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August 2019
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Visiting our Local Heroes

Children learn a lot by getting out into the local community, and today a visit to the Albany Fire Station gave Lollipops Albany's Chicks Room plenty to reflect on.

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Singing in the Rain

The children in Lollipops Albany's Toddler Room are loving the freedom of being able to go outside - rain or shine - with their new umbrellas.

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Farmyard Fun

The children at Lollipops Waiuku were treated to a day of farmyard fun, thanks to a visit from Old MacDonald’s Mobile Farmyard.

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Cupcakes Save Lives

This week at Lollipops North Harbour the children have been learning about helping those in need - in this case, the 41,000 abused and neglected animals that end up at the SPCA each year.

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July 2019
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Zumba Fever

Thanks to a much-anticipated Zumba pyjama party, children got the chance to come to school in their pjs and spend the morning stretching, jumping and dancing to the latest Zumba tracks.

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Room on the Broom Comes to Life

Room on the Broom is one of the children's most loved books at Lollipops Albany, and today the story magically came to life for the centre's Tui Room children.

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Matariki Hangi Family Evening

Lollipops Albany hosted a hangi for families on Friday evening to celebrate Maori New Year, Matariki.

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Outdoor Adventures in the Heart of the City

Winter may be here, but a group of Grey Lynn preschoolers are enjoying more outdoor learning opportunities than ever before, thanks to the just-completed renovation of Lollipops Grey Lynn.

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Shared Kai Welcomes in Maori New Year

Last week the Rising 5 junior and senior teams at Lollipops Napier Port learnt a lot about soup - and even more about Matariki.

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Matariki at Lollipops Oteha Valley

The heart and essence of Maoridom was celebrated at Lollipops Oteha Valley on Friday evening, as whanau joined staff and tamariki to celebrate Matariki.

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June 2019
Child Protection Top Priority

As part of their ongoing commitment to child welfare, the team at Lollipops Greenlane recently attended child protection training facilitated by Eric Hollis, MTeach (ECE) MA FGS.

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Tauranga children doing their bit for Matariki

Today, children from Lollipops Papamoa joined the local community to plant kowhai trees in Arataki’s Pacific park, to celebrate the rising of Matariki.

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Swimming Lessons Build Skills

When you’re living by one of the country’s best beaches, it’s pretty important to know how to swim – and the children at Lollipops Papamoa are off to a great start thanks to their weekly swim classes at Bartlett Swim School.

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Maia's Matariki Message

Maia in our Pohutukawa Room wrote a poem about Matariki (with a little help from mum) and it had a little sustainability message within it.

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Open Day Showcases Revamped Centre

Local families got a taste of life at Lollipops Grey Lynn last weekend, thanks to a fun-filled Open Day showcasing the centre’s just completed renovation.

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Budding Yogis at Lollipops Kumeu

Yoga has been around for thousands of years and its benefits are undeniable. Just ask the children at Lollipops Kumeu - they practise it every day.

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Down to the Woods

Hard ones, soft ones, shaggy ones, holy ones. Bears of all shapes, sizes and colours descended upon Lollipops Kumeu today for the much anticipated Teddy Bears' Picnic.

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Industry Talk

Evolve CEO Rosanne Graham is focused not only on delivering the highest quality outcomes for children, but also on building rewarding and sustainable career pathways for New Zealand’s ECE professionals.

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World Environment Day Inspires Beeswax Wraps

Sustainability and looking after our environment is a big deal for the children at Lollipops Green Bay, and on June 5 - World Environment Day - they played their part in reducing plastic waste by learning to make their own honey beeswax wraps.

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Rainy Day Fun

The boys at lollipops Albany made the most of the rainy day and instead of being bored while being stuck inside, our imaginations went wild.

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May 2019
Lollipops Britomart Celebrates Samoan Language Week

Talofa Lava! The children at Lollipops Britomart have been busy embracing the beauty of Samoan culture for Samoan Language Week!

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Trip to the Park

Yesterday, the little ones at Lollipops Blighs Road explored St James park.

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Samoan Language Week Celebrations

Lollipops Airport and Learning Adventures Airport Oaks teamed up this week to celebrate the much anticipated Samoan Language Week.

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Evolve named NZ’s Most Trusted Kindergarten Centre Operator

Evolve Education Group has been named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Kindergarten Centre Operator in the 2019 Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands awards.

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April 2019
Gumboot Day

Lollipops Albany wore gumboots today to raise awareness for children with mental illness.

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March 2019
Lollipops Swanson Disco Night

Lollipops Swanson recently hosted a disco to welcome all of the new tamariki and their whanau into the centre.

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Growing Greens at Lollipops Kumeu

The little ones in the toddler room at Lollipops Kumeu have been working hard over the last few months to grow and harvest their own veges.

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Lollipops Petone create an amazing mud kitchen

With help from our dedicated parents, we put together this amazing mud kitchen for the kids to use!

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Fundraising for Christchurch

The Kaiako at Lollipops Britomart organised a special donation service to help raise money for the families affected in Christchurch.

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Pukekohe Pancakes Take the Cake

The children at Lollipops Pukekohe got to join in on the fun of National Pancake Day, using a wide variety of fruit to create some true masterpieces.

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Community Play at Britomart

Lollipops Britomart slip, slop, slapped and took an excursion to the community park.

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Lollipops Newton celebrated Japan Day

In preparation for Japan Day, we made some Japanese fans and learnt a new art form called marble painting.

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December 2018
Christmas donations from Lollipops Newton for our community

Families at Lollipops Newton Rd generously donated gifts for women and children in need in our community to make their Christmas very special.

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Lollipops Grey Lynn Children's Xmas party

Despite the weather we all celebrated our magic of Christmas themed party together in style at Lollipops Grey Lynn.  Maize the magician was a hit, followed by performances from all of the children and finally a visit from Santa!

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November 2018
नमस्ते Namaste! And Happy Diwali!

Lollipops Newton Road celebrated one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture this week – Diwali, the festival of lights.

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What's Cooking at Lollipops Pegasus?

Weekly baking and cooking classes are proving to be a big hit with the kids at Lollipops Pegasus.

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Diyas and Dancing at Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated with great ceremony and show at Lollipops Millennium.

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Happy Halloween!

Lollipops Newton Road has been abuzz with excitement over the past few weeks, with Halloween celebrations in full swing.

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Halloween Antics

Halloween was celebrated in true spooky style at Lollipops Grey Lynn this year

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October 2018
In a Galaxy, Far, Far Away

Lollipops Grey Lynn’s Preschool room children have just been learning about the solar system, and to celebrate all they’ve learnt, last week they took a trip to Auckland’s Stardome.

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The Wonky Donkey Heads to Birkenhead

The story of the Wonky Donkey has captured the hearts of children (and adults) across the globe – and this week youngsters at Lollipops Birkenhead were treated to a visit from the author himself. Craig Smith.

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September 2018
A Super Father's Day Celebration at Lollipops Rolleston

Lollipops Rolleston held a Father's Day Family Evening with the fun “My Dad is my Super Hero” theme.

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Bake a Wish at Lollipops Airport

The Lollipops Airport Bake A Wish ‘Bake Sale’ has taken off and the team have already raised over $450 for the Make A Wish Foundation.

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August 2018
Father’s Day at Lollipops Newton Rd

“One day is not enough to honour how special of a father you truly are because you are amazing every day of the year. Thank you for all that you do. I love you!”

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SPCA Cupcake Day at Lollipops North Harbour

The children at Lollipops North Harbour made cupcakes to sell to raise money for the SPCA.

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BNZ Closed for Good at Lollipops

The financial literacy skills of children across the country were given a big boost yesterday, and pre-schoolers at 12 Lollipops centres (36 of Evolve’s early childhood education centres) were some of the lucky recipients.

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July 2018
Lollipops Millennium hosts a pajama party!

We had cuddly snuggles in the blanket, read stories, watched movies and the older children even had popcorn while the younger ones enjoyed a cake that they had baked for the day.

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Lollipops Millennium visits Butterfly Creek

The Kiwi Room children from Lollipops Millennium recently went on a trip to Butterfly Creek.

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Hands on Creatures came to Green Bay Lollipops

One little bug went out to play, On a spider’s web one day. He had ever so much fun, He called for another bug to come.

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June 2018
Lollipops Waiuku supports #JammiesinJune

Lollipops Waiuku showed it's support to #Jammiesinjune by hosting a PJ day for the children.

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Lollipops Newton Goes Straw Free!

Children at Lollipops Newton have been actively involved in learning about how to take care of the Planet Earth and our environment.

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Cultural Day at Lollipops Newton

Everyone came dressed up in their cultural/ethnic wear and brought a plate of the traditional food to share with other families.

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May 2018
Pancakes at Lollipops Ellerslie

Earlier this week the preschool children at Lollipops Ellerslie made pikelets and pancakes for afternoon tea.

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St John Ambulance visits Lollipops Millennium

St. John Ambulance visited the children at Lollipops Millennium!

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Rabbits at Lollipops Te Rapa

Lollipops Te Rapa recently welcomed two mini lop rabbits to their family.

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Lollipops Hazeldean visits Hagley Park

The Preschoolers from Lollipops Hazeldean in Christchurch embraced the wet and the cold for a visit to Hagley Park.

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Te Reo Singalong at Lollipops Millennium

The highlight of this week was the long-awaited "Singalong Te Reo Show" conducted by Sharon and Alan Halt.

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Family Takeaway Evening at Lollipops Blighs Road

Lollipops Blighs Road had a great turn out for Family Takeaway Evening with lots families joining, and some entertainment from Melanie Poppins!

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Lollipops Kumeu collects food donations for the Auckland Ronald McDonald House

The past couple of weeks Lollipops Kumeu have been doing a food collection for the Auckland Ronald McDonald House.

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April 2018
Lollipops Kumeu's Holiday Program

Lollipops Kumeu is currently running a really fun "holiday program" with their pre-schoolers. Some of the most exciting features thus far have included Green Eggs and Ham Day, Whacky Wednesday, and Pirate Day!

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Movie Day at Lollipops Albany

Today was movie day for the pre-schoolers at Lollipops Albany!

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Exploring the Solar System at Lollipops Parnell

The Pukeko Room at Lollipops Parnell has been learning abouts space, planets and the solar system.

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March 2018
Easter at Lollipops Newton Road

We all went out on a mini excursion to the local businesses in our community handing out the Easter Goody bags we made with love.

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Happy Holi from Lollipops Pukekohe

In the first week of March, Lollipops Pukekohe celebrated the "Holi" Indian colour festival.

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Traditional Cook Island Performance at Lollipops Airport

Recently the Lollipops Airport centre had the privilege of being entertained by a traditional Cook Island performance. One of the preschoolers, 4-year old Khloe performed with her grandfather, nanna, uncle and dad on the Cook Island drums.

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Heart Day at Lollipops Ruapehu Drive

Lollipops Ruapehu Drive in Palmerston North held their Heart Day on the 14th of February. Heart Day is celebrated on the same day as Valentine's Day to raise awareness for the New Zealand Heart Foundation.

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Lollipops Blighs Road & the Maui Dolphin

After writing a letter to the Prime Minister about the plight of the Maui dolphin (which is on the edge of extinction) Lollipops Blighs Road received a letter back, and held an art auction.

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A trip to the zoo with Lollipops Newton

The aim is to provide the children with an experience outside the center and gain awareness by looking closely at the real animals - what they eat, how they look, and their habitat. Most of all, this trip was exciting, informative, and fun - and that is one of the values we cherish as we grow and learn!

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February 2018
Healthy Heart and Chinese New Year at Lollipops Newton Road

It's been a busy week at Lollipops Newton Road, with two big celebrations, Healthy Heart Day and Chinese New Year!

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Enrolment Deal: Now On!

Back to School enrolment deal available now! Find out more here.

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January 2018
Christmas at Lollipops Newton

Santa arrived from the North Pole and surprised us all with the wonderful presents… HO HO HO!! Children and their families welcomed Santa to Lollipops Newton. We were lucky to also have fairy visiting, and a bouncy castle which made the day even better.

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November 2017
Lollipops Kumeu Art Exhibition

Lollipops Kumeu raised $1550 to donate to Hope Foster Care NZ and Autism NZ through a very successful art exhibition. This beautiful event brought the community together and gave the children a great sense of belonging and pride. Our teachers, parents, grandparents and visitors to the centre were beyond impressed by our children's work.

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October 2017
Pet Safari and Diwali at Lollipops Newton Road

Last week was very exciting at Lollipops Newton Road as they had a visit from a pet zoo and also celebrated Diwali.

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August 2017
Matariki at Lollipops Greenlane

Lollipops Greenlane were fortunate to be invited to attend a workshop on delving deeper and understanding the real meaning of Matariki.

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