Hi and Welcome to Term 3.
It seems to us that we have been on a fairly fast track to be half way through the year already. During the July holiday break Carol, Pat and Jemma flew to Nelson to present at the "Top of the South" transition Hui. Additionally the Senior Teachers arranged a fantastic opportunity for us to visit three kindergartens in the Nelson area. Our thanks to Hira, Nayland and Tahunanui kindergarten teachers for making the time to be at work on their holiday to talk to us. Also our thanks to Hira School Principal Tonnie and Sarah their transition worker who came to tell us about their fantastic transition programme. We learn so much from teachers around the country who share their work with us and this was great example of a school and early childhood centre working collegially to enhance transition for children and families.
On our return to kindergarten we welcomed 8 new families as their children began the afternoon session. A constantly changing group means that we are busy learning about new children and building a relationship with them and with their family. Our research highlights the importance of relationships but also that as Wenger (1998) so aptly says relationships take time. we look forward to getting to know these families as their children participate in kindergarten experiences.