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Two good reasons to celebrate

31 December 2013

Wendy Logan has cause for a double celebration on New Year's Day. She has been named in the New Zealand Royal Honours List for 2014 for a Queen's Service Medal for services to early childhood education, on the same day she turns 62. "We'll be having a big party with family, as it's also my birthday," Mrs Logan said from her son's home in Melbourne where she is visiting. She said the award was recognition for the importance of early childhood as much as it was for the part she played in it. Read all about some of the amazing work Wendy has done for kindergarten in the Nelson Mail.

Billboard win child's play for Thomas

21 December 2013

Drumroll please: Time's up for the Sign Up for New Plymouth billboard competition, and the winners are Thomas Kerr, 4, of Pukekura Kindergarten and 14-year-old Caleb Bond. Thomas was delighted to hear about his win, as was his dad, who allegedly screamed with delight when he heard the good news.Read the full story here in the Taranaki Daily Tmes.

A little something for kindy's neighbours

20 December 2013

Several south Invercargill residents arrived home to find a surprise in their letterboxes, thanks to Santa's little helpers at Ranui Kindergarten. Find out what the children did in the Southland Times.

Pupils prove sunflower stars

12 December 2013 

Two Marlborough kindergartens have grown award-winning sunflowers. Mayfield Kindergarten, in Blenheim, and Picton Kindergarten were recognised in the Daltons Sunflowers in Kindys project. Mayfield Kindergarten won the regional award for the combined effort of all 25 pupils, and a Picton Kindergarten pupil grew the tallest sunflower entered in the competition in Marlborough. Find our more in the Marlborough Express.

Making it happen in Dannevirke

The Dannevirke Kindergarten Association received support this year from the Eastern and Central Community Trust to build its whanau room – a much needed space for parents, families and the kindergarten community. Read the story here.
 

Kindergarten turns clock back 100 years

27 November 2013  

While most kindergartens are encouraging children to use technology, one in Dunedin is hiding its computers and other technological equipment from the kids.

Staff at Rachel Reynolds Kindergarten have made the move for this week only as part of centenary celebrations, to show the children what life was like 100 years ago. Read the full story in the Otago Daily Times.

Improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse

20 November 2013

The Health Committee recently released a report on the Inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse. The report calls for greater government investment in the early years, including in high quality ECE. There are six key recommendations related to early childhood education. Click here to view the full report.

Kindy's living tent a competition finalist

13 November 2013

A living tent is growing at Frankleigh Park Kindergarten and winning acclaim at the same time.

The kindy is a finalist in the Tui School Garden Challenge - a competition they won last year.

From the 600 schools entered from around the country, nine finalists have been selected, three each from pre-schools, primary schools and intermediates.

Frankleigh Park's Living Circus theme was inspired by a circus the children went to, kindergarten president and garden group member Sarah Riley said. Read the full story in the Taranaki Daily News.

Art-focused kindy enters contest

12 November 2013 

Children are getting stuck into designing what they hope will become New Plymouth's new welcome signs.

Pukekura Kindergarten pupils began painting their entry for the Sign Up for New Plymouth competition yesterday. Read all about it in the Taranaki Daily News.

Education Minister launches Education Excellence Awards

7 November 2013

Education Minister Hekia Parata today launched the inaugural Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards which aim to recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching, leadership, community engagement and governance.

“Our education system is top performing for most of our young people, and that is a credit to our teaching profession, and to the parents, families, and communities that support our schools. These Awards will recognise and celebrate those successes. Read the full story in Scoop Independent News.

 

Kindergarten turns clock back 100 years

27 November 2013  

While most kindergartens are encouraging children to use technology, one in Dunedin is hiding its computers and other technological equipment from the kids.

Staff at Rachel Reynolds Kindergarten have made the move for this week only as part of centenary celebrations, to show the children what life was like 100 years ago. Read the full story in the Otago Daily Times.

Improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse

20 November 2013

The Health Committee recently released a report on the Inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse. The report calls for greater government investment in the early years, including in high quality ECE. There are six key recommendations related to early childhood education. Click here to view the full report.

Kindy's living tent a competition finalist

13 November 2013

A living tent is growing at Frankleigh Park Kindergarten and winning acclaim at the same time.

The kindy is a finalist in the Tui School Garden Challenge - a competition they won last year.

From the 600 schools entered from around the country, nine finalists have been selected, three each from pre-schools, primary schools and intermediates.

Frankleigh Park's Living Circus theme was inspired by a circus the children went to, kindergarten president and garden group member Sarah Riley said. Read the full story in the Taranaki Daily News.

Art-focused kindy enters contest

12 November 2013 

Children are getting stuck into designing what they hope will become New Plymouth's new welcome signs.

Pukekura Kindergarten pupils began painting their entry for the Sign Up for New Plymouth competition yesterday. Read all about it in the Taranaki Daily News.

Education Minister launches Education Excellence Awards

7 November 2013

Education Minister Hekia Parata today launched the inaugural Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards which aim to recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching, leadership, community engagement and governance.

“Our education system is top performing for most of our young people, and that is a credit to our teaching profession, and to the parents, families, and communities that support our schools. These Awards will recognise and celebrate those successes. Read the full story in Scoop Independent News.

Kindergarten fundraiser surpasses expectations

31 October 2013

The Geraldine Kindergarten's home and kindergarten committee hoped to raise $3000 with its latest kitchen-trail fundraiser, but instead raised $8000 when 14 homes were opened to the public this month. Read all about it in the Timaru Herald

Kindergarten Teacher - Runer-up in Warehouse Stationery 'NZ's Most Inspiring Teachers' competition!

24 October 2013

Jodie Curry, Head Teacher of Hunterville Mobile Kindergarten, is a Runner-Up in the ECE category of the Warehouse Stationery 'NZ's Most Inspiring Teachers' competition! Find out all about here.

Children gobble up knowledge

15 October 2013

For quite a while, the teachers at Wakari Kindergarten thought they had a problem with bugs eating the leaves off the vegetables in their garden. Find out what is going on in the Otago Daily Times.

 

Holiday Programme a success

14 October 2013

Read all about the success Wellington Region Free Kindergarten Association is having with their holiday programme in the Cook Strait Times.

More doors open for kindergarten

8 October 2013

Geraldine Kindergarten's long-running kitchen trail is taking on new meaning.

This year's event will incorporate more homes and venture out to bathrooms and living areas in the hope of raising more money.

Home and kindergarten committee member Janene Adams said the biennial event, which started in 2004, has always focused solely on kitchens. Now, in a bid to raise more money, participants will be shown through other rooms, within 14 Geraldine homes. Read all about it in the Timaru Herald.

Hoping for bloom time

2 October 2013

Mosgiel has a reputation for being a couple of degrees warmer than Dunedin, but now Reid Park Kindergarten children are attempting to grow its reputation as one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand. Find out how they are doing this in the Otago Daily Times.

Haka gets kindy kids going

27 September 2013

Children from Glenview Kindergarten learn the Haka from pupils at Blu4estone School. Read all about it here in the Timaru Herald.

Kindergartens open for longer

27 September 2013

South Canterbury kindergartens have been quietly adapting to parents' demands for longer hours, extending to six hours of early childhood education per day.

Traditionally, kindergartens have offered a morning session and afternoon session with children attending only one period per day, but as more parents work a longer period is required. The extended hours are available to children aged 3 years and 10 months and over. Read the full story in the Timaru Herald.

Discover the world in postcards

26 September 2013

Getting a letter in the mail can be a rare pleasure these days, but the children at Springlands Kindergarten get dozens every morning.

In just over two weeks they have received around 300 postcards from all over the world. The onslaught of old fashioned mail is thanks to a far newer mode of communication, with the postcards coming in response to a Facebook request from the kindergarten's head teacher, Michael Clark. Find out all about it in the Marlborough Express.

Kindy vege crop a winner

26 September 2013

The Lees St Kindergarten vegetable patch has produced more than just healthy food for its pupils, this week winning a $1500 award.

The kindergarten received the prize money for its gardening and recycling project, named the most promising entry in the nationwide Mother Earth Reward competition. Read the full story in the Southland Times.

Kindergarten gets top sustainability marks

25 September 2013

Awareness of the environment and healthy eating goals have put a Nelson kindergarten at the top of the class for sustainability and good food choices.

Nelson South Kindergarten was named an overall winner in the 2013 Mother Earth Reward competition this week, earning them a $2500 cash prize to spend on even more eco-friendly educational projects.Find out how they achieved this in the Nelson Mail.

Wakatipu children on visits to fire station

24 September 2013

Last week, children from Wakatipu Kindergarten each knocked down a metal target by spraying it with a fire hose as well as learning how many firefighters there were in New Zealand and what they did. See the photos and read the full story in the Otago Daily Times

2013 Mother Earth Reward Winners Announced

23 September 2013 

Nelson South Kindergarten was one of the three winders, announced today, of the 2013 Mother Earth Reward competition.  Each took away $2,500 cash to help further their great work. Find out more in Scoop Independent News

Ducks support kindy cause

16 September 2013

Hundreds of Feilding residents turned out at the weekend to watch 1575 ducks, not real ones, float down the Makino Stream raising money for Eden Christian Kindergarten's new sandpit. Find our more in the Manawatu Standard.

Less is more for kindergartens

15 September 2013

Camberley Kindergarten and Frimley Park Kindergarten, both part of the Heretaunga Kindergarten Association, took out two of the top prizes for the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Project. Read the full story here in Hawkes Bay Today.

Bay's Mother Earth finalists

14 September 2013

Both Te Puna and Katikati kindergartens have been picked as finalists in the Mother Earth Reward competition – and could win the overall $2500 cash prize or a new Most Promising Entry Award of $1500. Find out more in Sunlive.

Seeds of learning at kindy garden

14 September 2013

The kindergarten is one of nine finalists, and the only one south of Canterbury, in the Mother Earth Reward competition, aimed at promoting healthy eating and wholesome food in the community. Read all about it in the Southland Times.
 

Kids crave kindy cookbook

5 September 2013

A 100-page cookbook has been released by Raumati South Kindergarten, with all proceeds going back to the kindy. Read all about it here  in the Kapiti Observer.

On the road with a mobile kindy

3 September 2013

Isolated rural communities in the central North Island fear that an essential service for their families will be cut because of the soaring cost of petrol and ministry of education red tape. Watch this news story on TV3's Campbell Live.

Books connect home and kindy

30 August 2013

Children at Ranui Kindergarten, in Invercargill, were yesterday given illustrated story books as part of Fairfax’s First Book scheme. Read all about it in the Southland Times.

Kindy hangi a success

23 August 2013

Dozens of children and parents attended Lindisfarne Kindergarten's hangi, put on to celebrate the kindergarten's new water feature and to promote community involvement. Read the full story in the Southland Times.

Art on the Move

8 August 2013

The work of young artists has been moved to the Southland Museum and Arts Gallery in preparation for the Murihiku Polyfest art exhibition, which opens this week.

Lindisfarne Kindergarten pupils had cross-stitched a korowai for the exhibition, which would be displayed at the museum, and parent Toni Daane said it was a real community effort to make. Find out more in the Southland Times.

ECE leaders sceptical about quality of education

2 August 2013

New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive, Clare Wells, comments on increasing participation in early childhood education in poorer communities.

Listen to the interview here on Radio New Zealand Morning Report.

Early childhood projects meet target, but more needed

1 August 2013

New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive, Clare Wells, contirbutes to the

disscussion on the multi-million-dollar project to get thousands more children into early childhood education. Listen to the interview here on Radio New Zealand Checkpoint.

Southland Kindergarten Association Nature Discovery Programme featured on TVNZ

28 July 2013

The Southland Kindergarten Association’s Nature Discovery programme at Fiordland Kindergartenwas featured on TVNZ’s Sunday programme on 28 July. Here is a link to watch the show!

The Nature Discovery Programme at Kindergartens South

Aligned to the Southland Kindergarten Association strategic goals, we have an emphasis on Nature and have programmes within our kindergarten days called Nature Discovery, where small groups of children go out on a weekly basis to play in and with nature.  We currently have 6 kindergartens involved in this programme with two more starting before the end of the year.  Fiordland Kindergarten has been the trailblazer for this programme and has been showcased in many publications and presentations around the country. The Board of Governors are committed to providing these programmes for our children and have budgeted to continue these programmes as a hallmark of our organisation. Kindergartens South knows this is the very best use of our Government funding as it provides the best outcomes for children and families. Playing with nature, doing what kids have done for centuries, climbing trees, splashing in puddles, making mud cakes and caring for one another builds resilience, cooperation, perseverance, playfulness and risk taking. Our Nature Discovery programmes require parent involvement for children to participate and parents love it, especially the Dads. We believe this is the very best use of our resources and that we are preparing our children to become the citizens of the future, who will help protect the environment and communities for healthy happy children and families of the future. For more information about the Southland Kindergarten Association, visit their website.

NZK Chief Executive Clare Wells on Radio New Zealand

New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive, Clare Wells, recently contributed to a panel discussion on Radio NZ’s Afternoons programme about national student numbers being issued to children attending ECE and the new ECE social obligations for beneficiaries.

Listen to the interview here, starting at 7minutes 50 seconds.
 

Dunedin Kindergarten Association to open new Portobello Kindergarten

28 July 2013

After the Kidsown ECE centre had to close on 5 July, the Dunedin Kindergarten Association was able to help and stepped in to pick up the lease to continue to offer high quality ECE services to the community. The new licensed, fully-staffed kindergarten service opened today, 29 July, and is called Portobello Kindergarten. Find out more in the Otago Daily Times.

Environmental Awards like no other

26 July 2013

Congratulations to Puketapu Kindergarten for winning a Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Award! Read all about the award in Scoop Independent News.

Early childhood education in our rural regions

12 July 2013

Living in rural areas can sometimes be isolating, particularly when access to services city people take for granted are many kilometres away. While education and community experiences are not always readily available, the Hunterville Mobile Kindergarten helps deliver quality early childhood education to young children and their families in remote areas.

Read all about the mobile kindergarten here in Scoop Independent News.

Kindy merger 'good for children'

11 July 2013

Kindergartens around Taranaki are set to combine their resources.

The North Taranaki and the South Taranaki Kindergarten Associations are looking to join together and create a new single organisation. Read all about the merger in the Taranaki Daily News. More detailed information can be found on the Vision Taranaki website.

Back-to-nature youngsters to feature on TV

11 July 2013

Fiordland youngsters climbing trees and jumping in puddles will feature in an episode of TVNZ current affairs show Sunday this month.

The children were filmed while taking part in the Fiordland Kindergarten's award-winning Nature Discovery Programme yesterday. Find our more and when the programme will air in The Southland Times.

Early childhood literacy top on the list for Fairfax Media

10 July 2013

As term two closes for most schools across the nation, more than four thousand toddlers will be kept busy with new books during the holidays, courtesy of the Fairfax First Books programme. Read the Fairfax press release here.

Scheme fosters love of reading

8 July 2013

It took a while to hand them out, but preschoolers at Waitangirua Kindergarten couldn't wait to get their hands on their new books.

The children at the Porirua kindergarten were the latest to receive free books as part of the Fairfax First Books initiative. The scheme, running since 2006, donates thousands of books to children at low-decile kindergartens. Read the full story in the Dominion Post.

Teacher ready to do other things

6 July 2013

When it gets to the stage where you are teaching the grandchildren of children you taught at the start of your career, Bev Mackie says, it's time to move on. Find out more in the Otago Daily Times.

Auction puts the art in kindergarten

1 July 2013

A Michael Smither print joined vibrantly coloured masterpieces painted by kindy children at the Great Taranaki Art Auction on Friday night.

It was the second year Pukekura Kindergarten has organised the event held at the New Plymouth Golf Club.

Fundraising organiser Judith Moorhead said it had been an enjoyable and successful night for the kindergarten and artists. Read the article in the Taranaki Daily News.

1 July – 7 July is Maori Language Week

1 July 2013

This year, the theme for Maori Language week is Nga Ingoa Maori, Maori names. We are encouraged to use correct pronunciation, understand the meaning of place-names, and use Maori names more often. 

For more information about Maori Language Week and ideas for activities for your community, workplace or ECE service, visit the Maori Language Commission website.

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