We’ve transformed an area of New Shoots Pakuranga into a new pre-school space, with an exciting outdoor learning programme. The children in this space closely connect with Papatūānuku in a 3 day a week outdoor “bush kindy” programme called Tane Mahuta. The other 2 days are spent doing meaningful, environmental project based learning back in the centre.Read More
Laura Henry - an ECE consultant from the UK, recently interviewed two of our New Shoots Directors - Nikki and Kelly.
This podcast is a fantastic way to find out more about what makes New Shoots tick.
You may have only heard the term mindfulness bandied about, or maybe you already practice yoga or meditation, but how can we use mindfulness to help our kids manage tricky transitions like bedtime?Read More
An honest take on the overwhelm of being a new mother. Written by New Shoots staff member, Jen Sievers, when her daughter was 2 months old.Read More
For many parents, getting out the door feels like an Olympic sport. Even though you’ve been in training for weeks, months or even years it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier, does it? Locating jackets, sun hats, extra snacks, those elusive drink bottles…and the keys, oh where are the keys!?Read More
It’s evident that many people don’t understand HOW you can teach a baby. Like, what do you teach them? They don’t read or write, many children under one don’t even talk! We are obviously just babysitters attending to the needs of our most vulnerable, needy citizens, right? Wrong!Read More
Parenting comes naturally right? It’ll be innate and intuitive, we’ll just ‘feel in our waters’ what to do and instinctively meet our child’s every need until one day, we’ll pat ourselves on the back as we realise, they have blossomed into a happy genius. But life with children just isn’t like that. It can be fraught, worrying and perplexing as you wade through screeds of parenting-related garb, wondering whether you’re doing it right or if you should start saving for therapy now?Read More
The time has come for you to find a childcare centre for your child.
Once you start doing your homework it seems like you are spoilt for choice - there are so many options to choose from…. How do you make the right decision?Read More
Starting solids is a milestone that provides maximum opportunities for your child. It’s not only about nourishment, creating healthy eating habits or trying a range of tastes and textures, learning to eat provides crucial building blocks for future development such as learning to chew, to speak, non-verbal communication cues and hand-eye coordination.
Starting your baby or toddler at a childcare centre could be one of the most challenging transitions you’ve had to face since becoming a parent. How will they cope? How will you cope? How do you answer all their questions? What if they cry when you leave them?
Daylight saving is coming to an end. Are you worried about how your child is going to cope with the change? Shifting bed times can be hard work and not just for our little ones! By knowing how your child might react and having a few strategies up your sleeve, you’ll be better equipped to handle what’s thrown at you
Struggling to manage the post-holiday clutter? Back into the weekly routine and fighting your way through piles of ‘stuff’? You’re not alone.
Many of us have discovered the season for giving is leaving us with way too many ‘things’. As the hodgepodge mounts up, and we run out of time to sort it, we’re left feeling overwhelmed and disorganised.
Christmas is a time for giving. A lot of the time we give things, and sometimes the things can get in the way of what’s really important. Christmas is for family, for lazy hours on the beach and morning walks. Highlight what’s important by trying some of these ideas.
We all go through times when life is overwhelming, when there’s barely enough time to make a decent meal. Supportive friends can make all the difference. If you know someone in this sort of situation, help them out with a delicious meal for them and their family.Read More
We highly recommend cracking out actual paper and pens for this one, but if you don’t have the appropriate supplies, or your handwriting has withered away beyond recognition from years of typing, a thank you Email is a close second.Read More
Donating useful food items to an appropriate charity can make a huge difference to families in need. Make sure that you find a charity that currently needs food, and check on their website for what their requirements are.Read More