The Importance of Play
Following on from our August blog, and the Ministry of Health’s Active Play Guidelines for Under-Fives, here we discuss why play is important...

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Sensory Play with Playdough
The Ministry of Education notes that playdough is a safe and soothing material.  When children work with playdough, there is no right or wrong...

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Outings Health and Safety
We’re officially in Spring, so it’s a good time to be prepared for inclement weather.  At Nurtured at Home playgroups, nature walks,...

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Setting the Environment for Play
In homebased care and education, we are fortunate to provide children with spaces for group and individual play in both busy and quiet spaces. ...

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Te wiki o te reo Maori
The theme Kia ora te reo Māori was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting, and also because the words ‘Kia Ora’ are...

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Patterning Using Natural Resources
All strands of our Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki, are supported when children explore with natural resources. In particular,...

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Active Play
The Ministry of Health is releasing “Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives”.  Sitting less, moving...

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Learning Resources
There is a Ministry of Education requirement that Educators have a well-resourced environment for children, with a range of equipment to support the...

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Sensory Play
Sensory play allows children the freedom to explore, discover and wonder at the world around them.  These unstructured learning opportunities...

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Te Whariki - Early Childhood Curriculum
New Zealand’s world leading early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki has been updated. Te Whāriki, which has shaped early learning in New...

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