Nor West News : November 25th 2010
17 NOR-WEST NEWS, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS 2608891AH Ph: 412 8055 79 Oraha Rd, Kumeu www.countrybears.co.nz With purpose-built education centre providing curriculum based programmes and care for all ages. Established in 1993. Privately owned and operated by qualifed early childhood teachers We now offer 2 age appropriate programmes. Babies 8 weeks to 20 months. Junior Bears 20 months - 26 months. Extension programme for our toddlers. Come on up and see what we offer, ask for Rebecca or Jill Baby Bears Centre Modern teaching practices combined with the best of Montessori tradition .......where fun and learning collide montessorip p 412 9885 www.kumeumontessori.co.nz Give your kids a flying start Drop in to discuss your child's future with staff on Sunday 12th Dec 10am -- 12.30pm OR Saturday 18th Dec 10am -- 12.30pm Bring along this voucher to either of the Playschool Centre Open Days and you will be entitled to 10% discount off the first 6 months enrolment fees OPEN DAY SPECIAL -- 10% DISCOUNT FOR 6 MONTHS $ $ & Adv Feature Infants toddlers It's a small world at showgrounds Mini horse: Popular miniature horses will at the Kumeu Showgrounds this weekend. Miniature horses will be on display at the Kumeu Showgrounds this week- end. That's when the Auck- land Miniature Horse Club has its annual Christmas Spectacular Show. Saturday's show starts at 9am with in-hand halter classes and on Sunday the show begins at 10am with the per- formance classes -- har- ness, obstacle and jump- ing. Admission is free. The Auckland Min- iature Horse Club supports Horse Havan in Auckland, who do a won- derful job with rescue horses, and will be rep- resented at the show, club president Briar Mirabito says. This is a wonderful opportunity to see these magnificent little horses at their finest.'' Phone (09) 420-5087, or email caval email@example.com. Now's the time to vote for your favourite native IN BRIEF People can vote for their favourite native plant in the New Zea- land Plant Conser- vation Network's an- nual poll. Last year, pingao and the golden sand sedge were the most popular. It is the seventh poll and there are over 2400 native plants to choose from. Network president Philipa Crisp says: There appears to be a growing love for our native plants as more and more people use them in their gardens and, increasingly, get involved in the many community or school ecological restoration projects throughout the country. We live in one of the world's most important places for plants so finding out what New Zealanders love about their flora is important to help us conserve it more effectively.'' Go to www.nzpcn. org.nz to vote before December 5. Entries in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards will be online for the first time this year. National convener Chris Keeping says: We have already an- nounced significant changes to some of our competitions this year to ensure they remain as fair and open to as many people as poss- ible. The change to online entry reflects the need to keep up with technology and be savvier in the way we operate. Let's face it; no one likes piles of paper- work these days.'' The awards include the sharemilker/equity farmer of the year, farm manager of the year and dairy trainee of the year. Entrants first enter one of 12 regional competitions. The top three from each region go to the national final in Queenstown in May next year. For more infor- mation or to enter go to www.dairyindustry awards.co.nz. Do you want to get fit, learn more and have fun in the Waita- kere Ranges? The popular Night Walks with Nature is back early next year. Start thinking about registering for the January and February walks to learn about the night time flora and fauna at the Ark in the Park restoration project. Guided walks are run in two separate programmes by two separate groups, as usual. The bat walks are hosted by the Arataki Visitors Centre throughout January. Call 817-0089. The Ark in the Park night walks, featuring night plants, cave weta tunnels, freshwater fish, spiders, moths, glow-worms and more, are in February, call 837-8820 or email kay @health west.co.nz. Great new centre for Kumeu Purpose-built: Rachel and Simon in front of centre. Playschool is Kumeu's latest Early Childhood Education centre. The owners Rachel and Simon Dick have recently returned to New Zealand after 10 years in London. The desire to provide the best possible start in life for daughter Emily led Rachel to the idea of opening an early learning centre. She wanted to combine specialist childcare with a number of European activities she experi- enced first hand; includ- ing sensory rooms, art centres, music groups and gym facilities. Rachel is a strong believer that early child- hood education has enor- mous individual and social benefits. Research from the New Zealand Education Institute shows that Early Child- hood Education contri- butes to the physical, social and emotional development of children; benefiting their literacy, numeracy and problem solving abilities. They have enlisted the help of childcare special- ist ECE Management, to developed a programme around two complemen- tary schools of thought: The Reggio Philosophy, which provides an en- vironment where chil- dren have some control over the direction of their learning, and teachers facilitate oppor- tunities for children to research, develop their own ideas and test their theories. Te Whariki which empowers children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society'. I wanted to ensure we not only have dedicated and caring staff but pro- vide high staff to chil- dren ratios well in excess of Ministry of Education requirements,'' Rachel says. By doing so, I feel we can provide not only the best possible care and give children the attention required to help them develop.'' The purpose-built cen- tre has plenty of outdoor space, large open class- rooms, and the best qual- ity equipment. Outdoor areas include a variety of natural surfaces. Inside, aside from classrooms there are separate sleep rooms, a library and large art room. Playschool is located at 7 Wookey Lane, Kumeu. Interested parents can learn more at www. playschool.co.nz or visit open days on December 12 & 18, 10am-12.30pm.
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