Kidsfirst Kindergartens At Our Heart Awards recognise the kindergartens, early learning centres and individuals who epitomise our core values...
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Congratulations to Kidsfirst Greymouth, the Whānau Award winner, recognised in the 2016 At Our Heart Awards, presented at the AGM in May.
Our values are very important to us as an association and we're so proud to be able to celebrate them in this way.
Whānau is all about people. It's about making and maintaining connections – because at the core, that's what we're all about.
The teaching team at Kidsfirst Greymouth believe there’s so much to be learned from different people – new perspectives, new skills and positive influences. Involving lots of warm-hearted people in the kindergarten’s day-to-day activities is what they’ve done consistently over the past year.
Teachers have worked particularly closely with parents, whānau and their wider community to effectively broaden the childrens’ horizons and expand the nuturing aura of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Education Services Manager, Raewyn Penman describes how the bonds the teaching team formed beyond kindergarten have led to further educational experiences, “This is a team who have sensitively and respectfully built close relationships with many members of their local community. These new connections have engaged with the kindergarten in lots of different ways, helping to enrich teaching and learning. One particluar example is the relationship they’ve developed with the nearby marae which has helped children and families learn about and celebrate their bicultural heritage.”
The children have visited the marae – listening to karakia, viewing symbolic carvings, and learning about traditional customs and ceremonies are all privileges afforded by developing the kindergarten’s whānau network. The marae’s involvement demonstrates the mutual value and respect of the work both kindergarten and marae contribute to the community – each is very important and has a lot to offer, and the teachers at Kidsfirst Greymouth have been the key initiators bringing them together.
Although we celebrate these values each year with awards and certificates, we know that people see the behaviours and commitment associated with our values every day, in so many different ways in our wonderful kindergartens. So congratulations and keep doing what you're doing so well.
The Kidsfirst At Our Heart Awards reflect the core values of Kidsfirst
and what we believe in.
... with people, places, opportunities, ideas and our heritage
... and always striving
of the difference we make in lives, every day
People are at our heart
We love what we do
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.