Settling your child into early childcare
One of the most common questions teachers are asked of our new parents, families/whānau when children enrol at our centres is ‘how long will it take my child to settle in?’. The answer to that [...]
I Whakapapa Therefore I Am.
Conservation and sustainability are wonderful kupu and the movements behind these kupu are beautiful and imperative for our world. Quite often in discourse around conservation and sustainable [...]
Why is my child biting?
I will start by acknowledging how upsetting, stressful and confusing that this behaviour can be for all involved (kaiako, whanau, tamariki) when these incidents take place before I venture into some [...]
A Parent’s Perspective of St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17th of March, the traditional death date of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Many legends grew up around him—for example, [...]
Celebrating Chinese New Year at your Early Learning Centres
The Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is celebrated by millions of people around the world. China is not the only country that celebrates the start of a [...]
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 [...]
Keeping Diwali Experiences Authentic at your Early Learning Centre
Diwali is the festival of lights which is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world, including those that are in New Zealand. The reasons people celebrate Diwali varies with [...]
We all want our children to succeed in life. Your idea of what success looks like might be a happy child, someone else might think success is a child that is learning to their full potential and [...]
The art of toilet training
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the way we are currently living our day to day lives. Our ‘lack of control’ over the current situation and uncertainty about the future has caused many of us to [...]
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 [...]