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New Shoots
Head Office

Sugar Lane Studio
1/31 Rawene Road
Birkenhead
Auckland 0626

+64 9 320 3479

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Sunnynook

20 Tonkin Drive
Sunnynook
North Shore City
Auckland 0620

+64 9 410 9605

Mon - Fri 7.00am - 5.30pm

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Pakuranga

149 Cascades Road
Pakuranga Heights
Auckland 2010

09 281 8218

Mon - Fri 7.00am - 5.45pm

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Hamilton Central

109-117 Tristram Street
Hamilton Central 3204

+64 7 859 3377

Mon - Fri 7.00am - 5.45pm

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Tauranga

850 Cameron Road
Tauranga South
Tauranga 3112

+64 7 578 8775

Mon - Fri 6.30am - 5.45pm

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Sandhurst

520 Gloucester Street
Papamoa Beach
Papamoa 3118
Bay of Plenty

+64 7 281 1859

Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5.30pm

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Papamoa

5-7 Twin Oak Avenue
Papamoa Beach
Papamoa 3118

+64 7 542 4050

Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5.30pm

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Educational Resources

60B Newton Street
Mt Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

0508 NEW SHOOTS – 0508 639 746

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Westgate

1 Kawakawa Place, Westgate

09 869 3977

DUE TO OPEN EARLY 2018

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Hobsonville

102 Hobsonville Road
Hobsonville
Auckland 0618

+64 9 869 3997

DUE TO OPEN EARLY 2018

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Whenuapai

2 Totora Road
Whenuapai
Auckland

+64 9 320 3479

DUE TO OPEN MID 2018

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Matamata

6 Peria Road
Matamata

+64 9 320 3479

DUE TO OPEN MID 2018

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Bayfair

71 Girven road
Mount Maunganui,
Tauranga 3116,
Bay of Plenty

+64 9 320 3479

DUE TO OPEN MID 2018

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The Importance of Play in Early Childhood

Posted 3 months ago
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Play is central for our children to develop positive life long learning success.  Play and learning occur simultaneously – they are not separate entities.  It is not play versus learning, but play and learning. If our goal is well-adjusted, “successful” citizens, we need to redefine what ‘success’ is. 

In the early years, it isn’t about filling up your child with facts and knowledge, reading or math. It’s not about learning to sit in desks or filling out work sheets or queuing up for this or that. If we are really committed to our children, we will recognize that their futures are not dependent upon any of that stuff, but rather this really hard, messy, emotional work we do every day as we play with our fellow citizens. 

 It is not about readiness for school, but readiness for life.  The most important factors for early childhood are our children developing a positive imagery of themselves as a learner and learning to LOVE to learn.  That way they hit school with all the tools needed. 

The dispositons (habits of mind) that we encourage in children at New Shoots start young.  We encourage: risk taking, divergent thinking, communicating with clarity, solving problems, creative thinking, asking questions and collaboration to name a few.  These are the same habits your children need for LIFE.  

Through play, children learn to take turns, delay gratification, negotiate conflicts, solve problems, live with disappointment, share goals and acquire flexibility. By allowing children to imagine walking in another person’s shoes, imaginative play also seeds the development of empathy, a key ingredient for intellectual and social-emotional success.

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