Central Kids News

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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Important Announcement

The Board of Trustees wish to announce that our Chief Executive Officer Jan Ballantyne, will be retiring from her position in November 2016 after 20 years of service.

The Board of Trustees have contracted John Peebles Associates Ltd to manage the recruitment process for the new CEO. Expressions of interest and resume should be directed to cv@jpasearch.com

The Board of Trustees wishes Jan the very best for the future and thank her for her significant contributions in building a strong and effective early childhood service for families across the central North Island.

For further details, please view via the link below:

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Incredible Years Aotearoa National Forum

Alison, Teacher/Parent Educator along with Central Kids Head Teachers, Kylie (Edgecumbe), Helen (Balmoral), BJ (Charles) and Kelly (Te Akoranga) were fortunate to attend the Incredible Years Aotearoa National Forum recently held in Wellington.

The forum showcased the benefits of the two programmes – Incredible Years Parent and Incredible Years Teacher – working together.  Keynote,Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Founder of the Incredible Years series spoke about the recent developments in the Incredible Years programmes.

Sharon Neal, Head Teacher from Central Kids David Henry and Emma Smyth, parent from David Henry in Tokoroa spoke at the forum in a panel discussion sharing the benefits of working together to improve learning outcomes for Emma's daughter.

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Grand Reopening at Central Kids Laughton

Grand reopening

What a fantastic day we had with our tamariki, whānau and wider community to celebrate the reopening of Central Kids Laughton in Taupō.

We had many people from Laughton Kindergarten's past, as well as lot of visitors from Central Kids Head Office, in Putaruru, local community members and most importantly, our whānau both past and present.

Our tamariki did a great job of welcoming our visitors and sung our waiata – "Kua tae mai nei' to welcome our manuhiri. After a few speeches, Matua Tyson blessed our kindergarten and we said our karakia before our hākari. Barbara Lingard – Senior Executive was avidly supported by our tamariki in cutting the cake.

Thank you everyone for being involved in this long process and celebrating in our new (old) home with us. We're looking forward to making many more memories with you and your tamariki in our new whare ako.

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Central Kids is Excited to Announce

We are excited to announce that Central Kids Kindergartens have formed a research partnership with Waiariki Institute of Technology that will benefit teachers and students.

Click on the link to read further:

Pictured below; Jan Ballantyne, Central Kids CEO signing memorandum of understanding between Central Kids and Waiariki.

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Pride in Putaruru Better Business Awards

Pride in Putaruru Better Business Awards

Saturday, 17th October saw the presentation of the 2015 Better Business Awards at the Putaruru District Services Memorial Club.

Prior to the night, mystery judges were used to short list and eventually decide on the Business Award category winners.

The team at Central Kids Kindergartens were successful in winning two awards: 'Youth and Children' and the 'Putaruru Better Business Enterprise Award – Best Entrepreneurial or Innovative Business'.

We would like to thank Pride in Putaruru for running a successful and entertaining evening.

Pictured below: CEO, Jan Ballantyne. 
Photo's courtesy of Mike Whiteman

To read more about the awards evening, click on the link below to read The Prattler:

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Central Kids Paeroa is OPEN!

Central Kids Paeroa is OPEN!

We are very excited to advise our friends, family & whānau that Central Kids Paeroa has reopened for children today in their newly rebuilt kindergarten on 13 Arney Street, Paeroa after the devastating fire that destroyed the kindergarten 14 months ago.

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New Zealand ShakeOut Drill

New Zealand ShakeOut Drill.

Central Kids Head Office along with our kindergartens and centres have registered to be a part of the 'International ShakeOut Day of Action', where New Zealand will be the first country to particiate this year at 9.15am on Thursday, 15th October 2015.

New Zealand is hoping to get 1.5 million participants which would make New Zealand the biggest (per capita) ShakeOut Drill in the world!  It would be great if we all could participate in this great safety learning incentive.

You can find more information on the below link which includes simple registering details, procedure, posters and much more.


Good luck with the drill 


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Book Launch | Mentoring in Early Childhood Education

Four talented staff members from Central Kids Head Office have contributed to the newly launched book 'Mentoring in Early Childhood Education' by writing a chapter | Kia tiaho Tamanuitera: A metaphor for mentoring.

This book is available for purchase from the website below:

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Pictured L-R
Gail Pierce, Tristan Wallace, Jacqui Brouwer (Professional Leaders) & Julie Treweek (Senior Professional Leader)

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Tūwharetoa Festival

Central Kids Waipāhīhī recently took a small, interested group of tamariki to the Tūwharetoa Festival where we performed six songs on stage.  

The children who remained at kindergarten watched us on live stream television and prepared kai for our return.  We enjoyed a sausage sizzle with our whānau to celebrate our journey and all the hard work we put in practicing our waiata.

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