Level 3 Drop off and pick up information

Here is a a video to show parents how pick up and drop off will safely work at Play Learn Grow during level 3.

You must wear a mask during pick up and drop off, and the teacher collecting your child/children will also be wearing a mask at these times.

Only one parent per drop off please.

Step 1: If someone is dropping off their child at the same time, please remain in your car until they have finished their drop off.

Step 2: Please wear a mask when getting out of the car and bringing your child to the door. Please keep a distance of 2 metres away from anyone else in the car park.

Step 3: Sign in using our Covid tracer app on your phone or let a teacher know if you need to manually sign in for this at the door.

Step 4: A staff member will greet you at the door and take your child’s temperature.

Step 5: We will ensure a smooth handover with your child.

These procedures are to be followed when picking up your child also. Remember to keep a 2 metre distance from anyone else at the centre or car park.

If there is a reason you have to come inside our centre, for example you are settling your child for the first time you will be required to:

Have your temperature taken

Sanitise your hands

Wear a mask at all times

Maintain a 2 metre distance with other staff members

If your child is sick you must keep them at home. We will keep you all updated with the change in announcements, as they will make changes to the different steps that they have put into place.

For regular Covid 19 updates please visit the government website:


The benefits of having a routine

Routines are an important part of our curriculum at Play Learn Grow childcare centre. Each day our meal times, mat times, play time and transitioning to school programme take place roughly about the same time.  The reason our children love to have a routine is because they know what to expect next and this helps their day run smoothly.

Maintaining a regular routine at home will help to create an organised and predictable home environment, which makes children feel secure, calm and gain a sense that they are in control.

When children are following a regular routine, they are learning skills like time management and self-regulation. They are becoming more independent while doing tasks like dressing themselves with less help or supervision from parents. 

Another benefit of having a routine is to build a healthy lifestyle from a very young age. When  children get used to brushing their teeth, exercising regularly, washing their hands before meal times and after using the bathroom, it is very likely that they will maintain these habits into their adult life.

Making a picture routine clock will give young children visual clues which can make it easier for them to follow.  They will enjoy creating a routine clock with parents, contributing their ideas about how their days are going to work. 

Pros to Lockdown

Life doesn’t completely stop when a lockdown occurs if anything it gives us more time with our loved ones in our mini bubbles. Under the restrictions of level 4 and 3 we can find it difficult to keep our bubbles busy and healthy. It is important to keep our minds healthy, and happy during this time and ways to do this is by being busy with our little ones.

What to do during lockdowns with children.

–          Make food/smoothies (bake with your children)

–          Make Te Pees and tents from materials around the home

–          Make a home theatre experience and watch a movie that your child wants to watch

–          Enjoy the fresh air and take walks – visit the (parks) fields and kick a ball around

–          Spend quality time together

–          If you have projects around the home and the child is confident enough to be there alongside, get them involved.

–          Wash the car! Kids love water

–          Do arts and crafts

–          Have a Pj day – on a windy and wet day

–          Remember to stay safe and have fun.

Setting a calming environment for babies.

Setting a calming environment for baby’s in either a home environment or Early Childhood setting is important for both the baby and carer. It can nurture there emotional wellbeing and cognitive development for the better. Being able to give baby’s one on one will enhance their bond and feeling of security. Babies want to know who their primary caregiver is, and to feel loved and always connected.

Loud spaces in and out of the home can be an overwhelming experience for a baby and can result in a baby becoming upset or distressed. The energy that a mother carries is often placed onto the baby. Babies often enjoy a calming environment with sorter sounds and music, especially when they are resting or feeding.

–          Spend quality one on one time with your baby

–          Read, sing, play familiar rhymes to your baby (language and voice)

–          Observe their facials and do facial ques back (copy)

–          Cuddle, hold and rock them for comfort (skin to skin contact)

–          Provide your baby a calming atmosphere through yourself (mothers energy)

–          Use fresh air and nature to soak up time, love, and health with your baby

–          Do a range of activities to enrich their cognitive, social, and emotional skills

–          Play relaxing music or sit outside and listen to nature when interacting with your baby

New Zealand’s teaching curriculum, Te Whariki recognises the importance of baby’s wellbeing’s and the best way to nurture and provide comfort to your baby is through having that bond and connection from the mother and baby.

(Te Whariki page 33) – Language, key words, signs, routines that infants are familiar at home or in ECE settings can enrich their learning experiences.  

Exercise your body and mind

Māori days and months

Tēnā koutou katoa

Haere mai, nau mai, whakatau mai from Kohungahunga ko Tākaro Ako Tipu ECE. Hello, welcome and please be settled at Play Learn Grow Early Childcare Education Centre. We are are proud to deliver the best all round early childcare education for pre-schoolers in West Auckland. It is fun to share and celebrate the beautiful language of te reo māori. As it is Māori Language Week we share further mātauranga (knowledge) with māori days and months.

Days of the week

Ngā Rā o te Wiki

Kupu Arotau (alternative names)






















You can even sing these in a waiata (song). We will next move onto the months of the year. This is a bit trickier, so if your tamariki is struggling, please don’t pressure then or do too much. Feel free to come back later to this useful resource. Learning is meant to be fun!

MonthsNgā MaramaKupu Arotau

Days of the week Ngā Rā o te Wiki Kupu Arotau (alternative names / loan words)
Monday Rāhina Mane
Tuesday Rātū Turei
Wednesday Rāapa Wenerei
Thursday Rāpare Taite
Friday Rāmere Paraire
Saturday Rāhoroi Rāhoroi
Sunday Rātapu Rātapu

Ngā Tau – Māori Numbers with Play Learn Grow ECE

Ngā Tau are the māori numbers. We will give the māori kupu (word), then the number and english word for each number.

tahi1 one
rua2 two
toru3 three
whā4 four
rima5 five
ono6 six
whitu7 seven
waru8 eight
iwa9 nine
tekau10 ten
rau100 hundred
mano1,000 thousand
eword which precedes numbers 2-9 when counting objects
tua-prefix to numbers 1-9 to create ordinal numbers: first, second, third etc.
toko-prefix to numbers 2-9 when counting people

Lets hear from te reo māori master Professor Scotty Morrison on how to pronounce and use ngā tau correctly with these three audio links:

Numbers – Part 1
Numbers – Part 2
Numbers – Part 3

All numbers from 11 and onwards follow a basic pattern. For example to say thirty-seven, simple say toru tekau, which means 30 and then mā whitu, Toru tekau mā whitu (37).

So with Play Learn Grow early childcare education learning the māori numbers is so easy. Know you know that all you need to do is to learn the numbers from 1 – 10 and then the words for 10, 20, 30, 40 and so on.

  • 11 – tekau mā tahi
  • 12 – tekau mā rua
  • 13 – tekau mā toru
  • 14 – tekau mā whā
  • 15 – tekau mā rima
  • 16 – tekau mā ono
  • 17 – tekau mā whitu
  • 18 – tekau mā waru
  • 19 – tekau mā iwa
  • 20 – rua tekau
  • 21 – rua tekau mā tahi
  • 22 – rua tekau mā rua
  • 23 – rua tekau mā toru
  • 30 – toru tekau
  • 40 – whā tekau
  • 50 – rima tekau
  • 60 – ono tekau
  • 70 – whitu tekau
  • 80 – waru tekau
  • 90 – iwa tekau
  • 100 – kotahi rau
  • 101 – kotahi rau tahi
  • 159 – kotahi rau rima tekau mā iwa
  • 200 – rua rau
  • 300 – toru rau
  • 400 – whā rau
  • 500 – rima rau
  • 600 – ono rau
  • 700 – whitu rau
  • 800 – waru rau
  • 900 – iwa rau
  • 1000 – kotahi mano (one thousand)
  • 1993 – kotahi mano, iwa rau, iwa tekau mā toru
  • 2000 – rua mano
  • 2021- rua mano, rua tekau mā tahi
  • 3000 – toru mano
  • 4000 – whā mano
  • 5000 – rima mano
  • 6000 – ono mano
  • 7000 – whitu mano
  • 8000 – waru mano
  • 9000 – iwa mano
  • 10000 – tekau mano
  • 1,000,000 – kotahi miriona (one million)
  • 2,000,000 – rua miriona
  • 1,000,000,000 – tahi piriona (one billion)
Scotty and Stacey Morrison write te reo language book Maori at Home - NZ  Herald
Scott and Stacey Morrison and their tamariki

Te Pū Taka Māori (the Māori alphabet)

At Play Learn Grow early childcare we teach our preschoolers about Te Pū Taka Māori (the Māori alphabet). This gives them the best start when they get to school as well as many years of happy learning. Te Pū Taka Māori consists of 10 consonants and 5 vowels, as opposed to the English alphabet with its 21 consonants and 5 vowels.

In alphabetical order they are

a, e, h, i, k, m, n, ng, o, p, r, t, u, w, wh

There are

five vowels: a, e, i, o, u

ten consonants: h, k, m, n, ng, p, r, t, w, wh

Two of the consonants are digraphs (two letters that combine to form one sound): wh, ng

We acknowledge that there are a number of iwi that have their own different dialects (e.g. Ngai Tahu in the South Island replace ‘ng’ with ‘k’). The focus is on mainstream te reo māori.

Stacey and Scotty Morrison's Māori at Home book an 'up-and-go survival  guide' | Stuff.co.nz
Professor Scott Morrison and Stacey Morrison – Authors of “Māori Made Easy” Books

Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) have helpfully funded a number of great resources. This includes Professor Scotty Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue and Te Arawa iwi), well-known presenter of current affairs programmes Te Karere, Marae, OneNews and numerous other programmes, talking about pronunciation:

Part One (Tahi) on Te Reo Māori Pronunciation with Professor Scott Morrison
Part Two (Rua) on Te Reo Māori Pronunciation with Professor Scott Morrison
Part Three (Toru) on Te Reo Māori Pronunciation with Professor Scott Morrison

Ka rawe (awesome)! Well done on practising your Te Reo Māori pronunciation whānau. We are so proud to share our passion for our beautiful language of Aoteoroa.

Mauri mahi, mauri ora; mauri noho, mauri mate.
Industry begets prosperity (security); idleness begets poverty (insecurity).

This is a great waiata that you can teach your children how the vowels sound in Te Reo Maori