Since committing to the Healthy Heart programme in Term Three last year, Mill Street Kindergarten has been busy implementing changes to their eating habits and their outdoor environment.
Parental support has been significant, providing healthy food in the children’s lunchboxes and supplying fruit and vegetables to share each day.
Families, whānau and aiga also kindly donate healthy food every week so that children can learn to take responsibility and gain independence to make their own healthy sandwiches during process cooking times. The kindergarten also receives ‘Fruit in Schools’ excess fruit and vegetables from James Cook School, which is really appreciated.
Outside, the kindergarten community has been busy too. Thanks to grants from Horizons Regional Council and Fonterra the kindergarten have developed children’s gardens, a fruit orchard, worm farm and greenhouses. They have also constructed garden boxes with timber donated by ITM Marton.
The swing bay is being replaced this term with a grant received from Duddings Trust, and parents have worked hard at fundraising for a new carpentry shed which is also in progress.
This term the kindergarten has been given a Healthy Heart Award, recognising an environment that promotes healthy kai and daily physical activity.
Mill Street Kindergarten teachers say that the award symbolises whanaungatanga in action - everyone working together to achieve a common goal; creating a positive sustainable learning environment for the children.