May June Newsletter 2022

May / June Newsletter 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Who would believe we have had nearly our first month of winter for 2022? This year is certainly going fast.

A big thank you to everyone for being so patient as we work our way through these winter bugs. There seems to be so many different ones going around this year. Remember to keep doing what you are doing. If your child is not 100%, keep them off until they are. We are also doing the same for staff. I will continue to keep families’ updates if anything changes due to staffing.

We had our AGM at the end of May. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our wonderful members, who came off this year. We have had a few, with their youngest heading to school soon. I just wanted to make a special mention to Niamh Buchanan. A big thank you to Niamh, for all her hard work and support over the last 5 years. The last 6 months she stepped into the Chair role, while Kylie was on maternity leave.  She has been amazing support for me as a manager and also the whole teaching team. You will be missed, and we can’t thankyou enough.

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 parents’ step into new roles, which is super exciting.

Last month we had our annual trike-a-thon as part of Road safety week. We held this again 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 who came along and helped.

With lots of new families this year, 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. Please feel free to invite extended family members to join. Just let me know their name, so when the request comes through, I know to accept.

As you will be aware Matariki celebrations have been in full swing.  This has been lots of fun and I have lots of feedback from parents that they have been learning lots as well, which is super cool. We were so stoked to get our few parents’ event in, since covid started.  A few did ask why it was at the time it was and not a night time event like we have had in the past. With not having one for a few years and just starting back with family events, I thought we would start with one in the day and invited parents with reduced numbers because of older siblings at school. However, I am hoping that when we hit spring, we can have a parent event at night and get everyone involved.

We have school holidays just around the corner and I also know a lot of families are heading overseas for extended holidays this winter. Please can families make sure they have emailed through these dates to the office.

Closing dates for Christmas: Seems ridiculous I’m letting you know these now, but it will come around quickly. The way Christmas falls this year, we will just be closing for two weeks.

We will close at 3pm on Friday 23rd December and reopen on Monday 9th January 2023.  

Remember my door is always open, so please feel free to come and see me if you have any questions or concerns.

Nga mihi maioha


Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Fergus and Prue to Moa Kids. They are settling in well and making the most of their time here.


Silvia, Majia and Mizu turned the big 5 and have headed off to school. We wish them all the best for her next adventures. Rosa and Jesse’s family have moved back to the U.K. We wish them all the best and look forward to keeping in touch.

Kaiako space

Margie heads back to The Philippines for 4.5 weeks, mid-July to see her family. We hope she has a wonderful time.

The team have been working on a bicultural review recently. The Kaiako have written up a glossary of Te reo words, that you may see used in the children’s learning journal.  This explains the meaning of each word. Any questions, please let us know.

Governance Committee

Next Governance Committee meeting is Monday 18th July 2022. We will confirm closer to the time if this will be online or at the centre.

But with the winter months and if Tahu books in another session, I would expect it to be online.


  • 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.

We are trying our best to reduce the amount of wate that is going into the red bin. Can families please try reduce the amount of gladwrap coming into the centre.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Preschool News

Wow, what a busy May and June we have had.  

The children have been very busy investing time in learning about the living world there have been many different questions asked.

To help support this, we now have a thinking tree in the classroom. This is where the children are able to ask a question they may have. We then write it on a leaf and then a teacher takes the leaf and has a children’s hui to find out more about the question. This helps us to seek understanding together.

We are well into Matariki and the Kaupapa this year is the natural world which sits so well with our current project. We have also been learning some more songs in te reo to do with Matariki and the children have really enjoyed this.

Make sure you ask your children about what they have been doing around Matariki.  I am sure they will have some wonderful things to share with you. Check out our Matariki space down the end of the classroom!!

We have been enjoying learning all about autumn. We are so lucky to have Barnett Park on our doorstep/ having the opportunity to explore the field learning those valuable listening skills while being able to have an adventure.

We were so lucky to have amazing weather for our trike-a-thon it was fantastic to have everyone together.

We have been to the library a couple of times which has been great to get back into the community. We found some books around the living world. This has sparked a big interest in bees.

We have been focusing on children being responsible for their things and having respect for the classroom so we have been reintroducing the famous moa kid rules.

Lots of photos this newsletter, as there been so much to happening to share.

Nursery News

A big welcome to Prue, Milo’s little sister. She is settling in well and making the most of her time in the nursery. Milo is also loving having his little sister coming in.

Harrison and Elise have now completed their transition into the preschool room and have celebrated their 2nd birthdays. 

Ziggy, Tyler and Evie have begun their transition process and are loving the new opportunities the preschool room provides.

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 scraves as they get creative with their dance moves.

Matariki – the nursery tamariki have enjoyed the variety of activities provided to celebrate this special time of the year. The tamariki have enjoyed making bird feeders, sensory bottles, creaing beautiful stars and watching the birds eat from them.

Thank you to everyone that came along for our afternoon tea on Thursday. It was lovely to see you all.  

There’s been lots of art, crafts and messy play coming back in this month. The children have had so much fun with all of this. They are loving expressing themsleves through the different experiences.

The children just loved getting out for the trike-a-thon. They were following all the older children and zooming down the hill with no fear.     

Dolphin Club - Term 2

Terehia and Edel - teachers

This term we have been focusing on

Learning Language: Te Reo Māori and New Zealand sign language

  • Reading the calendar (mathematics).
  • Practising pre writing skills (zentangle)
  • Community outings, big field and the local library
  • Extending our learning of project work insects, habitats, New Zealand native creatures.

Learning oral language:

  • Listening to Terehia’s mihi and practicing karakia, Waiata Tamatea to make connections to Moa Kids local history. 
  • Working on creative and meaningful learning of Matariki, The Māori New Year.

Bacon and Baked Bean Muffins

  • Serves 12
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cooking time: 15 mins
  • Great savoury muffin recipe for the whole family to enjoy!


  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3-4 rashers bacon, diced
  • 3 cups self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups grated tasty cheese
  • 420g can Baked Beans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 100g butter, melted


  1. Cook the onion and bacon with a dash of oil in a frying pan until softened and cooked. Cool.
    Note: You can cook the onion and bacon in the microwave without the oil if you wish. Place on a plate and cover. Cook on high power for 2 minutes. Cool. 
  2. Sift the self-rising flour, mustard, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Stir in the parsley and 1 cup of the grated cheese. Make a well or hole in the centre.
  3. Mix the onion mixture, Baked Beans, eggs and milk together and pour into the dry ingredients. Stir gently to mix, adding the melted butter as you stir. Do not over-mix as the muffins will peak.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly among 12 well-greased muffin tins and sprinkle the tops with a little of the remaining grated cheese.
  5. Bake at 220°C for 15 minutes until well risen and golden. Cool in the tins for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cake rake. Serve warm.

Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Flanagan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081


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