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Join John Cowan and Learning Links as we present a range of parenting conversations.

Many of you will know John from the frequent radio slots and appearances on television. He hosts Real Life with John Cowan on NewstalkZB, appears twice a week on TV3’s The Café and has regular slots on several other stations. Formerly the main writer and presenter at Parenting Place, John has produced a huge number of articles, courses, manuals and videos on all aspects of family life.

He is the father of three young adults and has a varied background including scientist, youth worker, media producer and social worker in Mental Health. He is a gifted and entertaining communicator who inspires people to take action to make small changes that have a big impact.

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Some of our latest adventures!

Forest Programme

Connecting children to nature is something we are passionate about at Learning Links Hector. An enriching programme like this certainly isn’t something that was decided one day and began the next – it has taken a lot of preparation, consideration and dedication.

Well today, our passion became a reality! The group headed off on their expedition within our local community. They began this weekly ritual with a forest karakia and a willingness to explore and test their limits in the dense bush. We are very proud that our tamariki showed such respect for the beautiful forest and its creatures and this will be something that they will remember for many years to come – a huge thank you to our Kaiako, Rebekah and Ana for bringing our programme to life today everyone should have a good sleep tonight!

Our tamariki are becoming increasingly confident and familiar with the forest. They have already gained a strong sense of direction and able to show their kaiako which way could lead us to the destination.

They were lucky to find and try some kawakawa, which we learnt that the leaves can be made into medication that helps our digestive system. We even brought some back to our centre for our friends to try as herbal tea.

No doubt, the muddy puddles was the favourite. It was such fun for each of us to get wet, get muddy and be engaged with nature! We are also amazed to see the growing resilience of our children when they slipped into mud, when they got dirty and when they were in dilemma. They were determined to take risks and challenge themselves, physically and emotionally!

It was equally impressive to notice how tamariki cared for each other and helped their peers out of a challenging situation, they were demonstrating their growing social competence and caring nature in their bush play! We highly recommend getting out into nature – the children will surprise you!

As we continue to connect locally, to our Rototuna area, we discovered Rototuna means “lake of eels”. In Pre-European times, our area had a lake named Tunawhakapeke. The lake and surrounding swamps had an abundance of tuna resources. As a result of our new knowledge the tamariki are discovering where the tuna like to live now and what they like to eat! Trying to coax them out of their hiding places, the children have been patiently dangling some food for them and to hopefully catch a glimpse soon!

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If you are using the Covid 19 App you can now scan at all Learning Links Centres (does not replace current sign in/out process) 📲
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The evenings may be cool but it has truly warmed o The evenings may be cool but it has truly warmed our hearts to reconnect with so many of you during our first week of the 'New Normal.' 🔥🔥❤️❤️
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Looking forward to seeing more of you soon. 😁😁
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The evenings may be cool but it has truly warmed our hearts to reconnect with so many of you during our first week of the 'New Normal.' 🔥🔥❤️❤️
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Looking forward to seeing more of you soon. 😁😁
. 👉Don’t forget to check out and subscribe to our You Tube channel with over 70 videos starring lots of our Learning Links families.
. 👉 https://bit.ly/2yfykSS 👈

#Childcare #Daycare #Kindergarten #Preschool #EarlyLearning #EarlyChildhood #EarlyEducation #ChildcareHamilton #LearningLinks #LearningLinksChildcare #LearningLinksHamilton #FamilyGoals #Babies #ToddlerLife #Toddler #KiwiMum #NZBaby #LoveLanguages #SustainableLiving #Whanua #Tamariki #HamiltonNZ #Waikato #Rototuna #TeTotaraPrimary #LoveTheTron #HectorDrive #LearningThroughPlay #LearningTogether
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🥰At Learning Links our friendship bubble has al 🥰At Learning Links our friendship bubble has always meant ‘teachers, team members, families, children, friends and community.’ Today more than ever we appreciate the importance of friendship and caring. . 🥰As all of us have adapted over recent weeks, it is now time to start a fresh new journey at level 2; reconnecting with loved ones, sharing a story, smiling, laughing, hugging and sometimes crying. But most of all appreciating the importance of connection. . 👉Today we would like to make it easier than ever to join the Learning Links Childcare family. As a small token of appreciation if you refer a friend and they enrol with us; you both receive a $200 Prezzie card. Plus we will also donate $50 to your favourite Charity. . 👉To organise a tour or for more information visit www.learninglinkschildcare.co.nz or simply TAG a friend now and let them discover for themselves. . ✅Everyone Caring – Learning, Leading and Together Everyone Succeeding.
#Childcare #Daycare #Kindergarten #Preschool #EarlyLearning #EarlyChildhood #EarlyEducation #ChildcareHamilton #LearningLinks #LearningLinksChildcare #LearningLinksHamilton #FamilyGoals #Babies #ToddlerLife #Toddler #KiwiMum #NZBaby #LoveLanguages #SustainableLiving #Whanua #Tamariki #HamiltonNZ #Waikato #Rototuna #TeTotaraPrimary #LoveTheTron #HectorDrive #LearningThroughPlay #LearningTogether

🥰At Learning Links our friendship bubble has always meant ‘teachers, team members, families, children, friends and community.’ Today more than ever we appreciate the importance of friendship and caring. . 🥰As all of us have adapted over recent weeks, it is now time to start a fresh new journey at level 2; reconnecting with loved ones, sharing a story, smiling, laughing, hugging and sometimes crying. But most of all appreciating the importance of connection. . 👉Today we would like to make it easier than ever to join the Learning Links Childcare family. As a small token of appreciation if you refer a friend and they enrol with us; you both receive a $200 Prezzie card. Plus we will also donate $50 to your favourite Charity. . 👉To organise a tour or for more information visit www.learninglinkschildcare.co.nz or simply TAG a friend now and let them discover for themselves. . ✅Everyone Caring – Learning, Leading and Together Everyone Succeeding.

#Childcare #Daycare #Kindergarten #Preschool #EarlyLearning #EarlyChildhood #EarlyEducation #ChildcareHamilton #LearningLinks #LearningLinksChildcare #LearningLinksHamilton #FamilyGoals #Babies #ToddlerLife #Toddler #KiwiMum #NZBaby #LoveLanguages #SustainableLiving #Whanua #Tamariki #HamiltonNZ #Waikato #Rototuna #TeTotaraPrimary #LoveTheTron #HectorDrive #LearningThroughPlay #LearningTogether
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With the Prime Minister announcing earlier today t With the Prime Minister announcing earlier today the movement to Level 2 effective Thursday 14 May; we are looking forward to welcoming you back on Monday 18 May.
The key principal for Level 2 is ‘Play it Safe & maintain Good Hygiene’ which means that the vast majority of New Zealanders will be able to return to work.
You can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at our service, who our staff and children have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe. All our Centre Managers/ Supervisors have completed the required opening checklists and have a firm grip over the new policies/procedures.
Given the importance of getting the best possible advice; we engaged Craig Bleakley from Crombie Lockwood who is a Workplace Risk Manager with experience in ECE.
We have shared with him our Covid 19 Safety Plan, the relevant Ministry of Education (MOE) bulletins, MOE pre opening checklist, MOE checklist for Level 2 and our morning wellness checklist.
Craig has advised at both Level 3 and now Level 2 "You should feel confident that your plan will be keeping your people and your students safe." As you can see the Learning Links team have been extremely comprehensive and detailed in our preparations.
We are ready to welcome you back and cannot wait to see you soon.💕💕💕💕💕
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#Childcare #Daycare #Kindergarten #Preschool #EarlyLearning #EarlyChildhood #EarlyEducation #ChildcareHamilton #LearningLinks #LearningLinksChildcare #LearningLinksHamilton #FamilyGoals #Babies #ToddlerLife #Toddler #KiwiMum #NZBaby #LoveLanguages #SustainableLiving #Whanua #Tamariki #HamiltonNZ #Waikato #Rototuna #TeTotaraPrimary #LoveTheTron #HectorDrive #LearningThroughPlay #LearningTogether

With the Prime Minister announcing earlier today the movement to Level 2 effective Thursday 14 May; we are looking forward to welcoming you back on Monday 18 May.

The key principal for Level 2 is ‘Play it Safe & maintain Good Hygiene’ which means that the vast majority of New Zealanders will be able to return to work.

You can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at our service, who our staff and children have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe. All our Centre Managers/ Supervisors have completed the required opening checklists and have a firm grip over the new policies/procedures.

Given the importance of getting the best possible advice; we engaged Craig Bleakley from Crombie Lockwood who is a Workplace Risk Manager with experience in ECE.

We have shared with him our Covid 19 Safety Plan, the relevant Ministry of Education (MOE) bulletins, MOE pre opening checklist, MOE checklist for Level 2 and our morning wellness checklist.

Craig has advised at both Level 3 and now Level 2 "You should feel confident that your plan will be keeping your people and your students safe." As you can see the Learning Links team have been extremely comprehensive and detailed in our preparations.

We are ready to welcome you back and cannot wait to see you soon.💕💕💕💕💕
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#Childcare #Daycare #Kindergarten #Preschool #EarlyLearning #EarlyChildhood #EarlyEducation #ChildcareHamilton #LearningLinks #LearningLinksChildcare #LearningLinksHamilton #FamilyGoals #Babies #ToddlerLife #Toddler #KiwiMum #NZBaby #LoveLanguages #SustainableLiving #Whanua #Tamariki #HamiltonNZ #Waikato #Rototuna #TeTotaraPrimary #LoveTheTron #HectorDrive #LearningThroughPlay #LearningTogether
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