Festive Season
The holiday and festive season is upon us.  It’s a great opportunity to make ornaments and gifts for family and whānau.  Recyclable...

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Be Sun Smart
Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.  Being sun smart means protecting your skin and eyes from the sun’s damaging rays (UV radiation).  You can...

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The Strands of Te Whariki
At Nurtured at Home, our Visiting Teachers are supporting Educators to implement the revised version of the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki,...

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Oral Language
Oral language is the basis of most social interaction in life.  We use oral language to convey information to other people, develop mutual...

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Supporting Children In Care
The Ministry of Education has produced a document “Supporting Children in Care”.  This guide was designed to assist Kaiako working...

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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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