Tūrangawaewae: Our place, our community.
Community is a big word that can mean a lot of different things. In my experience in early childhood education, community is the intersection of the people connected with your service and the place [...]
Matariki has become synonymous with the celebration of the Māori New Year. Matariki is the name of a star cluster, and when it is visible in the night sky, this marks the change in season and the [...]
KO NGĀ KUPU ME TE WAIATA O TE WIKI: Te Tinana
This weeks words relate to the body, alongside an encouragement song, Kai Pai! Te Tinana - the Body Mahunga/ ūpoko Head Pakahiwi Shoulder Uma Chest Tuarā Back Puku Stomach Hope Hip Waewae [...]
KO NGĀ KUPU ME TE WAIATA O TE WIKI: NGĀ TAE
Ngā Tae - Colours Mā White Whero Red Kikorangi Blue Kōwhai Yellow Kākāriki Green Karakaraka Orange Parauri Brown Tawa Purple Kiwikiwi Grey Pango Black Hiriwa [...]
KO NGĀ KUPU ME TE WAIATA O TE WIKI
Words and Song of the Week Kia ora – Hi, hello, thank you (literally - be well) Tēnā koe – Greeting one person Tēnā koutou – Greeting a group Ka kite – See you [...]
Why is Te reo Māori used at my child’s preschool?
Te reo Māori holds unique status as the indigenous language of Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is also an official language of Aotearoa. The early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, is a bilingual and [...]
Why choose a mixed-age centre?
When I show new parents around our mixed-age early childhood centre I often see the same expression. It’s a look of slight concern or worry. Usually once they feel comfortable in our space they [...]