June Newsletter 2020

June Newsletter 2020

Who would believe that we are nearly through June and had our first month of Winter for 2020. Everyone has come back well rested from the lockdown and settled in so well.

We have 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 opportunity to thank our governance committee and families for all their support over the lockdown and also with the journey back in the different alert levels. I’m super proud of our teaching team. The online platform we set up, worked wonderful and I feel was one of the keys to why everyone came back so settled. I feel very privileged to lead this team and work in a centre with such supportive families. So, thank you!

Over this time lots of families have reflected on family time since the lockdown and some have cut down their children’s hours and some days. Can families please just remember to give two weeks’ notice, especially if it is a day you are dropping. This gives us a chance to fill the spot and contact our wait list.

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.

As you are aware, we had our big ‘’Murder Mystery’’ fundraiser planned for late March. Of course, with everything that happened this did not go ahead. As a committee we have decided there is no real need to put any pressure on families and the community for fundraising. So, we have decided to move this to next March. We may do the small things, like the entertainment book is for sale at the moment. If you do purchase one, we would really appreciate you selecting ‘’Moa Kids’’ as your fundraising option.

AGM: A big thank you to all the families that attended this. We had a fabulous turn out and have 7 new members join the governance committee. We also had three members step down.  A big thankyou to these members for all their support and work on the governance committee. A special mention goes to Abi Wills. Abi joined the committee 8 years ago when her eldest joined Moa in the nursery.  Abi has had many roles on the committee throughout this time. She has seen Moa go through a lot and has been an asset to Moa governance committee and a great sounding board for me and the teaching team.  So, a big thank you to Abi.

It is that time of year where winter bugs are around. I just want to say a big thanks to all the families. Everyone has been fantastic at keeping their children off if they are not well, or have the start of a cold. We really appreciate this and have noticed the children having a day or two off at the start, helps contain the cold and hey, they are back in no time.

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 of when their children can start.

How cool was it to come back to a new outdoor environment in our nursery? A big thanks to Kylie (Paddy and Louise’s mum) who designed and project managed this venture. We are so happy with the final outcome and the children are loving exploring their new environment.  

We are so excited that Redcliff’s school is now back in the community. Once they are all settled in, we are looking forward to starting our visits back with them.

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

Have a great month

Thanks Hayley.


Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Ringo, Mavis, Frederick, Holly, Edward to Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.

Goodbyes Jack, Isabella, Rose and Evie, have all turned the big 5 and have headed off to school next week. We wish them all the best for their next adventures.

Staff News

Sharleen is back from maternity leave. So nice to have her back. Mavis is settling well into the preschool and Silvia enjoying having mum back.


  • 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 20th July. 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’s nice to be back into the swing of things.

 Our light table was a new addition to the preschool room when the children returned. There has been huge interest in this. This really encourages engaged play. The children are always so focused.

Our little patch of grass has grown so much over the time we were off. I noticed last week a few of the children feeling it was getting too long and trimming it down with the scissors.

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

We have been reviewing our mat time routine in the preschool room. We have transitioned to now having it at 9.30am and not having one before lunch or at 2.15pm. We are finding the children are more engaged and focused at 9.30am. It’s also a great way to start our day and welcome in everyone.

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.

The children have been very creative with lots of painting building, carpentry, drawing and gluing. Make sure you check your child’s art folder, as they are pretty full at the moment with their creations.

The children have been really interested in animals and role-playing being animals. We have some great animal dress ups in our family corner, so these have been used lots.

The last few weeks we brought back in using play dough, the water cooler and cups and also having shared fruit platter at morning tea. The children loved the return of the play dough, there has been a lot of rolling and smoothing out of it.

We haven’t been able to do trips recently, but now with us being back in alert level one, we will be trying to get out on as many trips as we can.

Our new project for the preschool is ‘’Our Universe’’. The children have been showing a lot of interest in this, so watch this space.

Nursery News

A big welcome back to all our families after the lockdown . We hope you had a lovely break. Everyone has settled back in really well.

We welcomed Mavis, Ringo, Frederick, Holly-Anne, Edward 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.

Luka and Zane have transitioned into the preschool enviroment now.

Isla and Emily are spending most of their time in the preschool room now aswell. They are enjoying their visits and all the new challenges. The girls are loving the family corner and all the dollies. They are also spending lots of time in the art area.

We have been so delighted with our make over in the outdoor area. The children love riding their bikes on the board walk and find it challenging in places. The new grass area has made it really easy for setting up obstacle courses and lots of space for our many crawlers. The mirrors in the sand pit are great. The children love going over and checking themselves out. The wharenui is a lovely place to explore books and watch the environment around them.

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

Dolphin Club

Wow! We’re nearly in our third term already.

Shay and Terehia were excited to get back and into Dolphin club.

Since beginning back, we have had a full house each day. The children are very busy and engaged with what they are learning:

We are leaning all about Italy and the Italian culture. The children loved making and creating pizza. They have been learning about the Leaning tower of Pisa. They have looked at the map of Italy and how it is shaped like a boot.

We are also learning about Matariki and the nine stars.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Italian 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 Redcliff’s and Sumner
  • Matariki Haka
  • Introducing space

Cheese and Onion Scones


1 1/2 cups Self Raising Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
25g Butter
1 cup grated Cheese
1 small onion very finely chopped
1/4 cup Original Milk approximately


1. Sift Self Raising Flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in Butter, add cheese and onion.
2. Pour nearly all of the Original Milk in at once. Mix to a soft dough. Add more milk if the dough is dry. Place on a floured surface and knead lightly.
3. Pat out to about 2cm thickness, cut into rounds.
4. Place on a greased and floured oven tray, bake in a hot oven (220deg C) for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy!

Community News

Braveheart Performing Arts:

Classes are: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3.20pm – 4.15pm.

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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