August & September 2021 Newsletter

August & September 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou,

Who would believe we have nearly had had our first month of Spring?

Well, what and interesting few months we have had. Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support and patience over level 4 and level 3. We tweaked a few things from last time, from the feedback that we received from you. We felt that the lockdown went really well and had a good balance of activities and communication from us on the Facebook page and via emails. However, we always like to evaluate what we do, so please feel free to email us on what you feel we did well and what you think we can improve on.

There have been a few colds around this week, with the change of weather. We really appreciate families keeping children off when they are unwell.

With the way things are on alert levels this year, we have made the call not to have the Disco this year. We have tried to move the date a few times and haven’t been successful. So, we will make sure the 2022 Disco is better than ever.

With lots of new families joining us please remember to like the ‘Moa kids family page’ on Facebook. This is a private Facebook page; we use this to post what is coming up and also what the children have been up to.

We have locked in a date for the children’s Xmas party. This will only go ahead if we are in alert level 1. It will be Thursday 9th December 4.30pm-6pm. We will finalize details closer to the time.

With Moa being at full numbers, I have started to look at our waitlist for 2022. If you are wanting extra days next year or siblings to start, please make sure you come and see me. Current families of course get first priority.

As you would have been aware we were meant to have ERO in August. But with us all going into alert level 4 this of course did not happen.  They are now booked for Monday 27th September for the three days. There is some information on the notice board about the review. If you have any further questions, please come see me.

As you are all aware, all children in NZ get 20 ECE hours when your child turns three. With Moa being a non-profit community-based preschool, we offer 30 ECE hours. We do not charge an additional cost for these hours. However, what we do have is a weekly $10 donation fee that is optional. We set this up as a donation, so families can claim back at tax time. We have noticed a huge decline in people paying this donation.  It is a small cost to families, but makes a big difference to us and allows us to offer the low ratios, fully qualified teachers and extra ECE hours that we are well known for. If you child is 3 and you are not paying the donation and would like to, please let us know, so, we can add this into your fortnightly account.  If you have any questions around this, please let us know.

With ERO, lockdown and every happening we have missed the September Committee meeting.  We only have two left for the year. Monday 18th October and Monday 15th November. We ask that all committee members please attend these, as we will have a lot to get through.

Calendars: it is that time of the year when we do calendars. These are great for Xmas presents.  The children are busy doing their art work. Once we have had these all completed, we will give you the order forms for you to order. This is a fundraising event for Moa, so, we would love if you could please support this. Remember, any fundraising money we raise at the moment, is going towards the last stage of the preschool outdoor area.

Our Christmas closing dates this year have been confirmed.  We will be closing at 3pm on Thursday 23rd December and reopening on Monday 10th January.  Just a reminder that we don’t charge at all over this time.

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

Thanks Hayley

Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Jasper, Archie, Grace and Ruby at Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.

Goodbyes

Loic, Louise, Lila, Lucas and Sol have turned the big 5 and have headed off to school. We wish them all the best for their next adventures.

Reminders

  • 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.
  • COVID-19: Please remember to scan in when coming into the centre. We remain at Alert level 2. If anything changes, we will update as soon as we can.
  • SunSmart: Term 4, is when we start our sun smart guidelines. All children need to be coming with a sunhat and also sun cream on in the mornings. We re-apply through the day. 
  • School holidays: School holidays start at the start of October. Please let us know if you are going to be away at all.
  • 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 a busy time 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 Monday 18th October It is held in the preschool starting a 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. Even if you are not on the committee and would like to see what it is all about, please pop along. 

Preschool News

Oh, how nice was it to see everyone back after lockdown.

As you will be aware the centre has had a huge focus on a planned bicultural review this year. We have been doing different activities/ learning experiences and changing things in the classroom to support this.

Many years ago, we made our own Mihi and turned it into a song. We decided to revisit this as part of our review. The walls by the lockers is where the beautiful art work is displayed and its significance to Moa.

We have a Tuakana Teina board, which reflects our current review and also our current project. As part of this, the older children have been collecting the younger children from kiwi mat and helping them to go wash their hands and help with their lunch boxes. This is developing responsibility, caring for others and learning from each other. Make sure you check the board out, there some great photos of it all in action.

We have also started to look at Te Weke, which is a Māori health model. The Octopus on the wall is a symbol respecting whanau, hapu and iwi. Each tentacle of the octopus represents one of the 8 dimensions. We are going to look at one dimension at a time and unpack that with the teachers and children. So, watch this space. Make sure you check out the wall displays, as it unpacks it more.

We have done a little refresh of the  individual child wall. This is where you will find your child’s learning outomes that they are currently working on. Their photo sits above the teachers who plan for them .

We have done a little refresh of the  individual child wall. This is where you will find your child’s learning outomes that they are currently working on. Their photo sits above the teachers who plan for them . We have set this on a waka that the children helped make. This waka represents the teachers document called (The Nelps), it represents the teachers are the waka and the children and family’s are the ones guiding the waka in the direction they want to go (with their learning ). The individual children also look like sails on the waka, which represents the documents that guide us.  Please feel free to come unpack this with any of the teachers.

We have been working hard on our cooperation project. You will see it weaved through the preschool classroom. We will be wrapping this up in the school holidyas. We are going to have a fun filled day planned each day during the holidays, with a celebration on the last day. Watch this space for details.

The carpentry table and sandpit have been a huge hit with the warmer weather fast approaching.

Nursery News

The nursery has had a busy month welcoming in new friends. A big welcome to Ruby, Grace and Theo. They are settling in and becoming familiar with the routine and new environment.

Mavis has started the transition process into the preschool room. She has been enjoying the new environment and getting used to the new routine. 

Our nursery children are still focusing on a mana atua well-being and we have a display on the wall. We are supporting the tamariki understanding of caring for themselves and the environment. They have embraced this by using independence skills including taking their jackets off, feeding themselves, peeling mandarins and opening their banana. Developing these skills help support and enhance their mana and confidence.

Continuing with the Wellbieng focus, we are creating a display on Te Whare Tapa Wha, a holistic modle of health and well-being, alos know as Hauora. This is a way to think about tamariki more holistically.

The Nursery Christmas Party is Friday 3rd December at 2pm. A great way to come together and celebrate with the other nursery families.

Dolphin Club

We have come back into full swing with dolphin club.

Our “Cooperation” project was in full swing before lockdown. We went on trips to the Sumner and Redcliffs communities. This was to give out thank you cards to the people in our community; Pharmacy, the Bus Driver, Supermarket, Romy’s Mum’s shop, the Butcher and the Redcliff’s Dairy. They were all so excited to have us come visit and give out cards.

The children have been really interested in Spring. So, we have done a wall of flowers and exploring what Spring actually is.

Edel has been teaching us some Irish songs and also learning Irish colours and shapes

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Learning Irish with Edel
  • Cooperation project activities
  • Providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip, all in preparation for school. 
  • School visits each term to Te Raekura Redcliffs and Sumner
  • Library trips and out in the community

Mini Bread Quiche

Ingredients:

100g zucchini, coarsely grated

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1/4 cup (30g) coarsely grated tasty cheddar

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2 rashers rindless bacon, finely chopped

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1 tbsp chopped chives

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3 Free Range Eggs, lightly whisked

·  1 tbsp milk

Method:

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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