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The Pukeko and Kea update
We hope you all had a fabulous weekend and have come into the working week, refreshed and rejuvenated.
We are already into the middle of March, the year is just flying by. Our tamariki are still enjoying outdoor play and we have two new wooden diggers that were made in-house for the sandpit and they are a huge hit.
There has been a lot of construction, with imaginative play. It is always enjoyable to see what our tamariki come up with and how they go about it. Especially when they are negotiating with their peers and strategising together. Water play is still a huge hit, especially in the sandpit area and at least one extra change of clothes in their bags, would be appreciated for your tamariki. We are still applying sunscreen regularly during the day, as the heat of the sun is still predominant. Please enjoy the following pictures and have a great, fun week.
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The Pukeko and Kea update for the last two weeks.
The tamariki have been once more enjoying Playball coming to the centre, this term it has changed to Tuesday mornings. There are always new activities on offer and the learning environment is always positive and challenging.
The Pukeko whānau has living things of the land, Ngā mea ora o te whenua, as their current planning and the tamariki are enjoying learning all about the living world around them. Maybe when you are next in, you could ask your tamariki to show you our ant farm or bug hotel, amongst other things. We have been experimenting with the life cycle of flies and yes, that means maggots. To our surprise, almost all of our tamariki were interested in seeing the maggots crawling around in the container.
The Kea whānau are still focused on manaakitanga, which is especially important as we have new tamariki transitioning into our whānau. Our older tamariki are quick to help our new friends and help with their sense of belonging. As always play dough, paint and sandpit play along with physical movement are a huge interest. We have been working with the tamariki on our treaty and this has now been finished and implemented. We have this on the wall in the sleep room if you would like to check it out.
Other than that, we are trying to have as much outdoor water play as possible on the hotter days, to help the tamariki keep cool. Albeit, this weekend does not appear to be a fun in the summertime experience. But, on the positive side, water play would definitely be an option.
We hope you enjoy the following pictures and have a fantastic, wet weekend.
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St John's Progressive Childcare Centre

The importance of playWhen Science Comes to Children's Rescue
Whew. (The late) Dr Karyn Purvis was a researcher and advocate for children 'from hard places'. Her brain research and programme development gave people an understanding of how to deal with traumatised children and the roles relationship and play have in the healing. Check out this blog if you would like to know a bit more: www.casatravis.org/blog/post/helping-children-heal-from-trauma-the-lessons-of-dr.-karyn-purvis
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The Pukeko and Kea update from 4 - 8 February 2019
Well, it’s hard to believe we are already in the second month of 2019. The weather whilst still very warm, is starting to be a little more temperate, which is making life much more comfortable for everyone. Being SunSmart and drinking a lot of water is still a huge focus here and will be for some time, weather dependent.
Our tamariki are loving the water play and outside environment, with our Pukeko tamariki engaging with our insect community. The current focus for the Pukeko whānau is ‘Living things of the land’ and we have seen much mahi in relation to this.
The current focus for our Kea whānau is based around Manaakitanga, promoting the wellbeing and respect for each other and our environment.
Apologies for the lack of photos this week, we will endeavour to keep updating you weekly, with pictures and information relating to your tamariki here at St Johns. Enjoy the pictures and we hope you have a fantastic week ahead.
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Thanks so much Whangarei ITM for the koha of hats for our tamariki! #sunsafe ... See MoreSee Less

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