Our Labour of love!

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On September the 27th we were privilaged to have the leader and her team of the labour party, come and visit both the teen mums school and our centre.  Jacinda Ardern, a possible Prime Minister for New Zealand got the opportinuty to interact with both our children/Tamariki and the staff of Kids Count Tawa.  She wa...
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Celebrating Te Reo Maori/ Language week

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We celebrated Māori Language Week between the 11 September to 17 September . Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is an important and fun opportunity to celebrate and learn T e reo Māori. In doing so, you are helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic and rich language. Every day we provided the children with the opportunities to learn and new phrase to a...
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BAD JELLY THE WITCH

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Recently at the Griffin we currently had a Parent/child story session where one of the school's teachers read Bad Jelly the Witch. The children sat with their parents or on the floor listening to the story. After the story the children sat down at the table for morning tea. Someone had made cupcakes with green and purple icing & witches which t...
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Running sessions for Teen mums!

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Continuing our partnership and relationship with the Teen parent school.We the whanau at kids count Tawa have been given the opportunity to hold educational class sessions for the mums.These sessions are opportunities for us as early childhood educators to best educate and support our mums with day to day life skills, especially around giving guida...
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Celebrating New Zealand Sign Language week

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This week in Kids Count Tawa we celebrated sign language week with our children/ Tamariki and mums.The experience was amazing filled with fun activities and songs for all involved to learn and enjoy.We learnt various sign along with songs, such as the ABC, Old Mac Donald had a farm, Kei te peke ahau, and commands like sit down, finished, please, th...
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Celebrating Pink Shirt Day!

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Today our Kids Count Tawa Team celebrated 'pink shirt day' with and alongside our He Huarahi Tamariki school.The celebration involved wearing and decorating the centre in the colour pink .There were also fun activities, music, and of course a sharing of food, conversations, and laughter in an afternoon tea. Celebrating Pink shirt day meant that we ...
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Dinosaurs come out to play!

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Over the past couple weeks our Tamariki/children here at Kids Count Tawa have been enjoying the amazing world of Dinosaurs.Through toy figurines, researching them on the computer, looking at books, to song and dance.This interest has spread across to both our little boys and girls.Which has also helped our Tamariki/ children to learn the names...
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Early Literacy really matters!

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Early literacy really matters Early literacy really matters and the best way is to encourage this is through the love of books. Children will let you know their favourite book and will ask you to read it again and again and again. Show delight in the fact they enjoy dramatic pauses and repeating phrases as they can join in the story telling and the...
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Music and Movement Puawai Way!

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​In the Puawai room, we love to sing and do actions! Our children/Tamariki have gotten very good at watching the teachers and imitating the actions that we do.Some children/Tamariki even ask for a specific song using key action, which is a great example of non-verbal communication in action.Our favourites at the moment are 'roly poly', 'kina kina' ...
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Out and about in the community!

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  Today a couple of our older children went to visit a community shop called "FREE FOR ALL".The shop is community base that gives free stuff such as furniture, clothing, cutlery, toys, and many more, for families who are in need or really anyone of the community. The children had a blast of a time it was like Christmas for them all.Being that ...
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Block play in our environment!

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Over the past couple weeks our Tamariki in Te Whanau Awhina have been very busy constructing thier imagination and masterpiece.  Building with blocks provides one of the most valuable learning experiences available for our young children. Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development, intellectual, physical, and social-emot...
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National Eat Outside Day!

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Today was an awesome day as we the whanau from Kids Count Tawa celebrated National eat outside day, with our mums and Teachers from the school.The experience was amazing as we turned our afternoon tea time into an afternoon picnic time.As always there was a delicious spread of yummy goodies prepared by both the Teachers and the mums to share.Oh! Wh...
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National New Zealand Sea Week

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Kids Count Tawa Justin Toru Here in Kids Count Tawa we celebrated National New Zealand Sea week.The theme for the week was "Toiora te Moana, Toiora te Tangata" which basically stands for "Healthy Sea, Healthy people".During this week, our Tamariki/Children got involved in activities and songs around Tangaroa me ana Tamariki/ Tangaroa and his childr...
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Toilet Training is Fun, Fun, Fun!

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Kids Count Tawa The Teachers of Te Whānau Āwhina have a goal, and this goal is to support and guide our older children to become competent and confident in using the toilet. We started the last term with only two children using the toilet, we are now pleased to say with support and parent partnership we now have majority of our children using the t...
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Our Balls Day!

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Our Tamariki enjoyed a day filled with balls, balls, and more balls.There was so much fun and activity happening that every child was kicking, hitting, bouncing, throwing, rolling, and catching balls.The Tamariki really showed sportsmanship and togetherness through turn taking, problem solving, and just having fun.So much learning and development h...
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Happiness is inside of everyone

Happiness is inside of everyone
A couple of Mums from He Huarahi Tamariki got together with Justin the teacher at Kids Count Tawa – The Griffin School to organise some family time at the centre on Tuesday 28th February. The theme was 'Trolls party day'. The children, parents and teachers all did their best to look like trolls, the children had their hair sprayed all different col...
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Treasure Baskets

Treasure Baskets
When you walk into shops or turn on the TV there are so many bright, noisy expensive toys everywhere and advertising likes to make out that you NEED them for your child to learn and grow. This is far from the truth. Providing an inexpensive toy that will keep your child entertained for hours and beneficial to their development can be so simple. Mak...
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Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere!!

Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere!!
Check out our Tamariki at Kids Count Tawa as they explore the magical world of bubbles. The experience is amazing filled with excitement, curiosity, and laughter. As Kaiako we believe that supporting children/ Tamariki to experience fun, engaging activities is important. Not only does it keep them happy, creating positive bonds between our children...
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Play Dough Recipes

Play Dough Recipes
Uncooked Play Dough 3 Cups Flour 1 ½ Cups Salt 6 tsp Cream of Tartar 3 Tablespoons Cooking Oil 3 Cups boiling water Mix dry ingredients, cooking oil together in large bowl Then add boiling water Stir well until the mixture leaves the sides of the bowl Add more flower if mixture seems sticky Turn out on to hard surface and knead. Salt Ceramic Play D...
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Play Dough with Young Children

Play Dough with Young Children
At this stage children enjoy socializing and imaginary play, based on real life situations. Children make things and name them. They pretend to bake and love to get involved in making the play dough. Children at this age are often getting involved in small groups and building friendships, developing relationships and communication skills. The start...
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