Making ANZAC day meaningful for young children
Acknowledging ANZAC day is about building young children’s understanding of the traditions, facts and folklore of ANZAC Day and many real-life stories. It is about creating anniversaries that [...]
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 [...]
Leadership in an Early Childhood Education Context during times of uncertainty
COVID-19 has triggered a humanitarian crisis of global proportions, with thousands of lives disrupted daily. Sadly, we are not nearing the end of the crisis. In my day to day, I enjoy being in a [...]
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 [...]
Classic Easy Banana Loaf
Banana loaf is something we make regularly at Our Kids Mataki Way. We never have leftovers, its a constant hit with the children. Its a great snack to make at home, for you or children.
What does school readiness look like?
When parents think of school readiness, subject skills such as the ability to write their name, count up to 20 or recite the alphabet are often the usual things that come to mind.
Simple Blueberry Muffins
A simple children’s favourite at Our Kids Mataki Way. I have parents asking me about this recipe regularly. Good for school boxes and very quick and easy to make. Can substitute blueberries with [...]
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 [...]