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Big first steps at the Cottage Kindergarten

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The Cottage Kindergarten begins their journey!

Invercargill early learning service, The Cottage Kindergarten, has earnt a well-deserved bronze ‘Rito’ Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation in recognition of its efforts towards creating a heart-healthy environment.

The Healthy Heart Award programme acknowledges and values the long-lasting healthy changes made by The Cottage Kindergarten. To achieve this award, the kindergarten updated their cooked lunches menu, introduced new snacks for morning and afternoon tea.

The also created opportunities for active play such as yoga, bush kindy and working in the vegetable garden, with a visit from Black Fern, Alena Saili, providing the children with a great active role model.

“Taking part in the Healthy Heart Award has enabled us to look at our menus and make some changes. The children are enjoying lots of new foods like sushi, and wraps. We have continued to offer lots of opportunities to learn about growing our own vegetables and incorporating lots of active movement in our programme. We are now working towards the gold level.” Says Mary Fensom, teacher.

Kate Stratford, Heart Foundation Nutrition Advisor, says she is thrilled to see the progress made by The Cottage Kindergarten.

“Establishing healthy habits in the early years provides children with a strong foundation for good health and well-being throughout their lives. The Cottage Kindergarten has done a great job taking these first steps towards creating a heart-healthy environment and are committed to continuing on their journey towards achieving a gold ‘Pā-Harakeke’ Healthy Heart Award in the future.”                                


In photo Jerome Ward (4), Mary Fensom, Lucas Warnock (4)