April 2021 Newsletter

April 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou,

Who would believe that we have had our second month in Autumn and Winter is just upon us!

We have had another fantastic holiday programme which supported our current project, "All about me". The children were very engaged and it was great to see all the updates on our private family Facebook page. Please remember if you haven’t joined this, it’ a great way we keep parents update to date with what happens in the centre. Our group is called ‘’Moa Kids Family Page’’ if you wish to join, we approve these as soon as they come in. Feel free to let grandparents know as well. This means they can keep up to date with all the photos and activities as well. 

With Moa being a community-based preschool, it means we are required to have an active governance committee which is made up of parents. It means every year at our AGM (May 17th) we look for new families to come onto this.

This year we have some very long serving/amazing parents leaving. I know Carly emailed out families this week explaining it so well. So, we will be looking for new families to join.  If anyone is interested (before I shoulder tap you) please come and see me. We have a great brochure that explains the roles and I am happy to have a chat with people and explain a bit more.

Recently we have noticed a lot of our older siblings coming in and out of the doors themselves at pick up and drop off. This is becoming a safety issue, especially at pick up time. As some children are trying to let out their friends, siblings and peers without a parent. We of course love our siblings coming to visit, but please make sure they are coming in and out with you, and you as the parent are controlling the door. We really appreciate your support with this.

Since COVID-19 has been a part of our world, families have been really good at keeping children home if they are not well. With us stepping into the winter months, we ask you all to keep this up. We find if children are off at the start of their cold when they are normally the most contagious, they tend to fight the cold quicker. This also helps the stop the spread of the cold. Please remember for them to return when they are back to 100%. We really appreciate your understanding around this.

COVID-19 UPDATE: As you are all aware we continue to stay in alert level one. The Australia bubble has also opened up. We know we have lots of families with relatives living in Australia. 

I have had a few parents ask about our policies and procedures regarding this and what happens if families choose to travel. Just like anything throughout the last year around COVID, we take all our guidance and information from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

So, just remember if you do choose to travel, please be aware that things can change quickly and we expect you to follow the guidance provided by the New Zealand Government.  Please feel free to come and have a chat with me if you have any further questions. 

Next Month there is road safety month. We will be having a trike a thon for this. This is normally an annual event. However, with COVID last year we were not able to do this. So, we are super excited to have it back. This will be Friday 21st May, in the carpark. So, watch this space for details and times.

Please remember that my door is always open. So, please feel free to come and see me if you have any questions or concerns.

Ngā mihi



Welcome to our new families

 A big welcome to Toby to Moa Kids. He has started his settling in visits and making the most of his time here.


Olive, Kurt and Cory have all turned the big 5 and are heading off to school on Monday. We wish them all the best for her next adventures. Please make sure you come back to see us.

Staff News

We have had a few teachers away on annual leave recently. We hope they all have a well-deserved break. Katie and Sue continue to be our super relievers at Moa, which is great having the same faces.


  • Lunch boxes:  You have most probably noticed the very full lunchbox shelf in the preschool.  We would really appreciate it if all children’s lunch boxes, drink bottles and food containers could be named, as well as food that needs to go in the fridge.  There is a permanent marker attached to the basket for the food that needs to be kept in the fridge. Thanks.
  • Nut Free Zone: Moa Kids is a “nut free” zone.  Lately we have been noticing a lot of nut products coming in cashews, almonds, peanut butter sandwiches etc.  Please can you remember that we are a nut free zone when you are making your child’s lunch.
  • Lost Property: We have a large amount of lost property. Please come and have a look to see if the treasures and clothing belong to your family. The lost property is in the foyer.  Please name all clothing that comes to preschool as this really helps us to return clothing and hats back to the correct person. Thanks.
  • Show and tell: Each child who attends the preschool room has a show and tell day. This is the day where they can bring in something special to show their peers. We know lots of our friends like to bring in toys and often it is the same toy from the week before. We are not saying no toys, but if parents could get the children to have a think of something different each time, this will help their child when they get up to talk about their “show and tell”.  Remember that you are most welcome to email in any photos of what they have been getting up to over the weekend. This goes down really well and the children normally have lots to say about it. Can you please remember to take home your child’s show and tell item? The basket seems very full.
  • Moved House? We know many of you have recently moved house.  Can you please ensure you have updated Dawn or myself in the office so we can make sure our system is up to date?
  • Nappies: Some parents choose to bring a bag of nappies in for their child and we let the families know when they are running low by writing on the daily role sheet. Please make sure when you see “please bring nappies” that you bring them in as soon as you can. We have emergency nappies if children run out, but these need to be replaced if used. We unfortunately are not in the position to be supplying nappies to children.
  • Preschool Door: Please can all families make sure you are shutting the preschool door behind you. 9am and 3pm are busy times with children and families coming in and out. If all families can please make sure there is a parent with each child it would be much appreciated.
  • Bread bags: Please bring in any used bread bags for the preschool. These are used for toileting.

Governance Committee

Next Governance Committee meeting is our AGM Monday 17th May 2021. It is held in the preschool starting a 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome and even better we will be having wine and cheese for this event.  Even if you are not on the committee and would like to see what it is all about, please pop along. Remembering that being a community non-profit preschool, we have to by law, have an active governance committee to run.

Preschool News

We’ve had a busy few month in the Preschool.

We are farewelling a few of our 5-year-old friends off to school this week. We wish them all the best.

Our outdoor area is still such a hit with the children. They are enjoying watering the plants at the end of each night.

We started the month with our Easter celebrations. We did lots of baking and even made our very own hot cross buns.  We did lots of art and finished off with and Easter hunt in the preschool room.

Even with the school holidays upon us we have been very busy with lots of fun activities. Again, we designed the program around our current project which is ‘’All about me’’.

Some highlights from this were:

Japan Day: Mizu’s mum came in and did origami with the children. They made dinosaur’s, t-shirts and Whales. They just loved this.

German Day: Lucas’s mum came in and made Lanterns in the art area with the preschool children.

Kiwiana Day: Was so much fun. We enjoyed making tasty kiwi treats, like fairy bread and cheese toasties. We even got to the park to do gumboot throwing.

ANZAC day: The children enjoyed role playing as soldiers, especially when we were training and going through obstacle courses. We even got to make tasty ANZAC biscuits. The children also made a poppy wreath to hang on the fence.

We are wrapping up the ‘’All about me’’ project on Friday. So, make sure you bring a special person along for afternoon tea at 2pm. This is a great way to celebrate our project. 

Have you checked out all the cool new displays around ‘’All about me’’? There are lots of great examples of all the stuff they have been learning.

Project Corner:

‘’All about me’’.

Children’s voices

‘’What do I look like?’’

Olive ‘’Long hair, it is gold and my Mum has red hair’’

Sol ‘’ I have brown hair and it is super long hair’’

Norah ‘’I have green eyes’’

Charlie W ‘’My hair is short and my eyes are blue’’

Lily ‘’I have blue eyes and super long hair too’’

Nursery News

Wow, what a busy start the first part of the year. A big welcome to Toby and his family, who have stated to transition into Moa.

Frederick and Ringo have now started their transition journey into the preschool room. They are both just loving all the different learning activities in the preschool room and making the most of their visits.

There has been a great response to ‘’Where in the world’’ display. A big thank you to all the families who helped create this.

This knowledge gives the Kaiako a deeper understanding of what is important to families and also helps build a sense of belonging for you all.

Our children have been getting creative with different froms of creative play. Painting, stamping, baking, gloop and volcanoes.

These activities and learning experiences allow the children to learn through their senses, feeling the different textures, seeing how 2 things can also create something new.

With the  winter weather upon us, please make sure you are sending in jackets and also gumboots if you have them. We try to get outside as much as we can, so having the right clothing is a great starter.

Dolphin Club

Wow we are back into full swing in the Dolphin club.

It is working really well just having the 4 years olds at Dolphin Club. There is a lot more buy in from the children, allowing the teachers to extend the project more. Next term we will have Sharleen and Emily taking Dolphin Club.

“All about me” project activities: What my house looks like, street and road map, who lives in my house, 3D Lego house building, and drawing and painting our houses.

Letter writing: a drawing for the parents and mailing the letters at the post box.

The children have been loving learning Sign language: finger alphabet, days of the week, greetings/farewell colour song and signing our names.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Working on karakia
  • All about me project 
  • Providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip, all in preparation for school. 
  • Lots of trips to the field
  • Fine motor skills: threading necklaces, tracing patterned lines, playdough making numbers, and peg the number cards.  
  • Sign language
  • Dance exercise/self-regulation and yoga posture movements

Mini bread quiches


  • 12 slice High Fibre Bread
  • 100g zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup (30g) coarsely grated tasty cheddar
  • 2 rashers rindless bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs chopped chives
  • 3 Eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 tbsp milk


  • Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 6 holes of a 1/3-cup (80ml) muffin pan. Place 1 slice of bread on a clean work surface. Arrange another slice of bread on top at a 45-degree angle. Use a rolling pin to roll out bread slices until 5mm thick. Repeat with remaining bread slices. Line the prepared holes with bread, pressing down firmly. Spray with olive oil spray. Bake for 15 mins or until just golden.

  • Step 2

Combine zucchini, cheddar, bacon and chives in a bowl. Divide evenly among the bread cases. Whisk the egg and milk in a jug and pour evenly over the zucchini mixture. Season. Bake for 20-25 mins or until the egg mixture is light golden and just set. Cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature

Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Flanagan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081

Email: admin@moakids.org.nz

Phone: 03 384 1910     Web: www.moakids.org.nz


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