Upgrading our playground...

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 Everyone here at Kids Count, Marne Road is so excited! We are getting a new playground and cannot wait for it to be completed. The workers have been levelling the playground and laying soft fall cushioning and turf to play on. Tamariki have been watching the trucks and diggers coming into the playground and experiencing the transformation fir...
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Celebrating Father's Day at Marne Road

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  On Friday 4 September, we celebrated Father's Day at kindy. Due to the Covid-19 Level 2.5 restrictions, we were unable to invite the dads to join us for the morning. We decided to go ahead and have a party day for tamariki. Whaea Dani made yummy party platters for tamariki and Kaiako did face painting and had lots of fun activities planned f...
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Celebrating Cook Island Language Week

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This week we celebrated Cook Island Language Week at kindy. The Kaiako organised lots of fun activities such as tapa art, dressing up and  making paper tivaevae. The babies even made an umu in the sandpit, which was an awesome experience for them. The tamariki also showed off their drumming skills outside on the playground. We ended our week o...
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Out and about in the Community

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It is great to be able to go on trips again now that we have moved down to Level 1. Whaea Reawyn had organized for the tamariki to visit the Rolleson Community Garden in Papakura, as well as the Papakura Museum. Both of these trips were linked to our Matariki celebration. In the community garden the tamariki learned about growing and harvesting fru...
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Our Covid-19 Journey thus far.....

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Here at Kids Count, Marne Road, the staff and Kaiako have been working very hard to ensure that the kindy is safe for the tamariki to return. Before the lockdown occurred, the staff came in for the day to sanitise the Centre. Once the Alert Level went down from 4 to 3, the staff came in once again to sanitise the Centre the day before the tamariki ...
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Kaiako working hard at KCM

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The Kaiako at Kids Count Marne Road have been working very hard to get the centre ready for the tamariki's return. They have been sanitising the centre, toys and washing the outside equipment. The teachers have also been working very hard to make up beautiful learning packs for the tamariki to keep them engaged at home. We are taking lots of steps ...
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Our first few days back at kindy

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It is so good to be back at kindy! We missed everyone so much and are happy to be back. A few tamariki started back at the kindy and they were so excited to see their friends again. They stayed within their bubble at all times and had the same teachers in their bubble as well. They eagerly explored their environments and activities and had heaps of...
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A Lockdown Poem for Whanau

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A time in History A time in history we will always remember March and April 2020 on our calender We pray it goes no longer than this For to be back in loved ones embrace will be bliss An unseen enemy that has kept us apart Though cannot take away the love that's in our heart. The one thing we have been blessed with is time To be creative together, ...
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Surviving the lockdown!

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Kai ora Whanau I hope that you are all well and coping with being in lockdown. Your kaiako have been working very hard from home to ensure that you have videos, photos and activity ideas to look at daily on our Facebook page. We have also been calling, texting and e-mailing whanau to hear how everyone is doing and would love for you to send us phot...
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Checking in...

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Here at Kids Count Marne Road, we have got a team of very dedicated, awesome kaiako! They are enthusiastic about teaching their tamariki and take lots of photos to share with whanau and parents. The teachers were all very sad to leave the kindy and are all at home planning some awesome activities for the tamariki to do as soon as we return to kindy...
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Learning about chickens

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‚ÄčThis year we took part in the "Living Eggs" project at Marne Road. The children were so excited to see the eggs inside the incubator and eagerly looked on as they started to hatch. We were lucky enough to have nine of the ten eggs hatch and it was amazing to see the little chicks emerge from the eggs. The classrooms all took turns to come and see ...
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Graduation Celebration

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  On Friday, 31 January 2020, we ended off our holiday programme with our Graduation Ceremony. The whanau attended the ceremony as well and Whaea Shirley made a slide show to highlight the tamariki achievements and celebrate their journey at Kids Count, Marne Road. We had some yummy eats for everyone to enjoy and the cake looked beautiful. A f...
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Holiday fun!

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The tamariki have been having heaps of fun during the December / January holiday programme. They have been dressing up, dancing, splashing in the water and hanging out in Whaea Amanda's "salon". Whaea Carol's kai has been yummy and they have also got the opportunity to decorate their own fairy biscuits. Coming to kindy and spending time with their ...
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Reflecting on 2019

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As we sit and look back on 2019, we have had loads and loads of fun.  So, what better than to share with you some of our highlights from the year.  We celebrated our 7th Birthday, had many visits to the Summerset Retirement Village, visited Turangawaewae.  We celebrated many events like Father's Day, Halloween, Diwali to name a few, ...
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Christmas Party at Kids Count, Marne Road

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 Today we had our Christmas party for the tamariki. Whaea Shirley and Whaea Kate very kindly organised the event for the day and with the help of the Kaiako, made sure that everything ran smoothly. We cleared the carpark and set up the water activities. We had waterslides, pools, a bouncy castle, face-painting, slushies and candy floss for the...
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Making the most of the lovely weather!

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 This week we have had amazing weather! We decided to make the most of our outdoor play and set up some "funtastic" activities for the children. Whaea Zoe had the hose with water spraying all day and the tamariki enjoyed cooling off under the cool spray. Making muddy puddles in the sandpit was also great fun and the children were eager to fill...
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Showing off our climbing and balancing skills!

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The tamariki were surprised with some new obstacle course equipment at kindy. Some of them were a bit hesitant at first, whilst others started climbing straight away. It was great to see them boasting with their awesome climbing and balancing skills. A few of the older children also helped the younger ones, which was wonderful to see. We are lookin...
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Father's Day 2019

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  Today we celebrated Father's Day at the kindy. We invited all the whanau to join us for a special morning, where they started off by building their own "samburger" with their tamariki and then went outside to help plant some ferns in the garden. We had arranged some tyres in a flower shape for this project. The whanau enjoyed the morning and...
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Letters for my mummy

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Today the girls in the Hi-5's room decided to draw some pictures for their mums. They carefully chose their colours and started drawing their masterpieces. Their fine-motor skills really impressed me and they held their pencils with such confidence. They were so proud of their pictures and happily showed them to me to take a pho...
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"Caring for pets" week at Marne Road

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This week at Kids Count Marne Road the teachers are talking to the tamariki about "safe-handling of pets". We have bought the most beautiful book related to pets with big, colourful pictures. The rooms took turns in showing the pictures to the children and talking about how we care for pets and having gentle hands. The tamariki enjoyed looking at t...
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