May 2021 Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou,

Who would believe we have had our last month in Autumn? A big welcome to all our new families to Moa kids. We have had a few children start this month, everyone is settling in well and making the most of their time.

We had our AGM in the middle of the month. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our new members.  With Moa Kids being a community-based preschool that is not-for-profit, we have to have an active governance committee. So, I really appreciate all the support. We have had parents’ step into new roles, which is super exciting. We have Zoe coming from ‘Forget me not photography’ to take new members photos, so watch this space on the committee wall. We also said goodbye to Carly and Rrita, as both their children have now left for school. A big thank you to Rrita for all her hard work and support with fundraising over the last few years. She has been amazing at driving these events and going above and beyond! Carly has also stepped down for the committee after 8 years on and 4 years as Chair. She certainly has made a huge difference to Moa and will be missed by everyone.

Last week we had our annual trike-a-thon as part of Road safety week. We changed it up this year and had it on the grass area. What a fabulous afternoon it was. Having that extra room, really worked well and it was super safe for our little people. A big thank you to everyone that came along and helped.

We also had Paddy, Cormac’s Dad who is a policeman, come along to talk to the children all about road safety. They thought it was pretty cool that Mac’s Dad is a policeman.

With lots of new families, please remember to like the ‘Moa kids family page’ on Facebook. This is a private Facebook page which we use to post what is coming up and also what the children have been up to.

We have lots of our friends turning 5 this year. This means we will have some availability coming up in the Preschool room and Nursery room. So, if you know anyone wanting to start their learning journey at Moa, make sure they come and see me, as these spaces do not normally last long.

Every year at Moa, we always have a children’s disco. This is normally the highlight of the children’s calendar. We use this as a fundraising event as well. Due to COVID, we missed this last year. But we are super excited to let you know it is back on the calendar! 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 coin to enter. This is an event where you come with your child, we don’t mind siblings coming, but please remember to ask as it’s a preschool disco. Closer to the time, I will put up a list as we will need a few people to help with the sausage sizzle, selling of food and toys. So, lock this into your diaries.  

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 George, Ida, Heid, Rosa, Jesse, Aurora and Toby to Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.


Kurt, Cory and Olive all turned the big 5 and have headed off to school. We wish them 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.
  • 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 21st June 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.  This meeting Zoe will be here taking photos of new members from 7pm -7.3-pm, so please come a little earlier if you are new.

Preschool News

We’ve had a busy few months in the Preschool.

We have farewelled a few of 5-year-old friends off to school. We wish them all the best.

We have also welcomed new children to the preschool room. Everyone is settling in well and making the most of their time with us.

We have had a few preschool children struggle at times to come into the preschool room. This can be when they have been off on holiday, or sometimes they would just like to hang out with you. That of course is all good. We please ask in these situations, if you can make the drops offs as quick as possible. Children do not have a huge concept of time, so when they are just asking you to do one more activity or 5 more mins, they are just really pushing out the inevitable and we find this just makes them more upset. We can always call or message once you are gone, so you know they are settled.

In the middle of the month, we celebrated road safety week. At the end of the week, we had our trike-a-thon, which was so much fun. The children were super excited about bringing in their own bikes/trikes and scooters. It was great to see all the children wearing their helmets too. Ivy’s double bike sure was a hit with all her friends.

At the end of the day the children have been going on spontaneous trips to the field. The children are loving getting out into the fresh air and burning lots of energy before they head home. Sol has also loved organising this with the teachers, helping with the numbers and being the leader of the games.

We have a few pregnant mums at the moment at Moa. So, there is lots of excited older siblings of course.  We are planning to support this by providing books around siblings. We have noticed the children bringing this into their dramatic play. 

Last month we finished of our ‘’All about me project ‘’ with our special visitors coming in for morning tea.

We are now embracing our new project ‘’Co-operation”.

With this we have been looking at well-being, self-care, and looking after others.

During this, the children set up a foot spa for their peers. The children thought this was fabulous. Make sure you check out our project board and planning board with what is coming up to support this project.

We have lots of keen bakers at Moa kids. Baking happens often at Moa. The children are enjoying creating the recipe and then following the recipe. Lots of yummy warm baking in winter is a win for everyone.

We have had a few trips to the Redcliffs library and on Monday the oldest children are heading into the big library in town.

Nursery News

A big welcome to Toby, and Aurora Everyone is settling in really well.

Ringo has now completed this transition into the preschool room. He has loved teaming back up with Harper and Logan. Ringo is making the most of all the different activities that are set up.

With the chilly weather at the  moment we have been having a lot of music sessions to warm up our bodies. The children just love using the scarves as they get creative with their dance moves.

Baking has been lots of fun! As you can see by Mavis’s face, this has been a hit int the nursery room.

The children just loved getting out for their trike-a-thon. Thank you to everyone that came and helped.

Lots of art, crafts and messy play this month. The playdough has also been out lots for the children to explore.  The children have had so much fun with all of this. They are loving expressing themselves through the different experiences.

We have begun to focus on the importance of realtionships within the nursery enviroment. We have created a focus board to display how these relationships are created and the learning that each child gains from these interactions.From the primary care routine for the young babies, to the building new relationships in the preschool room.

Dolphin Club

Wow we are back into full swing in the Dolphin club. A big welcome to George who has joined the Dolphin Club family.

Compliment circle: Telling our friends what we are good at and complementing other people on their art work. Some children voices:

“Eleanor is really good at singing” – Silvia.

“Millie is really good at taking her shoes off’’ -Maija.

“Lily is good at dancing’’- Loic.

We have also been looking at feelings and what makes us feel happy, sad, excited, scared and drawing pictures around this.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Compliment circle
  • Project: Co-operative play project
  • Introducing and using a calendar each day.

Talking about the day, date, month and weather.

  • School visits each term to Te Raekura Redcliffs and Sumner
  • Autumn tree- leaf prints, real life pictures
  • Library trips
  • Sign language 
  • Yoga

Cheese Rolls

Cook time: 30 mins + cooling

Makes: 35

  • 370 ml tin evaporated milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 small onion, grated (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp fine white pepper
  • 500g edam cheese, grated
  • 32g packet onion soup powder
  • about 35 slices white or light grain sandwich bread (about 1½ loaves)
  • softened butter or mayonnaise, to spread


  • Place evaporated milk in a pot with cream, onion, mustard powder and pepper. Heat until almost boiling. Remove from heat, add cheese and soup powder and stir until cheese has melted and sauce has thickened. Allow to cool before using (it will thicken further as it cools). This mixture can be made in advance and stored in a container in the fridge for up to a week.
  • To cook rolls, preheat oven to 180˚C and line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
  • Spread one side of each slice of bread with butter or mayonnaise and remove crusts if desired (traditionally they aren’t removed). Spread 2 tbsp of the cooled cheese mixture on the unbuttered side of each slice, and then roll up firmly, placing joined-edge down on the prepared tray. Bake until crisp and golden (15-20 minutes). Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Flanagan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081


Phone: 03 384 1910     Web:

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