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Newsletter May 2020

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Regular Outings to our Bordering Reserve

Regular hikoi (walks) to our bordering reserve are an integral part of the children's learning.  They are valuable for children’s health and well-being and to connect them with a natural environment that they get to know intimately through all the seasons and changes of weather.

  • Children put on vests, shoes or gumboots, raincoats or warm jackets (if needed) before assembling in a group by the door.
  • Documentation is filled out; names of the children and adults involved, adult/child ratios, the time, date, destination, method of travel, person responsible, contact mob number.
  • All outings have a Risk- Benefit Analysis.  This is in the Regular Outings Log Book in the centre foyer. Person Responsible, ensure all adults have a clear understanding.
  • Kaiako (teachers) and tamariki (children) will say karakia (Māori incantations and prayers, used to increase the spiritual goodwill of the gathering) together before the walk.
  • Te reo is used; hikoi – walk, hikoi waewae – walking feet, Takirua – in pairs, Me haere takirua – come together in pairs, kia mau ringa – hold hands, kia mau ringaringa- hold hands.  Rakau – stick, tree, turangawaewae – habitat, harakeke – flax, raupo – bulrush, ti kouka – cabbage tree, manuka, papatūānuku – earth mother, Ranginui – sky father, tawhirimatea – wind, ngā wha hau – four directions, compass, whenua – land.
  • The backpack containing; santizier, first aid kit, water and reuseable cups, spare clothes and nappy… and any other items needed is collected from the cupboard (i.e. traffic cones, books, blanket, toys)
  • Annually we contact Bark NZ, to arrange a visit to the classroom to teach children how to approach dogs safely.  

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Jodie, parent of a gorgeous daughter

We pull up outside our centre and my daughter knows where we are. She is settled and secure here and that is due to the love and care from her teachers. I also see this in the other children in the centre.  It is run and feels like a real home, which is highly appealing for parents who are leaving such young babies. We especially love the outside space as there are trees, grass, a sandpit and a safe area to play and run around. It really is special for children having the trees and flowers to look at.    

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Nigel & Cath Montgomery, parents of two beautiful

We particularly enjoy and respect the effort that the team makes to organise inclusive family events such as the recent wearable art exhibition which was great fun. Communications and presentations around curriculum content are also much appreciated as they help us to track the children's progress and development.  We have many fond memories of our family's time at pre-school and can honestly say that it will be a sad day when our youngest "graduates" next year and we leave the Ellerslie Village family behind. We do not hesitate recommending Natural Steps to anyone wanting a professional, fun and safe environment for their little ones.   

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Tui, mother of an active boy

I went while I was pregnant and was welcomed into the Natural Steps family straight away, I was shown around the whole place and my partner and I both felt at home, I knew this was the place for our son. 

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