May & June 2017

Whooo we are officially half way through 2017!!

We have had a busy couple of months with lots of 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 are welcome to either call or email us.

We have had many preschool events lately; the trike-a-thon, our open day, Matariki, the quiz and of course the disco. A big thank you to all our families who came along to these special events. All of your support and help always makes these events all worth it.

Lots of our children have changed their days, hours and times lately. Whenever we do a change in the system, we have to get you to sign a form for this.  This is just a funding requirement from MOE. 

Is your child is turning three soon?  If so, it is important that we get all the right documentation in place for your child’s 20 ECE hours or in Moa Kids case 30 ECE hours BEFORE your child’s 3rd birthday.  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 for your children.

Last month we had our AGM here at the centre. We would like to thank all the families who came along and supported the event.  We had the famous “Miss O” from Redcliffs Primary School as our guest speaker.  She was fantastic and we had some great feedback from the families that attended.

At our AGM we said goodbye to some of our very hardworking committee members; Fiona, Rachel and Jason all stepped down due to their children heading off to school and other commitments.  The hours and support these members have put in have been huge.  A big thank you from all of us at Moa Kids.  On this note, we would like to say welcome to Rrita and Shelley who have joined our Governance Committee as new 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 join us.  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 or Zoe.  Everyone is also welcome to come along to see what the meetings are all about; there will be no pressure on anyone to join.  The meetings are on the third Monday of every month at 7.30pm here at the centre.

Also if you are looking for a good read, we also have a Governance Committee booklet, which you can pick up from the office. This explains everything to do with the Governance Committee J

You have probably noticed over the last few months that I have been more active on Facebook. We have had some great feedback around this and I will keep this up. Some parents have come and changed whether they can or cannot go on Facebook which is absolutely fine. The easiest thing is to email us, so we have it in writing and we will update our records.

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.

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

Hayley

Welcome to our new families

A big Moa Kids welcome to Arlo, Phina, Aubrey, Mason, Jacob and, Esme.  They have all started over the past two months.  It’s great to have you all join the Moa Kids family.

Farewell

We have said goodbye and Happy School Days to Eli and Harry.  We wish you lots of luck with your new school adventures.

Staff News

Sharleen will be back to work on Monday 31st July.  We are all excited to have her back.  She will be doing three days a week until the end of the year.  Her hours at this stage will be Monday 8:00 - 4:30 Tuesday 8:45 – 5:15 and Wednesday  7:45 – 4:15.

As I’m sure you are aware, Maria stepped into Sharleen’s role while she was on maternity leave. We would like to say a big Moa Kids thank you to Maria and we wish her all the best for her next role when she finishes at Moa Kids.

Shay was lucky enough to spend a morning with Sumner school’s new entrant class.  Shay loved her time there, it was great for her to see all our ex-Moa children and she also has come back with lots of great ideas for Dolphin Club. We are now working with Miss O at Redcliffs to arrange a time for Shay to visit there.

Emily has her last placement coming up on July 31st, this is for 5 weeks.  Margie will be stepping into her role in the nursery, Monday – Friday 9:00-3:00 while Emily is away; Hayley and Ali will also support.

We often get asked if we know of anyone who can babysit or is looking for nanny work. Sarah, who is one of our fantastic relievers and is in her second year of teacher college, is looking for any type of nanny/babysitting work after school hours.  If you are interested in contacting Sarah, please let Hayley know and she will get her details to you.

Reminders

  • Moa Kids is a “nut free” zone. Lately we have been noticing a lot of nut products coming into the centre; cashews, almonds, peanut butter sandwiches etc etc. Please can you remember that we are a nut free zone when you are making your child’s lunch.
  • If you have any spare plastic bags. We would love to take them off your hands. We can never have too many.
  • With the cooler weather upon us. Please make sure you are packing lots of warm clothes for your children. Also making sure all clothing is named.
  • One of our parents is collecting small glass jars to make a spice rack. What a great idea. The organic baby food range is the ones she is looking for. If you have any of these at home and don’t need them, please consider bringing them into the centre.
  • Please can all families make sure that their children are properly secured into their cars seats when they are travelling with their children. This 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.
  • Scarves: We all know that scarves are great winter accessory. However, at preschool they can be a safety issue too especially when on our equipment. Can all scarves please be left at home.

Governance Committee

Our next Governance Committee meeting is on Monday 17th July.  The meeting will start at 7.30pm.  We would love to have some new members join us.

As mentioned earlier in the newsletter, we held our AGM in May.  The new appointments for the roles are:

Chair – Carly Waddleton

Secretary – Zoe Fidler

Treasurer – Steve Wilcox

Privacy Officer – Abi Wills

Fundraising – Jude Coombs

Committee members – Jordana Clarke, Geraldine Bovett, Rrita Pope and Shelley Mitchell.

Nursery News

Well, we have certainly grown in numbers over the last few months in the nursery. We have had lots of new children start in the nursery.

Emily has settled in really well into the second teacher’s position in the nursery. The children have been enjoying all the different activities and learning experiences she has to offer.

With our numbers growing in here a third teacher is needed at times. Just to let you know at this stage Hayley will support in these times along with Ali and Margie.  We will always put teachers in the nursery that the children and families know well.

You may have noticed we have moved the nursery furniture creating new learning opportunities in different spaces.  The children especially love spending time in the book area and relaxing on the couch.

The children are making the most of the time they get outside. They enjoy exploring the sandpit.  Emily even set up a volcano experiment in there and they all gathered around to see what was going to happen.

We have had the shredded paper inside and outside. This is one of the children’s favourite activities at the moment. They also love throwing the paper as high up as they can into the air.

We have been getting out different sensory activities for the children to explore. They seem to be engaged in these for extended amounts of time.  Emily made play dough with the children and added vanilla essence in. They all of course love to smell the playdough and even have the odd taste test.

Preschool News

We have lots of new friends start in the preschool room lately, everyone is settling in really well.

The children have been busy working on their “All about me” project, the children have be decorating their own houses that they have made and attaching them to the street they live on, on the map that is in the preschool room. They have also been adding their Mihi to the waka that is on display as well. The children also enjoyed tracing their bodies outside with chalk.

In the preschool room there always seems to be an interest in building huts and moving all the furniture around to do this. Therefore, the teachers decided to have a little move around of the layout of the room. This is so the children can have more space to make their huts/homes.

They love their new space and there has been lots of dramatic play happening in here too. We also have given them some boxes to create with.  We have seen the most amazing houses, sheds, bedrooms being made with the boxes.

There has also been lots of interest in the plays the children have been acting out at group time.  The children are coming up with lots of different plays we can do.  They spend time picking out the different characters outfits and selecting who will be who in the plays.  It is great to see the children developing more and more confidence in front of their peers.

The arts and crafts area has been a very popular place to be lately. There has been lots of activity at the easel area, along with an increase of creative drawing.  There are some wonderful paintings, art creations and drawings being created by the children. Please make sure you check out the art file to take these amazing artworks home.

We have noticed with the cooler weather, that the children have been very hungry at morning tea time. So every now and then we have been making toast with the children to go with the fruit platter. The children think this is the best treat and love spreading their choice of spread onto the bread.

Dolphin Club News

The project “all about me” is slowly coming to an end in Dolphin club. What a fantastic project this has been!  The children have loved working on their different art projects. All our mums, dads, grandparents and other family members that have been made over the last few months are ready to go home.  We know the children are keen for this to happen!

As normally happens, this project has naturally rolled in another project which Shay and the children have started. All of the children are really into plays and love making different craft things. Therefore, Shay has started making puppets with the children.  The next step is to make their own theatres; so watch this space for their creations.

In Dolphin Club the children have their little routine. Shay has mentioned they have great ownership over this routine and she can never leave anything out, because she will have all the 4 years olds reminding her that she has forgotten something.

The children have been getting really good with learning the different phases in Japanese too. Shay will move onto a new language next term, she hasn’t deicide yet which one, she thought she would check with the children first. 

All the children have started to master their own Mihi. They love getting up and sharing this with their peers each morning. Make sure you ask your child at home to share their Mihi with you.

We have had some parent feedback on how we communicate with what is happening in Dolphin club and finding out if your child is actually going. As of next month, Shay will have a dolphin club whiteboard in the foyer. She will write up each day what has happened in dolphin club and who has attended. Please also remember that we have the project book in the foyer which shows what the children have been doing. There is also all their work around the walls. So make sure you take a look.

What’s on?

Murder Mystery

We don’t have a set date yet as we are just confirming the venue, however, we wanted to let you know that we will be holding a Murder Mystery event this year sometime in September.  As soon as details are confirmed you will be the first to know!

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

I can’t quite believe that it’s the end of June already!

So, I headed off on my trip at the beginning of June and what a wonderful time I had too.  I spent 2 days in Niagara Falls before hopping on a plane to New York for a few more days.  I can honestly say that I have never walked so much in all my life, but I have got the most amazing memories my trip.  It was even more special to be able to share the experience with my cousin and some friends.  I hope to be able to take my hubby and girls there one day – Maggie (my 7 year old) is desperate to go!

Lunchbox Ideas

Mix ‘n’ Match Muffins

These muffins are sure to be a crowd-pleaser! The recipe is based around banana, and varying flavours can be added from there, or right at the end. No matter what your picky eaters like (or dislike), you can throw in their favourite food and they will love these muffins.  Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
1 tsp ground cinnamon
125 g butter (melted, cooled)
1 unit egg
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 medium banana (ripe, mashed)
1/2 cup mixed berries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180oC (160oC fan-forced), and grease and line a 12-hole muffin tin.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add coconut sugar, desiccated coconut and cinnamon and mix well.
  3. In another bowl add butter, egg, milk and vanilla essence and stir well.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, then add the banana and stir until mixed through. Make sure not to over stir (if mixture appears a little dry you can always add another egg or a bit more milk).
  5. Spoon half the banana mixture into half of the muffin holes, filling the holes to 3/4 full. Add your berries to the remaining mixture and gently stir through, then spoon this berry mixture into the remaining muffin holes.
  6. Sprinkle all the muffins with desiccated coconut and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

Notes

For a different but delicious flavour, substitute the milk with natural yoghurt.  Use whichever kind of berries you like! Add a full cup of berries if you're using them throughout the whole mixture (rather than just half).  Try adding dark chocolate chips to the plain banana, or even try just raspberries and/or strawberries to make those flavours dominate. Increase the amount of cinnamon or coconut to your taste.  Use whatever ingredients or flavours you or your little ones enjoy - you can even add personalised toppings at the end.  These muffins are perfect for the lunch box!