Here at Kids Count Pukekohe we welcome our new additions to our nearly complete farm…. 8 chickens, two lambs, a goat and our very own miniature horse called Honey Boo Boo to the centre, who will live in a wonderful farm environment that we have created and be part of the children's learning environment. Our very own centre's Farm.
We are very proud and excited to be able to share this amasing opportunity for our children and whanau that attend Kids Count Pukekohe to be able to experience, care and interact with a small variety of farm animals.
A safe learning programme will be incorporated into the center's everyday learning programme with the support of teachers, this will offer a hands on, loving, affectionate caring environment for the animals and children. The programme will also encompass a learning programme that will extend the children's knowledge about the safety and well-being of the animals as well as an fantastic experience for the children to play explore, observe and touch real life animals.
Over time as the children become confident with working alongside the animals, they will have the opportunities to learn about and take responsibility for animals. Offering the children who attend Kids Count Pukekohe opportunities to develop a perception of themselves as 'explorers' – competent, confident learners who ask questions and make discoveries
Farm Animals in our learning environment supports many Links to Te Whāriki.
In particular, it supports the Exploration strand, where children learn strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning and develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.
Science and nature can help children to:
• learn to question and investigate
• think and act
• discover how nature works
• learn the correct names for animals, plants and nature
• care for the well-being of others, including animals and plants.
Come and join us at Kids Count Pukekohe as we begin our journey on our Farm animal adventure!