May & June 2018

Who would believe we are officially half way through 2018!

We have had a busy couple of months with new children and families joining Moa Kids.  We would like to say a big welcome to you all.  Everyone is settling in so well and making the most of their time with us.

With our numbers continuing to grow it is important that all families let us know if they are going to be away sick or on leave. You, of course, can call the centre, but emailing is fine too.

As you know the start of the year saw Moa Kids go through our ERO review. Last month we were all delighted to get our report back and finalised.  Everyone has put in so much hard work over the past three years. So to get such a wonderful report was fabulous and makes all the hard work worth it. J

We have had a few preschool events lately. The AGM and Matariki. A big thank you to all our families that came along to these special events. All your support and help always makes these events go ahead and make it all worthwhile.

Lots of our children have changed days, hours and times lately. Anytime that we make a change in the system, we have to get you to sign a form for this. This is just a funding requirement from MOE.  Can we also please ask that all parents sign their child in and out using the sign in sheets, in both the preschool and nursery.  This again, is an MOE requirement.

We have a few children heading off to school before the end of the year. If there a days you are waiting for or wanting. Please make sure you let Zoe or I know, so we can add you to the centre waitlist.

Also, if your child is turning three soon, it is important that we get all the right documentation for your child’s 20 ECE hours; or in Moa Kids case 30 ECE hours.  So please make sure you see me or Zoe to do this.

At Moa Kids we do not charge any additional cost 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 back at tax time.  If your child is three and you are not paying the donation and would like to, please let us know, so we can add this into your fortnightly account.

With us being a not for profit organisation the $10 donation per week really helps out Moa Kids and goes a long way in helping us provide high quality care and education.

Last month we had our AGM here at the centre. Firstly thank you to all the families that came along and supported the event. We had Robin Arnold come talk to us.  Robin is the local response and resilience co-ordinator in the Bays Harbour Area.  She talked mostly about this focussing in on what to do if there is a tsunami in Christchurch.  Robin was fantastic and we had some great feedback from the families that attended.

We have recently said goodbye to one our very hardworking committee members, Jordana Clarke. With Isabel heading off to school it was time for Jordana to step down from the Governance Committee.  Jordana was our Treasurer for many years and the hours and support she put in over the last 7 years have been huge. A big thank you from all of us at Moa Kids.

We would like to welcome Geneva and Nicole, our new Governance Committee Members.

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” J

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 name all clothing that comes into the centre.

Zoe has created a list of events coming up over the next 6 months at Moa.  Please make sure you read the email she sent on the 21st June with this information and mark the dates in your diary.

The first event we have coming up, and one that I’m looking forward to, is the Parent Workshop on Behaviour Management for Children Under 5.  We often get lots of questions around behaviour management, so we thought this would be a great workshop for our parents.  

Please spread the word among your friends or anyone you know who may be interested in coming along.  Everyone is more than welcome. There will be a gold coin entry donation.  Please makes sure you RSVP to Zoe or I, so we can make sure we have enough adult chairs J  Also, if you have a particular question you would like answered, can you please send this to Zoe by Tuesday 17th July so Sheila and Lee can include this in their talk.

As you are aware, we have asked all families to please bring a reuseable drawstring bag in their child’s bag as we are reducing the amount of plastic bags we have at Moa Kids.  If you aren’t able to get to the shops, we do have a few bags we are willing to sell for $5 each.  Please see me or Zoe in the office.

I know we have lots of families that like to get up the slopes in winter. So for you guys I hope this cooler weather sticks around. For everyone else, try to stay warm J

Hayley.

Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Kaede, Raff, Jan, Ivy & Leo.  All of our new friends have started over the past two months.  It’s great to have you all join the Moa Kids family.

Farewell

We have been lucky enough not to have anybody leave Moa Kids to start their school adventure!

Staff News

Shay was lucky enough to spend a morning with the new entrant class at Redcliffs school.  Shay loved her time there, it was great for her to see all our ex Moa children and she has also come back with lots of great ideas for Dolphin Club.

We often get asked about if we know anyone that baby sits or is looking for nanny work. Sarah and Lucy who are two of our fantastic relievers at Moa Kids.  So if you would like either of their details let Hayley know and she will get their details to you. 

Emily is excited to let everyone know she is pregnant! Emily is due late November this year. Emily plans to work up as far as she can and will return back to Moa taking a year off. We of course we start looking for a cover for her closer to the time.

Reminders

  • Please can all families make sure that their children are probably secured into their car seats.  This is of course is a huge safety issue. We at Moa kids are sure all families do this, but just thought we would put in a reminder with road and car safety only a few weeks back.
  • 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. We now have a child with a nut allergy, so this is now more important.
  • Have you moved house recently or got a new landline/mobile number?  If so, please update the office with your new details.
  • 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.
  • With the cooler weather upon us, please make sure you are packing lots of warm named clothes for your children.  We also need to see warm hats for the children too.  On wet days we try and get the children outside when the rain eases so please ensure your child has a coat and gumboots with them on rainy days.  They are more than welcome to bring slippers in for wearing inside.
  • Scarves: We know that scarves are a great winter accessory. However, at preschool they can be a safety issue especially when the children are outside on equipment.  We are asking if all scarves please be left at home.  Coats, jumpers and hats are all that is needed for preschool children.

Governance Committee

Our next Governance Committee meetings are on Monday 16th July and Monday 13th August.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The meeting will start at 7.30 and is held in the preschool room.

Nursery News

Well our numbers are certainly continuing in the nursery.  We have had new children start in the nursery so a big welcome to everyone!

Deb has settled in really well into the third teacher’s position in the nursery.  The children are loving getting to know her and have been enjoying all of the different activities and learning experiences she has to offer.

The children are making the most of the time when they get outside, especially after it has rained.  They enjoy exploring the sandpit and splashing in the puddles so please make sure you bring gumboots for your child on rainy days.  We also ask that you pop named hats and jackets into their bags.

We have been providing different sensory activities including paint, water, wood shavings, and shredded paper.  These provide a fun game for the children and can be played with both inside and outside depending on the weather.  The children stay engaged in these for extended amounts of time.

One morning they enjoyed exploring the water and flour that was in the green tub. They moved the water through the flour with their hands and added paint as they went.

Preschool News

The preschool have had a busy couple of months. They have had a project running on “All about the sea”.  This has just started to wrap up. Thank you to all the families who sent through sea photos of their children. The children have enjoyed creating and making different sea creatures and learning all about them.  A favourite activity has been making new fishing rods for the fishing game.

The children have spent time researching sea animals.  This involved a trip to the Redcliffs library to find some books about the sea.  This started up a huge interest and lots of decisions and conversations around the sea.

We discussed the different types of sharks and what lengths they are, which extended onto whales and fish.

We were very blessed to be able to take a group of children to the farewell of the original Redcliffs school site.  It was fantastic to be able to be a part of such a great community event and a bonus to see some of our old families and students there.

With the winter months come lots of puddles in our playground; that of course is a huge highlight for the children.  They love getting in their gumboots and making the biggest splash they can.  We had a few weeks of no outside play and lots of inside activities and learning experiences so it has been nice to get back outside and the children have certainly missed the sandpit.

A number of children spent an extended amount of time in the sandpit with Letisha. They started making sand castles and it soon turned into a completion to see how many they could make and to see if they could make a 100 sandcastles. Well they certainly did that!  The last they counted was over 118.

Lots of our families bring in their recycling for our art and craft area. This is always out to good use. Your junk is certainly the children’s treasure.  The children have been busy creating different masterpieces with all of the boxes, tubes so please keep them coming.

The love for role-playing out different stories and plays is always a favourite at Moa Kids. The Gruffalo seems to be the favourite to role play at the moment.

Some children went on a trip to Redcliffs Library to return the books.  While they were there all of the children were so engaged in the books and different activities that are set out for children, they all had such a great time.

Dolphin Club News

The children have been busy in the Dolphin club room lately.

This term the language the children have been learning and exploring is Spanish. Tomas’ mum Maria has been helping us with this, so a big thank you to her.

The children are getting very good at counting in Spanish and sing  “Don Alferdo Balia”.

In the holiday program coming up we will be having a culture day, so watch out for this.

With it being Matarki this month the children have been learning different Matarki songs and different Matariki stars. The children have also been acting out a Matariki play at Dolphin club

We have a couple of trips planned to the Marae. The children have been learning their extended Mihi for this. The children are becoming very confident while doing it. Make sure you ask them to share their Mihi with you.

The “all about the sea” project has been extended in the dolphin club room. The children were very interested in penguins, so we went with this and explored all there is to know about penguins.  Another sea creature the children wanted to research more was the swordfish. So the teachers supported this.

We have been introducing new games in Dolphin club; this is to help build the children’s confidence and strengthen the children’s social skills.

What’s on?

Tuesday 24th July 7 – 8.30pm - Behaviour Management for Children under 5 Workshop

Sheila & Lee from Incredible Years will be holding this workshop at Moa Kids. 

Please RSVP to Zoe or Hayley and provide any questions you may have by Tuesday 17th July so they can be included in the presentation.

Monday 23rd July – Friday 3rd August - Beeswax Wrap & Kai Carrier Fundraiser

The beeswax wraps are made locally by a beekeeping family in Christchurch.  The Kai Carriers are great for yoghurts and smoothies.

We will have sample products for you to look at before you place your order.

Moa Kids Governance Committee Meeting

Monday 16th July at 7:30pm in the preschool room.

Monday 13th August at 7.30pm in the Preschool room

Friday 3rd August 4.30 – 6pm - Preschool disco at Moa Kids (preschool room)

This will be a gold coin donation for entry and there will be sausages for sale along with flashing toys.  Please bring your friends along as this is a community event.  Preschoolers only please.

Monday 3rd– Friday 7th September - Photography Fundraiser

Zoe will be in to take photos of the children during this week. 

Saturday 8th September 9.30am - 12.30pm - Cake Stall at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

We are asking parents to please bake a cake/slice/biscuits for the stall and we will sell them at the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market.  We will also need a few parents to help man the stall.

Sunday 28th October at 5pm - Winnebagoes Ferrymead

A night off from cooking?  Sounds like bliss hey!

Moa Kids are holding a fundraising evening at Winnebagoes Ferrymead.  We will be selling tickets for adults and children alike.  We will be putting out information closer to the time but please mark this date in your diary.

Children’s corner

Have you been away for a break? We love to hear about places that you and your children have been, especially exotic places or somewhere interesting.  If you have any photos and would like them displayed in our newsletter please let Zoe know. 

Also, if there are any new siblings to our children we would love to share the happy news amongst our community.

Note from Zoe

Where have the last 6 months gone?  I must admit though, we are now in one of my favourite seasons, all I want now is SNOW!!

WOW!  Weren’t our children amazing at the Matariki evening?  All of those great songs were sung beautifully and as for the mihi’s!  I was so proud of every single child who stood up there and gave it their all.  Thank you to everyone who came along, it was so nice to see you all.

Moa Kids is so busy now which is brilliant and I love that so many of the children come in to say hi to me when I’m in the office.  I really enjoy hearing about their adventures or just having a general day to day chat with them.  It’s also nice to catch up with all the parents too.

As you all know, Redcliffs School is a very special school to me and my family.  My husband and I have invested a lot of our time into the school and will continue to do so for quite a while yet!  Although my older children have only ever been to school at van Asch, I have spent many hours on the Main Road site preparing the buildings for the school fair that was held there last year, so to say goodbye to the site was quite emotional.

So, it was so lovely to be able to go as a parent helper to the poroporoaki and blessing at the Redcliffs School Main Road site and also over to Redcliffs Park where the new school will be built.    Our children were so beautifully behaved though and had lots of compliments from the Redcliffs School teachers and wider community.

Lunchbox Ideas

Cheese Rolls

Always good on a cold day with soup!

Ingredients

1 can (375mL) evaporated milk

1 pkt onion soup mix 

1 1/2 cups (180g) cheese, grated

1 wholemeal bread loaf

30g melted butter (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the first three ingredients in a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Cook over a low heat until the cheese melts, stirring constantly. Allow to cool.
  3. Spread the cheese mixture over bread slices.
  4. Roll up and, if desired, brush with melted butter.
  5. Place under a preheated grill for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden brown.

Profiles

Teacher profile: Ali Boreham, Support Role

Hi my name is Ali, I work throughout the centre supporting the teaching team at Moa Kids.  I have been working here since 2010 and enjoy working with all the wonderful children, families and teaching team.

I have a big family of my own and now enjoy being a Nana.  I'm very lucky to have some of my grandchildren enrolled here at Moa Kids.

I’m originally from the UK, but have been out here for nearly 40 years and certainly call this home.

Governance Committee profile: Steve Willcox, Treasurer

What is your connection with Moa Kids?

All my grandchildren have attended Moa Kids. The youngest is still there.

What role do you fill on the Committee?

Treasurer

What do you enjoy most about volunteering your time for Moa Kids?

Volunteering in a vibrant and caring organisation who are doing their best for children and parents

What have been your highlights from your time as part of the Committee?

Seeing the preschool get busier every month since the early part of 2017 and seeing the positive impact on the financial position.