Central Kids Kinloch Kindergarten is situated on the domain in Kinloch, with the ngahere just behind the hall. We have been exploring the ngahere every day, with being able to go out on a daily basis we can see the learning and development of skills to be out in nature. How to walk up a steep hill, how to walk through the slippery leaves, building confidence to explore further and remembering the tikanga about keeping safe.
The tamariki are able to explore freely as well as maintain safety with our two tikanga: you must be able to see an adult and to stay within the markers.
Nature is a powerful tool, we have seen it’s calming effect, the imagination and creativity sparked as children play and build, as well as building knowledge of ngā Atua/protectors, manu/birds as well as just feeling the breeze, noticing the trees and leaves moving and feeling connected to the whenua.