Animals, animals, animals an ongoing interest for our tamariki, whether its domisticated, farm, safari or zoo animals its all the same to our tamariki.
When tamariki are outdoors and are visited by an animal, such as cats, or when they enter an animal's space they feel lucky. It's as if they've been invited into a special world. Bringing a child to a wild place, a park or even just a schoolyard, where there are opportunities to encourage wildlife sightings or other kinds of connections, can help children develop that innate love for animals. An added benefit? A growing body of research shows that children who are supported in their love for animals tend to generalize that love to other living things, such as plants and nature. Research also shows that when children are encouraged to care for animals, they tend to be more sensitive and caring toward other people as well. So by supporting children's love for animals, you're helping nurture those all-important feelings of connection and stewardship as well.
Our tamariki have had the opportunity to visit a farm during our holiday programme. They had fun patting Dolly the goat to chasing the chickens around the enclosure.
Whare Kiwi - 4 year olds