June 2016 Recipients
Warkworth Playcentre, received $1,124 to purchase equipment to construct a Discovery Zone. The Zone will foster investigative and creative learning with new materials and will include a storage unit, exploratory table, light box, and investigative tools.
The early childcare facility, will use the new area as part of Te Whariki, the core curriculum framework for early childhood teaching in New Zealand, which emphasises exploratory play as a way to stimulate creativity and imagination.
It will provide the children with an accessible area where they can begin to make investigations about the world around them, improve their language and communication skills, and foster an increased confidence and a strong sense of identity.