Gardening with Tamariki Programmes                         

The Gardening with Tamariki Programme supports young children to learn about the whole process involved with growing their own food, from sowing a seed through to harvesting, preparing and eating the produce on a seasonal basis. The programme operates in Christchurch and surrounding areas and is run on a fortnightly basis. The programme runs for a minimum of three months, however, ideally it would be an on-going year round addition to your centre curriculum.

Each session is one hour long, starting with a story or similar, and followed by hands ongardening experiences. It includes a range of sustainably-linked garden related activities to support young children's learning.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • sowing seeds
  • planting and caring from seedlings
  • making their own compost
  • investigations of what lives in the soil

If a centre has a worm farm, or wishes to set one up, then care ofIf a centre has a worm farm, or wishes to set one up, then care ofthe worm farm can form part of the programme. In keeping with my sustainability principles, where possible I will re-use and re-purpose everyday items to supportchildren's learning in the garden.

Workshops for ECE Kaiako

These workshops for kaiako are held in Christchurch.

There are two different streams of workshop:

Stream 1: The focus is on gardening with young children, seasonal gardening, with links to sustainability and how gardening can support a centre's sustainable practice. They include links with Te Whāriki and hands on activities that kaiako can do with children.

Stream 2: The focus is on education for sustainability and how centres'can strengthen their sustainability practices based on the UNESCO three pillars of sustainability - social and cultural, environmental and economic.

Webinars for ECE Kaiako

Webinars are offered on a regular basis, and offer PD opportunities for kaiako who are unable to attend locally held workshops.

The topics of the webinars follow the same streams as the workshops:

Stream 1: The focus is on gardening with young children, seasonal gardening, with links to sustainability and how gardening can support a centre's sustainable practice. They include links with Te Whāriki and hands on activities that kaiako can do with children.

Stream 2: The focus is on education for sustainability and how centres'can strengthen their sustainability practices based on the UNESCO three pillars of sustainability - social and cultural, environmental and economic.

These webinars offer kaiako the opportunity to attend professional development from the comfort of their own home. 

Education for Sustainability  

I can work with your centre teams to help strenghten and develop your sustainability practices within your currciulum. This could be through a one-off whole centre professional development session, or regular ongoing support for as long as you need it.

Contact me to discuss how I can help you 

Contact Person: Anita Croft
Phone: 021 047 8844

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