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Enrich Tamariki Wellbeing through Gardening

Engaging in gardening activities promotes the well-being of tamariki by connecting them with nature and facilitating their holistic development. When participating in hands-on experiences such as sowing seeds, watering, and observing growth, tamariki learn qualities such as patience, responsibility, and teamwork, which in turn cultivates positive social interactions. The garden also serves as a therapeutic outlet, enhancing emotional intelligence and resilience. This workshop will delve into the benefits of gardening for the health and well-being of children, as well as examine the wider benefits for their learning and development and provide practical ideas for engaging tamariki in gardening.

Presented by:

Anita Croft

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I am a qualified early childhood teacher with six years experience teaching in the early childhood sector and eight years teaching in the tertiary sector. I hold a Master of Education degree where I studied pre-service early childhood teachers' preparedness to teach education for sustainability.

I have a long-held passion for growing my own food that began in my own childhood, and as such I believe that all young children should have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own food. I have my own large vegetable garden and glasshouse and grow seasonal vegetables all year.

I work with early childhood services and teachers to embed sustainable gardening into their curriculum because when children learn the joy of eating the food they have grown they take that back to their families and whānau which in turn extends out into neighbourhoods and communities.

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