3½ years to 6 years

The family / whānau

At Kauri we aim to provide a quality programme for children aged 3½ years to school age. This includes our nature based programme, Ngahere Explorers, and Group Time in which the oldest children follow their interests and plan their own work. These two programmes foster a love of the environment/nature, and a love of learning. It is very important for us to form warm reciprocal relationships with whānau so that we work in partnership for the benefit of the children.

Outside / Kei Waho

Kauri is set in beautiful grounds. There are some mature trees, several of which are good for climbing! An extensive bark area with moveable equipment which offers many physical challenges, a large grass area for lots of running, picnics and ball games, and a paved area for painting, arts and crafts and other suitable activities. We have a separate carpentry area where the children are encouraged to do real work with real tools. An area is fenced off for our animals (chickens, ducks and turtles plus occasional visits from lambs, piglets and rabbits). The children love going to the enclosures to care for and interact with the animals. We also have a vegetable and herb garden that the children help to plant and take care of. Cooking and eating the produce is always a highlight.

Inside / Kei Roto

Inside there is a wealth of activities for the children to participate in. They may choose from those offered by the staff or they may choose to do something else that they are eager to become involved in; painting, collage, play dough, puzzles, making a card, a book, a mask, an alligator, using their imaginations with a puppet show or family play, playing a game of dominoes, Kei a wai? etc, or just relaxing on the couch with a good book they enjoy reading.

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