Health and wellbeing are essential aspects in childrens lives.  By placing intentional focus on each of these areas, we are providing tamariki with every opportunity to gain the skills and habits to take with them into a healthy future.

Hauora is a māori view of health, unique to New Zealand, which takes a holistic view of physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing.  By focusing on the 4 key pillars of hauora, we are able to weave key aspects into the everyday curriculum with our children.

As part of this ongoing commitment to the holistic wellbeing of tamariki, we have researched and developed programmes focused specifically on the two key areas of Physical Activity (Move) and Nutrition (Nourish).

In line with this holistic approach to health and wellbeing, we believe that alongside other key aspects of health and wellbeing, physical movement helps provide our precious tamariki with every opportunity to thrive.

Learning & Development begins with the body

Early childhood learning and development begins with the body. Movement primes the brain for learning, forming the foundations for cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual learning.

We are passionate about supporting children to flourish in these precious early years of growth, learning and development.  This is a special opportunity to positively impact children’s lives by establishing the association of fun and enjoyment with physical activity and movement, which has so many benefits for their health and wellbeing both now and into the future.

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Research based

Research tells us that early introduction of fundamental movement through structured activity, sets children up with healthy habits throughout their lives.

Our Move physical activity programme provides resources for kaiako to effectively lead tamariki in fun and fulfilling physical activities.

Move activities focus specifically on the key fundamental movement skills for early childhood development. Essential skills such as Stability and Balance, Manipulative skills (control of objects such as bats and balls), Locomotive skills (required to move from one location to another running hopping, skipping and jumping), as well as mindfulness around our Body and Spatial Awareness (how we move in relation to the environment, people and objects around us).

Team work, resilience and so much more!

Our Move programme deliberately sets out physical activities that give children the opportunity to learn, practice and master physical skills whilst developing their resilience, perseverance, patience, co-ordination, gross-motor skills, teamwork and much more, all while having loads of fun!

You’ll see this programme in centre as part of our regular curriculum, displayed in centre, the amazing resources available to our tamariki, and of course the fun stories the tell when they come home from centre!

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