February Newsletter 2022


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What a busy morning at Kura


Having  a small farm at the centre provides many opportunities for our tamariki to engage in a hands on learning approach as they experience feeding and looking after our Goats and chickens.  This supports the children to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world as we care, plan, prep and  t...

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Nurturing Children's love for animals.


 Nurturing Children's love for animals. We all know that children are drawn to animals of all kinds. There is definitely something special about children's interest in animals. Here at Kids Count Pukekohe our tamariki have an instinct to want to care and nurture creatures that they discover and find in the playground as well as our wonderful F...

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Our pretend camp fire.


Who knew that having a camp fire 🔥 set up with tents ⛺️ ⛺️  could be so much fun!Today the tamariki had lots of fun chilling by the camp fire, they enjoyed sitting in their pretend tents looking at books, sharing stories and their own experiences about staying in tents. As you could imagine there were lots of wonderful creative stori...

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Construction play


 Construction play Construction play involves manipulating one or more pieces of play materials to create something new. This may involve a variety of methods – stacking, sticking, putting together, taking things apart, sorting or molding, matching and classifying. Which are all early maths concepts that our children are developing as they loo...

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Straw blowing painting.


Straw  blowing painting. Today we had lots of fun exploring painting with straws. The children had to blow through their straw to move the paint around on their paper to create their own wonderful masterpiece. The children really enjoyed blowing through the straws, and it provided them with a lot of fun as they explored a different way to...

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Happy birthday, Hari huritau ki a koe, Rā whanau koa


 At Kids Count Pukekohe we value the importance of celebrating children's birthdays as it helps to establish a strong sense of identity within a child. It also helps establish a sense of belonging to their learning environment. We also believe it's a way to stop, cherish and reaffirm the things that we all value in our lives. Celebrations are ...

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Increasing awareness of our bodies as we explore our play environment.


Lately we have noticed that our younger children have had an increasing awareness of their bodies and what they can and cannot yet do yet challenge this concept as they play and explore their learning environment by balancing, crawling, slipping and sliding, climbing into and onto the play equipment they love to explore on a daily basis. We have be...

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Making Apple Juice with Matua James


 Today the children enjoyed making apple juice with Matua James outdoors. This was a great learning experience for the tamariki to learn important life skills and offered a laboratory of sensorial experiences. The tamariki were very excited and intrigued with the sight, smell, touch, taste and noise of watching the fresh apples being chopped a...

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Our Obstacle Course


Here at Kids Count Pukekohe our tamariki love to explore and play outdoors. The tamariki love the freedom of the outdoors to shout, run fast, skip jump, climb, balance and make lots of noise. They busy themselves with great excitement as they play, build create and satisfy their gross motor skills and physical movements, sparking their imaginations...

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Wellbeing and contribution


Creative Art -Mahi Toi When participating in the arts, children should be able to freely discover and explore materials and resources, fostering motivation to create something using their imagination and ideas as well as providing opportunities to express ideas and feelings. Our Tamariki at Kids Count Pukekohe love to explore their creative side as...

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A thank you from our Huriwai-Kaumavae Whanau


Tena koutou katoa ngaa Kaimahi o Pukekohe Kids Count, where to begin?? Firstly I would like to say a big thank you for the little Koha that I received from yours all. Secondly how can I say it was such a big decision being a first time mum to send her 1yr old baby to a kindy having no knowledge in the type of educational environment I was placing m...

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Benefits of Outdoor Learning


We have learnt much during the current pandemic especially when it comes to the benefits of taking children outside to learn. Learning outdoors, providing good ventilation indoors, supporting tamariki with their social and emotional competence, keeping routines similar with little disturbance, and providing a healthy engaging environment are just s...

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Stories - Korero Paki

Stories - Korero Paki

Books and storytelling provide children with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to use complex symbol systems that make up our society – the written word, visual images and oral communications – for a range of purposes. Reading, writing, listening, and talking form the basis of children's literacy learning. Child...

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Let's paint!


Beyond the confines of the classroom, creativity can flourish. As we continue to navigate our way through the pandemic and have learnt that learning outdoors provides us with a little more protection from the virus, we have really begun to embrace every outdoor moment we can here at Kids Count Pukekohe. The children have really enjoyed learning out...

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A Passion for Learning


It is always fun when children become leaders of their own learning environment by communicating with their peers and teachers making valuable decisions as  to what activity they would like to explore together throughout their day.  Today the children wanted to practice their writing skills, they were very eager t...

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Hauroa - Well-being


At kids Count Pukekohe our tamariki love to explore different ways to be creative and expressive throughout their learning environment. Today the children continued to extend their interest with spouting pipes by creating their own outdoor gym. What a great way to start the day with a few exercises outdoors learning and building connections under t...

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Having fun with spouting pipes


Over the past few months as we continue to learn outdoors, our tamariki have shown a great interest with the spouting pipes that have been sitting in the shed.  It is always exciting to have a resource shed full of treasures, loose parts and other wonderful items.  The tamariki love choosing what they would l...

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Saying hello to our farm animals in the morning.


Often before our day here at Kids Count Pukekohe gets too busy with lots of fun and laughter, we take some special time to enjoy the morning sun and say hello to our farm friends.The chickens rush over to the fence as soon as they hear the children arrive and our two friendly Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Coco and Chocolate, lift their heads up and bounce ...

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January 2022 Graduation


 Our afternoon Graduation on the 28th of January.   Happy Graduation to Angel, Jodeci, Khalifa, & Nate as they say farewell to daycare and start their next learning journey to BIG school All the best tamariki, we will miss you so much! Enter your text here ...

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