The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd

For over 30 years the Rabbit Patch has been locally owned and operated and has become a widely respected leader in education and care.

Greers Rd - 161 Greers Rd, Christchurch
Ph: 03 3582549 Email: [email protected]

Saffron St - 22 Saffron St, Christchurch
Ph: 03 3590196 Email: [email protected]

Operating as usual

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 26/10/2021

Kia Ora Whānau!
We have not disappeared, just been incredibly busy as the year begins to wrap up and our projects come to a close. Soon it will be time for project celebrations, but for now:

🪵🌿Things we found this week in our environment:
1. Snail eggs 🐌
2. A spiderweb 🕸
3. A woodlouse🪳
4. A drop of rain 💧

05/09/2021

Kia ora Whānau!

I investigated the children’s insect house this morning and all of the critters you have been caring for are thriving! They look forward to your delight and amazement when you return to preschool, I hope you will enjoy this video for now!
How many creatures can you spot, scuttling around in the soil?

See you soon,
Daisy

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 29/08/2021

🐚🍁Day Eight | Loose Parts 🍂🪨

Last lockdown I went on a treasure hunt around my neighbourhood to find a collection of loose parts to use for provocations- encouraging ngā tamariki to do the same with their whānau.

This time I would like to invite you to do the same again, but this time consider what could perhaps be built from the items you have collected.
Recently tamariki have been exploring buildings and structures, with some loose part provocations encouraging their creative thinking, and problem solving skills.

The loose parts I’ve collected around Hawea are mainly in the form of satisfyingly flat rocks, a kete of which I am gathering, to bring back to preschool for ngā tamariki to build with later.

In the photos, you will see a simple provocation created with blocks, half marbles, and long strips of paper. This was a wonderful exploration for the children, who remained engaged with it for a long period of time as they worked to explore how to make their paper bridges hold increasing amounts of weight.

It is important for us as adults, to remain open minded when it comes to providing our children with mediums/ areas of exploration. Often, it is not something complex which peaks the interest of the child. The act of sourcing, gathering, sorting, and then building, is a very gratifying one, and one that I- as a (sometimes) adult myself, still find very satisfying, especially during the mundane routines of lockdown.

We look forward to seeing your creations, and remember to be kind to yourselves. It is Monday after all.

Kia kaha,
Daisy

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 26/08/2021

💛Day 7 | Thoughts from your Kaiako 💛

Today I have some lovely photos and ideas to share from your Rabbit Patch kaiako.

Our hardworking kaiako have been busy writing documentation and uploading your beautiful investigations and areas of interest to Storypark, so if you haven’t already, head over to check out the gorgeous pieces they have written for you.

Today the thoughts from our kaiako include some ideas of things to do to help the weekend along, as well as some photos of what they have been doing during their time in lockdown.

🐑 Laura has shared images of some of the animals on her parents farm. What can you spot?
🦒 Tegan created a family profile for her family of giraffes. Do your stuffed animals have names tamariki? Perhaps you could make your own version of Tegan’s idea!
⛺️Aleithea’s daughters Grace and Phoebe have been camping inside! What sort of spaces can you create inside your own homes?
🚴Kirsten and Bronwyn have been biking with their families and making the most of Christchurch’s beautiful weather.
🐶 Daisy’s little dog Xena has been loving the Hawea waterfront as they spend lockdown with her partner’s Mum.

We hope you enjoy, and we look forward to hearing about your own lockdown adventures soon- either through Storypark, or when we all meet again in Level 2.

Kia kaha,
The Rabbit Patch Team 💛

• Day Six | Busy as a 🐝🐝•
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🐝Keeping in line with what has turned out to be an insect themed week, I was lucky enough to get this amazing video of a bee hatching from one of our RP families! 
- What sort of shapes can you see in this video? 
- Can you find the bee that is hatching? 
- What do you think the other bees are doing? 
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🐝On my recent holiday, I visited my Mum’s partner, who also keeps bees, and he let me put on his bee suit before we ventured out into the paddock to observe the hive. It was a really amazing experience so I’m pleased I took some videos to share with ngā tamariki! 
- What do you think is in the special bucket, that Phil poured into the hive? 
- Why do you think Phil didn’t get stung, even though he wasn’t wearing a suit? 
- What do you notice that is special about the suit Daisy is wearing, that protects her from the bees? 
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🐝Bumble-bees were an area of investigation for tamariki earlier in the year, as we sought to gain a better understanding and raise awareness about the importance of these busy little creatures. 
In my last video, ngā tamariki found a bee that was tired, so tamariki suggested we feed him honey to revive him! 
- What is he doing to the honey, while he sits on Daisy’s hand? 
- Can you see his tongue? What shape is it? How is it different from your tongue? 
- Do you like eating honey? Does it give you energy like a bumble bee? 
- If you were a bumble-bee, which flowers would you like best? 
- Are there any bumble-bees out and about at the moment? Where did you find them? 
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🐝Bumble-bees are so important to our planet, and it is equally important that we help tamariki gain a better understanding/ tolerance towards these creatures so that they can share and pass on their knowledge in the future! 
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#reggioplay #reggiopreschool #exploration #bee #savethebees #beehive #investigation #child #reggiochildren #children #natureplay #learningthroughnatureplay #lockdown #nzpreschool 26/08/2021

For our Day Six | Busy as a 🐝🐝 post, head over to our Atelier Instagram, (Facebook can’t post multiple videos apparently) to check out an awesome video of a bumble-bee hatching- sent in by one of our lovely families!

There are also some other videos of our Atelierista Daisy visiting a beehive before lockdown, as well as a reflection of the children’s previous bee investigation at the beginning of the year.

One more day before our lockdown verdict is announced whānau! And we hope you are all doing well.
Kia kaha,
The Rabbit Patch Team

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• Day Six | Busy as a 🐝🐝• . 🐝Keeping in line with what has turned out to be an insect themed week, I was lucky enough to get this amazing video of a bee hatching from one of our RP families! - What sort of shapes can you see in this video? - Can you find the bee that is hatching? - What do you think the other bees are doing? . 🐝On my recent holiday, I visited my Mum’s partner, who also keeps bees, and he let me put on his bee suit before we ventured out into the paddock to observe the hive. It was a really amazing experience so I’m pleased I took some videos to share with ngā tamariki! - What do you think is in the special bucket, that Phil poured into the hive? - Why do you think Phil didn’t get stung, even though he wasn’t wearing a suit? - What do you notice that is special about the suit Daisy is wearing, that protects her from the bees? . 🐝Bumble-bees were an area of investigation for tamariki earlier in the year, as we sought to gain a better understanding and raise awareness about the importance of these busy little creatures. In my last video, ngā tamariki found a bee that was tired, so tamariki suggested we feed him honey to revive him! - What is he doing to the honey, while he sits on Daisy’s hand? - Can you see his tongue? What shape is it? How is it different from your tongue? - Do you like eating honey? Does it give you energy like a bumble bee? - If you were a bumble-bee, which flowers would you like best? - Are there any bumble-bees out and about at the moment? Where did you find them? . 🐝Bumble-bees are so important to our planet, and it is equally important that we help tamariki gain a better understanding/ tolerance towards these creatures so that they can share and pass on their knowledge in the future! . . . #reggioplay #reggiopreschool #exploration #bee #savethebees #beehive #investigation #child #reggiochildren #children #natureplay #learningthroughnatureplay #lockdown #nzpreschool

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 25/08/2021

🍄Day Five Pt.2 | Fairy Gardens & Mushroom Houses🧚‍♀️

🍄To accompany my previous post, I wanted to share one of the children’s recent and spontaneous Atelier projects - Mushroom Houses!

🍄 Complete with mushroom people, a sunny afternoon saw three of our tamariki spend over an hour creating a mushroom house from an entire bag of clay.

🍄This sparked a very passionate exploration into structures made from clay, and has slowly evolved and developed - as other children join - to create a ‘mushroom city’, a collection of organic sculptures that have different roles to play (city council, hospital, spa pools, house, neighbours, to name a few).

🍄This exploration has pushed the children’s imagination and creativity, as well as their understanding of clay medium and how it can be moulded and shaped into three dimensional form.

🍄Before lockdown, the children were waiting for their houses to dry so that they could paint them. Needless to say, they will be busy after lockdown lifts, doing just that!

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 25/08/2021

🧚‍♀️Day Five PT.1 | Fairy Gardens & Mushroom Houses 🍄

Our wonderful kaiako Aleithea shared her daughters beautiful Fairy Garden for inspiration today and we think it’s perfect as it aligns with one of the children’s ongoing projects in the Atelier - Mushroom Houses! (See Part 2).

Grace has been making this fairy garden alongside her Nan, and we think it is a wonderful contribution to their garden.

🧚‍♀️What sort of items can you see in Grace’s garden?
🧚‍♀️I wonder what things you might need for your own fairy garden?
🧚‍♀️Is there a place in your garden/home that you think the fairies might like?
🧚‍♀️I wonder what your fairies might look like?
🧚‍♀️What sort of jobs do fairies do?


We look forward to listening to all your magical ideas tamariki!

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 24/08/2021

Kia ora!

Today we are sharing some photographs, documenting the Whare ngārara - insect house ngā tamariki have created/ been maintaining, with some suggestions of how you could make your own.

In the words of ngā tamariki themselves, a successful bug house is one that ‘is the same as where they live in the wild’ and careful discussion led to the instruction list that follows.

How to Make a Bug House.
(An excerpt from ‘The Bug Bug Hunting Book for Children by Children’ - This is the book ngā tamariki have been making as well, busy 🐝)

‘You need a jar. A big one.’
‘A little jar is fine too though.’
‘You need dirt. And sand. And some stones at the bottom. You have to layer it, like when we made the worm farm in the container.’
‘Then you need leaves. Because beetles, centipedes, and millipedes live in leaves.’
‘You need wet leaves, and dry leaves.’
‘You need a plant. Just a little one. A vegetable plant for the slugs to eat. Then it can grow more when they eat it.’
‘We should put some sticks in!’
‘And a stone to hide under.’
‘This bark too? This bark too.’

And in the words of Lou Bega- put it all together and it looks like this!

The children’s bug house has been a sustained ecosystem for about three months now. We ‘make it rain’ with a spray bottle every Monday, and as the leaves degrade and turn into soil (thanks to the worms apparently) we top it up with fresh ones. The children have explored planting micro herb seeds in the terrarium as well, watching them grow against the glass - as well as watching a few wild mushrooms pop up randomly (much to their delight.)

🐌Do you have a spare jar at home to use for a bug house?
🐌 What sort of critters have you observed, in and around your home?
🐌What kind of bug house do you think they would need, in order to survive?

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 22/08/2021

🏔Locations🏔

Tamariki, your kaiako know how well travelled some of you are, from your eager korerorero - discussions about the various places you have visited with your whānau.

And so, your kaiako have complied some images to test your (and your parents) knowledge about our beautiful country. Some might say all mountains look the same, but I think tamariki might be familiar with more than a few of these locations! Remember, any guess is a good guess 😄

Some areas of discussion may be:

🏔Which places have you visited/ seen before?
🏔How would you travel/ what form of transport would you take to get there?
🏔Why do some mountains have snow, and some don’t?
🏔Who lives on snowy mountains?
🏔Why does the sky change colour? What makes the sky change colour?
🏔What maps do you need, to find these places? Can you draw a map to lead me there?
🏔On our travels, what would we have to watch out for/ be careful of?

Have you or your family been travelling anywhere special before lockdown tamariki? Now might be a good chance to go through those photos and revisit special memories together.

We hope you all are well,
Kia kaha,
The Rabbit Patch Team

20/08/2021

🦗The Release 🦗 • Did you figure out what kind of insect this was tamariki?

🦗Some questions for ngā tamariki to consider from this video!
• How many hops can you count?
• Is he hard to spot once Daisy puts him down? What is that called, when a creature can blend into the background? It’s a word that starts with ‘C’
• How many different birds can you hear in the background? Do you know what they are?
• What colour is our friend? How many legs does he have? How would you draw him?
• Why did he want to come back inside?
• Where do you think he is going?

We look forward to your thoughts and creations!
Kia kaha,
Daisy

20/08/2021

Kia Ora whānau and tamariki!

Your Rabbit Patch kaiako are all hoping you are safe in your bubbles and coping well with the sudden lockdown.

While we are in lockdown again, we thought it might be a good time to remind families of the lockdown posts from last year, and the suggestions of things to do to keep ngā tamariki busy while they are inside.
All the posts are still on this page, and the Atelierista Instagram

As some of the Te Tipu children might know, Atelierista Daisy was away on holiday last week before lockdown and she travelled to Southland, to visit her whānau.
While down there, she found a friend relevant to the children’s current investigation into ngārara - insects. We hope your curiosity is inspired by the video she took!

🦗Do you know the name of this long-legged critter? Where do you think he lives/ what kind of habitat does he like?
🦗What kind of insects have you found, out and around your home?

There is a second part of this video showing a release of this critter. What do you think might happen when he gets out of the jar?

We look forward to hearing more about your adventures tamariki, once we see you back at the preschool!

Kia kaha,
The Rabbit Patch Team ❤️

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 14/07/2021

Kia Ora Whānau!

We are over halfway through the year and boy has it flown by. Ngā tamariki have been busy exploring both long and short term projects as they continue to discover and make sense of the world around them.

We are anticipating a some upcoming social events, such as Pyjama Day and the Disco that (fingers crossed) will be able to go ahead as planned this year depending on Alert Levels.

Thank-you to all our families for your contributions to our community so far this year, and welcome to the new whānau who have recently joined us.

Ngā mihi,
The Rabbit Patch Team

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 13/01/2021

We would like to extend a huge thank-you to Burnside Highschool and their Junior Drama Department, that visited us late last year to perform an abridged version of 'Bad Jelly the Witch' for our tamariki.

The children had a fantastic time watching you perform and continued to incorporate your performance in their own imaginative play in the weeks following your show.

The Te Tipu children were also inspired by you, to investigate creating their own show - a project that is still currently on-going.

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 13/01/2021

'It takes a village, to raise a child.' - African Proverb

And how blessed we are, at Rabbit Patch, to have such a fantastic village surrounding our precious tamariki as they grow, play, explore, and discover their place in the world.

Although this post may be a little late to make - it is no less important to acknowledge, (at the start of a new year,) the efforts that our community made to move through the previous year.

We would like to extend a massive thank-you for the donations that we received for the Christchurch City Mission Christmas collection this year. The gifts were delivered on time and were gratefully accepted. It was also a wonderful opportunity for ngā tamariki to learn the joy of giving, as well as receiving gifts, at Christmas time.

The children's Christmas Party, was a fantastic way to celebrate the end of 2020 and we were overwhelmed with the turn out and positive feedback that we received from our families and the entire Rabbit Patch community. After a bumpy year, we were so pleased to have been able to finish the year with everyone gathering together to celebrate.

On looking back through the photos taken during this wonderful gathering of our community, we are reminded of the well versed Maori Proverb -

He aha te mea nui ki tēnei ao?
Māku e ki atu. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

What is the most important thing in the world?
I would reply that it is people, people, people.

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 25/11/2020

On Wednesday the 11th of November, Tuhura (Two to Three 1/2 yrs) invited ngā tamariki and their Whanau to participate their much anticipated Project Celebration.

The Project Celebration is an opportunity for the children and their families to explore, experience, and reflect back on the children’s investigations from over the past year.

Thank-you to all of the Tūhura families that attended this wonderful event, ngā tamariki relished the opportunity to share with you their experiences and knowledge of their ongoing Investigation into ‘Transport, and the different tracks they create’.

We hope you enjoy some of the photographs from this event, keep an eye out for the Project Celebrations from Kumanu, and Te Tipu to come.

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 25/11/2020

Ngā mihi nui and a big thank you to all the tamariki and whānau that came to the Kumanu (0-2 year olds) project celebration! We celebrated our year long investigation by setting up experiences that reflected the child led provocations. This started with exploring their own shadows using an overhead projector which led to using a data projector to explore movement, light and shadows before moving to an outdoor provocation using natural light. It was beautiful to see the whakahi-pride that the children took in showing their families around our year long mahi- work around shadows, light and movement.

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 03/06/2020

🐠• F I S H • 🐠Nga tamariki we’re thrilled to welcome a new friend into Te Tipu, (3-5 year old’s) upon their return after lockdown.

🐠The additions inspired a weeklong investigation which included generating and voting for names!

🐠Thus the two have been dubbed, Whale and Taniwha (Slippery Fish inspired).

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 27/05/2020

Can you tell how excited we have been to come back to Preschool? Nga tamariki have returned to newly represented learning spaces to explore, friends to reunite with, and investigations to revisit, as well as a few new fishy friends to keep them company!

We want to extend a massive thank you to our Rabbit Patch Whanau for their patience and support as we work through Level 2 guidelines, as well as our Kaiako for all the extra effort they have put into ensuring nga tamariki are able to continue to thrive in our unique Rabbit Patch environment.

Kia Kaha,
The Team at Greers ❤️

03/05/2020

Your Kaiako Laura brought along some friends from Old Mac Donald’s Farm to sing a waiata with you! Towards the end of the episode, Laura covers the animals names in Te Reo as well - do you recognise any of these names?
I wonder what kind of animals you would keep on your farms tamariki 🤔😁•

30/04/2020

I am loving these story retellings from our Kaiako Christina (Tuhura), and Tegan (Kumanu). When is story time at your home? Any time is story time at preschool; the children always have their ears switched on for a good book!

29/04/2020

What’s your favourite story? Some our teachers would like to share their favourite stories with you! Winnie (Te Tipu), Jess (Memorial), and Daisy (Te Tipu) have three stories for story time today, we hope enjoy listening!

28/04/2020

We will be posting more messages from our wonderful teachers throughout the week this week 🙂 Amanda and Christina from Tuhura wish you well and would like to share some music with you!

23/04/2020

🦖Happy Friday everyone! At Rabbit Patch we love to start our day with a morning meeting waiata to welcome all of our friends into the room with us.

🦖Your Atelierista Daisy, has recorded some of your favourite morning meeting waiata for you to sing along to!

🦖Can you recognise any of these? Do you have a friend to sing along with? What are some other things you like to do to welcome in a new day?

🦖We hope everyone stays safe and healthy going into the long weekend! Kia Kaha ❤️

23/04/2020

• Day 27: Sign Language and Te Reo Maori •

🐇Our Kumanu Kaiako Tegan, and our Te Tipu Kaiako Laura, would like to share their knowledge of sign language and Te Reo Maori with you!
🐘Come and see if you remember some of our signs, or if there are new signs you might like to learn!
🐒Can you discover any of your own sign language to share with your friends? Can you figure how how to sign your name?

22/04/2020

Our Kumanu/Nursery Kaiako Bronwyn, and our Te Tipu/ Over 3’s Kaiako Laura, would like to share some waiata with you today from their bubbles! Do you know these songs? Can you sing along?

20/04/2020

🌸Happy Monday whanau! Our Rabbit Patch teachers are missing you all and we thought a nice way for nga tamariki to see some familiar faces, would be to share some videos from Kaiako sharing experiences in their respective bubbles!

🌸Today one of our wonderful Kumanu/ Nursery teachers, Amy, went on a bird hunt. She would like to welcome you to walk along with her as she spots birds in her neighbourhood, or to venture out on your own bird walk and see what kind of feathery friends you can spy.

🌸We look forward to hearing more from our other Kaiako during the week. Take care!

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 07/04/2020

Kia Ora Rabbit Patch Whanau!

During the nation wide lock-down, our Atelierista Daisy has been busy creating a provocation a day for you and your children to explore/ be inspired by at home.
You might see some of these explorations popping up on this page during the remainder of the lockdown and if you have an instagram, feel free to follow along at (our Atelier account) and (our Greers Road Preschool account).

You can also find our Saffron branch on Instagram as and

Take care!
The Team at Greers

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 24/10/2019

Last weekend we were thrilled to host our first Art Exhibition at Rabbit Patch Greers Road, for our Rabbit Patch families and wider community.

The Exhibition was a feast for the eyes, showcasing work from all age groups and their respective Investigations from the past year, as well as the ongoing exploration into Portraiture, (the Atelier long-term Investigation,) and other side explorations, including (but not limited to), Rocket Ship construction, Chandelier creation, and Kinetic Drawing.

This was such a fantastic opportunity to display the children’s artwork, alongside relevant language, theories, and photographs, (documented by our talented Kaiako,) truly showing what makes us unique as a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the hands that helped to make this event possible, as well as those who came to celebrate with us on the Saturday night for the opening, and the Sunday morning with the children.

We hope you enjoy some images from this fantastic show.
Arohanui to all,
The Team at Rabbit Patch

Timeline photos 15/10/2019

Our Atelierista, Daisy and the team are very busy preparing for our art exhibition this weekend. We are very much looking forward to sharing the children’s amazing work from throughout 2019 with our community!

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Greers Rd's post 13/04/2019

Thank you to the ninety or so friends and family of Rabbit Patch who came along to view and experience our new learning space today. We are so thrilled with how it is looking and are eagerly anticipating how the children will interact with the spaces. Not long to go now before we open!

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Kia ora Whānau! I investigated the children’s insect house this morning and all of the critters you have been caring for...
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