When there is an Earthquake what do we do?

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 The children's voice – "I don't know!" "Where is the earthquake?" "run outside" "I don't like the earthquake" Teacher's Voice - When there is a earthquake we need to Stop, Drop, and Hold. Here in Kids Count Tawa our Tamariki/ children and the Teachers are learning side by side about what to do in an event of an earthquake.Its still early stag...
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Building partnership

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During our baby music session with the mums it was a real privilege to have Hinehou (Rinoa's mum) teach us a Māori song about our Tinana/Body. The children and staff enjoyed this song as it was fun, it had actions which the children enjoyed, and it was teaching us about parts of the body in Te Reo Māori.Such a rich and exciting opportunity to build...
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Mothers Day and Transition to school catch up

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May was a great month, we got to celebrate Mothers day. We put on a yummy brunch for all mothers, nana's, aunties and caregivers to come and celebrate what an awesome job they do raising their tamariki. it is defiantly not an easy job and I wish that we got paid, but instead it is fulfilled with a whole lot of love, so we wanted to let all of our b...
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Kids make life the best kind of busy!

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​The saying 'Kids make life the best kind of busy' is definitely a saying that lives deeply in our Future Fern Senior Room at KC Marne Road. Our three year old tamariki have been super busy with all types of interesting activities.  They have been working with nature and investigating all types of different bugs and creepy crawlies, some ...
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Creepy Crawlies

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​During the month of May our Nga Teina children were exploring creepy crawlies and having an absolute blast. we had so many different learning expereiances for the children to develop their knowledge obout insects, through hands on, sensory, scientific views. they loved exploring our outside environment for different bugs, they defiantly found lots...
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Mirror, Mirror on the wall

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Over the first term nearly all our Puawai Tamariki achieved physical milestones; developing different stages of mobility. To assist our children in the transition from crawling to walking we wanted to provide them with an environment that has many opportunities to pull themselves to standing. Over the school holidays we sourced a mirror with a ball...
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Is teeth brushing a fun event in you house? Like some creative ideas?

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Here are some helpful hints from    https://www.pdhq.co.nz/sn41/?mc_cid=a5edd3d6fc&mc_eid=24582b0571   (cut and paste me)   website to help make it into a fun experience for you and your child/ren Few young children are consistently cooperative when it comes to brushing teeth. And of course, even if they're ke...
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Emergency hero's

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During the month of April our Nga Teina room are learning about emergency heroes. They are learning about their jobs the vehicles they drive and the uniforms they wear. We were able to get Community Constable Niki to come in and talk to our children about what her job is and how police officers are there to help and keep us safe, she showed us what...
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Easter time

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For Easter this month we did a fundraising raffle with 4 prizes and we would like to say congratulations to Chryssaani/L.A/Kartels family and friends who won the 2 biggest eater hampers and Treyzel/Hazen and Vao families who won the 3rd and 4th smaller hampers. I'm sure the children loved receiving all the yummy chocolates just in ti...
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World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations!

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Kids Count thrives on the belief that "Every child has the right to reach their full potential". Within our centre we have tamariki who have unique qualities that can be seen in their personalities, their features and abilities. One particular child is a little boy that lives life to the fullest. This little super hero named JR has Down Syndrome bu...
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Pacifica performance

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 Today we went up to the Clendon Recreation Centre to celebrate our pacific languages. We got to listen to a story, some singing and performances by other centre. We also got up the front and sung 2 songs. The children did really well with the practices but when it came to standing up the front of a big crowd of people they got a bit...
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How PLAY helps us...

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Our three year old tamariki from our Future Fern Senior Room at Kids Count Marne have been showing lots of interest in imaginative, building and construction play.  Some benefits to imaginative, building and construction play are: It improves fine motor manipulation and strength; It enhances spatial awareness; It encourages thinking and r...
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Story time

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 Visiting our Clendon Library for story time. Our children love getting out of the centre and enjoying new experience's. Listening to stories and singing action songs.
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Living Eggs

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To introduce Easter for the third year in a row we have our Living eggs. they arrived Monday 12th of March. We got 11 eggs and by Wednesday they had all hatched. The children absolutely love having these here and watching the chicken life cycle unfold and our centre based parents secretly enjoy keeping an eye on them and watching the...
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Sensory ICE Play

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I am excited to share an incredibly easy summer activity that packs a punch! .….Ice sensory play! I know this isn't an original idea, as many others have played with coloured ice.  However, it's always a hit with the kids in the Rising Stars room.  Kids like this for a reason, and it's always a part of our summer fun! Some benefits t...
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Transition to school & new staff

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Our transition to school programme is back in full swing and the children are having a lot of fun learning and preparing themselves for big school. The focus letters for this months has been S and D and they are able to tell you a lot of words beginning with those letters and they can also share how nice freshly made doughnuts are. they are also le...
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Fundamental Movement

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 We are back into our gymnastics for the term, which is now called fundamental movement, it's so great to see the children getting active and loving it. Some new children are getting to attend as some of our older big children have moved onto so our younger children will be attending more regularly which they have been enjoying. This is great ...
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Hello February

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I can't believe we've already come to the end of February; this year is already going to quickly. Through the month of February our focus was messy and water play. We had so much fun, exploring every possible messy play activit and the children were going home with wet clothes in their bag on a daily basis. I think all and all we have a great messy...
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Is my little one ready for "Potty Training"?

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Toilet Training Readiness Sometimes parents/whanau are unsure about when to start toilet teaching or "potty training." Not all children are ready at the same age, so it's important to watch your child for signs of readiness, such as stopping an activity for a few seconds or clutching his or her nappy. Instead of using age as a readiness indicator, ...
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Future Fern Seniors learning for February

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Kia ora Whanau, Hope the start of the new year is going well and you are all safe and happy. For this month we are focusing on construction, water and messy play along with safety in the water. Here are a few photos of our tamariki doing just that. There are also a photo of a few of our tamariki helping set up the beds for sleep time. 
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