Meaningful Interactions and Learning as the Tamariki re-create their Learning Environment.


Here at Kids Count Pukekohe we have some very creative, imaginative tamariki who enjoy re-creating their own learning environment with a variety of different resources throughout their day. Creative play is a vital part of childhood and child development. It is expressed when children use familiar materials in a new or unusual way and also when chi...

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Learning through Building and Construction.


LEARNING THROUGH BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION Lately we have noticed the children taking a real interest in building and construction. This is a wonderful learning experience that provides such great learning opportunities for the children as they learn to work with and alongside each other learning about visual perceptions and spatial awareness and o...

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Exploring the chemical reaction of Ice and Salt.


 Exploring Ice and Salt. Here at Kids Count Pukekohe our children love to get creative with all sorts of different resources. This week in our bubbles we explored Ice, one of our favourite science experiments that is lots of fun and the children love watching the chemical reaction as the Ice and salt meet. This activity provides the children w...

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Carpentry – Taatai Raakau


 Carpentry – Taatai Raakau Matua James has a passion for Carpentry, this month Matua James made a carpentry table for the children at Kids Count Pukekohe which has intrigued the tamariki as they have become very interested in Carpentry. Matua James was able to share the safety rules of the carpentry able and tools with the children before they...

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The therapeutic value of animals at Kids Count Pukekohe


Having animals in the ECE environment can be hugely beneficial for children for several reasons. The companionship the animals offer, the opportunity for children to learn to nurture and care for another creature, learning to be responsible and follow instructions about how to behave around animals are some of the more well-known benefits. Some of ...

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Thank you Matua Henry


 Our awesome CSS team mowed the lawns at the centre for Matua Henry while he was on annual leave this week.....then dropped off a special package to him to say a BIG THANK YOU to him for everything he does for us at the centre as well as the love he shows not only our tamariki that attend the centre but out team.

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New exciting changes


The team at Kids Count Marne Road are so excited for our Tamariki and Whanau with the new learning environment we've created. The learning environment is the 3rd teacher and helps our children to settle in and feel like it is a home away from home. We've been so busy  even though its been Lockdown. We've had lots of fun celebrating Diwali...

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October 2021


 What a full on month our tamariki have had during alert level 3! We now have 2 bubbles for our full time tamariki, 1 bubble for our morning part time, and 1 bubble for our afternoon. It has been so wonderful to see our little ones slowly returning and settling back into their environment. This month we celebrated Tuvalu, Fijian, Niuean, and T...

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Introducing the Kaiarataki Room.


Kia Ora Friends and Whānau, We have some very exciting news to share.  We would like to introduce Whaea Hanna who will be the Lead Teacher of our transition to school room.  Whaea Hanna and Whaea Puhi will be working alongside the tamariki in this room which has a beautiful new name. The rooms new name is the Kaiarataki room. &n...

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August and September 2021


Kia Ora and warm greetings to all our tamariki and whanau!  Since our lockdown on August the 18th, our Kaiako have continued to keep the connection with our tamariki going with our online learning video clips, uploaded daily onto our Facebook page and Storypark.  Our activities catered for the emergent interests of our tamariki obser...

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Environments and Routines.


 Environments and Routines. Here at Kids Count Pukekohe our flexible routines allow times for individual play/learning, small group and large group play sessions. Children's language and literacy skills are further developed during these times as children are involved in mat-times, learning times, storytelling, drama and games. Music and movem...

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Painting and Drawing - peita me te tuhi


 Painting and drawing At Kids Count Pukekohe the Senior room tamariki have been using a diversity of tools and equipment to explore art activities and experiences. They love exploring using their all their senses and it offers the children an opportunity to express their ideas and feelings. The tamariki have so much fun getting involved in art...

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Celebrating Graduations at Kids Count Pukekohe


 Graduations at Pukekohe Kids Count Turning the big 5 is exciting and going to big school is even more exciting. This is a massive milestone transitioning to big school and at Kids Count Pukekohe we want to celebrate that milestone for every child that turns 5.We want to ensure that their transition to Primary School is as smooth and as exciti...

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Making a bubble blower with a milk bottle and some dish wash liquid.


 Making a bubble blower with a milk bottle and some dish wash liquid. Here is a great free children's Craft idea during lockdown, making a bubble blower. You will need an empty milk bottle. A parent to help you to cut around the top of the empty milk bottle. (see pictures of Matua James how he has marked the milk bottle to cut) Some dish ...

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Cuddles has a video to share with our Kids Count Whanau


 Kia ora whanau, Hope you are all well.  Our special friend Cuddles called whaea Eva and said 'Whaea, I am so sad, I miss all my friends at kindy...when are they coming back?  Where have all my friends gone, why are they not comming to kindy? Do you think I can see my friends?' Whaea Eva,  then explained to Cuddles that the...

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Food and Nutrition, creating a love for food and baking with the children.


 At Kids Count Pukekohe we value the importance of food and nutrition and we recognise the role we have in establishing healthy eating habits, helping to shape your child's attitude towards food and setting them up for life. Our carefully designed menu that our amazing Centre cook creates ensures that it is well balanced, nutritious, and most ...

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Our Mini Olympics - Sports Day at Kids Count Pukekohe


 Our own mini–Olympic sports day at Kids Count Pukekohe. The children enjoyed watching short clips of the athletes competing in the Olympic events. At mat-time the children discussed having their own Olympics sports day. The Kaiako asked the tamariki what sports they would like to do and try. From the children's interest in the Olympics, we de...

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Physical Literacy and building Relationships


Physical literacy and building relationships in the senior room as the children and teachers have fun playing a range of different games together. Our senior Room Tamariki and Kaiako have been exploring board games together. Twister has been one of their favourite games to play and has provided much enjoyment, fun and laughter as the children ...

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Supporting and engaging with our Kids Count Whanau and Tamariki Covid August 2021


We once again experienced level 4 Lockdown with a new variant of a covid virus called delta. Our Kids Count Pukekohe Centre was unable to operate over this period of time however in the MOE bulletin on the 20th August we were allowed to deliver contactless resource packs to our whanau and Tamariki to encourage distance education with our Kids Count...

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Practicing Turtle Safe with our Tamariki at Kids Count Pukekohe


 PRACTISING TURTLE SAFE "Turtle Safe" is an educational DVD developed specifically to teach preschool children what to do if they are inside or outdoors when an earthquake occurs. Part of our turtle safe drills also is talking to children about earthquakes to help reduce fear and anxiety, encouraging them to ask questions and provide an opport...

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