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ERIC Number: EJ965610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Designing an Early Childhood Environment: A Community-Built Playscape on Matakana Island, New Zealand
Christie, Toni; Christie, Robin
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n197 p92-95 Jan-Feb 2011
Across the mouth of the Tauranga Harbour lies a piece of paradise, Te Moutere o Matakana--Matakana Island. It is blessed with an ocean beach with white sand and a mean surf break, tidal flats, wetlands, fertile pasture, and a native and exotic forest. It is home to a maori language nest for the local children--Te Kohanga Reo o te Moutere o Matakana. During the authors' initial visits to the early childhood environment we were struck by the passion of the community for a playspace that would provide the children with a real sense of place, a relationship with the island as a whole, and a connection with the work being done by the community to restore the native ecosystems. This article discusses how to design an early childhood environment and features the community-built playscape on Matakana Island, New Zealand.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand