Central Kids David Henry in Tokoroa have had an exciting visit from Aubry and Toa from our local South Waikato YMCA. With them were these amazing outdoor foam mats that ngā tamariki couldn’t wait to explore – ngā mihi ki a korua!
Running, jumping, stepping carefully from one to the next, rolling, bouncing – there is so much laughter and joy to be heard and felt here, our children absolutely love learning through the magic of their self-directed play. Our environment is especially designed to meet their needs.
A positive climate is created when the early learning community demonstrates whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, and ngākau nui (big hearted-ness). These are core values for us and with the collaborative efforts of our local YMCA, Joanne the Central Kids Community Engagement Worker and our teaching team, we are intentionally able to further provide resources that assist mana atua – total wellbeing.
With the big break away from kindergarten, settling back in with a variety of ways to promote emotional learning, being able to actively express and respond to feelings appropriately, releasing built up energy and to also help with calming down and feeling better. These mats will have many benefits for the varying needs each child might have.