Conscious Kids Holiday Programmes
Spring Holidays Programmes 2020
Week 1 / 28th Sep - 2nd Oct
Week 2 / 5th Oct - 9th Oct
Little Shoal Bay Reserve
Long Bay Park
9am – 4pm for children aged 5 yrs – 12 yrs
$70/day per child
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, 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, compass, 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 shop. In case of the 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
Drop off @ 9 am - Pick up @ 4 pm
Ratio 1adult: 8 children
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 clothing including underwear and socks
(Thermals are highly recommended during Autumn and Winter)
warm hat ( Autumn and Winter )
Swimwear (rash t-shirt is compulsory during Summer and Spring)
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
Old shoes suitable for bushwalking
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 and drink
* 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!
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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 focussed on preserving and restoring these natural environments, and Conscious Kids seeks to empower the next generation of environmental stewards so they can continue connect with the and take pride in the natural heritage of their local communities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the programme hours again?
What if I’m late to collect my child?
In the case of the unforseen and you are unable to collect your child by 4:15pm, contact management 027 847 4487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: $10 charge will be assessed for every half hour after 4.15pm (see Terms & Conditions)
My work starts at 9am, can I drop my child off early?
What should I pack for the day?
- Minimum 3 full sets of warm clothing including underwear and socks. Thermals are essential.
- 1 warm beanie
- 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
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 (email@example.com) 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 ?
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.
Wont 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.
So how many staff are there?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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! Before the start of the holidays you can change your booking. Fee:$15 per child/ per day. Please note: once the holidays start we are unable to transfer/change bookings
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. Please see our cancellation policy (Terms & Conditions)
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 programming.
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: email@example.com
Want to talk to someone?
The best way to get in touch is to shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For any emergency, call Maria, our Director of Operations: 027.847.4487