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
Welcome to our new families