June 2016 Recipients
Tirohanga based playcentre, Country Kidz received $638 to purchase wet weather gear for the staff, enabling them to explore the outdoors and encourage the children to experiment with different weather elements.
The rural setting of the playcentre enhances the children’s holistic development, with Papatuanuku (the land) being regarded as an important teacher. The playcentre regularly use the forest, bush, farmland and the marae in their wider community to teach the children to embrace a love of nature.
The new wet weather gear will ensure that the weather is never a barrier for the children to explore freely and learn in nature and will help them develop a sense of eco-literacy that they will take with them into the future.