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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Koha Aroha

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Christmas is time a time for giving and we have wonderful whanau at Maia Ink who gave us a beautiful toanga to raffle off at our Christmas Party and Flake, Cakes and Muffins who baked a beautiful cake for our party...We thank you for your koha Leory (Maia Ink) and Amanda (Flake, Cake and Muffins).  Check out their face...
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Hoatu ki a ia he haere - Give it a go

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​Waking up early on your day off especially a Saturday has become the norm for some of our tamariki who have joined our Tee Ball team.  Along with their whanau we hit the diamonds in our flash gear and get ready to play our game.  Whaea Janeille and Whaea Ataria make sure our whanau are kept updated.  Leilah-Jade and Matua Ken help t...
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Ako i te tikanga - Learn your culture

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​November was a busy month for us we celebrated many cultures and celebrations.  We had lots of fun learning different greetings, waiata, dance and best of all the yummy food.  Our tamariki got to experience Rangatahi Festival at Kereru Park Campus and see all cultural groups perform on stage.
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Having fun on the new equipment!

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The new Geodesic Dome Climber has finally arrived! The tamariki eagerly awaited their turn to go and explore the new obstacle. The new bark arrived soon after and they could continue to climb and have fun. Enhancing their gross-motor skills are one of our goals at Marne Road and this new obstacle is perfect for strengthening their arm and...
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Hi-5's are out and about!

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This week has been a very adventurous week for the Hi-5's as we went on a few excursions. We started the week by visiting our friends at Karaka Summerset Resthome to sing a few songs. On Wednesday, as we were heading to the librar,y the Tamariki talked about watering the flowers in our butterfly garden created by our great friends at Bunnings Takan...
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I waho, i roto i to hapori - Out and about in the community

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This month our tuakana had their first visit to Takanini Lodge aged care.  They shared stories and sang waiata before having some morning tea with our nannie's and poppa's.  We can't wait to visit next week where we are gonna take playdough, have fun and use our imagination to create. 
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