Our visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Papakura Library

We shared a wonderful day with our tamariki attending Matariki Story time, crafts and dancing at Papakura Library with Dianna Ruiterman and Finn today, Nga Mihi Nui Whaea and Matua for sharing your time with our wonderful tamariki and sharing your Mat time with them, our tamariki loved their day out yesterday visiting our amazing activities we...

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Matariki 2022

Matariki is celebrated through the Month of June and July. We experience Matariki and look at how our whanau here at Kids Count Marne Road feel about it. We celebrate it and take part in the customs, prayers and ceremonies. We also listen to individual thoughts and their understanding of Matariki. Our kaiako work together to perform Te wh...

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'Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori'.

Māori belief determines that when an individual dies, their spirit leaves their body and undertakes a journey along Te Ara Wairua, the pathway of the spirits. This journey ends at the northernmost point of the North Island at a place called Te Rerenga Wairua, the departing place of the spirits. The dead travel along the rocky ledge towards the ocea...

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Matariki Celebrations


Matariki is a special occasion in the New Zealand calendar which marks the start of the Māori New Year. Signified by the Matariki cluster of stars reappearing in our night sky, this is a time to reflect on the past year, celebrate the present, and plan for the year ahead. Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars that rises in midwinter, ...

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Samoan Language Week


 Samoa Language Week is Fa'aāuāu le Folauga i le Va'a o Tautai - Continue the Voyage with Competent Wayfinders of the Ocean. Samoa Language Week celebrates the identity, language, and culture of tamariki from Samoa and whose whanau are from Samoa; supporting this group of tamariki to engage and achieve success. This week our center celebrated ...

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May Newsletter 2022


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April Newsletter 2022


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Celebrating Samoan Language week


 Here at Kids Count Pukekohe we enjoy celebrating many special events. This is a way our children learn about the existence and importance of many different languages and cultures around the world. Samoan language week 30th May – 5th June 2022 we celebrated at the centre and the children were involved in learning about Tapa art, learning Samoa...

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Exploring outdoors together


 Over the past month we have tried to spend as much time as possible outdoors, as it starts to get cooler and our outdoor time will be limited. The children have engaged in a wide variety of activities whilst being outside. Our children love building with the giant Lego blocks. We recently received a new swing ball set which the children love....

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Our Busy Babies


 In our baby's environment, we have been very busy exploring arts and craft. Our Kaiako have included focuses on national and centre events that have been celebrated throughout the month. This month we have celebrated Mother's Day and Pink Shirt Day which symbolizes anti-bullying. Even our Teachers dressed up in pink (can you spot Matua James ...

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Our Kaiarataki class - Transition to school Room


Being apart of the Kaiarataki class has become one step closer to heading off to primary school. Our tamariki have been given that stepping stone to start their journey to success. Today our tamariki in the Kaiarataki class learnt about using rubber bands and a geo broad to create shapes. Taking on a new challenge students were able to manipulate t...

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Sensory Play, Outdoor Exploration, Counting, Samoan Patterns and so much more...

This week  in our babies room we've been exploring sensory play. We started the week off with sensory bags filled with, water, paint and Pom Pom balls. Tamariki enjoyed this experience, being able to touch and feel the different bags. We followed through the week making cloud dough which is always thoroughly enjoyed by all, this gives tam...

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Learning and having fun together


 Today we explored early literacy  by making different shapes with rubber bands and geo boards! Wegad so much fun as we stretched and maneuvered the rubber bands on the boards to create lots of different shapes.....we were even able to name some of the shapes as well as the colours of the rubber bands we were using..... What a great fine ...

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Look whaea our chickens have layed lots of eggs


Our tamariki love to visit the farm and collect the eggs our wonderful chickens lay for us.  Today we ventured into the farm and gave the  chickens and our Nigerian dwarf goats some food and clean water. The children couldn't wait to check to see if the chickens had layed some eggs. We collected lots of yummy eggs, the children ...

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Pink Shirt Day and New Zealand Music Month

Kia Ora Whānau This week we focused on Pink Shirt Day on Friday 20th May 2022. Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusiveness. It's about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, abi...

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Daily Updates


Kia Ora, here at Kids Count Marne Road we like to keep our whanau updated with some of the exciting things we love doing. Have a look at our daily updates. This is a snippet of what our children are doing for each day. 

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Meet the Van team and Center Chef

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Mother's Day Week


 This week in the lead up to Mother's Day 💐 our tamariki have been very very busy preparing little surprise gifts for their special mums. In the Babies Room we started the week off with card making and some exploration with clay turned into a little jewellery dish. We explored with something a little different this week, getting our children t...

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Meet the team

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Newsletter for April 2022

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