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WAM Festival

Early Years Petone 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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Pink Ribbon Breakfast

For the forth year running Early Years Petone hosted their annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast in support of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. We had a great morning and a huge feast for breakfast raising just over $700! Last year Pink Ribbon Breakfasts raised an incredible 1.8 million dollars. This year the money we raised will help fund […]

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Doing our bit

The Early Years Petone team have been doing a little bit of brainstorming around sustainability and how we can do our bit as a centre. We want to be able support our children’s knowledge and understanding of sustainability and what this means. Our first initiative is to try and reduce our uses of plastics and paper […]

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Rememberance

Early Years Petone Will Remember The Anzac Day service at the base of Petone railway station’s memorial flagpole is remarkable for its focus on railway staff involved in war service and its historical significance as one of the first Anzac Day observances. The service is the only one in the country which specifically remembers railwaymen and […]

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Wild Things Community Library opening

We had an amazing day today at Early Years Petone celebrating the Grand Opening of our Wild Things Community Library. Peppa Pig came to visit and she read us some stories and danced with us. She also cut the ribbon to open our library. We had a dress up day to celebrate so in honour of […]

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Patrick’s Day Competition

This week there has been a bit of healthy rivalry going on at Early Years Petone between the Woodlands (babies) and Forest (toddlers) and the Jungle (preschool)  in celebration of St Patrick’s Day. Our Centre Manager set up a competition to see which team would come out on top with regards to decorating their room/space and dress ups worn by […]

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Relay for Life

Early Years Petone ended up raising just over $1800 for the NZ Cancer Society. We also beat our lap count from last year on the track. Last year we got round the track 150 times…this year we know we got 165+…but still waiting on a final figure to be confirmed. Thanks to everyone who supported […]

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Fuzzy Wuzzy’s at Early Years Petone

Today at Early Years Petone we made a discovery!!! A scientific discovery! In the car park, while taking out the rubbish, I spotted a caterpillar…and not just any old caterpillar…but a FUZZY WUZZY caterpillar!! So I stopped to scoop it up! As I was reaching down to pick him up I spotted another one!! Same […]

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Weta Workshop at Early Years Petone

At Early Years Petone, over the last couple of weeks we have been investigating BUGS! Yes – creepy, crawly, running, flying, hopping, sliding BUGS! Today we had the opportunity to explore a weta that one of our teachers had brought in from her garden. Weta are one of New Zealand’s native insects and they are […]

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Onesie Day

We love Onesie Day at Early Years Petone because it celebrates our one-of-a-kindness. How lucky are we to have the only emergency ambulance service in the country where we don’t have to pay, ever, so this Onesie Day we pulled out our onesies, and our gold coins to help Wellington Free Ambulance. Wellington Free Ambulance is the only […]

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