Weekly sessions are full of learning through play. Your tamariki/little ones will enjoy mat time, with stories, waiata/songs, and rhymes. Their imagination will be extended through simple craft and sensory activities. Not only will your tamaiti/child be delighted by the one-to-one attention you give, but you’ll love the way they respond and develop.
You’ll be creating memories together.
The structured 30-minute story and play session will be followed by 30-60 minutes of eat/play/chat. Kai/Snacks and refreshments will be served, followed by a time of unstructured play. At the same time, you’ll be able to connect with others.
I love the way sessions are all organised and run is excellent. The volunteer helpers are so kind to both parents and children. They’re always there to lend a hand. After the session while we chat over a hot drink, the helpers are always there to listen to any problems and give any helpful advice. Plus as always the cakes are absolutely delicious. Thank you!
Accept that initially (and quite possibly at other times) your tamaiti/child’s behaviour might not model what you had hoped. That’s okay. We all have off days! Feel free to ask for help from the local team. We all have these parenting moments.
Sometimes tamariki/children won’t fully participate, maybe observing for a while. That’s okay. We accept that tamariki will do this. Keep modelling your enjoyment and involvement in the session.
During the session, your child will be learning and developing; participating, expressing their imagination, finding enjoyment in the educational moments, and participating in group activities. Your little one will enjoy this sensory event. Key will be your experience of attachment, the lasting emotional bond a child forms with a specific person that provides safety, comfort, soothing and pleasure.
The qualities of our emotional ‘intelligence’ are permanently acquired by only 2-3 years of age yet impacts on every aspect of our lives as long as we live. Enjoy these opportunities to spend time together.
The local team of volunteers to caring and encouraging you. Many churches have access to other support, like counselling, kai/meals, and babysitting. Their focus is for you to find friendship, be encouraged and for mainly play to become a highlight in your week.
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