What makes a community? This was the question on the minds of the designers and architects behind the newly developed Hunua Views subdivision as roads were laid, power poles were installed, and show homes were built back in 2019. Community is more than infrastructure. It’s more than streets and houses and utilities. Those are necessary… Continue reading TURNING THE NEW HUNUA VIEWS NEIGHBOURHOOD INTO A THRIVING COMMUNITY
There’s a growing trend that should be celebrated – going barefoot. Originally published over at Enspirement Little Barn Owls in Horsham have a barefoot project. Prince George was pictured joyfully paddling barefoot in a stream at the Chelsea Flower Show. It is just as good for adults as this article in Scientific American shows. The flat rubber-surfaced conception… Continue reading IS BEING BAREFOOT IN THE EARLY YEARS CATCHING ON?
By Michelle Pratt Often the term character is called personality traits, non-cognitive or soft skills by psychologists. The main argument is that these positive character traits make up the necessary ingredients for children’s success. These can be described as persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit, and self-confidence. Paul Tough states, “we have been focusing on the… Continue reading HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED IN A COMPLEX WORLD
This interview was originally published on the Kindello blog Meet our Centre Director at New Shoots Coatesville – Nicola Cambie. We were lucky enough to catch up with Nicola as they open their doors this month. What’s your all time favourite children’s book? I have fond memories of Peter Rabbit being read to me as… Continue reading MEET OUR CENTRE DIRECTOR AT NEW SHOOTS COATESVILLE
Outdoor Play proves crucial for learning and development at New Shoots Papamoa Children’s Centre. Article by Kelly Warren Ten tamariki and two Kaiako are out in the bush a few kilometres out of Papamoa when one of the children, Max, taps me on my leg and informs me, “We have to look after the plants… Continue reading LESSONS FROM KURA NGAHERE – NEW SHOOTS BUSH KINDY
Carissa Olarte shares her experience moving from the Philippines to work as an Early Childhood Teacher in New Zealand Tell me a bit about yourself and why you decided to become a teacher. Kia ora! My name is Carissa and I am from the Philippines. I have been teaching for the past 12 years and… Continue reading MOVING TO NEW ZEALAND TO TEACH AT NEW SHOOTS
This interview was originally published on the Kindello blog. Meet our Centre Director at New Shoots Ramarama – Clare Prinsloo. We were lucky enough to catch up with Clare of New Shoots Ramarama as they prepare to open their doors this month. What’s your all time favourite children’s book? ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’… Continue reading MEET OUR CENTRE DIRECTOR AT NEW SHOOTS RAMARAMA
It’s been a rough time across the Early Childhood Education sector with COVID and other winter bugs, so we thought we would share this thoughtful and inspiring letter that our Sunnynook centre operator Kelly Seaburg (pictured with her family) wrote to her teaching staff after her experience with COVID. Thank you for all the kindness… Continue reading STAYING CONNECTED AND THRIVING AS A TEAM DURING COVID
Turning everyday, household items into rich learning resources for children Written by Michelle Pratt and originally published over at Enspirement I don’t know about you, but I’m a hoarder of kitchen equipment! I love to cook and as a result, my cupboards are bursting with items I’ve collected over the years. Have you ever considered… Continue reading WHAT’S IN YOUR CUPBOARD?