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21 Princes Street, Kensington, Whangarei, New Zealand

Phone: 09 437 2742

Email: mairtown@nka.org.nz

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Our extended playscape

Nau mai haere mai. Welcome to term two at Mairtown Kindergarten.

In our absence over the term break, a year of visioning, planning and teamwork came to fruition when Cole from Stoneworks came in to re-develop our grass mound area.

Our vision was to add some extra natural features to our current mound to transform it into a more inviting and challenging space for children’s play and engagement. This would be created through the addition of volcanic boulders and a pole-climbing wall.

We are absolutely chuffed with Cole’s work and his ability to create an extension of our playscape that looks like it’s always been there!

Whilst the additional features are quite simple, as anticipated they have been a key focal point for children’s play and exploration over the past two days. This beautiful natural landscape has become another space for our tamariki to challenge them-selves, test out physical and motor skills and most importantly take new risks.


Taking risks allow children to learn at the very edge of their capabilities. Risk taking allows children to push themselves further and to extend their limits. Risk taking in play allows children to vary the familiar, to try out new ideas (Tovey, 2007)

A big thank you to our wonderful parent support group for fundraising the money to support our curriculum initiatives, and to our kindergarten community who recognise the importance of developing their children’s ‘can-do’ attitude by allowing them to explore and learn in an enabling environment.

Ka kite ano

(If you are interested in contacting Cole Jobe from Stoneworks his number is 027 2262 046)

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