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Ministry of Education News

The below article has just been published in the Ministry of Educations Bay of Plenty – Waiariki regional news section and we thought we would share this with you.

To read the full article – please click in the following link:  https://education.govt.nz/early-childhood/ministry-priorities/early-learning-bulletin/early-learning-regional-news-may-2017/#BayofPlenty

I do hope that most of you were able to get some down time over the last 2 weeks, but I am aware that many of you like Kylie Reneti and her staff (Kathryn, Michele, Fiona, Sonya and Jolene) from Central Kids Kindergartens – Edgecumbe were not able to get much time at all. In fact, a huge bouquet goes out to them for running a kindergarten holiday programme each day over the 2 weeks out of Otakiri Playcentre. Each day they got between 11 and 18 children. A true example of how the Edgecumbe people have come together to support one another in this time of need.

Wiremu Wallace (left) and Liam Revell (right) in the train
Wiremu Wallace (left) and Liam Revell (right) in the train.
Kylie Reneti, Michele Mackenzie, Fiona Thompson-Mathias and Sonya Moulden from C
Kylie Reneti, Michele Mackenzie, Fiona Thompson-Mathias and Sonya Moulden from Central Kids Kindergarten

The kindergarten, like the 2 schools in Edgecumbe, was able to re-open on day one of this term, and like the schools they are reporting only minimal absences. It showed that families appreciated being able to provide some normality for their children.

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Central Kids Edgecumbe Open at Otakiri Playcentre

Great News!!

Central Kids Edgecumbe has kindly been offered the use of the Otakiri Playcentre facilities.

The Ministry of Education has granted a temporary licence for the Central Kids Edgecumbe tamariki to attend during the school holidays.

This programme is open to current Edgecumbe Kindergarten children.

Special thanks to the Central Kids team working throughout the term break, so they can support the Edgecumbe community throughout this time.

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* Kindergarten & Centre Closure Update | Thursday, 13th April *

We are working very closely with the Ministry of Education – please keep an eye out on this post for updated closures that may come to hand throughout the day.


* Central Kids Ngātea

Bay of Plenty:

* Central Kids Golden Sands ELC


* Central Kids Mercury Bay

* Central Kids Tairua

* Central Kids Thames

Eastern Bay of Plenty:

* Central Kids Edgecumbe

* Central Kids Apanui, Garaway & Strathmore in Whakatāne

* Central Kids Ōpotiki

* Central Kids Pūtauaki, Te Akoranga & Ngā Ririki ELC in Kawerau

* Central Kids Matatā ELC


Please be careful on the roads and we hope you and your whānau keep safe.

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* Kindergarten & Centre Closures | Wednesday, 12th April *

Due to adverse weather conditions, the Ministry of Education is closing all Early Childcare Centres and Schools in the following areas: Edgecumbe, Kawerau, Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne tomorrow, Wednesday, 12th April 2017.

This includes the following Central Kids sites:
* Central Kids Edgecumbe
* Central Kids Apanui, Garaway & Strathmore in Whakatāne
* Central Kids Ōpotiki
* Central Kids Pūtauaki, Te Akoranga & Ngā Ririki ELC in Kawerau
* Central Kids Matatā ELC

We will update you all when further information comes to hand.

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Jan Ballantyne CEO Retires

After 20 years as CEO for Central Kids, Jan was farewelled last month at several functions, by employees, trustees and members of the community.

Jan was an inspirational leader and had a strong commitment to the education and wellbeing of children attending Central Kids Kindergartens and Early Learning Centres.  She will be missed, but has earned her retirement.


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Head Office Welcomes Robyn Adlam

We wish to advise that Robyn Adlam has been appointed to the Finance Administrator position at Central Kids Head Office.

robyn-adlum-photoMy name is Robyn Adlam.  My background is in banking where I have worked in various roles, from teller through to business banking manager, for the last 20+ years.  I am excited to be joining the Central Kids team in their head office finance department.

My husband Magnus and I have four adult children and 11 beautiful grandchildren.  Luckily we are a close family and we get to enjoy them all.  Home is Cambridge where we have lived for some time now.  Our roots are in the King Country where we both spend our school years in the small town of Piopio.  We also lived in Putaruru for 8 years when the kids were young and so it will be great to return to work in my old stomping ground.

I enjoy the beach, reading and travel.  I like to try and keep fit with a bit of walking, biking and the rowing machine.  I might need to try harder of late…..

I am looking forward to my new role and meeting you all soon.  

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Matariki at Government House

Joceline Triscott and Angela Palmer from Central Kids Hinemoa in Taupō were privileged to attend this years Matariki celebration at Government House in Wellington.

The theme this year was "science and innovation looking to the future" and it was a real honour for Central Kids Hinemoa to be recognised for their passion about environmental sustainability and their nature philosophy.

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Exciting News

From the beginning of May, 2016 Central Kids Fordlands, Helen Downer & Homedale in Rotorua have increased their hours.

You can now enrol your child to attend from 8.00am – 3.30pm, with the option of attending throughout the school holidays.

Contact your local kindergarten to find out more!

  • Central Kids Fordlands | 07 348 6259
  • Central Kids Helen Downer | 07 348 1576
  • Central Kids Homedale | 07 348 9035


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Enviroschools Facilitator Training

Recently four staff members from Central Kids attended the Enviroschools Facilitator Training for three days at Whaingaroa, Raglan.

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(Pictured: L-R Caroline Barns-Graham – Whaihanga ELC, Liz Sutton – CK Laughton, Henare Gurney & Barbara Lingard – Head Office)

They learnt a lot about the national Enviroschools direction, teaching tools and were inspired by the trainers, other participants and the environment.  Our trainers now look forward to working alongside Central Kids teaching teams and head office staff.

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Importance of Ngahere Experiences

During one of our in house staff professional development sessions yesterday teachers of Central Kids Kindergartens discussed the importance of bringing Ngahere experiences into the centre, and how do teachers take children out to the Ngahere.

We looked at the benefits.  One of the ways we could promote plant identification and Ngahere engagement was through going on a hikoi to the awa Te Waihou and we also had the opportunity to make kawakawa balm.

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