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From a roll of 36 children, an incredible twenty parents joined the group - showing what a supportive kindy community the kindergarten enjoys. There is no shortage of adults wanting to get involved and help.
When parents, family or whānau want to join in, our kindergartens usually welcome the extra pairs of hands.
"It makes a huge difference for children when parents get involved, they have a sense of belonging, which makes it easier for them to learn,” says Head Teacher Kathy Harford.
The adventure began with the children looking at a previous trip, then asking questions, then emailing to ask about opening times…and so began a journey into Antarctica for Kidsfirst Cotswold.
The children were keen to visit The Antarctic Centre, so set about emailing to ask for details on opening hours, and to inquire if Pompom the Penguin was still there. The Centre emailed back to say they’d love to see the kindy crew.
And there were stacks of fun and learning to be had once they got there - with penguins to see, tales of Antarctic adventures, machinery to marvel at, and even a blizzard experience for some.
Back at kindy, the trip provided stacks of learning about the environment, talking about the things penguins do, what they eat and what eats them.
“We also looked at caring for animals, and how we can look after the environment to keep penguins safe so we will always have penguins. This really complemented our focus on the environment we have here, with our vege gardens and worm farms, and a pet rat they take responsibility for in weekends,” Kathy says.
The children also used the internet to research penguins, and even whipped up some penguin shaped pancakes in the kindy kitchen.
Kathy says the programme was so successful because the children were involved right from the word go.
“They decided for themselves that’s what they wanted to do, then they used technology to find out about the visit. It works so well to get them involved in what actually happens and what they want to learn about.”
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.
When Kidsfirst Cotswold decided to go to the Antarctic Center, they were amazed at parent reaction.