March 2019

Who would believe that we have just had our first month of Autumn for 2019?  With the cooler weather approaching us, please make sure children are packing warmer clothes in their bags.

We mentioned in our last newsletter that this year we will be sending out newsletters at the end of each month so that information will be more relevant and also they won’t be as long!

Thank you to all the families for all of their support and kind words after the events on Friday 15th March. As you can imagine it was a stressful time. However, if you had asked the children they were none the wiser and were excited to be watching a movie and eating cheese toasties with their peers J.  We sent a detailed email out after the event; but moving forward, I would like to reiterate that when the centre has been put into an official lockdown this has been done so by the NZ Police or the Ministry of Education.  We ask that all parents abide by this and follow the advice given to them, should this not be followed then the centre is breaching the protocol which can have serious consequences.  

It wasn’t great that we were in lockdown, but it was great to see our processes and emergency food kit worked well. We have since restocked what we used. We have had lots of parents ask if they need to bring anything in to restock this, at this stage we are OK. But we will let you know when things expire and need updating.

This week you would have reviewed an email regarding our fee increase and new fee structure. Just in case you missed this email, here are the main points.  It has come to the time where we at Moa Kids are in the position where we need to increase our parent fees.  Moa Kids has not increased parental fees in the last five years.  As you will be aware we have had significant increases in our operational costs in this time.

This increase will help us continue to provide our high quality care and education that we offer at Moa Kids:

  • Low ratios (1:3 in the nursery and 1:8 in the preschool)
  • Fully qualified Early Childhood teachers
  • 30 hours free for over 3's
  • 10% discount if you have more than 1 child enrolled
  • Community based, not-for-profit centre
  • A current 4 year high quality ERO report
  • No charge for public holidays
  • 3 weeks charged at 50% for holidays per child

We will still continue to offer the 30 ECE hours to all children 3 and over. We often get asked how we can offer this as a lot of other centres don’t. The Ministry of Education funds the 20 ECE hours and Moa Kids then cover the cost of the additional 10 hours.  The $10 donation for our over 3's will continue to be an optional payment.

If you are waiting on extra days, please make sure you come in and see me to ensure we have what you are wanting. We have lots of our friends heading off to school in term two, so spaces will come up. I like to make sure everyone gets the days they need first, before I head to the waitlist.

We seem to continue to have an issue with collecting a large pile of lost property at Moa Kids. Can 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!

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, policies, fundraising and community networking.

We are always looking for volunteers to come aboard onto our committee. Becoming a member is easy and you would be surprised how much you can offer. If you think this may be something you could be interested in, please don’t hesitate to come and have a chat with me. Everyone is also welcome to come along to anyone our committee meetings to see what it is all about. These are on the third Monday of every Month, 7.30pm here at the centre.

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 J Also, with Moa Kids being a non-for-profit community based centre, fundraising events play a very important role for us to ensure we can keep the resources, used by the children stocked to a high quality. So it is really important these events are supported by all our families.

Our first event is the Quiz Night which is on Sunday 31st March. If you cannot make it, you can still support by buying raffles tickets. See myself or Zoe in the office.

I’m lucky to be having the three days off between Easter and Anzac Day so I’ll be away for the full week. Letisha will be stepping into my role while I’m off. If you have questions, Letisha will be the person to see.

Just a reminder that my door is always open if there is any issue or something you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to come see me.

Thanks Hayley

Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Ben, Charley and Isla who have all started in the nursery.  It’s great to have you all join the Moa Kids family.

Farewell

We have said goodbye and Happy School Days to Hazel and Elsa.  We hope his next learning adventure is a fun one.

Staff News

Terehia is back full time.

Rebecca will be supporting across the centre in the preschool and nursery room.

With the school holidays and Easter break in April, we have lots of teachers taking Annual leave. But with Rebecca as an extra now, it will mean less relievers in J We will update the whiteboard each day on who is in and who is away.

Reminders

  • 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 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 special something.  You are most welcome to email in any photos of something that you may have got up to over the weekend, this goes down really well and the children normally have lots to say about it.
  • Moved House? Have you moved house recently or got a new landline/mobile number?  If so, please update the office with your new details.
  • 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. 
  • Bags: We are keen to take any plastic or paper bags you may have.
  • Excursions: If your child is down to go on an excursion can you please make sure that your child has good walking shoes either on them or in their bag and they have a coat.
  • Sunhat & Sunscreen: Please make sure that you have packed a named sunhat and lots of spare named clothes for your child as we have lots of water play outside.  Also, can you make sure that your child comes in with sunscreen on.  If you have a particular cream that you would like your child to use, please make sure you provide this and write your child’s name on it.

Governance Committee

Our next Governance Committee meeting is on Monday 15th April.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The meeting will start at 7.30 and is held in the preschool room.

Nursery News

We have welcomed Ben, Charley and Isla into the nursery this month. We look forward to getting to know them and their families.

Mizu has started her transition into the preschool room. Deb is supporting her with this transition.  She is starting to form some great friendships with old friends from the nursery.

The children have been really enjoying a lot of animal activities including animal paintings, songs, and stories during our mat time. Old MacDonald and tiny turtle are currently the favourites.

Autumn activities have started in the nursery room; the children have been busy collecting natural resources outside, such as leaves, sticks and grass to create some beautiful art work.

We have been able to include this into many of our daily activities such as water play and play dough.

Sophie, a student teacher from the University of Canterbury, is with us for 5 weeks. She will be an active part of the daily program and will be providing some new and exciting activities for the children to experience.

Preschool News

Our children are loving the “Body” project. There have been lots of discussions about our organs and also our blood.  The children have also been learning songs about the body.  Here are a couple of different ones:

The heart (tune: the farmer in the dell)

The heart is like a pump
The heart is like a pump
Pumping blood to help you grow
The heart is like a pump

The Lungs (tune: row row row your boat)

Breathe, breathe, breathe in air
And your lungs will grow
In and out
In and out
That the way it goes

Make sure you get your children to sing these at home.

The children made a body (they named him Bob). He is hanging up in the book corner and we are slowly adding lot of body parts to him.

We have purchased a number of model bodies that show where all our organs live. The children have been extremely interested in these resources and it has provided a fantastic opportunity for the teachers and children to learn together.

We have had several trips to the Redcliffs and Sumner libraries. This was to get different body books out, so we could learn more things around our project.

Our preschool children are really into creating and making their own experiments.  Generally, these are a mixture of water and paint in a jar, but there is always lots of excitement around this play.

We have seen lots of dramatic play around the body, including a doctors surgery set up. The children have loved exploring the new wooden doctor’s kit that we have. It’s great to have so many doctors and nurses on hand with the winter bugs on the way.

We also had a visit from Rowan and Alfie’s mum, Laura, who is a nurse. She brought in lots of different “tools” she uses in her job.  The children had so many questions for her and loved having her come in for group time.

Dolphin Club News

In dolphin club this month we have introduced the concept “Zentangle”.

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of drawing beautiful, creative and structured patterns.  We are using the method of drawing to enhance and develop writing skills and pencil grip.

We create a calm environment to encourage focus and draw beautiful images. This is also supporting the children to be school ready, in a fun way.

It helps increase children’s creativity and knowing that learning to write can be encompassed using different ways that are interesting and stimulating growth.

We had a school visit to Redcliffs School last month and today, we have a group heading to Sumner School for a visit. We take the oldest 8 children with us.  They are all enjoying these visits, even if it is not the school they will be attending.  It’s great for them to see a school environment and see what it is all about.

The children have continued to learn sign language.  They are all getting very good at this. Make sure you check out the displays in the dolphin club room of all our work.

What’s on?

Keep an eye on your emails for a full list of events we have coming up.  There will also be event calendars around the preschool.

Quiz Night

Get your teams of up to 8 together for a fun night of questions. 

Where:  Redcliffs Bowling Club, James Street

When: Sunday 31st March

Time: 7:30pm onwards

Cost: $10 per person

Profiles

Teacher profile: Terehia Faithfull

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Kia Ora te whānau ō Moa Kids Learning Centre.  Ko Terehia Faithfull tōku ingoa, my name is Terehia Faithfull.

I joined the wonderful staff/teaching team at Moa Kids Learning Centre in October 2017 and I must say the staff and teachers have been very supportive and welcoming since my first day!

In 2012 I graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) Degree. My first teaching appointment was a year 1 and 2 class in 2013.

I have taught at primary school level of junior, middle and senior. I have a passion for special needs education and worked at Waitaha School. I am married to Jim and we have three sons. Jim and I are new grandparents of our first grandchild. I love to read books, appreciate fine art, love swimming, dining out and watching Netflix.

I’m really excited to have this opportunity to work alongside with you the parents/caregivers of such wonderful children and I am enjoying building a one to one relationship with each child.

Kiaora Terehia.

Teacher profile: Tracy Inglis

Kia ora

I have a Bachelor Degree of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood).

I have been teaching at Moa Kids since April 2012 and this is my first permanent teaching position. During my study I was relieving throughout various preschools in Christchurch.

I enjoy working with all ages of tamariki. I've spent time working in the nursery, where I particularly enjoy building secure and responsive caring relationships with our infants and toddlers. Now days you will find me in the preschool room. 

I have passion for eco friendly practices and enjoy teaching the children these. You will often find me outside gardening with a group of children.

I have three children of my own (all teenagers). My current interests are reading, and a newly found passion for craft and mosaicing.