June/July Newsletter 2021

June /July Newsletter 2021

Kia ora koutou,

Who would believe we have had our first month of Winter and nearly through our second. This week especially feels like winter. 

Unfortunately, with the winter months, come the winter bugs. Last year with us just coming out of lockdown, I think we were very lucky not to have the winter bugs like we normally do. But this year they are back in full swing. We understand it can be frustrating when children are sent home sick or have to be off from preschool. But, if we all do our bit, hopefully it stops the spread and means they will return quicker. We of course always step up our cleaning around this time and really focus on the children coughing into their arm and washing their hands.

We also please ask that the children return when they are 100%. Sometimes it takes that 1 extra day to have the energy levels for the routine of Moa, so please be mindful of this.  

We have school holidays starting next week. If you are planning on being away at all, we would love it if you could email through your holiday dates. Even if you decide on the day that you are planning something, please call or email in, it just helps with rostering our staff.

We are super excited that the Matariki disco is back for 2021! We will have it as part of our Matariki/holidays programme. So, it will be Friday 23rd July 4.30pm - 6.00pm. We will be selling sausages/ popcorn etc to buy and also lots of glow in the dark toys. It will be a gold donation to enter. This is an event where you come with your child, and we don’t mind siblings coming too. So, lock this into your diaries. Please just remember it’s a preschool disco. We will require a few people to help with sausage sizzle, selling of food and toys. I have put up a list in the foyer, so please add your name here.  (All money raised at the disco is going to stage 3 of our outdoor garden).

With lots of new families 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.

The preschool children have been out and about on lots of trips recently. I have had a few families ask how we pick who goes on these. Just to let you know we do keep track of this and have a trip book, so we can look back on. However, you will find the older your child is in the preschool room, the more trips they will start to go on, especially the bigger trips into the city. We like to get them trained up for big trips. So, to start with, they will go on trips to the field and trips to Redcliffs, like the library. This is so they are used to being out in the community and we can see how they go. As once they head on a bus to the city, they can be away for 5 hours. So, we just like to make sure they can cope with this. We also explain to the children that they don’t get to go on every trip, as we have so many preschool children, but they will be coming up on another one soon. If you or a grandparent are ever up for helping on trips, we are always looking for extra helpers. So just let us know.

I know a lot of our families are keen skiers. So, if you get up the slopes anytime soon, have a wonderful time and we would love you to send in some photos of the children mastering the slopes.

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 Hugo, Arabella and Everleigh at Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.


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


  • 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 1. If anything changes, we will update as soon as we can.
  • 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 19th July 2021. 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

We’ve had a busy few months in the Preschool room. We have had a lot of our friends turn 5 and are all waiting to head to school in term 3. We have been out and about in the community a lot this month.

A few school trips, a few trips to the Redcliffs library and we even managed to book our trip to Turanga Library.  The children just loved this trip. The had a great day out. They did get caught in the rain at the end. But they though it was pretty funny, running through the park in the rain. Ali made us all hot milo’s when we retuned, to warm up! Make sure to check our private Facebook page, as the teachers always share photos of these trips.

Matariki celebrations have started. So, we are investigating and learning all about Matariki. Over the next month we will focus on this and over the school holiday programme we will learn about a Matariki star each day. If any parents want to come and do any art activities around Matariki in the holidays, please let us know.

We had first school visit this term to Sumner school. This was fantastic and enjoyed by everyone. The children were so excited to see all their old Moa friends. They loved showing us all around. The children were able to interreact at mat time. There were learning stations set up and the children loved exploring the playground.

We also managed to get another Redcliffs visit in as well, which is always a great experience. We aim to do 1 a term to both Sumner and Redcliffs. 

This week we have managed to take two trips down to the Matariki display in Mount Pleasant. A big thanks for Terehia sorting this and Di at Mount Pleasant community centre for allowing us to come in.  

We had first school visit this term to Sumner school. This was fantastic and enjoyed by everyone. The children were so excited to see all their old Moa friends. They loved showing us all around. The children were able to interreact at mat time. There were learning stations set up and the children loved exploring the playground.

We also managed to get another Redcliffs visit in as well, which is always a great experience. We aim to do 1 a term to both Sumner and Redcliffs.

At the start of this month we were so lucky that Margie shared her culture as we all celebrated Philippines day. This was a real hit with the children. They loved hearing and learning all about Margie’s culture. She shared stories, recipes, dress ups and lots of art. Another great way to celebrate each other and value our cultures.

Project Corner:


Our new project is well underway. We have been providing the children with many different games and activities that encourage the children in their social skills, communication, sharing and being a good friend.

We have made our own Moa Kids Rules. The children are really enjoying learning these and making sure everyone is following them. Make sure you ask your child at home what they are all about.

The children have just recently started a buddy system at Moa as part of our project . This is where the Moa mat (older children) are chosen to go and help a Kiwi mat  child (2 year olds) to help go and wash their hands for Kai and help get their lunch boxes. We have had so many super excited children to help. We have watched them be so gentle with their younger peers. We have amazing and caring children here at Moa, it is so nice to see. This Project is really showcasing this.

Nursery News

A big welcome to Arabella and Everleigh. They are both settling in really well to the nursery room.

Tilly has begun her transition into the preschool room. With the support from both the nursery and preschool Tilly will adjust to the new environment and will enjoy the challenges and opportunities that are offered in the preschool room. Already she has loved teaming back up with Harper and Logan.

Nursery countinues to focus on relationships and the meaning of these; the relationships the children have with their Kaiako, their nursery peers and also the connections they make with Preschool Kaiakio and children.

As the colder months approach the nursery has been completing a variety of table top activities: Baking, group art experiences, getting creative with chalk and exploring puzzles.

Dolphin Club

Wow, we are back into full swing in the Dolphin club. A big welcome to George and Cooper who have turned 4 and joined the Dolphin Club family.  We said goodbye to Isla C. who has started school.

It’s been great getting two School visits out this term.

“Cooperation” project activities:

Shared drawing, 3 different children drew one picture of a person. Playing pass, the ball and roll the ball, which helps support listening and turn taking.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Yoga
  • 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

Vege soup For Toddlers


  • ½ cup whole wheat macaroni, or your child's preferred pasta (see notes)
  • Water for cooking the pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or more based on your child's calorie needs, see notes)
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or water or chicken broth, see notes)
  • Optional: salt, to taste



  1. Cook the elbow macaroni in 2-3 cups salted water for 8-10 minutes, or according to packaging directions. Drain the macaroni and rinse with cold water. Set aside while you prepare the vegetable soup.
  2. Prep all the vegetables. Dice the onion, dice the celery. Peel the carrot and chop it into rough ½ inch pieces. Peel the potato and chop it into rough 1 inch cubes.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a small sauce pan (about 2 quarts).  Add the celery and saute for about 2 minutes Add the diced celery, carrot, and potato. Add the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the carrot and potato are easily pierced with a fork.
  4. Remove from heat and allow the soup to cool for 10 minutes. Use an immersion blender or a blender to puree the soup. Season with salt, if desired. Combine the macaroni and the vegetable soup (or don't combine, please see notes!). Serve warm.


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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