July 2020 Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter

Who would believe that we are nearly through July and nearly in our last month of Winter for 2020! I know a lot our families have been making the most of getting up the mountain for skiing. Make sure you send your pics through to us of the children skiing to share with their peers.  

We just had the school holidays and this time around the preschool teachers decided to change up the way they do the holiday programme. They kept inline the current project and learned all about matariki. We have had some great feedback from families.

We have had a few new families join us recently. A big welcome to Moa Kids. Everyone is settling in to the Moa way of life and it is great to have you part of the Moa family.

I just want to take this time to thank families for keeping their children off, if they are unwell or not a 100%. We have really noticed a huge difference in our own staffing and also children don’t tend to be as sick for as long, if they kept off at the start of a cold. So, a big thank you.

The preschool is still 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 coming up, 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.

We have a few children turning 5 before the end of the year. Can families please let me know if they will be heading to school and what date will be your child’s last day. This helps me when informing new families when their children can start.

Lots of our families have lovely dogs that often come along to the preschool drop off. This of course is absolutely fine; can families please just remember to keep the dogs on the other side of the fence. When the dogs come right up to the door, or sit on this side of the fence, some children find it overwhelming to come in. We thank you all for your understanding around this.

With the end of year just around the corner we have worked out our closing dates for Christmas. Due to the way Christmas day falls this year, we be closing an extra couple of days. Our last day will be Wednesday 23rd December and we will reopen on Monday 11th of January.

At Moa we seem to continue to have an issue with collecting a large pile of lost property. Can all parents please make sure that they check the lost property on a regular basis and also try and name all clothing that comes into the centre, even shoes.

At Moa Kids we don’t charge any additional costs for our 30 ECE funded hours when your child turns three. We have a weekly $10 donation fee that is optional. We set this up as a donation, so families can claim this back at tax time, as we are listed as a charity. If your child is three and you’re not paying this and would like to, please let us know. We can add it on. With Moa being a non-profit organisation the $10 donation per week really helps out Moa Kids; it goes a long way in helping us provide the low ratios, fully qualified teachers and over-all high-quality care and education.

Over lock down, we set a private Moa Kids page. It is called ‘’Moa Kids Family Page’’ We have decided to keep this open and use it to provide families with updates with what is happening at Moa. So, if you are not in the group, please request to join and we can add you in.

Remember that my door is always open, or feel free to email me if you need me, my personal moa email is hayley.flanagan@moakids.org.nz

Enjoy the last month of Winter.

Thanks Hayley

Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Eddie, Benji, Georgia, Iyla, Charlie, Logan and Anthea to Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.


Hugo and Esme have both turned the big 5 and have headed off to school. We wish them all the best for their next adventures.

Staff News

Over lock down Rebecca finished her Teaching qualification. At the end of last month her provisional teacher registration came through, a big congratulations to Rebecca.


  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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

Next Governance Committee meeting is Monday 17th August. It is held in the preschool starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Preschool News

A big welcome back to all our preschool children and families. It has been lovely hearing about everyone’s adventures over lockdown.  

The children have settled back in so well and it is nice to be back into the swing of things.

Wow, what a busy two weeks we have had celebrating Matariki. Matariki has fitted in perfectly with our new project on the universe.

As part of celebrating the 9 stars of Matariki, the children have made vegetable soup, Kumara chips and have made bird feeders.  The children recreated birds and trees.  They have shared their memories and their wishes and aspirations. We have planted some vegetables and made some sea creatures using paper plates and clay.

The children made kites and took them out to the field to fly. We also worked with poi and rākau.

We also made clouds, rainbows and raindrops. The children made some rain catchers to collect rain water which can then be used for watering our plants and for water play in the sandpit. 

We have really enjoyed the dryer days we have had over the last couple of weeks.  It has been fantastic to get outside more often and to stay dryer while working outside. We did however LOVE all the puddles that we had to explore on those wet days.

A group of children went for a trip to the Sumner library. They returned with some reference books about space.

A group of children have visited the Redcliff’s 4 square to buy some supplies for baking egg and vegetable muffins and quiches.

We have explored a variety of different types of messy play. The children loved the return of the play dough. There has been a lot of rolling and smoothing out of it.

The younger children have continued loving washing their hands. We have supported this by providing small containers of water for waterplay.

Art and construction have continued to be busy areas of the preschool.


We are continuing to work on our space project.  The children have been great researchers investigating the space books. They have great planet knowledge and dwarf planet knowledge. We will continue to build on this knowledge and the children's interest in space. The celebration of Matariki has been perfectly timed with our project around space. 

It’s great to have the shared fruit back. The children love the water cooler and cups and also having shared fruit platter at morning tea.

Nursery News

We welcomed Eddie, Benji and Logan 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.

Isla and Emily have transitioned into the preschool environment now. Mia, Jayme and Paddy have begun their transition process into the preschool room. They are enjoying their visits and all the new challenges.

The children continue to be delighted with our new outdoor area. The track around the outside is very popular with the bike crowd.

The chilren are enjoying a lot of music learning experiences. We are using the small bean bags, poi and the musical instruments. The children are learning about listening to others, different forms of commmuncation and being creavie through dance.

We are extending this learning through our mat times as well. The children get to choose the stories and songs we listen to. The children come together as a nursery whanau and enjoy on experience where they smile and laugh together.

Dolphin Club

Wow, we’re nearly in our third term already.

Again, Dolphin club has been a full house each day. The children are very busy and engaged with what they are learning. This month it has all been about the planets and the milky way. We hope to make a trip this term to the museum, with the ‘moon and beyond’ exhibition. This month the language we have chosen is Dutch. There is a new paper hat song in Dutch that we have been learning and the children just love it. We will be also be focusing on counting and greeting each other in Dutch.

With Matariki celebrations this month, we have been learning how to use the poi. The children are getting really good at this.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Dutch language
  • Working on a new karakia and waiata
  • We will be providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip, all in preparation for school. 
  • School visits each term to Redcliffs and Sumner
  • Matariki Haka
  • Learning all about space

Banana Muffins

1 1/2 cups Standard Grade Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 large ripe bananas (mashed)
3/4 cup White Sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup Butter (80g), melted

Preheat the oven to 175°C bake

Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

Sift together the Standard Grade Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and salt then set aside.

In a large bowl combine the bananas, White Sugar, egg, and melted Butter.

Fold in the flour mixture until only just combined.

Spoon evenly into muffin tin and bake 20-25 minutes until muffins spring back when gently pressed.

Community News

Braveheart Performing Arts: Shay runs her own Preforming arts drama classes here in Redcliffs a couple of times a week. If you are interested please see her 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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