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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 --- 7 'Connecting Children, Homes and our Community through Early Childhood Education' "#$$%"&'#$( "# $%& )*% Connecting Childcare and Friendship 121078 Sarah Vicki For more information on our service and all that we offer visit our website www.connectionsinthehome.co.nz or call us - we are looking forward to hearing from you! Ph: 215 7980 E: email@example.com A 25-YEAR FRIENDSHIP between Vicki Toussaint and Sarah Harford has resulted in a combined passion for early childhood education and the opportunities that In-Home Childcare can offer children. Since training together more than 20 years ago, Vicki and Sarah have gained many years experience in the early childhood sector and are really excited about sharing their knowledge with others to provide the best they can offer for our young babies and children. "We have learnt over the years that children feel safe and secure in trusting relationships and a safe home environment which allows them to confidently engage in play, exploration, contribution and relationships. This all leads to ongoing learning, life skills and individual development. "Our Educators are paramount to all that we offer and believe. We support and guide our educators in setting up individual learning journeys for each child, with planning for specific learning outcomes via our pro- gramme. We respect and trust the diversity of educators and look forward to hearing their ideas too!" Together Vicki and Sarah's passions are similar with a focus on the value of play, the outdoors and secure relationships. They say it is important for children and educators to know what to expect, who to expect and to feel a true sense of belonging. "We utilise our local community for outings to beaches, parks and nature walks. These outings will capture the value of play for young chil- dren -- play is their work! "Having the time to really play, explore ... and just 'be' is of true value to all of us, and the opportunity to have some good old fashioned FUN will never be missed!" Vicki and Sarah have some exciting plans ahead for the children, as well as professional development for their educators. "It is so great to be able to learn from each other's knowledge and passions and to connect with other like-minded professionals -- our educators," says Vicki. Connections in the Home hold a weekly 'musical mat time' which caters for all the children and is designed to involve the children (and educators!) in a fun session of stories, music and dancing, dramatic play, instruments, parachute and much more! This also incorporates their transition to school 'thread' throughout their programme for three and four year olds. "There are vital skills that children need to learn prior to starting school," says Vicki. "Our programme addresses the need for these skills in a variety of ways." To learn more about: please call us now! 121012 " By Marianne Kelly A SEA-going pathway has been opened along the south-east coast. Te Ara Moana is Auckland Coun- cil’s frst multi-day kayak trail run- ning from Omana Regional Park near Maraetai to Waharau Regional Park in the foothills of the Hunua Ranges near Kaiaua. Camping options are provided at purpose-built campgrounds along the way. Mayor Len Brown opened the trail last Friday, saying: “We’re delighted to open up another opportunity for families and groups to get out, get active and explore our stunning coastline, this time, from the water.” Te Ara Moana follows the tra- ditional sea-going trails of mana whenua and Mr Brown says the council acknowledges the support of Ngai Tai, Ngati Paoa and Ngati Whaunaunga in sharing the experi- ence with the public. A development plan for the trail was created in 2009 by the former Auckland Regional Council. Research included establishing demand for sea kayaking in the region, selecting a suitable route and planning infrastructure to sup- port it. Councillor Sandra Coney, who chairs the council’s parks, rec- reation and heritage forum, says: “Like the Hillary Trail for trampers on our west coast, Te Ara Moana offers people a multi-day adventure and wonderful character-building outdoors experience.” The self-navigated trail starts at Omana Regional Park, north of Maraetai, where kayakers can spend a night or launch from the park or boat ramp. The trail continues to Duder, on the Whakakaiwhara Penin- sula, south of Umupuia; Waitawa, on Koheruahi Point, north of Kawakawa Bay, access by water only; Tawhitokino, accessed on foot from Waiti Bay at the end of Kawakawa Bay Coast Road; Tapa- pakanga, south of Orere Point; and fnishing at Waharau Regional Park, north of Kaiaua. Campgrounds have been created at Duder, Waitawa and Tapapa- kanga, and a new shelter has been added at the back-country camp- ground at Tawhitokino, costing $6 a night and $4 for children. The trail takes fve days (four nights) and is 51 kilometres long, covering between 8km and 14km a day. Additional camping nights can be added at each end at Omana and Waharau, costing $12 a night and $6 for children. The council advises kayakers to plan trips carefully, check tides and weather forecasts before set- ting out, prepare equipment thor- oughly and ensure they have left details of their journey with family or friends. A checklist, Te Ara Moana care code and kayak safety code are available in the trail brochure and at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Traditional sea route A Ngati Paoa waka taua, carrying Mayor Len Brown, arrives at Tawhitokino Beach for the launch of Te Ara Moana. Photos supplied A pou, symbolising a paddle, was unveiled to mark the launch of Te Ara Moana. From left, Councillor Sandra Coney; Andy Baker, Franklin Local Board chairman; Mayor Len Brown; James Brown, Ngai Tai; Hauauru Rawiri, Ngati Paoa; Ian Maxwell, Auckland Council chief operating o cer; and Mace Ward, the council's manager parks, sports and recreation.
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