Home' Special Publications : Education 2014 Matauranga Contents 2 ---THE NELSON MAIL Monday, January 13, 2014
Back to school
Benefits of early childhood
A real Kiwi Treasure
Research shows that children who are involved in quality early childhood education
(ECE) benefit in many ways, and that these benefits also extend to their family/
whanau and the wider community.
Taking part in ECE builds a strong foundation for your child's ongoing education,
learning and development. Children learn lots of new skills by participating in ECE,
building on the skills they learn at home and from their families/whanau.
Visit the Ministry of education website www.minedu.govt.nz for more information
on choosing an ECE service, what your child will learn, the focus of ECE in New
Zealand and what you can expect from an ECE service. There are also links to more
information and resources to help you support your child's learning.
When selecting a preschool for
your child, thorough research is
essential. First, decide on location
(close to work or home?) and
hours (half-day, two or three days
a week, full-time?). There are
programmes at private schools,
day care centres, some religious
institutions, some government-
funded schools, and co-operatives
run by parents. Start by asking
for recommendations from other
mums. Also, many preschools now
have websites that you should visit.
Call each school you're considering and ask about its fees, admission policy,
and curriculum. Once you've narrowed down your choices, schedule visits.
Most preschools run open days prior to resuming operation for the new year.
Also, meet with the director and spend time in a classroom to observe the
teachers. Visit each school with your child and see how he or she responds to the
classroom, the teachers, and the activities.
Check out the basics: Is the facility clean and safe? Keep your eye out for smoke
detectors and first-aid kits. Is there a well-kept outdoor play area? Are there
plenty of art materials, age-appropriate toys and books? Are they in good
condition? Is the atmosphere friendly and fun? Student work should be displayed
in the hallways and around the classroom, hung at kid-level.
The classroom should have a variety of activity areas - a reading place, an art
station with materials on reachable shelves, a block corner, a puzzle area, and a
place for naps. Children should not all be doing the same thing at the same time;
they should be playing with toys or other children, but still be well supervised.
A glowing ERO report in September
last year praised Stoke's Kiwi
Treasures Early Learning Centre as
being "very well placed to promote
positive learning outcomes for
Kiwi Treasures takes pride in offering
a warm, friendly and homely learning
environment for children. Head
teacher Holly Kenny leads a staff of five
permanent child care professionals,
catering for up to 35 children, aged
from 2 -6 years - at any one time.
Fully licensed, Kiwi Treasures is
located in the heart of Stoke, Nelson
and is open all year round.
"We provide a welcoming environment
where we understand the importance
of building strong relationships with
children, families and whanau," says
Holly. We have a highly experienced
team with qualified early childhood
teachers who provide a wonderful
learning environment for all children.
Kiwi Treasures provides a range of
activities for children to investigate,
explore, discover and make sense of
the world around them. Emphasis is on
learning through play.
September's ERO report found
that: "Children play and learn in an
environment that is well equipped,
home-like and nurturing. Indoor and
outdoor areas provide a wide range of
opportunities for children to explore,
experiment, create, imagine and be
"Staff are warm and friendly in their
interactions with children, whanau and
colleagues. Children develop a sense
of belonging and show confidence in
their relationships with each other and
with adults. Transitions into the centre
and on to school are well managed."
We welcome all students and their
families for the 2014 school year
Tuesday, 4 February at 8:50am
Our permitted non-Catholic roll is almost filled.
Prospective families who have a connection
with the Catholic Church are invited to
contact the school at any time:
Ph: (03) 548 4050
Fax: (03) 548 4013
Mike Burton - Principal
We welcome all children for the
2014 School Year
Tuesday 4th February, at 8.55am
New Enrolments can be
made on Friday
Grant Watson -- Principal
Strive for Excellence
Phone: 03 543 2798
'Big things happen in small
schools.' Our school is a
great place to learn and
develop. We pride ourselves
on authentic context learning
and our children thrive in
our vibrant and supportive
Enrolment Enquiries Ph: 548 7970
Open for school enrolments 2014
Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th January
SCHOOL BEGINS Tuesday 4th at 9.00am
"Be You. Be Great!"
Auckland Point School & Kindergarten
Te Kura me te Kohungahunga o Matangi Awhio
Exceptional Care and
Education for 0-6 year olds:
• Highly qualified and experienced teachers.
• Eco friendly where we supply free cloth nappies for
your under 2yrs and wash them too!
• Primary caregiving for your infants and toddlers.
• A wonderful transition to school programme for our
4 year olds.
• Nutritional meals provided daily for all children.
• 20 ECE hours for 3 and 4 year olds.
Call Trudy 545-6905
400 Hardy St East, Nelson
Selecting a preschool
We may be in holiday mode now, but within the next
few weeks thousands of children, teenagers and adults
throughout New Zealand will be transitioning to schools,
polytechnics, universities and other training institutions for
another year of learning and teaching after the Christmas
and summer break. You need to be mindful that the
move from summer break back to study does require a
change of pace and probably a more ordered routine
than you've been accustomed to over the holidays --
less late nights and sleep-ins.
However, it is an exciting time, particularly for those
entering formal education for the very first time,
or embarking on a new level of study for career or
Learning is a life-long activity and the opportunities
that exist to gain new knowledge and skills are
Tina Johnson - Principal
Ph (03) 523 9072
2014 Starting Dates
All students assemble at 8.45am
Friday 7th February
- A warm caring environment for your 2 to 5 year old.
Thank you to our amazing teaching team for a another fantastic year and all the hard work they do in making Kiwi Treasures
a wonderful place for our tamariki, especially for the great ERO result achieved in Sept 2013 -- look it up, we are proud
as could be. Holly, Brydee, Becs, Ashleigh and Sara, may the year ahead be as rewarding and full of fun as the last.
If you are looking for a Centre for your little treasure, please call in and check us out.
For more information
Please phone us on 547 4703 or call in to 25 Ranui Road, Stoke, Nelson.
Part-time or full-time care between 8am and 5pm
Monday to Friday for 2-5 year olds.
Low fees for under 3's and 20+ hours absolutely FREE ECE
(some conditions apply).
A "Be Ready for School", Numeracy and Literacy programme
Fun activities, sports, crafts, baking and holiday programme
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