Western Leader : January 21st 2011
12 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 21, 2011 NEWS Want Quality and Free education for your child? Spaces available now in all areas, plus 3-5 year olds in our free Kindy room* Meals included 32 Arawa Street, New Lynn Call Jeanette 09 827 3379 email@example.com *conditions apply NEW LUXURY CHILDCARE For a take off in life 3409731AB Advertising Feature toddlers Infants& Angels -- a home away from home Happy faces: Angels Childcare nurtures a stimulating environment where young children are given a head start in life. When your child is ready to take the first tentative steps into the learning environment outside the home, you as a parent need to do a bit of home- work. Choosing the right childcare centre could be one of the most import- ant decisions you'll make for your little one. The newest childcare centre in New Lynn, Angels Childcare, is a unique facility that provides quality early childhood education in a safe, nurturing environ- ment. A home away from home, you'll find it full of happy faces engaged in learning or play. Angels Childcare has nurtured a stimulating environment where young children are given a head start in life. Excellent facilities, experienced staff and proven methodologies combined to give chil- dren confidence and a competitive advantage for school. The centre also offers a multi-cultural milieu where non-English speaking children are easily integrated. Angels has a strong Christian philosophy and provides top-quality care in four separate areas: Babies from birth to two years: Staff strongly support babies' home routines to ensure continuity and stability, and encourage an extended settling-in pro- cess to enable parents and babies to get to know the teachers and the environment. Between two and three-and-a-half years: Children embark on an adventure of learn- ing and seeking out inde- pendence. The semi- structured programme gives children many fun opportunities for learn- ing and skill-building, and makes it easy for them to master milestones like toileting and dressing. Three-and-a-half to five years: Learning and development really take off in preparation for school, and the centre offers an excellent transition-to-school pro- gramme implemented by qualified and experi- enced teachers. It is available to chil- dren from low-income backgrounds or whose parents are jobless. Free kindy room: This is a free service for three to five year olds from 9am-3pm. This ser- vice includes meals and a quality education pro- gramme. As well as close com- munication that's encouraged between parents and the centre, teachers put a lot of effort into each child's portfolio so that you have a record of your child's days, which goes home at the end of every term. A full-time cook onsite to make fresh-baked goodies and hearty meals to tempt tiny taste-buds and fill little tummies is just one of the warm fuzzy factors that makes Angels special. Angels Childcare's focus on educating the community sets them apart. You probably won't find a better environment for your child. Call and have a chat about your child's needs on 827-3379 or check out the wonderful facilities and warm environment for yourself at 32 Arawa St, New Lynn. Motat comes alive with David's tales Learning experience: Motat customer service host David Kannu tries to make the museum come to life for every visitor. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By HANNAH SPYKSMA Even though the trams at Motat move slowly, David Kannu's patter motors on like the tracks are never-ending. He's constantly ticking and the stories the customer services host tells make him one of the museum's star attractions. The zoo has their animals, but we, the staff, are the animals at Motat,'' Mr Kannu says. He has been a part-time staff member for more than six years. You have to be doing things all the time and mak- ing the artefacts come to life for children, because they are deeply intelligent creatures.'' His philosophy is simple -- children are the leaders of tomorrow and all have an inherent desire to learn. Mr Kannu endeavours to make each visitor's experi- ence as meaningful as poss- ible, by learning the history and stories behind each artefact. It is this hands-on ap- proach to exploring the Museum of Transport and Technology which Mr Kannu says makes the place stand out as a destination. Museums that say: Do not touch' don't get that feeling,'' he says. You have to be able to con- nect with people and leave an impression.'' And he knows how to reel an audience in. Walking through the last tram exhibition, Mr Kannu relays information about Auckland's post-war society. He talks and talks and all of a sudden, Queen St in the 1950s comes back to life. To add to the last tram experience, children can even buy sweets in a themed lolly store, which is a replica of a shop of the post-war era. The passionate historian and educator also volunteers at Motat for one day each month. This way I get to focus on learning about artefacts and stories that I want, instead of being told where to go and what to do,'' he says. On his volunteer days he can be found wandering between the various ex- hibitions or researching future educational projects such as the supercity exhi- bition which runs until the end of this month. Mr Kannu carries his love for history and artefacts into his home life. His Mt Albert dwelling is a 1946 original state house -- it too has a story. It's solid matai and still going strong and like all other artefacts it tells a story,'' he says. He recounts a lively tale of how war veterans were given government houses as a way to thank the armed forces for their service to their country. The remaining war vet- erans also share Mr Kannu's view that Motat should be a place where artefacts come alive. Each Wednesday, a ded- icated group of friends meet at the museum as part of the Save Our Airforce Heritage Association. There they work to fix up rusting aeroplanes. Veteran Norm McKelbey says: Once you've been around the museum twice you think: Oh well, I won't come back for five years'. But if we can make an aeroplane and its functions work, then we can create something enjoyable for visitors to watch.'' Go to www.western leader.co.nz to see a slideshow of Motat volunteers at work.
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