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Selwyn Times: January 31, 2018


2 Selwyn Early Learning & Childcare 92 child restraints recycled under SeatSmart recycling programme Early childhood learning in a spacious country setting The SeatSmart recycling programme is making journeys safer by removing potentially unsafe child car seats from circulation. The Selwyn District Council partnered with Seatsmart last March to carry out a local trial which offered parents the chance to have old car seats recycled at a heavily subsidised rate. The three month trial was deemed as a success and will continue to operate in Selwyn. So far 92 car seats have been dropped off at the Pines Resource Recovery Park, a total of 322 kg of plastic and 46 kg of metaldiverted from landfill. Selwyn residents can take their unwanted car seats to the Pines Resource Recovery Park for a $5 charge (subsidised from $10). The seats are dismantled through the Department of Corrections community work programmes. The recovered plastic is recycled into products for the building industry, metal parts are taken to metal recyclers, and the harnesses areused by Karkt NZ and The Green Collective who make handmade bags. Selwyn School Road Safety Coordinator Stephanie Hautler says all car seats have an expiry date on them and over time seats can be damaged from UV light, heat, general wear and tear or in a crash. You can find information about how to check the expiry date at www.seatsmart. Locally, the Council has trained a number of volunteers as child restraint technicians and they can check car seat safety and install seats for free – see 'Selwyn Car Seat Champions' on Facebook for details. Booster and convertible seats can be recycled through the recycling programme, along with capsules, but polystyrene seats are not part of the programme. The Pines Resource Recovery Park is located at 183 Burnham School Road and is open Monday to Friday, 9am–4.30pm, and from 10am–4pm on Saturday and Sunday. When children fully engage with their learning the experiences become more memorable, helping lay down the foundations for school life ahead. At Burnham Country Montessori, children have enriching encounters in an extremely unique and spacious country setting, complete with the sights, sounds and smells of agriculture. The children learn about the world around them with country walks and connecting with animals such as feeding lambs, chickens and pigs. The large open and well-resourced playgrounds at Burnham Country Montessori have native plantings, vegetable and flower gardens, and large decked areas for the children and their family/whānau to enjoy. Bright, cheerful and well-resourced classrooms offer the opportunity for structure that supports focussed educational, emotional and physical development. In line with the philosophy established by founder Maria Montessori, children teach themselves with their teachers helping to cultivate each child’s natural love of learning, inquisitiveness and a complete personality that allows them to become independent learners. Burnham Country Montessori is just a short distance from Rolleston, Burnham Military Camp and Lincoln. Their open door policy means you can feel comfortable calling by to see this inspiring preschool. You can also check out their website at: Published by The Christchurch Star Company Ltd | Phone 03 379 7100 95 SEATS RECYCLED TO DATE Montessori & Early Childhood Preschool • We Offer a Friendly, Fun and supportive environment – only 5 minutes from Rolleston. • We believe that Tamariki thrive in a peaceful, structured and caring environment, full of fun and challenges. • We Offer focused, balanced curriculums that prepare Tamariki for the next step in their learning journey. • We value diversity within our Tamariki and their whānau and this is reflected in our whānau focused philosophy. • We have 3 well resourced classrooms, caring for Tamariki from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. We are proud of our large, natural playgrounds that offer challenges for all ages. Call in to visit us today, meet the teachers and have a look around our school ENROL NOW FOR 2018 Proudly brought to you by the Road Safety Team For enrolments please contact Jasmine or Kylie on 347-6161 Visit us at 643 Burnham School Road Download forms from

Selwyn Early Learning & Childcare 3 Early childcare strong in Selwyn A diverse range of early childhood care services are available in Selwyn. Whether seeking home based care or wanting your child to experience the company of others, there are a wide range of facilities available, including play centres, kindergartens and preschools, some also offering before and after school programmes. Centres follow the Te Whāriki New Zealand early childhood curriculum with some emphasising the Montessori or Reggio Emilia approaches. Under the Te Whāriki curriculum, partnerships are formed between teachers, parents and families so all facets of a child’s world are embraced with a holistic approach taken to their care and learning. In Montessori communities, the aim is to build strong children who accept diversity, show respect and are comfortable interacting with others and their environment, while taking responsibility for and recognising what is essential and sufficient. Support, respect and an enriched environment that supports family and community are key factors of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. A child’s interests are explored through selfdirected learning where art, drama, crafts and play are critical elements to their becoming independent learners. Family and the community are significant aspects of all early childcare education. Family and the community are significant aspects of all early childcare education. Discover. Imagine. Connect. Learning through discovery Giving each and every child the best possible start for their educational journey is to the fore at Ako Rolleston. This early childhood learning centre caters for tamariki from three months to six years, in three specially designed areas for infants, toddlers, and young children, in an environment typical of a child’s own home. Ako Rolleston is a smaller boutique setting with a high ratio of qualified teachers who focus on respectful care, which ensures that each child is seen as a unique individual, receiving the personal care they need to allow them to foster and grow while building strong, trusting relationships with their teachers. With sustainability and preserving the environment part of the philosophy, children at Ako Rolleston have a strong involvement in caring for the centre’s vegetable gardens, chickens, worm farm, budgies and other visiting animals, which is part of the daily curriculum. To learn more about Ako Rolleston, visit their website at:, email:, phone 03 347 4480, or call into 4 John Street in Rolleston. 4 John Street, Rolleston | 03 3474480 | |