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Ranui kindy spreads Christmas joy

18 December 2014

One small kindergarten has gone out of its way to ensure their neighbourhood had a little piece of Christmas yesterday. Children, teachers and family from Ranui Kindergarten marched around their block singing Christmas carols while delivering cards and gifts. Read all about it in the Southland Times.

St Clair kindergarten gets last-minute reprieve

12 December 2014

A 100-year-old kindergarten has been saved from closure at the ''11th hour''.

Dunedin Kindergartens general manager Christine Kerr was delighted to welcome the kindergarten to the organisation, which governs 24 other individual kindergartens in the Dunedin area. Read the full story in the Otago Daily Times.

Sunflowers in Kindy - Winners Named

12 December 2014

Congratulations to kindergartens across the country named regional winners of the 2014 Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project on Friday. Across the country, 245 kindergarten in nine regions participated in the project, which aims to support children to learn about gardening and the natural world. Awards are presented to kindergartens that grow the tallest sunflowers and the sunflowers with the widest heads. For a complete list of winners, visit Scoop Independent News.

Day kindy rewarded for enviro steps

11 December 2014

Rhona Day Free Kindergarten is blooming as an enviroschool and has been rewarded for its efforts. The Temuka kindy was given a bronze award by the Enviroschools Foundation for the steps taken to become more sustainable. Find out more in the Timaru Herald

Kids go wild over classic tale in te reo

6 December 2014

Nevaeh O'Connell was especially excited to see the Maori language version of the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are arrive at Gonville kindergarten ... because her uncle, Te Tumatakuru O'Connell, translated it.

Read more here in the Wanganui Chronicle.

Kids send sign to motorists

3 December 2014

Kindy kids from Frankleigh Park Kindergarten can now call themselves professional signwriters. The colourful signs have gone up on either side of the kindy which is on an S-bend on the busy Govett Ave in New Plymouth. Find out more here in the Taranaki Daily News.

Nuanua Kindergarten Opening Celebrations

1 December 2014

Nuanua Kindergarten in Cannons Creek, Porirua, is celebrating the opening of its new building this Friday, 5 December.

The new kindergarten premises will allow 60 children to attend the immersion Tokelauan and Samoan centre, up from 30 at the moment. There will also be space for playgroups to operate. Read the full story in Scoop Independent News.

3-year-old's image takes prize

28 November 2014

A 3-year-old who goes to a Waiouru kindergarten is one of the winners in a photo competition for Conservation Week organised by Horizons Regional Council.

Isobel Bethell from Waiouru Kindergarten and Care won the early childhood category in the Conservation Week competition, which prompted the region's students to "discover the world where you live". Read all about it in the Wanganui Chronicle.

Hard work and collaboration wins Green Gold Award 

27 November 2014 

A western Bay of Plenty school and kindergarten have led the country by joining forces to achieve an Enviroschools Green Gold Award. The award was presented to Ōmanu School and Gwen Rogers Kindergarten yesterday, by Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor Phillip Sherry. Find out more here in Scoop Independent New.

Also read "Gold award for green schools" here in Sun Live

Schools recognised for enviro work

26 November 2014

Omanu School and Gwen Rogers Kindergarten will be celebrated tonight when they receive an Enviroschools Green Gold Award.

The Green Gold Award is the highest level of achievement recognised by the national Enviroschools programme.

It will be the first time in New Zealand that a school and kindergarten have worked in partnership to achieve it. Read the full story in the Bay of Plenty Times.

Kindergarten children share festive spirit

26 November 2014

Festive cheer - in the form of 30 children - paid an early visit to the The Croft Complex in Timaru. The children, aged 3 and 4, were from Timaru's West End Kindergarten. They were accompanied by their head teacher, Rachel Pringle, and it was their first time at the rest home. "The kids are all learning to share the community spirit. We practised for two weeks so they could sing some waiata and Christmas carols to the residents." See the video here in the Timaru Herald.

Goodsort Bruce Murry-Campbell

23 November 2014

Bruce spends nearly every morning kicking a football around with kids at Nelson's Stoke kindergarten.Watch the video on TVNZ news.

Mass manoeuvre marks milestone

20 November 2014
Most parents will appreciate the stress of taking one or two preschoolers on a public outing to the supermarket.

The idea of taking 880 children under the age of 5 into town just does not bear thinking about.

Nonetheless, it was a challenge tackled successfully by staff of the Dunedin Kindergarten Association yesterday when they took all their pupils to Forsyth Barr Stadium to celebrate the association's 125th anniversary ... and then got them all home, safe and sound. Read the full story in the Otago Daily Times.

Massive picnic party celebrates special anniversary for local kindergartens. 

19 November 2014

New Zealand's first kindergarten opened in Dunedin 125 years ago. And the local kindergarten association has been celebrating the anniversary all year. Now it's the children's turn to have some fun, with a massive picnic party. Watch the video here on Dunedin Television.

Scarecrows scare up cash for kindy

7 November 2014

The gardens of Geraldine are alive with Disney character's made to be like scarecrows. The kindergarten has organised a scarecrow trail to fundraise for the playground. Read all about it in the Timaru Herald.

Porirua’s newest home-based educators

31 October 2014

Click here to listen to a Radio New Zealand story featuring He Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten’s home-based early childhood education service. The story focuses on members of the Burmese community in Porirua being trained as home-based educators by the Pasifika community. This innovative home-based ECE service, Etu Ao, supports children, whānau and communities to grow, develop and establish new relationships across cultures.

Virtual trek enthrals children

28 October 2014

Children at Waimate's John St Kindergarten are embracing a virtual walk that will see them trek the equivalent of the width of the country. Each day at the kindergarten, the children have been walking for about 30 minutes, around a specially designed course . Read the full story in the Timaru Herald.

Kindergarten leading way in growing healthy food

14 October 2014

Bulls Kindergarten is open, spacious, sunlit and healthy. A Healthy Heart Award for Early Childhood Education hangs pride of place on the wall. This kindy is very proud of its Enviroschool status and the teachers work hard with the children, paving the way to healthy eating and living.Find out more in the Wanganui Chronicle.

Celebrated teacher wins national award

13 October 2014

New Zealand Kindergartens congratulates Christine Alford on her second National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA). Christine, a teacher at Mairtown Kindergarten in Northland, received the national Crystal Apple award at a recent celebration in Whangarei. Christine was only one of five teachers in early childhood, primary and secondary to receive the ASG national teaching award. Read the full story in The Northern Advocate.

Quarter century marked

30 September 2014

Twenty-five candles on a cake were blown out by Wakatipu Kindergarten children on Thursday to mark the centre's quarter century. Read the full story in the Otago Daily Times.

Era ends for Helen White

29 September 2014

Most people give up finger painting, puppet shows and building blocks by the time they are five years old but one Whangarei woman has stuck with it for a while longer and is retiring from teaching 3-5 year olds after 40 years. Find out more here in the Northern Advocate.

Palmerston North Kindergarten Lunch Programme

9 September 2014

Programme was initiated following the Awesome Awapuni Day where the staff at the kindergarten spoke to one of the event organisers about how they would like to provide free lunches for the children. They already had a vegetable plot and saw how much the children enjoyed growing food to eat and wanted to expand on this. Read the full story in School Independent News.

Nourishing and nurturing young minds

9 September 2014

The long-term benefits of proper nutrition and its direct link to the development of young minds and bodies are well known. While recent publicity around poverty, empty family fridges and limited school lunches, has highlighted a need, there’s been minimal discussion on the effects at the early childhood age. At Awapuni Kindergarten, Palmerston North, an holistic approach has been taken to the nourishing of young minds, where a nutrition in early years research pilot programme is currently being conducted by a team including EIT scientist Dr Karen Munday and nutrition specialist and kindergarten mum, Megan Wilson.Read all about it in Scoop Independent News.

Kindy's drive-in a hit with families

5 September 2014

A group of Palmerston North preschoolers converted cardboard boxes into cars for an evening of movie magic. Find out more in the Manawatu Standard.

Birthday treats for kindy's oldest 'boy'

4 September 2014

Noel Kelly had a special birthday celebration with the children at Arataki Kindergarten on Monday. Children at Arataki Kindergarten made an exception to the usual birthday chair rules on Monday.Read the full story in the Bay of Plenty Times.

Sunflowers project delights children

22 August 2014

Kindergartens are growing great minds and green thumbs as a gardening project kicks off around the country. Hawera's Koromiko Kindergarten was the first centre in New Zealand to sign up for the Daltons Sunflowers project this year.Read the full story in the Taranaki Daily News.

Sunflowers to inspire a love of gardening

14 August 2014

There will be smiles as big sunflowers from local kindergarten children across the country as the 2014 Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens project kicks off on the 18th August 2014. After a successful pilot programme in 2013, this year the project has expanded so more kindy kids can have the opportunity to grow their own sunflowers. Four more regional kindergarten associations in Wellington, New Plymouth, Tauranga and Waikato have joined the project.

Read the full story in Scoop Independent News.

New chapter for kindergarten in the Wellington region

6 August 2014

The Rimutaka and Wellington Region Free Kindergarten Associations come together today as one organisation called He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association. He Whānau Manaaki, meaning ‘a caring family’, encompasses 85 kindergartens in the Wellington region, from Seatoun north to Levin and Masterton. Over 5,600 children and families participate in kindergartens operated by the new association. Read the full media release here

Play space is colourful and wild

5 August 2014

Grove Street Kindergarten children were entranced when a colourful mural containing New Zealand creatures was unveiled in their backyard. The mural and the kindergarten's "new wilderness area" was blessed in a special ceremony yesterday.

Find out more about the outdoor play space makeover in the Nelson Mail.

Kindy kids stage own Games

30 July 2014 

Milverton Kindergarten students compete in a version of the Commonwealth games hosted by Hokowhitu School students.Read all about it in the Manawatu Standard.

New kindergarten for Hobsonville Point

July 2014

Babies and toddlers at Hobsonville Point will soon have the opportunity to attend a brand new Early Learning Centre to be built at Hobsonville Point Primary School.

The Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association (NAKA) has signed a lease with the Ministry of Education for the new centre that will provide education for 20 under 2’s and 40 over 2’s, operating from 7.30am to 6.00pm. Read all about it in the Hobsonville Point Newsletter.


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