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Category Archives: Community Kindy

Making Mat Time

At mat times recently at Community Kindy Te Rapa we have been singing a counting song about cupcakes where the children have a chance to have a turn buying a cupcake from the shop – especially if they are sitting and using their mat time manners. The song goes like this, “5 cupcakes in the […]

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PJ Day!

At Community The Mount we wondered what could beat a Pyjama day, popcorn and Peter Rabbit on a cold winters day? Nothing, so as the rain beat down outside we were warm and cozy indoors having a whole lot of PJ day fun!    

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Amazing Thailand scholarship for our Manager

Anna, our centre at Community Kindy The Mount Manager had a fantastic opportunity to work in schools in Thailand after winning the Hygiene House / Beststart scholarship. She was able to use her skills and knowledge in ECE to help provide new experiences and fun to children 4-6 years of age in Thailand. She also […]

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Kapa Haka Action Group

The oldest of our children at Community Kindy Marne Road are lucky enough to be working alongside St Mary’s Kapa Haka Action Group to learn some of the Kapa Haka songs, the poi, the rakau stick game and the local Papakura School Haka. All of the children we took with us were remarkable and the […]

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WAM Festival

Community Kindy Melling was one of 24 BestStart centres participating in the inaugural WAM festival (Wearable Arts and Music) on 18 July. The festival was all about encouraging creativity and learning about sustainability. The key was to have fun being creative. What an incredible experience it was for our children. So much excitement and preparation […]

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Visiting Pukekiwiriki

The oldest group of Marne Road Children had the opportunity to be invited on a forest trip at Pukekiwiriki in Redhill. When we arrived, the children were super excited to re-tell some of the myths and legends we have been studying. There was a great deal of role-play and discussions around Papatuanuku and looking after Mother […]

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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

Community Kindy Waihi has been on an exciting adventure learning about bugs! It all started with a passionate interest from a few of our children. They would be so excited when they found cicada’s, worms, spiders and snails to name a few! This led to our bug project/inquiry. The children led their own learning and […]

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Taking Care Of Papatuāūnuku

At Community Kindy Heuheu Street the children have been busy in the garden. Taking care of Papatuāūnuku making sure our plants are well cared for and the children have the knowledge to continue to look after our plants. We are also learning about reducing, reusing and recycling waste as the children are using plastic and […]

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Preparing For Matariki

At Community Kindy Heuheu Street over the month of June we had a wide range of experiences to celebrate matariki. We created a kite together, we made stars to go in our sky, talk to the children about the meaning behind matariki and Kylie made rewena bread with the children. They were involved in growing […]

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Learning Through Play

At Community Kindy Heuheu Street the children are enjoying the shapes game. They are asking to play it each day and know the older children are taking responsibility to lead the game and hold up the cards for everyone to see and helping the younger ones figure out where the different shapes are on their […]

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