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Sharing a meal is an integral part of family life, so naturally they make it a crucial part of your child’s day at Gems too. Yummy, nutritious home-style food fuels pre-schoolers, keeps them healthy and helps them appreciate the rituals of eating and drinking together.
By sharing a meal around a table, children eat a variety of food (often happily trying things they won’t eat at home), learn about healthy eating, have social interaction and give thanks to those who prepare their food. They become independent through serving their own food, setting up for meal times and clearing the table at the end. Fantastic life skills that Gems’ families appreciate now and after the children leave for big school!
Much of their food comes from their own kitchen garden, fresh organic vegetables often planted and picked by the children themselves, and is just another example of their commitment to bringing nature and its wonders to the children.
To complement their kitchen and kitchen garden, Gems’ outdoor area feels more like home too, going beyond Ministry of Environment minimum standards, providing fruit trees and plenty of natural outdoor space for play and discovery. Their four year olds also get to enjoy the adventure and challenges of farm school, and all the older children can experience excursions in their local environment and enjoy the seasonal aspects to their learning programme.
Natural environment, natural learning, natural fun. This is Gems. This is where your child will shine, so for more information on Forest School Queenstown, early childhood education and early childhood education teachers please visit the website at http://www.gems.net.nz .