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Cafe culture hits kindy...
Care for a muffin, a hot chocolate or a juice perhaps?
You might just have been in luck if you’d headed to Kidsfirst Beryl McCombs recently. Much planning and work went into converting the entire kindergarten into a café, with the children taking care of every detail. Starting with designing the menu, they took turns at the different roles within the business, including chef, waiter and waitress, cashier and customer. They even got into the kitchen and prepared the food to be served themselves.
Head Teacher Liz Davey says the experience was about connecting the outside community with kindy.
“The children expressed an interest in cafes, so we took the opportunity to enable them to take part in roles and responsibilities they see in the wider community. And so much learning took place – from cooking and baking skills, to literacy with writing menus and wait staff taking orders, and maths and numbers with operating a till and giving change. To add to the real life experience, we also visited Spir Café across the road, where the children purchased a fluffy."
“The children have developed the confidence and communication skills to allow them to participate and contribute to this group project, and have been empowered by the experience. Being engaged in exploring an interest like this over several months is quite significant learning for this age group.”
And parents didn’t miss out on the fun, with a recent Kindy Café Open Day where the children once again ran the show.
Parents, Mothers, grandparents and siblings dined on a menu of fruit kebabs, pizza and cupcakes. And as it coincided with SPCA’s Cupcake Day, a collection was taken for the charity.
The café programme may take another unexpected direction as a result, with the SPCA invited to come and speak to the children.
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.
From kindy to café -
The children loved taking turning as chef, waiter and cashier and whanau enjoyed visiting the cafe too.
THE LEARNING OUTCOMES
Any activity such as this provides the opportunity to look at several different aspects that can help a child's overall development.
There's a definite social aspect that involves sharing, co-operation and working together to achieve something. Plus the confidence that can often result from a sense of achievement. This can lead into a feeling of community and involvement.
ABOVE: The children of Kidsfirst Beryl McCoombs working at their cafe!