August Newsletter

Moa Kids August Newletter 2019

Who would be;ieve that winter is done and dusted for another year and we are heading into oyr first month of spring. Again, we have had an extremely busy couple of months at Moa. We have had teachers away on annual leave, professional development, sick leave and we have Sharleen heading off on maternity leave very soon. Here are some staff updates:

We are really lucky to have Fritha join us again. Fritha has finished up at University and we are lucky she has decided to take a few months out before she starts looking for a job in her field. So, she will be working with us for the next few months.

Unfortunately, poor Shay has broken her wrist while away on holiday. Shay was meant be back next week. However, this has now all changed and she may need up to 8 weeks for recovery. Once she is back in the country and we know more details, we will let you all know.

Sharleen’s last day at Moa Kids will be Friday 6th September. Emily will be returning from maternity leave in November. She will step into the preschool, while Sharleen is away. Until Emily is back and we know what is happening with Shay, Kat, Fritha and myself will help cover in the preschool.  We will all have our regular casuals helping out when needed.

As you are aware Rebecca is training to be an early childhood teacher. She heads off on a teaching placement for 4 weeks from 16th September. We wish her all the best and know she do a wonderful job.

If you have any questions around staffing in the next couple of weeks. Please come see me.

This month we took part in ‘’Cans for good’’. Wow what fabulous support we received from our families. We collected so many canned items. The Salvation Army were very excited when they came to pick them up. So, a big thank you.

In the last newsletter I mentioned our grass situation in the nursery, or should I say lack of it.  We have applied for a grant to replace this area with artificial grass. With this being a major job, we were advised by an architectural landscaper to have a look at the whole area and look at different options on what we can do in this space, so this is what we plan to do. This is very exciting for the nursery. These things do take time, but we are hoping to have is sorted as quickly as we can. So, watch this space over the next few months.

Moa Kids teaching team is inspired by the ‘’Reggio Emilia’’ Philosophy. Reggio is embedded in all our documents at Moa; strategic plan, website, philosophy etc. So, this year we wanted to focus on this. We decided to make it part of our internal evaluation. We asked “In what ways can we support teachers to provide a Reggio inspired environment that scaffolds and supports children learning?” The teachers have been busy working on this. We are excited to be sending Letisha on the ‘’Reggio Emilia’’ study tour in Melbourne next week. We can’t wait to see what great ideas she brings back to inspire the rest of us. So, watch this space.

With Moa being a non-for-profit community-based centre, fundraising events play a very important part in our way of life. It is really important that these events are supported by all our families. We have a few events coming up before the end of the year. So please make sure you put these in your diary.

  • Photo shoot - We have Zoe from ‘’Forget me not Photography’’ coming in to do photos again this year on Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th September between 9:30am and 2:30pm. Zoe likes to capture the children within their play, so there are lots of actions shots. If you would like to send a particular outfit along for your child to get changed into, that’s fine, please just let a teacher know.
  • Entertainment books - We are still selling these so if you would like one, please see Dawn in the office.
  • Family dinner - Moa kids are holding a fundraising event at Winniebagoes, Ferrymead. on Sunday 20th October at 5pm. A night off cooking? Sounds like bliss hey! We will be selling tickets for this event and we will put out the information closer to the time.
  • Cake Stall - Saturday 9th November.  We did this in May and we thought because it went so well, we would do another one before the year ends. We ask families to bake something for the stall and we sell them at the Mt Pleasant. We will also need a few parents to help out on the morning.
  • Children’s Christmas party - It seems early, but to make sure we can get an entertainer we have locked in our date for the children’s end of year Christmas party. It will be Thursday 12th

December. This will start at 4.30pm as normal, but we will email out finalized details closer to the time. But please mark this into your calendar. 

With Moa kids being extremely full now, it makes it hard to pick up permanent days. If you are wanting extra days or hours, please make sure you come and see me and give as much notice as possible.

The KPG report that was carried out after the lockdown on March 15th and has been emailed out to all schools. Over the next months, we will see if the Ministry of Education make any changes from the information that has been gathered. Once we know more, we will look at updating our lockdown policy. We will keep you posted.

I know a lot of our families are heading away on holidays. I hope you have a wonderful time and remember to send some photos in, so that the children can share them when they’re back.

Please remember my door is always open. If there is any issue or something you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to come and see me.

Thanks to everyone that supported our Daffodil Day today. The children looked wonderful and bright. The gold coin donations will be greatly appreciated by the Cancer Society.

Thanks Hayley


  • 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 doing over the weekend. This goes down really well and the children normally have lots to say about it. Please make sure you email them in by 11.00am. Thanks


  • With the winter months upon us. We have had a lot of winter bugs around. I am hoping with spring upon us, this will slow down. But please remember if your child is sick, we do ask that they are off preschool until they are back to100%. We find if children come back too early they don’t cope with the full days of preschool and you will find with energy levels being low, they can pick up more bugs. Please also remember to call in or email us if your child is going to be away sick.


  • Our Christmas closing dates are as follows. We will close on Friday 20th December at 5pm and reopen on Monday 6th January at 8am.

Staff News

Sharleen’s last day before maternity leave is Friday 6th September. We will have a happy last day for Sharleen, so watch this space for the theme.

Dawn is back to the U.K for a family holiday. She will be away for 5 weeks from September through to mid-October.

Rebecca heads off on a teaching placement 16th September for weeks. Letisha is away in Melbourne on PLD the first week of September.

Preschool News

We have been enjoying the warmer weather and the children are choosing to spend more time working outside.  There has been loads of climbing and swinging, working in the sandpit and the children have been extending this by adding small amounts of water.

The children made kinetic sand with Rebecca. There were loads of different textures between the different attempts. A group of children ran an exercise class outside of the big blue mats. Each child chose an exercise for the group to do.


Puzzle area has been very busy children have been challenging themselves with a variety of floor puzzles.  Family area has remained very busy since the addition of our new wooden food. There have been a lot of fantastic feasts made by the children.

The dramatic play has been enjoyed by the children in the outdoor area with sightings of some crocodiles and tigers, using the plastic claw spades from the sandpit, as well as a cone robot or two.

There was a huge interest when the lawns around Barnett park were being mowed. Both preschool  and nursery children were very excited by the ride on mower. A group of nursery children came into the preschool area to get a closer look and Isaac made his very own ride on mower with the big foam shapes.

The children have been very creative and there have been loads of different experiences for children including carpentry, collage, hot glue gunning and making pictures with different shapes.

Our project on literacy and numeracy has continued and the children have been busy exploring letters, words, writing and oral language. They are also becoming further aware of the letters in their names, as well as numeracy, working with shapes and a lot of counting, which can be heard around the preschool. Some are counting into triple digits.

The children have also been expressing themselves through construction. They have particular enjoyed working with the Duplo and telling the story behind their creation. It has been great to see their creations and their descriptions. The children have also been making board stories which they have used at mat time.

Nursery News

A big welcome to Nora and Atticus. They have both started in the Nursery room over the last few weeks. Torin has now officially transitioned into the preschool room. He has settled in really well and is enjoying the new challenges and opportunities. His big brother Milo is so happy to have him in the preschool as well.

We have 11 children transitioning into the preschool room between now and the end of the year. Jan, Gruff, Natalia, Ben and Rithvi have all started with this process. With support, they will get to know the new environment and routine of the preschool room. Some children have siblings in the preschool room, are very familiar with the environment and are excited to start their transition.

We had a celebration afternoon a few weeks ago. A special party was organised to come together and acknowledge the journey the nursery children have taken. It was great to see so many families join us for this lovely event.

The children have really enjoyed the activities in the sandpit. Playing with the digger and trucks, muddy play or even baking. So may creative ideas.

We are all excited that we are getting the opportunity to design a new outdoor area for the nursery. We are looking forward to going through this process.

Dolphin Club

This term we have two school visits coming up. First to Redcliffs and then to Sumner school. We plan to continue doing this each term. Even if your child won’t be attending these schools, it will still be beneficial for them to experience a school environment with their peers.

We were very lucky to be invited to the dress rehearsal of the Aupaki Cultural Festival. It was a fabulous performance and so nice to see lots of familiar faces.

Learning languages - We are learning the German language this term. The children are learning to count 1 to 10 and say the colours in German.  Singing twinkle twinkle song – Funkel Funkel Kleiner Stern.

Te Reo Maori - Some of the boys have had an interest in learning to do the “Ka Mate” haka.  We also have some very talented girls who love to join in with the boys. Our waiata this term is called Wairua Tapu and we have been practicing to sign the words as we sing.

Literacy and Numeracy:  We are furthering our whole centre learning of numbers and letters.  We have been doing fine motor skills activities to encourage pencil grip, practice hand eye coordination and using our brain power to develop concentration and focus. Pre writing skills: We have been threading beads, cutting and drawing rainbows, lines, curves and zigzags.

Teacher support - While Shay has been away Tracy and Rebecca have been supporting Terehia with activities, singing songs, planning resources for activities and contributing to lesson plans.

Community News

Redcliffs School – The main fundraiser of the year is on Sat 14 September, 2019 at 7pm. Please tell your friends and family. Come and join us for a great night out. Dress up if you like and recapture the ‘Woodstock era’.

Tickets are $50 each and are available now from the School office. The price includes food and live entertainment.  Your support for this local school event would be greatly appreciated. See you there!

Lunchbox ideas

Makes 8 cups

Time: 10 mins + 25 min bake


  • 8 eggs
  • 8 rashes of bacon (preferably nitrate and sugar free)
  • leftover roasted pumpkin or kumara
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 tsp homemade basil pesto


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Spray a muffin tray with baking spray oil.

2. Take a rash of bacon and place it around the inside of the muffin tin creating a circle. Repeat with all 8 rashers.

3. Place a small piece of roasted pumpkin in the bottom of each muffin tin (to form a base to the cup).

4. Break an egg on top of the roasted pumpkin, repeat until all 8 tins are full.

5. Place half a cherry tomato and 1/2tsp of pesto on top of the egg.

6. Bake in the oven for 25 mins or until the egg is cooked and golden.

Eat straight out of the oven with a salad and some chutney, or cool and take to work or school in your lunch box.


We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.  However, if you feel there is something missing or that there is something that you would like to regularly see, please have a chat with either Hayley or Dawn. Thank you.

Centre Manager: Hayley Strachan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081


Phone: 03 384 1910     Web: