edukids Elles Road sharing their interest in Dinosaurs recently, so we took a few on a trip to see a reptile that has been around long before the dinosaurs walked the land, the Tuatara. While we were there the tamariki were able to see and […]

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It’s all action

At ABC Arawhata we have been working towards our Healthy Heart award and thought with the beautiful sunny weather what a great day to have some action, not only with our tamariki but also our parents joining in the fun. We had Cassie come along and do an half hour active movement session with us all […]

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Archer Village Enjoys a Visit

The children of ABC Beckenham go on monthly excursions to our local retirement home Archer Village. The children have over time built strong relationships with the Archer residents and know them by name. This month the staff and residents invited us to have lunch with them. They even put on a special sausage sizzle lunch! […]

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Our nursery

Here at First Steps Vardon we believe in creating an environment that captures the children’s current interests and that supports their current working theories. We believe that our home like environment helps to support our ngā tamariki to achieve and maintain a sense of belonging and in turn well-being. We use parents and whānau aspirations […]

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One Can success

First Steps Wattle Downs’ “One Can” initiative has come to an end and what an amazing journey it has been! For the past 5 months staff, children, whanau and friends of First Steps Wattle Downs have been sending out the message for people to donate non-perishable foods and items to give to families in need during the […]

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Green Thumbs and Plant Food

Our children in the preschool at Edukids Prestons have been very interested in gardening, they have been very excited in helping plant the plants, and looking after them.  We decided we would like to take this one step further, and make our own fertilizer to feed the plants!  We looked up how to, and started […]

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