|"What do mums and dads do while tamariki are busy learning at kindergarten?" - A question that inspired some wonderful whānau connections at Kidsfirst Wales Street.|
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From football coach to beekeeper, builder to hairdresser, vet to mum and seamstress to mechanic, there’s a whole community of varied and interesting jobs that parents and extended whānau have on the go.
“We invited parents to pop by the kindergarten to share their work skills with tamariki – and were amazed by the response,” says Kidsfirst Wales Street Head Teacher, June King.
“Darin the mechanic brought his car to kindergarten to change a tyre and check the oil and water. Mum, Ally, bathed her little baby Caleb and hairdressers, Connie and Jeff came in to style children’s hair.”
“We had Trudi the football coach run a fun football session, Barry the beekeeper visited in his truck with some bees and Chris the builder brought in the tools of his trade for children to see.”
“Helen, the vet assistant showed pictures of pets at the clinic and wore her special uniform for animal operations. And Hiedee the seamstress sewed some curtains for our kindergarten.”
Whānau connections ran strong for Father's Day and ‘Bring a Friend Friday’ at Kidsfirst Wales Street too.
“Bring a Friend Friday came about because Leo’s (below, left) grandparents live in the UK,” says June. “His whānau asked if we could have one of our special kindy days while they were visiting so they could experience our Wales Street hospitality/manaakitanga.”
“We squeezed a special day in just for them but opened it up to all whānau and many came.”
Kindy kid Brodie chose to invite his Grandmother (above, right) as his Friday friend and, on Father's Day, had a very special (four generation) photograph taken at kindergarten with his Dad, Grandad and Great Grandad!
“It’s really lovely to see our families embrace lots of different opportunities to be involved at kindergarten,” says June.
What great examples of te waihanga hononga - creating links between people, places and things in a children’s world.
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