February 2021 Newslette

February 2021 Newsletter 

Who would believe that I am writing the first newsletter for 2021!

A big welcome to all our new families to Moa kids.  Everyone is settling in well and making the most of their time.

How great was it to come back to such a fresh-looking Centre? The place looks fabulous and we are very thankful for all the work which happened during our close down period. I think the highlight for the children has to be the lockers/cubbies!

We hope you all had a wonderful break over the Xmas and the January period. It was so nice to have everyone back. We have been back in full swing since after Waitangi weekend.

Stage two of the playground starts the 1st week of March.  We will have an area roped off for the children and we will be using the park for trips as much as we can. We will still have the sandpit.

With Moa Kids being a not-for-profit community-based centre, fundraising events play a very important part in our way of life. It is really important that all our fundraising events are supported by our families. We are having a big target for this year to help finish the Preschool playground. We are hoping to raise $30,000 for this. So, the committee are getting a special fundraising group established. You don’t need to be on the committee, but if you would like to be a part of this, Rrita our fundraising co-ordinator is the lady to contact. Rrita’s email is: rrita.pope@moakids.org.nz

Our Murder Mystery event is up first. There are many ways you can support this. You can of course just head long to the event (there is limited seats left, so please check with Rrita).

While I have your attention, I just wanted to thank everyone who nominated myself and also the teaching team for ECE heroes. This is where people all across New Zealand nominate inspiring individuals and teams working in ECE.   We got a very pleasant phone call the other day to say we had won. We were all so excited. It was so nice to see the lovely comments that parents had sent through.

We have lots of our friends turning 5 this year. Which means we will have lot of availability coming up in the Preschool room and Nursery room. So, if you know anyone wanting to start their learning journey at Moa, make sure they come and see me, as these spaces do not normally last long.

Last year parents organised an event that raised money for the teacher’s staff room. This was organised by Geneva and the aim was to raise a little money to refresh our staff tea room, as a way to say thanks for the work that was done around COVID. Well, I think Geneva and us were blown away by the response to this. Geneva and the parents raised just over $1000. On Wednesday night Geneva came in and refreshed the room. We now have new coffee cups, a beautiful plant, new blinds, new toaster and jug, a lovely rug, plus the real highlight, a coffee machine. The staff were overwhelmed and so very thankful. We truly work at the best preschool and I can’t thank the families enough for all the support you give us.

As you are aware, we have a change in our leadership team coming up. Even though we will miss Letisha over the next 6 months, we couldn’t be prouder of her, as she has certainly grown so much over the last 6 years. She really is my right-hand man, but I wish her all the best. We are having a good luck celebration day for her this Friday. This will be book character day. So, dress up as your favourite book character.  We are also super excited for Rachael and Shay stepping up roles.

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 Louie, Cooper, Leo, Isabel, Beau Rumer, Evie, Barnaby and Millie to Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.


Marley has turned the big 5 and has headed off to school. We wish her all the best for her next adventures.

Staff News

Letisha heads off on her new adventures until October. We wish her well.

Shay steps into 40 hours a week and into the head teacher role in the Preschool room. Rachael steps into the 2 i/c role. A few changes, but please free to come and see us.


  • 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 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. These are used in the preschool for toileting. Thanks.

Governance Committee

Next Governance Committee meeting is Monday 15th March 2021. It is held in the preschool starting a 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Preschool News

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

We have farewelled our 5-year-old friends off to school.

The children were super excited to planet our little gardens, which were donated to us. A big thankyou to Marley and Norah’s Dad (Tim) who came in and helped us. Once we get our new planter boxes, we can start planting them.

It was nice to see everyone back after the break, all the children loved catching up with their friends.

We have started our first project for the year. This is ‘’All about me’’.

There has been a lot of busy children in the block corner. Lots of moblio play as well. The new lockers are a great way to display things the children have made, to show their parents when picking up.

Messy play is always popular in the preschool room, especially with our busy two-year-olds.

Lots of potions, sand play, ice play, glue play and water play.

The new roundabout that was laid, has been a huge hit. The children also love the tiles and trying to jump from one tile to another.

There has been an interest in Dinosaurs and bugs and the children are asking to research these. The teachers have been setting up the different books and bug tiles to support this interest.

Dramatic play has continued to be a favourite curriculum area. The children are having a number of pretend picnics.

With Dolphin club changed back to 4 years old, the teachers are making sure there are two planned activities that are offered to the other children. This is working really well, as they feel like they have their own play opportunities going on at this time.

We’re also getting to the field as much as we can.

Project Corner:

The children have been super busy drawing pictures of themselves and their families.

The children also drew the different parts of their bodies using the outline of their bodies. This led to researching about the process of how we wee.

We have also been talking about how many people are in our famillies.

At Mat time the children were asked to tell us what they are good at.

Childrens voices on the project ‘’All about me’’

Mizu ‘’ You have a brain in your head’’.

Olive ‘’ This red is like our blood’’.

Juniper ‘’ What would happen if you didn’t have bones in your body?’’

What we are good at:

Silvia: Going under water

Millie: Jumping on the trampoline

Ivy: Sleeping in my bed, all by myself without my mum

Raff: Building towers

Norah: Diving under the water

Eleanor: Hopping

Nursery News

Wow what a busy start to the year. We have had lots of new friends start in the Nursery. It is so nice to have everyone settling in so well. A big Moa welcome.

With a lot of new families and our old friends retuning from holidays, the nursery Kaiako are focusing on extending children’s sense of belonging and finding their place.

 Another focus in the Nursery room is sensory play. This involves exploring the world using their bodies and learning how they can use their senses to enhance their own learning.

As always, the bikes are still a big focus in the Nursery room and they are now loving to explore with the trolley and the pram. 

Harper and Logan have  started the transition process and are enjoying lots of new things in the Preschool.

The children have been loving the warmer weather and getting outside more and more. They just love any type of water play. We have been starting to get out the sprinkler on warm days, which they have also loved. This is a great way to keep during the warmer weather.

Dolphin Club

Wow we are back into full swing in the Dolphin club. This year the teaching team are doing a review on this. We found at the end of last year, it was filling up with 2-year-olds and the older children were not wanting to attend. So, this year we have gone back to it being the 4-year-old group.

This is working really well. We are also going to have different teachers run it each term. This term it is Terehia and Sharleen. So, watch this space.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Working on a new karakia and waiata
  • All about me project  
  • Providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip, all in preparation for school. 
  • School visits each term to Te Raekura Redcliffs and Sumner
  • Matariki Haka
  • Sorting out our new routine

Gluten-free ham and corn fritters


  • 100g sliced gluten-free ham, chopped
  • 125g can corn kernels, drained
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup (35g) gluten-free 
self-raising flour
  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg, lightly whisked
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 tbs olive oil


             Step 1

Place the ham, corn, spring onion, flour, egg and milk in a medium bowl. Stir until well combined. Season.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add four 1/4-cup (60ml) portions of the egg mixture to pan. Use a spatula to flatten slightly. Cook for 2-3 mins each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Set aside to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Community News

Our Murder Mystery Night is on Saturday 27th March at Mount Pleasant Community Centre. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 7.30pm.

A true "who dunnit" to get your brain going. The Moa Kids Murder Mystery is a fun evening to get all wannabe detectives involved.
Limited tickets available ($45 p/p and this includes dinner, dessert and show - BYO drinks). 
For more information, to confirm or change pre-existing bookings, or to buy your tickets please contact Rrita on 0211535562 or rrita.pope@moakids.org.nz 


Contact Us:

Centre Manager: Hayley Flanagan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliff’s, Christchurch 8081

Email: admin@moakids.org.nz

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

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