Here at Kids Count, Marne Road, the staff and Kaiako have been working very hard to ensure that the kindy is safe for the tamariki to return. Before the lockdown occurred, the staff came in for the day to sanitise the Centre. Once the Alert Level went down from 4 to 3, the staff came in once again to sanitise the Centre the day before the tamariki returned. We were all divided into bubbles and had to sanitise our hands and have our temperatures taken before we could enter the Centre. This has now become norm and we are still maintaining this practice when entering the building.
It was hard being away from the tamariki for so long and we missed hearing their laughter and busyness in the Centre. The teachers made videos every day to post up on Facebook and shared photos of what we were up to for our friends to see. We also sent some learning packs home every week to the tamariki who had not yet returned and the kaiako put lots of love and thought into the packs.
Matua Jaco recently built a chicken coop at our Centre and Whaea Cathy and Whaea Amanda went to go and pick them up. We look forward to having some yummy eggs soon and having Whaea Carol make delicious dishes for us to enjoy.
We are still waiting for some of our tamariki to return to the Centre and can't wait for them to join us soon. The Kaiako have implemented a strict sanitising routine at the Centre and the vans are implementing it as well. We are doing everything we can to keep each other safe and look forward to welcoming all our tamariki back soon. Matariki is around the corner and we can't wait to start decorating the Centre and planning the activities.