In Kidsfirst’s Big Backyards, it doesn’t matter what the weather looks like – tamariki learn so much about the natural world by experiencing the changing seasons – and kindergarten is the perfect place to do it. It’s tough for young tamariki to get cooped up inside – they get so much out of the great outdoors, […]
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The benefits of taking the time to join in your child’s play. It may seem like a simple game of peekaboo, hide-and-seek, or tag – but for young children activities like these teach essential skills to help grow healthy brains, and social bonds. “When tamariki play, they are engaging their critical thinking and problem solving […]
Why our connections matter so much. Generations of tamariki are proud to call themselves ‘kindy kids’, and for many whānau, kindergartens are the places their first relationships with other families begin. Kidsfirst Hāwea Teacher, Rose Gould, says these ties between tamariki, kaiako, whānau, and local areas makes kindergarten unique. “We wouldn’t be Kidsfirst without community […]
Keen to bring more te reo Māori into your life? It could be as easy as sticking some post-it notes on your fridge or bathroom mirror. In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on the importance of te reo Māori and its significance to the history and culture of New Zealand. At kindergarten, […]
Finding resilience through the dark. Natural disasters, the Pike River tragedy, the Mosque attacks and a global pandemic are some of the big shocks that have put our sense of safety and security to the test, over the past decade. But through all the uncertainty, our kindergartens have continued to be a hub of connection […]
What’s so special about kindergarten? Kidsfirst is over 100 years old, and was one of the first kindergarten associations in New Zealand. Over the years, many other forms of early childhood education have been established here with different philosophies and focuses, and some people don’t realise that ‘kindy’ is something altogether unique. “There are many things […]