The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Saffron Street

For over 20 years the Rabbit Patch has been locally owned and operated and has become a widely respected leader in education and care.

While we are at the forefront of education we also live and breathe fun, discovery and imagination. 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 - Saffron Street's post 31/03/2022

At last the ice cream shop is open! After many hours of drawing and discussing plans, constructing and inventing, designing menus, preparing ingredients and making delicious ice-cream, the day was met with much anticipation, enthusiasm and excitement by nga tamariki throughout the preschool! Today showed us what a great sense of ownership and community the children have within the preschool as they delighted in coming together to immerse themselves in the Ice Cream shop celebrations that has been an on-going creative project amongst the children of Room 4 alongside our wonderful Atelierista Winnie. Today their interactions had a spark of joy as they proudly participated with each other and shared their love of the ice cream shop within the Rabbit Patch Whanau!

31/08/2021

Good morning everyone, we are very grateful to be moving to level 3 today and hope it is not too much longer when we can all be back together at preschool. Today Kaiako Lesley is sharing a few of our favourite stories, “Where’s my teddy”, “Goldilocks and the three bears” in sign language and the next post will include “Brown bear, brown bear.” We hope nga tamariki will enjoy listening to and joining in with these stories. Wishing you all a wonderful day.
Kia tūtaki

31/08/2021
Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Saffron Street's post 29/08/2021

Mōrena koutou ki o tatou whānau,
We hope you have had a lovely weekend in your bubbles and maybe having the opportunity to try out one of the experiences in one of our recent posts or perhaps having a singalong with Lesley and Winnie? Kaiako Rebekah and her son Henry have shared an experience they created last week…

With the warm weather we went on a flower finding walk around our block. The blossom and pink camellia flowers captured Henry's imagination and he collected them excitedly.

We incorporated them into our afternoon alongside some paint, natural brushes and some recycled cardboard. It quickly became a sensory experience with Henry using the sticks to paint his body, paying particular attention to the marks the paint made on his legs.

We hope you are safe and happy in your bubbles
Kia tupato, kia kite ano i a koe i tenei wa

25/08/2021

Mōrena whānau, today Kaiako Jess and her daughters share with us how to make home made peita using a few simple ingredients from home. It has been lovely hearing from many of you through our social media posts and also through our online storypark platform, we can see you are enjoying the beautiful sunshine and embracing this time with your families. We invite you to send through photos if you have the opportunity to make this paint and get creative today (or the upcoming days!)

Noho haumaru me te pārekareka ki te rā

25/08/2021

Mōrena whānau, it has been lovely to see snd hear from some of you through our social media posts or online via our storypark platform, we can see many of you are enjoying the beautiful sunshine and embracing this time with your families. Today Jess shares with us how to make peita from home with a few ingredients. We invite you to send through some photos if you have the opportunity to do this!

Noho haumaru me te pārekareka ki te rā

24/08/2021

With what will be another beautiful sunny day, we thought we would share Kaiako Laura and her son Luca’s shadow explorations that you too can enjoy from home

Hi everyone! Luca and I are very much missing seeing our Rabbit Patch whanau!

With the beautiful sunny day we created an outdoor projector using natural light for Luca to explore.
Using simple materials from around the house I hung them in a tree, placing a sheet behind to catch their shadows. The end result is a stunning collection of different shadows dancing in the breeze. Luca was very intrigued by the movement of the shadows and spent time trying to discover where and how the shadows were projecting on the fabric. You could create your own projectors at home using a collection of materials that are accessible to you and perhaps older children could choose their own materials too!

For the nursery this is a wonderful way to extend and develop their working theories from our current project on movement. We would really appreciate having some contributions from the nursery so we invite you to share with us any images or videos of your tamariki working with light and shadows. We cant wait to see the contributions and hope you are all doing well in your bubbles and look forward to seeing you back at RP soon.
Love Laura and Luca

23/08/2021

Day 2 - Kaiako Aleisha shares a creative exploration to make from home and a message to our families….

Kia ora Rabbit Patch whānau! I hope everyone is well in their bubbles, soaking up the beautiful weather and spending quality time with your close ones. I have shared with you a few ways to make your own sensory bottles at home which is as simple as using recycled bottles and filling them up with what ever you like! These bottles provide a great opportunity to get creative and produce a fun sensory experience that is safe and mess free! It is perfect for tamariki to explore and discover different materials that our world has to offer. Enjoy creating! "

23/08/2021

Day 2 - Kaiako Aleisha shares a creative exploration to make from home with the message below….

Kia ora Rabbit Patch whānau! I hope everyone is well in their bubbles, soaking up the beautiful weather and spending quality time with your close ones. I have shared with you a few ways to make your own sensory bottles at home which is as simple as using recycled bottles and filling them up with what ever you like! These bottles provide a great opportunity to get creative and produce a fun sensory experience that is safe and mess free! It is perfect for tamariki to explore and discover different materials that our world has to offer. Enjoy creating! "

22/08/2021

Morena koutou ki o tatou whanau,
We hope your families are all keeping safe, happy and well within your bubbles at home. We are certainly missing nga tamariki and thought (like our last lockdown) we would use this platform to share experiences, explorations and ways to interact with Kaiako while we remain in level 4. Staying connected is important to us so If you have anything you would like to share we would invite you to send through to us on Instagram, Facebook or email. Today our nursery Kaiako Lesley has sent through this message….

Kia ora, Rabbit Patch whanau. From our wee bubble to yours, we hope you are all safe and well in your bubble.
Lucy has been excited to interact with some of my resources. You can use any 5 items as donuts such as 5 duplo pieces, 5 balls, 5 puzzle pieces ... anything you have around the home. Find some friends or family members in your bubble and sing away.

"Five donuts 🍩 in the bakers shop, round and yummy with some sprinkles on the top. Along came "______" with some money one day, bought a donut, and ate it right away..."

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Saffron Street's post 28/07/2021

Nga tamariki have been exploring marama - light and atarangi - shadow projections within the atelier, incorporating sensory elements of shapes, colours, light and sound, all in which promote a pedagogical approach to learning. The "light triangle" as suggested by Isabella, evoked Room Three's natural pakiki - curiosity to explore and discover through the karaihe - crystal sphere which added an element of imagination as projected rainbow hues danced upon them and on the surrounding pepa.

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Saffron Street's post 07/05/2021

This afternoon we welcomed the special wahine in our lives to celebrate “Mother’s Day” with a high tea. Nga tamariki have excitedly been preparing for this special occasion to create beautiful gifts and kai as we greeted our mother’s, grandmothers, great grandmothers, aunties and friends. We were so appreciative of our overwhelming Rabbit Patch community support and the children were so whakahī - proud to be able to extend their aroha in the presence of their loved ones. We wish you all a very happy Mother’s Day and are excited to share more photos and special moments we have captured next week . Also a big thank you to our wonderful kaiako who work so hard to make these events such a success ❤️ nui te aroha me te mauruuru

Photos from The Rabbit Patch Preschool - Saffron Street's post 12/03/2021

Today we say a sad farewell to our beloved teacher, colleague, mentor and friend who has been a big part of the Rabbit Patch family for over 15 years. Suz we will miss your dedication, passion, enthusiasm and experience but wish you all the very very best as you embark on this new chapter # # #

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Good morning everyone, we are very grateful to be moving to level 3 today and hope it is not too much longer when we can...
Mōrena whānau, today Kaiako Jess and her daughters share with us how to make home made peita using a few simple ingredie...
Mōrena whānau, it has been lovely to see snd hear from some of you through our social media posts or online via our stor...
With what will be another beautiful sunny day, we thought we would share Kaiako Laura and her son Luca’s shadow explorat...
Day 2 - Kaiako Aleisha shares a creative exploration to make from home and a message to our families….Kia ora Rabbit Pat...
Day 2 - Kaiako Aleisha shares a creative exploration to make from home with the message below….Kia ora Rabbit Patch whān...
Morena koutou ki o tatou whanau,We hope your families are all keeping safe, happy and well within your bubbles at home. ...

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