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Christmas Appeal: Kindy kids deliver food to appeal

17 December 2015

A group of children from Greerton Village Kindergarten caught the public bus yesterday to personally deliver food items collected for the Tauranga Community Foodbank. read the story and see the video here in the Bay of Plenty Times

Young gardeners in full bloom

12 December 2015

Te Puke Kindergarten has scooped the award for tallest sunflower and widest sunflower in the 2015 Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project. Read all about it in SunLive.

Khandallah kindergarten grows Wellington’s tallest sunflower

11 December 2015

Khandallah Kindergarten has won the Wellington regional section of the Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project, with a sunflower that was 199cm high. Find out more in Scoop Independent News.

Maheno Kindergarten to open in May

3 November 2015

The Oamaru Kindergarten Association governance board had been looking at the option of re-opening the Maheno Playcentre building as a kindergarten for the past few months and gave it the go-ahead at its October meeting.

Read all about it in the Timaru Herald and in the Otago Daily Times - Kindergarten for Maheno

Fitzroy Kindergarten's Great Art Auction has something for everyone

3 November 2015

The next Picasso could be found in the midst of a kindergarten fundraiser this weekend. Fitzroy Kindergarten has taken on their biggest fundraising venture ever, with the Great Art Auction being held at Fitzroy Surf Lifesaving Club on Saturday. Find out more in the Taranaki Daily News.

Spend as much time with your children as you can

2 November 2015

Read the Marlborough Express interview with Natasha Stewart, recently elected as Chairperson of the Marlborough Kindergarten Association Board. Click here.

Ngahiwi Tomoana: Our stories add depth to learning

20 October 2015

Māori leader Ngahiwi Tomoana congratulates teachers at Lakeview Kindergarten for promoting Māori history. Read the story here in the Hawkes Bay Times.

A Time and Place: The New Zealand ShakeOut earthquake drill 

18 October 2015

Kids at East Harbour Kindergarten have the earthquake drill down to a fine art. Read the full story here in Dominion Post.

Community spirit celebrated at kindy's 60th

7 October 2015

Next weekend, the McMaster St kindergarten will be holding several events to celebrate its 60th anniversary.Read all about it in the Wairarapa Times Age.

More to kindy story than mat time

6 October 2015

Sixty years of kindergarten in Kaitaia (and at Doubtless Bay) was celebrated last month, many teachers past and present, committee/association and kindy kids of years ago reacquainting themselves with their kindergartens, and gathering at Te Ahu later in the day to reminisce. Find out more here in the Northland Age.

Kaitaia and District Kindergarten Association is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year.

25 September 2015 

The first kindergarten was opened in the region in 1955 and became a member of the New Zealand Free Kindergarten Union (NZFKU) – now known as New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) - in 1956. Read more on this piece in the Northland Age.

Young pirates take over West End Kindergarten

18 September 2015

Hooked hands, cutlasses, eye patches and plenty of "arrr me hearties" - West End Kindergarten kids have got the pirate lingo and look down.

The children dressed up in pirate hats and exchanged seadog greetings to celebrate the end of term - and International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Held on September 19, Talk Like a Pirate Day is an annual "parodic holiday" which originated in the United States.

Read the story and see the video in the Timaru Herald.

Blenheim kindy goes all black for 'rugby day'

18 September 2015

Children at a Blenheim kindergarten are learning about the All Blacks ahead of the Rugby World Cup this weekend. Witherlea Kindergarten head teacher Ed Parker said every child wore team colours to school on Friday. "They've been talking to each other about what they're wearing. It prompts discussion, which is great."

Read the story and see the video here in the Marlborough Express.

Kindy scientists rub shoulders with top professor

16 September 2015

Budding young scientists at the Redwoodtown Kindergarten got to learn from the best when a leading scientist from the United States visited their science fair. Find out more in Stuff parenting.

Kindy kids growing minds with sunflowers

15 September 2015

Raising sunflowers at preschool is one way a group of South Taranaki children is learning to care for their environment.

Hawera's Tawhiti Kindergarteners are some of the 12,800 budding gardeners to take part in the 2015 Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project.

Read the full story here in the Taranaki Daily News.

WelTec carpentry trainees fulfill kindy kids' playhouse design brief

28 August 2015

A tiny house for pint-sized clients but teenagers from WelTec's Trades Academy walked tall on Wednesday. The 14 youths, who are studying level 2 carpentry, delivered a playhouse they had built to Petone Kindergarten.

Read the full story in the Dominion Post.

Community links between Temuka's Rata Kindergarten and Opihi College

27 August 2015

Temuka boys are providing positive role models for other young Temuka children. Opihi College students Evan Crosse and Cody Crawshaw have been spending time at Rata Kindergarten supporting the younger boys at the kindy. The kindergarten reached out to Opihi College as a way to make links with the local community.

Find out more in the Timaru Herald.

First book for Nelson kindy teacher

20 August 2015

He is one of only a few male kindergarten teachers in Nelson, and now Nathan Miller is also a published children's book author. Little Bear Tries, Nathan's first picture book tells the story of a bear who becomes increasingly frustrated as he tries to make a paper plane. Read the full story here in the Nelson Mail.

Elston Lea Kindergarten wins Polyfest art competition

14 August 2015

Elston Lea Kindergarten pupils are a diverse and artistic bunch. The kindergarten has created a traditional Maori cloak with a twist.read the full story in the Southland Times.

Pukekura Kindergarten needs know-it-alls for fundraising quiz event

11 August 2015

Pukekura Kindergarten needs people to tap into their trivia trove.

On September 9 the New Plymouth kindergarten is holding a quiz night to raise the $20,000 to $30,000 needed for a new children's toilet.

Find out more here in the Taranaki Daily News

How Minions are ruining kids' speech

10 August 2015

Preschoolers talking like a babbling Minions cartoon character is an example of the issues keeping Northland speech and language therapists increasingly busy. Northland Kindergarten Association's Gay Easterbrook has worked with more than 300 children in the last five years. Find our more in the Northern Advocate.

Kowhai Kindergarten create exciting way to celebrate Maori language

7 August 2015

Kowhai Kindergarten children showed they were true Kiwi kids while making their own little music video. Find out more in the Timaru Herald.

Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori: Bridging the gap in Manawatu

1 August 2015

Roslyn Kindergarten features in a story about Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori and the Maori language. Read all about it in the Manawatu Standard.

Early childhood education centres take to the stage for Flava Festival

1 August 2015

Geraldine Kindergarten children feature in this video of performances at the at the Korohi o te Pepi Flava Festival 2015 in Timaru. This is the first year that the early childhood education section has been held at a separate event to the secondary schools. Find out more in the Timaru Herald.

Non-māori learning the language inspires others

30 July 2015

Teresa Redington is a teacher at Greenmeadows Kindergarten, at place where hearing Te Reo Māori used in every day teaching is now, just a part of the norm. Find out more and see the video here on Maori Television.

Parents' passion helps keep Waimate's mobile kindergarten - the country's last

29 July 2015

Parents' passion for the Waimate Mobile Kindergarten has ensured it continues, even if it is the last remaining in New Zealand.

The qualified kindergarten teachers, and the van filled to the brim with toys and activities, travels around the Waimate District spending one day a week at Waihao Downs, Hakataramea, Esk Valley, Glenavy and Waituna.

Read the full story here in the Timaru Herald.

Temuka's Rata Kindergarten celebrating Maori myths and legends

24 July 2015

Temuka's Rata Kindergarten has a new addition. If children at the kindergarten have a problem, they can often be found having a conversation with their new friend, Maui, to sort it out. Find out more in the Timaru Herald.

Teachers looking to bridge the gap between kindy and primary school

17 July 2015

Three Taranaki teachers are looking for a new approach to give kids a "flying start" when they head to primary school.

Huirangi School has received $16,200 in funding for research into how to best transition students moving from pre-school education to primary. Read the full story in the Taranaki Daily News.

Greenmeadows Kindergarten recognised with enviro award

2 July 2015

Congratulations to Greenmeadows Kindergarten for achieving “green-gold” status, Enviro Schools highest award. The Enviroschools programme aims to support and provide the tools for young people to be leaders in sustainability. It gives children a framework to explore real life, practical challenges and to apply their abundance of energy and ideas.

Read the full story here in Scoop Independent News.

Pou whenua signal the start of a new dawn

1 July 2015

As the sun rose on Monday, the Mayfield Kindergarten community welcomed a new day, a new year (Matariki) and a new look for their kindergarten.  It is the first kindergarten in Marlborough to have pou whenua (Maori wooden posts).

Read the full story here in the Marlborough Express.

Kindergartens still a popular choice

25 June 2015

NZK chief executive Clare Wells visits South Canterbury. Read the full story in the Timaru Herald.

Community art auction raises thousands for Patea Kindergarten

23 June 2015

Patea Kindergarten is $9000 closer to making ends meet after holding a successful art auction fundraiser.

Kindergarten head teacher Robyn Sorensen said their centre tried to find novel ways to raise badly needed funds every year in order to pay their bills. Read all about it here in the Taranaki Daily News.

Devon Kindergarten's turtle has perfect attendance record

23 June 2015

There's one soul at Devon Kindergarten that has had a perfect attendance record for more than 30 years. In fact since her introduction to the kindergarten, Tahi the turtle and friend to every child that comes through the door, has never really left. Find out more in the Taranaki Daily News.

Hawera kindergarten plans to cash in the chips in order to raise necessary funds

22 June 2015

A Hawera kindergarten is cashing in the chips in a bid to raise enough funds to pay their bills. Koromiko Kindergarten is hosting a casino night as a fundraiser. Read all about it in the Taranaki Daily News.

Raincoat donation keeps Ngamotu Kindergarten children cosy

17 June 2015

No matter the weather, the children at Ngamotu Kindergarten can stay warm and dry while in the elements.

Rotary Club of New Plymouth West just donated 15 new children's raincoats, two for the teachers and a purpose-built storage rack. Read the full story here in the Taranaki daily News.

Marlborough children eat more fruit and vege

29 May 2015 

Children within the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board eat more fruit and vegetables than any other region in the country, while the proportion of children who eat fast food three or more times a week is lowest in the Marlborough region... find out more in the Marlborough Express.

Pat on the back for Springlands Kindergarten

27 May 2015

The children at Springlands Kindergarten in Blenheim were recognised for their "awesome efforts to save the planet" last Friday, with an Enviroschool bronze award. Read all about it here in the Marlborough Express.

Renwick Kindergarten wins national award

20 May 2015

Move over Michelangelo, the children, families and teachers at Renwick Kindergarten have proved they have got awarding winning vision.Read the full story in the Marlborough Express.

Children get taste of kindergarten life

8 April 2015

Temuka Kindergarten are offering younger children the opportunity to come visit the kindergarten with their parents alongside older children to get a taste of what kindergarten is like. Read all about it in the Timaru Herald.

Kindy kids get moving to raise cash

13 March 2015

Sometimes in life you need a good set of wheels and it is something the children at Mairtown Kindergarten know well with some pretty flash bikes and scooters on display at the kindergarten's annual wheel-a-thon fundraiser held at Kensington Park on Tuesday. Find out more in the Northern Advocate.

Waverley kindy recognised with enviro award

11 March 2015

Waverley Kindergarten has been recognised with a silver award through the Enviro Schools programme.

Head teacher Sheree Conon said the kindy linked up with Enviro Schools two years and had been working towards being recognised as an environmentally friendly kindergarten.Find out more in the Southland Times.

New kitchen gives Fitzroy Kindy lift

11 March 2015

Fitzroy Kindergarten is celebrating its new $30,000 kitchen that has replaced the aging 60-year-old original, which was a health risk and full of borer.

The kitchen was the result of a big community effort, kicked off by a $21,000 grant from the TSB Community Trust, head teacher Karen Leonard said. Read the full story here in the Taranaki Daily News.

Kindy kids show fundraising can be child's play

7 March 2015

Kindergarten kids donned their sunhats and got involved in their own mini Relay for Life to support the Cancer Society's annual fundraiser starting today.

Almost 40 children at Kelvin Grove Kindergarten walked around Kelvin Grove Park yesterday, each bringing a gold coin donation which will go into the fundraising pot of the wider Ruahine Kindergarten Association team, The Inspirers. Read the full article in the Manawatu Standard.

Teachers collaborate to develop Enviroschool programmes

4 March 2015

Lead teachers from kindergartens, kura and schools from across the Bay of Plenty brainstormed strategies on how to develop their school environmental education programme through Enviroschools, an initiative led and funded by Bay of Plenty Regional Council.Read more in Scoop Independent News.

Kindy kids tear up the kart track in fundraiser

25 February 2015

More than 45 whiz-kids from West End Kindergarten zipped their way around a track at Kartsport on Shirriffs Rd in Longburn last night for the early childhood centre's wheel-a-thon fundraiser. Read all about it in the Manawatu Standard.

Kindergarten home after year away

25 February 2015

Home is where the heart is, but it's also nice to have a place that you can call your own. They are valuable lessons learnt by children at the Mosgiel Central Kindergarten during the past year, after they had to move from their Irvine St site, while a new kindergarten was built in its place.Read the full story in the Otago Daily Times.

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