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A Toddler Day Out

27 April 2004

A Toddler Day Out

May 16th will is our first event focused on our under fives at Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson. It is well known that the first three years of a child’s life has the fastest brain development of human life and like other regional cities, Waitakere needs to improve our under five early childhood participation. Toddler Day Out will be the first event held in association with the Ministry of Education to promote early childhood education.

Councillor Brenda Brady – Child and Youth advocate for Waitakere City, says “Development in the first five years of life essentially sets the base for growth and development of the child over their life time. It is wonderful that this free event is being offered at a time when the city has 30% of our city’s population under 25 years. There are alot of young families in our City, and Toddler Day Out will give parents an opportunity to gain awareness of some of the resources available to their children that are low cost, or no cost, and essentially - fun. The activities that you provide to your children in their early years have a big payback as they head to school with more confidence. The day will also provide parenting tools through the seminars and information available to help grow our future generation.”

Toddler Day Out will run from 10am-3pm. There will be music and entertainment, free giveaways, exhibitors on early childhood education services available in Waitakere and a working learning centre. The free seminar series will be hosted by guest speaker Dr Simon Rowley and introduced by Judy Bailey will different topics will run during the day.

A free bus service from pick up points within the city will run during the day for families without their own transport options.

Have hands on fun making something creative with the artists from Corban Estate Arts Centre. Be Clever with Clay with Kairava Gullatz, learn Primitive Paper Making with Beth Serjeant, join in Weaving with Flax, and explore Creative Constructions.

Free giveaway goodies to take home will given out to toddlers on the day after collecting their ‘discover information stamps’.

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s for under Fives!


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