Environments and Routines.

 Environments and Routines. Here at Kids Count Pukekohe our flexible routines allow times for individual play/learning, small group and large group play sessions. Children's language and literacy skills are further developed during these times as children are involved in mat-times, learning times, storytelling, drama and games. Music and movem...
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Painting and Drawing - peita me te tuhi

 Painting and drawing At Kids Count Pukekohe the Senior room tamariki have been using a diversity of tools and equipment to explore art activities and experiences. They love exploring using their all their senses and it offers the children an opportunity to express their ideas and feelings. The tamariki have so much fun getting involved in art...
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Our Mini Olympics - Sports Day at Kids Count Pukekohe

 Our own mini–Olympic sports day at Kids Count Pukekohe. The children enjoyed watching short clips of the athletes competing in the Olympic events. At mat-time the children discussed having their own Olympics sports day. The Kaiako asked the tamariki what sports they would like to do and try. From the children's interest in the Olympics, we de...
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Celebrating Graduations at Kids Count Pukekohe

 Graduations at Pukekohe Kids Count Turning the big 5 is exciting and going to big school is even more exciting. This is a massive milestone transitioning to big school and at Kids Count Pukekohe we want to celebrate that milestone for every child that turns 5.We want to ensure that their transition to Primary School is as smooth and as exciti...
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Making a bubble blower with a milk bottle and some dish wash liquid.

 Making a bubble blower with a milk bottle and some dish wash liquid. Here is a great free children's Craft idea during lockdown, making a bubble blower. You will need an empty milk bottle. A parent to help you to cut around the top of the empty milk bottle. (see pictures of Matua James how he has marked the milk bottle to cut) Some dish ...
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Cuddles has a video to share with our Kids Count Whanau

 Kia ora whanau, Hope you are all well.  Our special friend Cuddles called whaea Eva and said 'Whaea, I am so sad, I miss all my friends at kindy...when are they coming back?  Where have all my friends gone, why are they not comming to kindy? Do you think I can see my friends?' Whaea Eva,  then explained to Cuddles that the...
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Food and Nutrition, creating a love for food and baking with the children.

 At Kids Count Pukekohe we value the importance of food and nutrition and we recognise the role we have in establishing healthy eating habits, helping to shape your child's attitude towards food and setting them up for life. Our carefully designed menu that our amazing Centre cook creates ensures that it is well balanced, nutritious, and most ...
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Physical Literacy and building Relationships

Physical literacy and building relationships in the senior room as the children and teachers have fun playing a range of different games together. Our senior Room Tamariki and Kaiako have been exploring board games together. Twister has been one of their favourite games to play and has provided much enjoyment, fun and laughter as the children ...
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Meet Cuddles

 We have a new member of our Kids Count Pukekohe Team his name is Cuddles. Whaea Eva our CSS lead adopted Cuddles and looks after him. Cuddles helps our Tamariki to self-regulate as well as provides positive praise and rewards. Cuddles visits the rooms throughout the centre and is able to have lots of cuddles with the tamariki. Today we g...
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Practicing Turtle Safe with our Tamariki at Kids Count Pukekohe

 PRACTISING TURTLE SAFE "Turtle Safe" is an educational DVD developed specifically to teach preschool children what to do if they are inside or outdoors when an earthquake occurs. Part of our turtle safe drills also is talking to children about earthquakes to help reduce fear and anxiety, encouraging them to ask questions and provide an opport...
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Supporting and engaging with our Kids Count Whanau and Tamariki Covid August 2021

We once again experienced level 4 Lockdown with a new variant of a covid virus called delta. Our Kids Count Pukekohe Centre was unable to operate over this period of time however in the MOE bulletin on the 20th August we were allowed to deliver contactless resource packs to our whanau and Tamariki to encourage distance education with our Kids Count...
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Building relationships

 Another busy month of developing relationships, growing our young minds and having a sense of belonging within our learning environment here in the babies and toddler's room at Kids Count Pukekohe. The Tamariki have been busy exploring a variety of learning experiences such as arts and crafts, sensory play, family play music and art and prete...
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Daily Updates

 Kia Ora Whanau We've decided to upload daily updates on Story park to keep you informed about your tamariki's learning on a daily basis. It is a short snap shot of photos showing you some of the exciting learning experiences happening on a daily basis.  Kids Count Marne Road will also use the blog as a platform to show you some of these ...
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Happy Graduation

We held our graduation for our beautiful tamariki who turned 5 and getting ready for 'BIG' school! All the best in your next journey, we will miss you! Thank you to our amazing whanau who we have built great relationships with.  Much aroha for all the support you have given us over the years, we will also miss you!
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Excursion to Ambury Farm

During the July school holiday, our tamariki took a trip to Ambury Farm.  They loved the warm weather and fresh air, and especially using their gentle hands on some of the animals.  A great way to explore nature, respect what is in their environment, and learn about empathy. 
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Cook Island Week

Kia Ora Whanau This past week some exciting changes have happened. We have had a change of environment in our babies room. This has been set up to make the environment more inviting for our babies to settle in. We have also been doing some exciting activities for Cook Island Language Week. The children have been exploring some awesome activities ke...
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School Holidays at Kids Count - The Griffin School

During the school holidays for something different we offer themed days instead of our usual programme planning. This gives us a real opportunity to look at the children's interests from the previous term and provide some more in-depth learning experiences. Here is a video of some of the experiences we offered the children during the June school ho...
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Science is fun!

Science is a bit like magic....with a logical explanation. Tamariki are always excited to see Science experiments and kaiako have come up with some great ideas. From growing plants, sink and float, volcanos and mixing colours....lots of fun and learning happened. Keep on experimenting tamariki!
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Oh The Joys Of Mud!

 Oh the joys of mud! Here at Kids Count Pukekohe we spotted some of our children playing in the environment as the rain left some great muddy puddles. The children explored the mud puddles and dirt as a part of their play, mixing soil, water, and other natural materials like pebbles and leaves with utensils of interest providing the children w...
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Matariki Whanau Event

On Thursday 22 July 2021, we celebrated Matariki at Marne Road. We invited whanau to come and have hangi with tamariki and join in the festivities. We set up tables outside for tamariki for kai time and tables for whanau inside the Hi-5 room. Whaea Mary (owner of Kids Count) joined us as well to say farewell to Whaea Ritu as she is leaving on ...
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