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Why learn te reo Māori? The Māori language is undergoing a real renaissance in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Where once the goal was for the language to survive, today it’s about helping it thrive and grow stronger into the future. There are big benefits to society – and each of us – from all improving our skills […]
The answer may surprise you. When you’re thinking about the earliest years of your child’s formal education, it’s natural to worry about whether they will be prepared for the next steps. There have been so many changes in approaches to early childhood education over the years, but at kindergarten, the focus has always been on […]
Turning worry into excitement. Starting kindergarten is a huge step in your child’s life – it’s often the first time they’re setting off on their own, and the beginning of many years of formal education to come. Giving tamariki the best introduction to learning outside of the home can bring positive benefits that they will […]
Kidsfirst services, two year-old children (or younger, if it’s one of our early learning centres) play and learn alongside children of all ages. This ‘whānau grouping’ echoes the family and community-based structure that human beings are wired for. As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and with our lives […]
Want to encourage a sense of creativity in your child? Now is definitely the time to do it. The kindergarten years are crucial to the development of our children’s creativity. During this time, tamariki are constantly engaged in play, and have a natural tendency to fantasise, experiment, and explore. Play is fun, but it is […]