Busy day at Marne Road!

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Today the tamariki had so much fun exploring their environment! The Hi-5's enjoyed painting and fantasy play, whilst the FFS had fun playing at the pool area, as well as having their kai there. The FFJ showed off their skills at the Carpentry table and sang beautifully with Whaea Brooke at mat-time. Whaea Raewyn also did Kapa Haka do...
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Drying Out

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Our children are enjoying the heated pool, working on their water safety and learning new skills. Its so vital to keep them safe and build their confidence in and around water. We are so lucky to have qualified instructors who are able to impart knowledge that will last a lifetime. Its so cute to see the line up of togs after a fun time in the pool...
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Goodbye to Hayley

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February has been a fun filled month but also some sadness with our much loved centre manager Hayley moving to a new job closer to home. She has been working here for the last 4 years, 2 years as a 2IC and 2 years as a manager. she was much loved by our families and had made her way into all of our children's hearts. We wish her well with her new t...
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Welcome back! - Separation Anxiety

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​ We at Kids Count at Tawa would love to welcome our tamariki and their families back from the Christmas/NY break. We have hit the ground running and it is so lovely to have the children in our temporary space at Linden School. (The move was very successful thanks to the hard work of the staff and our wonderful manager Lisa) Everyone has come back ...
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Kids Count Pukekohe Fire Drill at its " Finest"

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We managed to get some wonderful photos of some of our 3-year old's when we had a Fire Drill. On their own accord and without instruction as soon as they heard the bell, regardless of what they were doing and where they were playing, they went immediately over to our meeting point. This is such an amazing achievement and something we wanted to ackn...
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Whakawhanaungatanga - Family

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We had 23 graduates last Friday and what a great turn out from our whanau. They had so much grattitude towards all our staff especially our CSS for ensuring their tamariki are safe in their vans. A big thank you to all our sponsors that helped purchase beautiful ponamu gifted to our tamariki 
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Ka mau te wehi e tamariki!!!

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It's been a week since we celebrated our graduation and they are starting their new journey to Primary School. Congratulations to our graduates and be sure to visit and tell us all about your first week at school. Hw waka eke noa - We are all in this together 
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Graduations!!

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​ Today was an extremely happy day for 13 of our tamariki, as it was their graduation. Whanau members turned up to support their children and help them celebrate their milestone achievement. They were all presented with certificates, a school bag filled with goodies, graduation fun pack and  their portfolios  to take home and lo...
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Swimming Time

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Walking around the center I couldn't resist the urge to pop into the swimming pool to see what was happening.  We are so lucky our swimming instructor is so passionate about passing on her knowledge of water and making sure they are learning safety when they are near water and in the water. The children love the time they get in the water and ...
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Huge " Thanks" for Everything

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Sometimes in the speed of the day you can forget that so much behind the scenes is needed to create the perfect environment for our little people and our staff.  Thank you Matua for all you do from the smallest job to the monumental lawn mowing.
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Sand Adventure

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Our tiniest family members enjoy the sandpit just as much as the bigger members of our family. They love to play outside in the covered sandpit and investigate the fun of Sand. I don't know who is having the most fun.....the smile says it all
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Holidays are fun!

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​During the December/January school holiday programme, the tamariki had so much fun! From painting, to sand play to water fun...every day was a new adventure. Whaea Ata also took the Hi-5 children swimming and the movie-day was a great success. Making their own lunches was great fun and the children could show off their self-help skills.Thank you t...
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Our Yummy Garden

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​Thank you to Whaea Rachel who planted all the seeds and watered the garden daily so we could have some yummy food to eat and some beautiful sunflowers to make us smile. the children have loved being involved with this, helping water the plants everyday and watching them grow, grow, grow!!! the children  had a taste of the tomatoes, peas, lett...
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Teddy Bear Picnic and Bubble Fun!!

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today  as part of our holiday programme we had a teddy bear picnic. the children were so excited being able to bring their teddies/toys to the centre. then they got to have a yummy morning and afternoon tea with their friends and teddies. after the picnic they had more fun with bubbles, each child was given their own little container...
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Beautiful Day in Pukekohe

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Was so lovely to have a walk around our center. The sun was out in full abundance and just starting to make itself known. I noticed we had a few little people starting to play out doors before the heat of the day starts to really make an impact. Water play had started. Working with such passionate people, who every day try and squeeze and create ac...
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Rain and Fun

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After days of sun we get a much-deserved rest from the heat welcoming rain which is a huge welcome from the humidity we have been living with.....It is a hive of activity, playing, reading, games, and of course swimming in the heated pool – the rain does not dampen any of the wonderful things we have planned. It is all happening here at Kids Count ...
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Kei te maara - In the garden

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This week we started on our gardens and we were busy clearing out the area for our garden beds and filling it with top soil.  We went out to buy lots of yummy vegetables to harvest and flowers to plant.  Big thank you to Whaea Nara, Papa Danny, Nanny Dorothy, Tayla,  Whaea Nga and our teachers for all teir ha...
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Hanakoko Visit

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​We had a special visit from Hanakoko today, our pepe were a little hesitant but many of our tamariki we so excited to get their photos taken with hanakoko and so were our whanau.  "Ho Ho Merry Christmas Whanau"
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Christmas fun and Santa time!!

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 Christmas time has come around so fast, and we would like to say a big thank you to all of our families and friends who have continued to support us throughout the year and continued to purchase food from our fundraisers. This gave us the opportunity to hire out the whole of Bounce and Beyond and spend the day there with all of our child...
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hot, hot fun in the sun, And celebrations!!

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November 2018 The weather has been heating up, this makes a beautiful change and we have been providing the children with some amazing water play experiences. From jelly to frozen water, ice block crayons to floating boats and everything else water, water, water. Also learning about sun and water safety coming into a hot summer where children are e...
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