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Conscious Kids Holiday Programmes

JULY Holiday Programme 2024

Week 1 / 8th - 12th & Week 2 / 15th - 19th

From 9 am - 3 pm / 5 to 12 years old

(Important - the WINTER Season is to be confirmed, please take this quick survey to express your interest )

Our stunning locations:

Little Shoal Bay / Churchill Park
Western Springs

Early Bird Sale $75 child/day - General Tickets $80 child/day

Conscious Kids Locations

Here in New Zealand, we are privileged to have a wealth of public green spaces right out our doorsteps, affording all Kiwis the ability to connect with our local natural heritage - even in our most urban areas. We are so fortunate to have local boards, councils, and Iwi focused on preserving and restoring these natural environments, and Conscious Kids seeks to empower the next generation of environmental stewards so they can continue to connect with the and take pride in the natural heritage of their local communities. 

Programme Information

Our programs are designed as an antidote to the fast-paced technology-filled world many children now inhabit. Our children’s lives are so filled with structure, that this program aims to give them a break from instruction and allow them to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment.

The foundation of our programmes is free-play in a natural setting with as little assistance as possible from equipment and technology. Extension opportunities will be available but only if the children genuinely want to participate. We provide basic equipment suitable for exploring the outdoors: ropes, tarpaulins, bungees, compasses, magnifying glasses, knives (to be used with supervision), and some art equipment. Any personal devices (phones, iPods, etc) must be left at home.

 

Playing in the outdoors inevitably means getting dirty, and often getting a few scrapes and bruises too. If you or your child are not happy with this concept then this is not the programme for you.

The program will go ahead in all weather. Rain brings exciting opportunities for play and exploration and of course shelter building! Good quality wet weather gear is very important. We wholeheartedly believe the famous quote "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing". Waterproof gear (jacket and pants) is compulsory for rainy days. We offer waterproof pants for sale in our online shopIn case of a severe weather warning, we always have an indoor venue booked and ready to move the group in.

 

Some benefits of regular free play in nature:

 

  • Increased physical activity, and less risk of childhood obesity

  • Children learn to interact with, and better understand the natural world

  • Helps improve children’s cognitive function, personality development, and attention in school

  • Improves childhood mental health and ability to handle stress

  • ‘Dangerous’ free play gives children a chance to develop the physical and emotional skills to deal with emergencies

  • Children learn to assess and manage risks

  • Learn to regulate emotion, and practice negotiation skills

  • Develop and practice motor skills

  • Supports creativity and problem solving

 

What you MUST pack: 


The children need to be well prepared to get the most enjoyment out of the day. Cold, wet, or hungry children can't play happily.

 

  • Minimum 3 full sets of warm clothing, including underwear and socks. Thermals are essential.

  • Sunblock

  • Warm Beanie / Sunhat 

  • Swimwear - Wet suit (Compulsory if swimming is available)

  • Water shoes are highly recommended to the Little Shoal Bay and Blockhouse Bay locations.

  • Towel

  • Plastic bags for wet clothes

  • LOTS of food. They will get far more hungry than they do sitting in a classroom all day.
    For Winter Season, please consider warm and healthy high-energy food. No disposable plastic, please!

  • Large Drink bottle

  • 1 x pair of shoes suitable for bushwalking.

  • 1 x pair of Gum Boots

  • GOOD QUALITY RAINCOAT AND WATERPROOF PANTS
    Waterproof pants are compulsory for wet days.

  • They need 2 bags, 1 for clothing and a backpack for lunch, drink, and trips.

Drop off @ 9 am - Pick up @ 3 pm

Ratio 1 adult: 8 children

* To ensure our children get the best of our free play spaces and enjoy the Conscious Kids way of play, we require at least 12 children to attend per day, so please invite your friends for the days of pure fun during the holidays!

  • What are the programme hours again?
    9am – 3pm
  • What if I’m late to collect my child?
    In the case of the unforseen and you are unable to collect your child by 3:15pm, contact Liss our Operations Manager +64 27 215 0680 or email holidays@consciouskids.co.nz. Please note: $15 charge will be assessed for every half hour after 3.15pm (see Terms & Conditions)
  • My work starts at 9am, can I drop my child off early?
    8:30am drop offs need to be arranged with the management team, please email holidays@consciouskids.co.nz, before the start of the holiday. Please note, there is a $15 fee for this accomodation.
  • What should I pack for the day?
    WINTER PROGRAMME: Minimum 3 full sets of warm clothing including underwear and socks. Thermals are essential. 1 warm beanie Towel Plastic bags for wet clothes LOTS of food. They will get far more hungry than they do sitting in a classroom all day. Large Drink bottle Shoes suitable for bush walking. Gum Boots GOOD QUALITY RAINCOAT AND WATERPROOF PANTs Please pack the above in 2 bags: 1 for clothing and a backpack for lunch, drink and trips. And please label all clothing
  • "Do we really need to pack all this stuff, it’s supposed to be sunny!?
    We’re serious about having fun and our packing list is kid tested. This is the minimum amount of stuff to assure your child can really get stuck in with us and you won’t have to come collect a chilly/muddy/hungry kid early! Waterproof pants are compulsory winter/spring programmes. We offer waterproof pants for sale on our online shop.
  • Oh no! We’ve lost some of our child’s gear!
    Conscious Kids is not responsible for unnamed lost property. Please check the lost property box when collecting your child at the end of each day. If the programme has concluded, please notify management (holidays@consciouskids.co.nz) as soon as you notice something missing. Though we do our best to return lost items, lost property will be donated after each holiday season.
  • What is this programme all about?
    The foundation of our programmes is free-play in a natural setting with as little assistance as possible from equipment and technology. We offer a chance for children to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment. Extension opportunities will be available but only if the children genuinely want to participate. We provide basic equipment suitable to exploring the outdoors: ropes, tarpaulins, bungees, compass, magnifying glasses, knives (to be used with supervision) and some art equipment.
  • Seriously, no devices?
    Yes. Seriously : )
  • What is the structure of day?
    After a morning meeting from 9-:30am, where we discuss and agree to the UNSHAKEABLE CORE RULES OF CONSCIOUS KIDS, the children are set free to play as they like, for as long as they like. Advice, support and extension activities are offered throughout the day and utilized at the children’s discretion.
  • And what are the Conscious Kids Rules?
    The core unshakable rules of any Conscious Kids programme are: Have Fun! We respect ourselves and others We respect the environment and our equipment We respect others' play we never/ ever go outside the boundaries without an adult
  • So…. what will my kid actually be doing?
    The children whittle with real tools, climb trees, make huts, get wet and build social skills. Playing in the outdoors inevitably means getting dirty, and often acquiring a few scrapes and bruises along the way. If you or your child are not happy with this concept then this is not the programme for you.
  • Won't my kid get bored?
    The honest answer is yes, your child may be bored at moments, but that’s when they become creative and find their own way to play and have fun. There isn't a set of planned activities for the day, as the programme built around the kids' interests. The children have almost complete control of the day and we understand this can take some getting used to. Our staff are trained to empower Conscious Kids to hear the call of Nature! Fun! and Friends! behind the boredom. And since every day is different, with different weather and group dynamics, each day brings new opportunities for adventure and exploration.
  • What if the weather is terrible?
    The program will go ahead in all weather. Rain brings exciting opportunities for play and exploration and of course shelter building! Good quality wet weather gear is very important, so does waterproof bags. We wholeheartedly believe the famous quote "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing". Waterproof gear (jacket and pants) is compulsory for rainy days. We offer waterproof pants for sale in our online shop. ** In case of severe weather warning, our programme will be relocated to a nearby hall (you will be notified by email and text message).**
  • So how many staff are there?
    There are always at least 2 adults on session at a ratio of 1 adult :8 children. All our staff is trained and police vetted; at least one first aider will be on site every day.
  • My Child requires extra support
    Conscious Kids takes a community approach to assure our programmes are safe, inclusive and fun for children with a wide range of interests and abilities. Please send us an email holidays@consciouskids.co.nz so we can work together to support your child having a great time with us.
  • Oops! I meant to book on another day! Can I transfer/change my booking?
    You bet! Bookings that are requested to be transferred or changed before or during the time of the Holiday Season can be accepted subjected to availability. There will be a $30 incl. GST administration per booking. To change or transfer a booking, the request must be received by our team in writing to holidays@consciouskids.co.nz, at least 2 working days (8am -5pm) before the start of the session. E.g. If your the session is booked for a Monday, notice must be received no later than 8am on the prior Thursday. If availability is confirmed and the request accepted, the ‘administration fee’ must be paid within 2 hours. Please note, staff on-site are unable to authorise any booking changes/cancellations/refunds. For more info, check out our T&Cs: https://www.consciouskids.co.nz/_files/ugd/b3f116_308b05d290964570ad161e06bc5635e3.pdf
  • "Oh snap - we have to cancel our booking, can I get a refund?
    Sure! So long as we have some notice, we’re happy to provide a refund less an administration fee. The amount refunded will be subject to the amount of notice given. Please see our full cancellation policy (T&Cs: https://www.consciouskids.co.nz/_files/ugd/b3f116_308b05d290964570ad161e06bc5635e3.pdf)
  • What do you do with the photos of my child?
    We use photos of our Conscious Kids participating in out Holiday Programmes in two ways: To share our days of fun outdoors with parents on our Facebook page. To promote Conscious Kids programmes. If you do not want photos of your child to be taken or used for promotional purposes, you must state this in writing to Conscious Kids: holidays@consciouskids.co.nz
  • Want to talk to someone?
    The best way to get in touch about out holiday programmes is to shoot us an email at: holidays@consciouskids.co.nz For all other inquiries, please email: info@consciouskids.co.nz For any emergency, call Liss, our Operations Manager: +64 27 215 0680
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