Author Archives: Central Kids

Inspiration in Education – Alternative ways of being and doing

Central Kids Hazelmere Kindergarten was invited to present a workshop on our journey into Loose Parts at the Early Childhood Symposium in Rotorua.   Teachers had noticed lots of power and control over play spaces, toys and equipment.   After some Professional Development … Continue reading

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Magnatiles

At Central Kids Hazelmere teachers value the role that open ended resources or "Loose Parts" have in children's play.  The more simple the object, the more complex the play. Loose parts are usually things which have been gathered or re-purposed … Continue reading

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Springtime

Spring time is almost upon us and just look what we have blooming at Central Kids Hazelmere!

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Languages, Identities & Cultures

At Central Kids Hazelmere we value and celebrate the languages, identities and cultures of our tamariki and whānau. Recently, we have been lucky and grateful to receive a taonga from two of our whānau as gifts. The Emery whānau gifted … Continue reading

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“Just” Paints

Since having the eight simple colours of paint available for the children everyday, and with the addition of the two sized brushes we are amazed at the control and confidence the children now have with the medium.  It's the same … Continue reading

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Matariki Celebrations

We have been celebrating Matariki-The Māori New Year here at Central Kids Hazelmere Kindergarten all week by enjoying lovely fruit platters with the fruit our families have shared. Today it was time for our Matariki Feast. Linda took the three … Continue reading

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Weta Hotels

Our two weta hotels arrived with much interest and anticipation for our tamariki. Lots of discussion was had about who would live in here, and what kind of space they like to live in.  It was only a matter of … Continue reading

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The Sacred Urge to Play

We were thrilled when the book; The Sacred Urge to Play by Pennie Brownlee and Kimberley Crisp was released late last year.  All of our teachers spent a weekend completing a workshop at Kimberley's centre The Nest in Clive near … Continue reading

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Our Favourite Books

At Hazelmere we all enjoy our books – we noticed that some of our favourites all have a link to Te Awamutu –Kat Merewether with her 'Kuwi' series and Deb Hinde ‘s 'Hare' and the other books she has illustrated … Continue reading

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Clay

The daily opportunity for our tamariki to play with clay has become increasingly popular.   The tactile experience of this natural gift from Papatūānuku allows tamariki to engage in a slow, thoughtful and creative process.  Each child is in control … Continue reading

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