The years of discovery…
What happens in early childhood, matters for a lifetime
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” – Fredrick Froebel, founder of kindergarten
Children are innovators, problem solvers, communicators and leaders. At kindergarten, they learn about science, mathematics, technology, language and literacy, music and art. Teachers create learning environments where children are valued, happy and safe, where their identity and culture is celebrated, and where children can explore and learn about the world around them, developing skills and growing knowledge and understanding. Together with families and whānau, qualified teachers extend and progress children’s learning, supporting every child to be competent and confident in their world.
Kia ora, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, fakaalofa lahi atu, kia orana, fakatalofa atu, malo ni, mauri – welcome to kindergarten.
New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive Jill Bond applauds the Government for taking a wellbeing approach to the 2019 Budget and supporting mental health and addiction services. However, she says that the limited investment in kindergartens is disappointing.
“Many of our kindergartens are struggling to make ends meet and while the funding change from 2020 will help it will not significantly relieve the current financial pressures” Jill says.
The government is going into this week’s Budget under massive pressure to boost its $16-billion-a-year spend on education and student allowances.
Read the Radio New Zealand article here.
We are hoping that Government will support the iconic movement of Kindergarten in Budget 2019 – all things crossed!
A small rural kindergarten near Whangārei has shone above almost 40 other finalists to take out the supreme award at the Northland Regional Council’s inaugural Environmental Awards.
Comrie Park Kindergarten, a 44-pupil kindy at Matarau, has a long-time passion for environmental sustainability and its head teacher Anna Alexander, the kindergarten’s staff and the rural community it supports are thrilled with the win.
Read the full story in the Northern Advocate