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“They are not airplanes!!,” my six year old yelled. Followed by, “They are not pteradactyls.” And a fit of giggles. He knows he’s funny. Isaac is happily wiggling…

These little guys will be looking cute with grass for hair in a short couple of weeks.  What a fun project – and it will be just as…

This craft is an oldie but a goodie, I used to love making these as a kid and have to admit I rather enjoyed making this guy. Added…

Occasionally figures are published regarding how much it costs to raise children. The costs are often eye-watering! One of the major costs for kids is clothes. But clothing…

One of the things that makes Aotearoa/New Zealand special is the Māori culture and language. Although it is only spoken in New Zealand, the Māori language (Te Reo) is…

Parents are often concerned about whether their young child is developing within a normal range. All children develop at different rates, and most are faster in some areas…

Anger in preschool aged children can be pretty frightening or upsetting for the adults around them. We may feel overwhelmed in the face of such strong emotions, or…

Throughout our lives, we’re exposed to many different germs which are potentially harmful to us. Some of these, like colds, are minor and our bodies can easily fight…

Every year children are seen at emergency departments with injuries caused by toys they’ve just received as Christmas presents. 

Early Intervention is support designed for young children from birth, or from the time they are identified as having special educational needs through to their attending school.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) believes every child and young person can be educated and every student in New Zealand has the right to take part in education…

School visits are one of the many chances you have to help ready your little one for the next step on the NZ education ladder.

Dr Maria Montessori founded the first Montessori community in 1907 in the slums of Rome, Italy and an educational philosophy grew from her work with these fifty poor,…

An au pair is a young person from abroad employed by a host family to care for their children. As a member of the family, au pairs provide live-in…

The Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf movement recognises that schools should be truly comprehensive: open to all girls and boys, with a curriculum for all pupils which is as broad as…

Playcentre is early childhood education that promotes and encourages parents to be the first educators.  Read our Playcentre article for more info.

Dr Maria Montessori founded the first Montessori community in 1907 in the slums of Rome, Italy and an educational philosophy grew from her work with these fifty poor,…

At Kohanga Reo all education and instruction is delivered in te reo maori (Maori language).  Learn more about Kohanga Reo and how it works in our article.

So you are about to launch into the Kindergarten phase of your life. Our Kindergarten article explains how Kindy works in New Zealand and what to expect.  

Home based care is care and education provided by adults in either their own home or the child’s.  Find out more about home based care in our article.

Understanding what a Day Care centre is and what exactly they do is important. Our Day Care article will give you this information and answer a lot of…

Te Kura (formally The Correspondence School) offers distance learning programmes for almost 27,000 students per year across New Zealand and overseas.

Researching and choosing an ECE service can be a nerve-racking process.  We’ve got information in our Choosing a Service article that may help you along the way.

The Childcare Subsidy helps low and middle-income families to access childcare services.  Find out more about the Childcare Subsidy and eligibility here.

From 1 July 2010 all three, four and five-year old children are able to go to early childhood education (ECE) services for six hours a day, 20 hours…

Home schooling is basically just that, educating children in their home rather than in a school environment. Home schooling in New Zealand is also referred to as Home Education.

Frustrated in your efforts with the behaviour problems and development issues of your young boy or girl?  Whether it be a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 year…

Looking for guidelines or checklist of the developmental stages and milestones for your toddler boy or teenage girl? We provide excellent articles for Parents on the key stages and milestones in…

Night time wetting is one of those problems talked about frequently when it relates to toddlers but rarely when it comes to school age children and even less…

Science and nature toys encourage your child to explore their world. More than just chemistry sets, science and nature toys are about exploration, problem solving, responsibility and wonderment.…

Playing outdoors is a part of what makes kiwi kids special, and there are some great outdoor toys available. This guide to outdoor toys will help you find…

Oral health affects not only general health – it has an influence on social and psychological factors, influencing self-esteem, the way people look, speak and socialise. Disorders of…

This article covers the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, the treatment and the complications that can occur in children with pneumonia.

This article on influenza – or flu as it is commonly known – explains the common symptoms of flu and how to care for your afflicted child.

This article covers the signs and symptoms of croup, the treatment and the complications that can occur in children with croup.   

This article covers the signs and symptoms of bronchiolitis, the treatment and the complications that can occur in babies with bronchiolitis.

Building immunity is vital as we are all more susceptible to colds and flu in the winter – building your immunity can help you to stay well.

Kiwi Families has provided helpful articles on rotavirus and explains the signs and symptoms, Treatments, Risks & Complications in children, when hospital treatment is necessary for rotavirus and…

Giardia is a common NZ parasite. Kiwi Families has provided helpful articles on giardia and explains the signs and symptoms, treatment, risks & complications of the giardia stomach…

We provide information on gastroenteritis and explains the signs and symptoms, Treatments, Risks and Complications of this bug and the special considerations for children with gastroenteritis.

Read on to find out all about campylobacter, we explain the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications of the stomach bug and how to prevent the spread of campylobacter.

We provide information about Scarlet Fever – the causes, signs and symptoms, treatment, risks and complications and advice on how to help your child at home with scarlet fever.

Find information on the causes of Scabies infection, what to look for and how scabies is treated. We provide advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and…

We provide information and advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications of rubella or German measles – most importantly the potential complication for pregnant women.

We provide all the advice you need on the signs, symptoms, treatments and risks of roseola, or sixth disease. We also offer some simple tips on how you can treat and manage your child with…