Early Childhood Centres

Fields of Remembrance for Early Childhood Centres  
ACG Sunderland pre-schooler celebrates Anzac Day
The Fields of Remembrance Trust and the Ministry of Education  formed a partnership to support all early learning services in commemorating the sacrifice of our veterans during World War 1 (WW1).
In 2016 early learning centres (Kindergartens, Playcentres, Kōhanga reo, and Day-care centres) were sent a WW1 Commemoration Package, including three small white crosses to commemorate the men and women who died serving New Zealand during WW1. The commemoration packages aimed to inform and inspire younger generations. 

Pre-school children painting crosses


Also see the ACTIVITIES page.
Pre-school children continue to remember and honour the soldiers of the First World War.
  • Tell their Stories 
  • Invite a soldier or an old soldier to visit - contact your nearest RSA or DEFENCE Base.
  • Visit a WW1 Memorial near you click HERE for more information.
  • Contact a school near you for information on their WW1 ceremonies.
  • Visit Museums to view their WW1 exhibitions.
  • Make thumb-print poppies with paint.
  • Bake ANZAC biscuits.
  • Make medals and talk about how and why people get medals.
  • talk to families and whanau - do they have stories?
  • You may also like to read The Ode at mat-time.

 Small crosses for Early Childhood Centres
The Ode
E kore rātou e kaumaatuatia
Pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei
E kore hoki rātou e ngoikore
Ahakoa pēhea i ngā āhuatanga o te wā I te hekenga atu o te rā
Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou

They shall grow not old;
As we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun And in the morning;
We will remember them
We will remember them


The Fields of Remembrance Trust was established in 2012 to honour those who served and died for our nation during World War One.

The Trust is made up of the Passchendaele Society, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, New Zealand (RNZRSA) representIng all local RSAs, and the Auckland RSA. It is a registered charity.