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Celebrating Matariki

Over the past month at EduKids Manukau, our learning journey has been in full swing as we celebrated Matariki (Maori New Year). During our annual celebration, we were joined by our friends from First Steps Papatoetoe who were welcomed to our centre with a traditional powhiri led by kaiako Tania. Once our manuhiri (visitors) and whanau were […]

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Showing support for Plunket

We recognise that Plunket do a lot for our tamariki, monitoring their growth and development throughout the first five years of their lives. As a means of showing our support, EduKids Manukau hosted three events during Plunket Appeal Week. On Wednesday we held a lunch box day where our whanaus and wider community could purchase […]

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EduKids Manukau Waitangi celebrations

In honour of Waitangi Day, First Steps Papatoetoe invited our kaiako to bring some tamariki from EduKids Manukau to join them in a celebration morning tea. First Steps Papatoetoe displayed lovely hospitality as the children and teachers of the Toetoe room  welcomed us into their centre with greeting songs and through traditional Maori hongi, acknowledging […]

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Chinese New Year at EduKids Manukau

  On 16 February EduKids Manukau celebrated Lunar/Chinese New Year by inviting our families to come along and share some of their traditional food with the children and teachers here at kindy. A few of our Chinese and Vietnamese children dressed up in their traditional costume and most our tamariki and kaiako came along in red and […]

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Big love at EduKids Manukau

The tamariki at EduKids Manukau were so excited and looking forward to our Healthy Heart and Valentine’s Day Disco. It was lovely to see them all come in wearing different shades of red. They were really surprised when they saw all the balloons and streamers hanging down on their dance floor. Both Centre 1 and 2 joined […]

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Celebration time at EduKids Manukau

EduKids Manukau celebrated our annual Christmas end of year celebration at the centre. After many rehearsals, the day finally arrived to showcase our learning from the past few weeks. We took to the stage to perform our songs Reindeer Hokey Pokey and New Zealand Jingle Bells for our friends and whanau reinforcing our confidence, sense of […]

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Environmental awareness

The month of November has been filled with various exciting activities and learning opportunities for our EduKids Manukau Kindy Kids. The highlight of the month has been the Trip to the Zero Waste Zone. This trip has immensely helped our tamariki  develop interests around recycling and the importance of maintaining a healthy environment. From learning […]

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Excellence award

EduKids Manukau are delighted to have received the BestStart Trustmark Award for the Working with Others. The awards have been established as a form of recognition for centres achieving a level of excellence in the education and care of children/tamariki. The Working with Others Category is an area of strength for our centre, evident in our […]

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Interactive stories

This month the children at EduKids Manukau had a visit from Beavis our community librarian from Manukau Library. He is new to our tamariki and so used an amazing little book that he had created to introduce himself to them. He shared some new interactive stories with the tamariki. Beavis had a unique style of […]

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Diwali fun

October was a very busy month for all of us at EduKids Manukau. We celebrated a very significant festival for our centre – Diwali, festival of lights. The week-long celebration began with tamariki and parents getting opportunities to learn more about the cultural aspect of the festival. They made Diya using clay and Rangoli with coloured […]

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