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2 weeks ago

HeadStart Childcare & Early Education Centre

Our first week back in Level 2!!!
It is so lovely to see our wonderful HeadStart whānau all together again! We sure missed you all even though it was great to see you on our Zoom meetings. We have had such an awesome fun first week! Our tamariki have enjoyed seeing their friends again- special friendships have blossomed throughout the week. We have noticed groups of tamariki engaging in imaginative play games together, which last for long periods of time. We have had tamariki playing outside in the sunshine, in the sandpit, digging large holes, finding secret water pockets, and creating the most interesting sand creations. Our tamariki have returned so capable and confident, willing to share stories and skills they have learnt while being at home. We are proud of all our tamariki on their first week back. Have a great weekend whānau!
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Our first week back!

It is so lovely to see our wonderful HeadStart whānau all together again! We sure missed you all even though it was great to see you on our Zoom meetings. We have had such an awesome fun first week! Our tamariki have enjoyed seeing their friends again- special friendships have blossomed throughout the week. We have noticed groups of tamariki engaging in imaginative play games together, which last for long periods of time. We have had tamariki playing outside in the sunshine, in the sandpit, digging large holes, finding secret water pockets, and creating the most interesting sand creations. Our tamariki have returned so capable and confident, willing to share stories and skills they have learnt while being at home. We are proud of all our tamariki on their first week back. Have a great weekend whānau!
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Looking Good Chris..lovely to see all the children

Awesome to see you all out and about!

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Swimming Lessons at Hilton Brown Swimming Hobsonville

Swimming lessons have started again. The swimming children are so excited to start their learning, building up their water confidence and learning new skills that will help them in other areas of development, such as taking risks, challenging themselves, listening and following instructions and having fun.
Links to Te Whariki: Mana Aoturoa – Exploration: Contrrol over their bodies, including locomotor and movement skills, agility and balance, and the ability, co-ordination and confidence to use their bodies to take risks and physical challenges.
Kaiako: Rachael
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Great photos! So glad you are back swimming with us:)

It is so wonderful to see how well they are all doing! They progress to really swimming so quickly!

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Little Heart Day 14th February

On the 14th of February we celebrated Little Heart Day. We encouraged our children to wear red and talked about how to make and keep our hearts healthy. We also encouraged our children to show their friends how much they value their friendships. We had a coin trail to raise money for children born with heart defects. Thank you to all our families that contributed to our coin trail which we will be donating to Heartkids. For more information about this foundation visit heartkids.org.nz/
Kaiako: Rachael
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Celebrating Waitangi Day - The week of 6th February

This was the week of Waitangi Day – when the Treaty of Waitangi, Tiriti o Waitangi was signed. This Treaty represents looking after our whenua – our land; our environment and resources, tikanga, and people of the land; te reo – the language; and the wairua – the intended spirit of Aotearoa – New Zealand.
To help children understand this we talk and discuss our HeadStart rules and tikanga, we discuss how we learn and use te reo; how we care for our environment and each other.
Rachael made handprints which highlighted the 5 rules of HeadStart and then the 4 year olds decorated their hands.
On Wednesday we started signing our agreement of our rules and kaupapa using our Thumbprints. Lucy also asked the children to create pictures of how we will support our treaty. Children drew pictures of the forest, the beach, birds, insects and even HeadStart as they drew things that were most important to them – it was amazing how their ideas develop.
These pictures are displayed on our windows.
We also discuss these ideas as children work co-operatively and with collaboration. Using words and sharing ideas and helping one another – this supports them to follow positive and productive values and dispositions to be life-long learners.
Links to Te Whariki: Nga honohga - relationships Children learn through responsible and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things:
Manga tangata contribution: Opportunities for learning are equitable, and each child’s contribution is valued.
Kaiako: Rachael
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Chinese/Korean New Year- The Year of the Rat

We had an awesome day celebrating the Chinese/Korean New Year. We listened to Chinese music and the children helped to decorate HeadStart with Chinese New Year signs and ‘gold’ balloons and we had fun creating Chinese Dragons. We also dressed in Red clothing and wore Chinese inspired costumes and clothes.
This year a very kind parent made the children pork and prawn dumplings to have with their lunch of vegetable and chicken stir fry with noodles. It was delicious and the children enjoyed the challenge of eating long noodles!! We thank them for their contribution to this special celebratory day.
Links to Te Whariki: Mana whenua - Belonging Children and their families feel a sense of belonging – Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.
Kaiako: Lucy
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Piwakawaka room

Our piwakawaka room is our construction zone, and children enjoy building amazing structures and/or creating their own little creative worlds to explore ideas. This builds friendships and encourages communication skills. Children are learning to share and create with/or alongside others. Cars/trucks or construction with mobilo or duplo are a great place to meet new friends and develop shared interests with others.
Links to Te Whariki – Mana reo communication:
They discover different ways to be creative and expressive : Expressing their feeling and ideas using a wide range of materials and modes he korero auaha –
Mana aoturoa Confidence in playa and a repertoire of symbolic, imaginative or dramatic play routines.
Kaiako: Lucy
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Climbing

To challenge the children, we have a knotted rope to encourage the children to learn to climb safely in the sandpit. Sometimes Mi Hee will hang a bell up at the top for the children to reach out to ring when they have successfully made it, giving children the sense of achievement. Then they also learn to climb safely down again. The monkey bars also encourage children’s core and upper body strength and challenge their gross motor development.
Links to Te Whariki Exploration- Mana aoturoa They gain confidence in and control of their bodies, moving confidently and challenging themselves physically te wero a tinana.
Kaiako: Lucy
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