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Portsmouth St makes new connections in more ways than one...
"We feel very strongly about fostering meaningful relationships with all our children, whānau and the adults involved in their lives," says Linda Roper, Head Teacher at Kidsfirst Portsmouth.
"We really want families and whānau to be onboard with what we're doing here, to get involved and establish meaningful relationships."
As a step towards making that a reality, the kindergarten has put some Government funding to great use, setting up both a mini lounge for adults right within the kindy space, and a special teaching station. This teaching station lets the teachers connect laptops to a big screen, so the children can see what they've been doing and in the process, revisit their learning through these slideshows.
"It's another tool we have now," say Head Teacher Linda Roper, "Using visuals to educate works very well here, and helps keep the children focused. It's great for parents too, they can sit and watch a slideshow of some of the things we've been doing at kindy, and what their children have been learning."
Making that connection between what can often look like play and the significant learning outcomes that can arise from these activities is something our teachers try to explain to parents, but it's so much easier when they can see it for themselves.
The couch area lets parents "chillax" within the kindergarten environment, feel a part of it, and even make themselves a tea or coffee. Again, it's all about strengthening connection.
Once they're there, the urge to join in is sometimes too much to resist.
"This space gives them an opportunity to stay, join in, observe, keep warm in the winter, whatever they choose to do," says Linda.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.
Kidsfirst Portsmouth has found a way to welcome parents into the kindy environment and improve the children's learning.
With a comfortable mini lounge and a new teaching station capable of slideshows, this kindy is the place to be to learn, grow and have fun.