Tena Koutou Katoa,
September already? September marks the transition between seasons. We leave winter behind as we enter spring, with summer just around the corner. Did you know September 19 is international “Talk Like a Pirate Day”? How much fun could you and your kids have with that!?
September’s warmer weather gives us the opportunity to go outside with the kids, explore nature and watch all the new life around us. When you mow the lawns maybe hold onto the clippings and introduce the kids to building a grass fort. September is full of fun and play if you look in the right places.
Remember play is not just a time filler between learning opportunities, it is the learning! If you are wanting to know more about play and its benefits, come along to the Importance of Play workshop on Saturday 14 September in Pukekohe. This workshop explores why children play and the learning behind the play experience. It is a workshop for everyone, as play should not stop as we grow. You will be shown different play experiences and learn how these contribute to a child’s development and future potential. It will provide you with strategies to play with children in a positive way, with particular focus on sensory play and how this can be a therapeutic tool for children of any age.
I look forward to seeing you at a training soon. Should you not be able to attend for any reason after registering, could you please send in your apology ASAP so that we can anticipate numbers and cater accordingly.
September 27 marks the end of Term 3. With the school holidays upon us, I wish all our fantastic caregivers luck as you will have your hands full with holiday programs, camps, access schedules and the general chaos of having kids at home. You are O for awesome!
Happy Fathers Day
September is the month we pay homage to our dads. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. To our wonderful foster dads that have opened your hearts and homes to tamariki needing care. We thank you for the amazing work you do with our most vulnerable. I hope you got well and truly spoiled.
Fostering Kids NZ National Conference
Have you managed to have a look on our website to find out all about our National Conference coming up on the 16 and 17 October, at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre? It would be great to see as many of you from our region there as possible. It is an amazing experience, and very enjoyable too! You can find everything you need to know here:
It’s time to get voting!
GOOD IN THE HOOD is back for 2019. During September all purchases made at any of the Z Stations listed below, will help to raise funds for Fostering Kids New Zealand.
- Z Ti Rakau Drive, Auckland
- Z Greville Road, Auckland
- Z Point Chev, Auckland
- Z Royal Oak, Auckland
Each of these Z Stations is supporting four neighbourhood groups and Fostering Kids New Zealand is lucky enough to have been selected this year. Any time you shop or fill up at these Z stations you can vote for Fostering Kids New Zealand. Each group takes home a share of $4,000 which is divided according to the number of votes they receive.
That is why your votes are super important and will make a difference. So spread the word and get your family, friends and colleagues to support the fostering community. Thank you for your support.
Can You Help?
Mary Smitha Shaji is an honours Psychology student at AUT. For her dissertation study, she will be focusing on experiences, expectations and concerns of foster parents about their foster children aging out of care.
The study asks for suggestions on how to improve support provided to foster children after they grow up and age out of care into independent living. Mary is currently recruiting participants for a one hour interview. The identity and details of participants will be kept confidential, real names will not be used. She is looking for foster parents who are currently fostering children who are between 10-18yrs. English speaking participants will be recruited from Auckland. If you are interested, please contact Mary on 022 190 2420 for further details. There will be a koha of a $50 Countdown voucher given in appreciation after a successful interview. Consent form, participation form and flyer will be sent to potential participants emails.
“Tangata ako ana I te whare, te turanga ki te marae, tau ana.” A child who is given good values at home and cherished with the family, will not only behave well amongst the family but also within society and throughout their life.
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