January 2020 Newsletter

January 2020 Newsletter

A big happy New Year to our Moa families. It is great to have everyone back on board and a big welcome to all our new families for 2020.

Everyone has come back well rested and we as a teaching team are excited for the year ahead.

Thank you to all the families that sent through holiday snaps. It was great to see what the children got up to over the holidays. They also love seeing their photos on the wall and always start great conversations with their peers and teachers.

We have also said goodbye to lots of our friends that have turned 5 over the Christmas break. We had lots of fun on their last days themes. A big thank you to all these families for their support while being a part of the ‘’Moa family’’.  

The preschool is at full capacity at the moment but there are still the odd casual sessions available. If you are wanting to book in for a casual session/day please see Dawn in the office.  If you are wanting to inquire about a permanent change of hours please make sure you come and see me.

We have limited spaces available in our nursery room, so please if you know anyone wanting nursery spots or you are wanting to book siblings in, please make sure you come and see me, as these will not last.

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 will be doing a fundraising calendar for the year and when we do, will get this shared with you all. There is an event coming up that you can support. This is our Murder Mystery evening. We do this event every two years. It is a fantastic evening and a great fundraiser for Moa Kids. This year we are raising money for our new nursery outdoor environment. So, we would love everyone to help support in any way they can. Details are all on the flyer and have been emailed out to families. Our big push at the moment is ticket sales and also donations for our raffles and auction on the night. If you can help in any way please come see me.

Tracy has decided to move on from Moa Kids preschool. We wish her all the best for future and thank her for her service for the past 8 years. Kat will be stepping in her role while we look for a teacher for Tracy replacement. This will also mean that Kat will be taking over the planning of Tracy’s profile books. If you have any questions please make sure you come and see me.

Thank-you to all the families that filled out the SWOT forms for me. We have had some really great feedback and things for us to work on, which we have added to our annual and strategic plan for this year. I just want to reiterate that my door is always open for feedback and concerns, that is how we grow as a team. So thank you.

One thing that has come through strong in these forms is communication around children’s days in the preschool room and what has been happening. This is something we are working on with the teachers, especially around the 3pm pick up when there is lots of children going at once. We are making sure there is extra teachers, so these conversations can take place. We may look at children’s planning teachers to start email contact with families on children’s goals and what they are working on in the preschool room. We feel this will help with the communication and allow parents to give feedback and their ideas, when they not trying get lunchboxes, shoes and everything else sorted that happens at the end of the day.  If you can think of any other great ideas that would help, I would love your feedback. 

With lots of new families starting, I just want to talk about the governance committee.  With Moa Kids being a non-for-profit, registered and incorporated society we are required to have an active Governance Committee in place who help us meet both legal requirements, strategic goals around finance, policy, fundraising and community networking.  We are always looking for volunteers to come on board. Becoming a member is easy and you would be surprised how much you all can offer. So, if you think this may be something you could be interested in, please don’t hesitate to come and have a chat with me or any of our Committee Members. Everyone is also welcome to come along to any of our committee meetings to see what it is all about. These are on the third Monday of every month at 7.30pm here at the centre. Also, if you a looking for a good read, we also have a “Governance Committee” booklet that you can pick up from the office. This explains everything to do with the “Governance Committee”.

Remember my door is always open. Hope you all enjoy the lovely weather we are having and make the most it

Thanks Hayley

Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Amelia, Arthur, Charlie, Emily, Jack, Jayme and Will to Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.


Harvey, Israh, Milo, Jack and Holly have all turned the big 5 and are heading off to school next week. We wish them all the best for their next adventures.

Staff News

Shay is back to full hours after her ACC recovery. We’re so excited to have Shay back in the preschool room. Shay and Terehia start back with Dolphin club next week.



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Hats: Please remember to bring a named sun hat.


  • Moved House? We know many of you have recently moved. Can you please ensure that you have updated Dawn or myself in the office so we can make sure oyr systems are up to date.





  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Parking: Can you please make sure that you are parking in the car parking spaces provided.  Please don’t park along the fence line by the entrance to Moa Kids.  This is a safety issue for all of our children arriving and leaving Moa Kids.


  • 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.


  • 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. 

Governance Committee







We have had our last Governance Committee  meeting for the year. The first committee meeting for    the year is Monday 17th February. It is held in the preschool starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Preschool News

A big welcome back to all over busy preschool children and families. It has been a nice relaxing start to the year. It has been lovely hearing about everyone’s adventures over the break.

We have been busy baking up a storm in the preschool; using veggies from our garden, which the children love to pick and add them into their culinary delights.

Our little patch of grass has grown so much over the last few weeks. The children have loved watering it and watching this grow. Now the children are enjoying exploring on it and even making huts on it.

Building has continued to be a favourite again this year. It has been great to see the children using a number of different materials in their constructions.

We have had lots of opportunities to explore water, ice and messy play. They love filling up containers with water and then asking for them to go into the freezer to freeze.  This is great for everyone to explore, especially our younger children.

The preschool children love taking their profile books home to show their families. We really encourage this. We are finding though that sometime they don’t come back or they are being misplaced. We would like to start a system this year, where you sign them in and out. There will be a notebook by the books to do this. Please see Letisha if you have any questions on how to do this.

Making potions is an interest at the moment in the preschool. They especially love picking the lavender to do this. We are looking at ways to extend this.

We have decided that our first project for the year will be ‘’All about me’’. We feel this is a great project to start the year off with. Especially with lots of new friends have started and we have had lots come in from the nursery room.

This year we would like to focus on our project work a little more. A big part of that is parent and family involvement. On our project planning board there is space for parents/whanau to add their voice, ideas and suggestions regarding the current project.

At group times this week we discussed if we had any brothers and sisters, and if so, how many? We also talked about what’s special about me and what I am good at.

A few examples the children said

Harvey ‘’I’m good at running’’.

Jack ‘’Riding my bike’’.

Hugo ‘’ I took my pet dragon to school, he flew me there’’.

Israh ‘’I love biking to Moa kids’’.

Holly ‘’ My mum buyed me a seat with golden sparkles. We had to pump it up and now I can relax anywhere I want’’.

Saoirse’’ My mummy takes me to Winnie Bagoes and got me pizza and ice cream’’.

We have aslo being trying to get out on as many trips as we can.

The children’s interest in the frozen movies has reached the next level and I’m sure you have all heard the beautiful and very loud singing of the songs from the new movie at drop offs and pickups.

Nursery News

A big welcome back to all our families. We hope you had a lovley break. Please send through photos of your holidays, so we can share these on our holiday wall.

We welcomed Amelia, Arthur, Emily, Jayme and Will into the nursery this month. A big welcome to them all. They’re all settling in well and making the most of their time at Moa.

Harvery, Milo and Hugo have started their transitions into the preschool enviroment. They are enjoying their visits and all the new challenges.

We are making the most of this great weather and spending a lot of time outside. 

To develop a real sense of belonging and connections to home, it would be great to have photos of your family pets for our wall.

The nursery children have enjoyed the water play experiences on offfer. Either coloured water in the trough, painting with water or muddy water in the sandpit.

We have lots of new friends starting in the next 6 weeks, so we are looking forward to meeting them and welcoming them into the nursery room.

Dolphin Club

Wow it is the first term already. That only means one thing, its Dolphin Club time. Shay and Terehia are really excited about Dolphin club and have been having some great planning meetings over the last few weeks. They are both looking forward to a busy year of learning together in Dolphin Club. 

This term we will be focusing on:

  • French language.
  • Working on a new karakia and waiata.
  • Practising self-regulation with yoga.
  • We will be providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip all in preparation for school. 
  • We will be carrying on with our school visits each term to Redcliffs and Sumner.


We will also be having a strong focus on our project ‘’All about me”. This will include our bicultural focus, also starting with our values. Shay and Terehia welcome any feedback about the learning opportunities for your children happening at Dolphin club. Bring on 2020!

Cheese Stars




  • 320g puff pastry sheet
  • mugful of grated cheese (we mixed 60g cheddar with 25g parmesan)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • flour for dusting
  • topping of your choice (optional) i.e. oregano, poppy or sesame seeds



  • Unroll the pastry and sprinkle most of the cheese over one half of the sheet. Fold the pastry in half to cover the cheese and seal it in.
  • Dust your rolling pin and work surface with a little flour and put your pastry sheet on it. Roll it out until doubled in size.
  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line two baking sheets with baking parchment.
  • Using cookie cutters, cut the pastry into shapes and put them on the prepared baking sheets. (Put the cutters on the dough close together so that less pastry is wasted. You can fold the trimmings back on themselves and re-roll to cut out more shapes.)
  • Brush the shapes with milk and add a pinch of cheese and a sprinkling of your chosen topping, if using.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-12 mins or until risen and golden, then transfer to a serbing plate. Will keep in an airtight conatiner for 3 days.

Community News

Braveheart Performing Arts:

Shay will be starting classes again in in the 2nd week of Term 1, February 2020, on both Mondays and Wednesdays, 3.20pm – 4.15pm & 4.20pm – 5.20pm.


There will be a couple of fun filled days in January where you are welcome to come and join in. Please see our Facebook page: Braveheart Performing Arts, for more information.


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

Thank you.

Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Strachan

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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