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Conscious Kids Holiday Programmes

CK Spring Holiday Programmes 2019

Week 1 / 30th Sept - 4th Oct

Week 2 / 7th - 11th Oct

9 am – 4 pm for children aged 5 yrs – 13 yrs

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.

 

Our programs are designed as an antidote to the fast-paced technology-filled world many children now inhabit. Any personal devices (phones, iPods, etc) must be left at home.

 

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. Extension opportunities will be available but only if the children genuinely want to participate. 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 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

  • Improves the performance of children with ADHD.

 

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)

  • sun hat

  • warm hat ( Autumn and Winter )

  • Sunblock

  • Swimwear (rash t-shirt is compulsory during Summer and Spring)

  • 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

  • Old shoes suitable for bushwalking

  • 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 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!

 

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. 

Around Auckland
 

Blockhouse Bay
Devonport
Little Shoal Bay
Long Bay
Meola Reef
Western Springs
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Hamilton ( New! ) 

Hardy Centre
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