Newsletter August 2020

Newsletter August 2020


Who would believe that we are nearly in our first month of Spring!

At this stage we still are in alert level 2. In alert level 2 just a reminder that we ask families to make sure they are leaving their cell phone numbers when they sign their children in. This is a requirement for contact tracing. There is also the QR code at the front door for signing in. Please make sure you use this. I try to keep families updated as quickly as possible. Remember to like our private family page on Facebook. This is where I put a lot of stuff up. If you are new, or haven’t liked it yet, please make sure you do ‘’Moa Kids Family Page’’ is the name. Request to join and I will make sure it is approved. 

Now with spring on its way, please can you make sure you are packing several changes of clothes in your child’s bag as there will be lots of children excited about getting the water play out again, when it warms up of course.

With Moa Kids being a not-for-profit community-based centre, fundraising events play a very important part in our way of life. It is really important that all our fundraising events are supported by our families. We have a few fundraisers coming up before the end of the year. So please make sure you support the ones you can. Put these dates in your diary.

Zoe from ‘’Forget get me not photography’’ is coming to do   individual photos the week of 14th of September. She always gets great shots of the children. This is also a fundraiser for Moa Kids. So, all photos that are purchased, we get a % of. These are also great Christmas gifts for family members. We will put a reminder out the week before she comes.  Just in case you want to put in a change of clothes for the photos.

It is again that time of year where we start to get the children’s art work sorted for the calendars. This is another great Christmas gift for families and a fundraiser for Moa Kids. The teachers will start to display the children’s art work for calendars in the foyer over the next few weeks. We do ask if we can get these orders in the end of September.  The children have been very busy creating their masterpieces. When the art work goes up we will put order forms are in the foyer. All products are $15 each. There are examples of what you can buy with the order forms. If you are not wanting to order, that of course is fine, please just let a teacher know, so, you don’t keep getting asked.

With the centre so full, we have a lot of families wanting extra casual days. If you are away, or planning on taking leave, please let me know as we may be able to give away your day.

We have a few children turning 5 before the end of the year. Can families please let me know if they will be heading to school and what date will be your child’s last day. This helps me when informing new families when their children can start.

With the end of the year upon us, just a reminder we are closing on Wednesday 23rd of December at 5.00pm and reopening on Monday 11th January at 8am.  If you are planning on taking extra leave, can you email in your holiday dates to Dawn or I.

Some very exciting news at Moa Kids, it looks like again we are full from the start of next year along with a growing waitlist.  This is great news for us all; however, it means our flexibility on extra days and times is not as easy as it was. Please make sure you call or email ahead, as turning up for extra days now might mean we have to say no when you arrive.  With our numbers continuing to grow it is very important that all families let us know if you are going to be away, sick or on leave. As there maybe someone waiting for a session that day.

We have come to the stage where the preschool is really full and if anyone leaves or heads off to school, we will be taking nursery children on in these spots. So, if there are any siblings or people you know wanting nursery spots, please make sure they get in contact with me asap.

School holidays are upon us at the end of September. Please make sure if you are going to be away to let us know. Also make sure you check out the holiday programme.

Remember my door is always open.

Thanks Hayley

Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Logan, Harper and Luca to Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.


Kae, Isaac and Mason have all turned the big 5 and have headed off to school. We wish them all the best for their next adventures.

Staff News

Margie is in her last year on training to be an ECE teacher. Next month she will be doing a placement in the preschool room as part of this.

Hayley heads of on leadership course a week in mid-September. Letisha will be the lady to see while she is away.


  • Preschool bag area: We have a few parents mentioned the state of the preschool bag area at pick up time in the afternoon. We completely understand this can be overwhelming trying to find your child’s belongings, as some time there is 42 bags and not always on the hooks. The teachers are working with the preschool children at the moment to keep this are as organised as possible. We ask for your help here. Can all families please make sure they get their Childs name tags in the morning and also name all their belongings. It makes it easier trying to find what items go in each bag.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nut Free Zone: Moa Kids is a “nut free” zone.  Lately we have been noticing a lot of nut products coming in e.g. 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.

Governance Committee

  • Next Governance Committee meeting is Monday 21st September. It is held in the preschool starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Preschool News

Before we let you know all the exciting things we have been up to, we have had a few parents mentioned the state of the preschool bag area at pick up time in the afternoon. We completely understand this can be overwhelming trying to find your child’s belongings. The teachers are working with the preschool children at the moment to keep this area as organised as possible. We ask for your help here. Can all families please make sure get their Childs name tags in the morning and also name all their belongings. It makes it easier trying to find what items go in each bag.  We are hoping at some stage to be put lockers int his are, but until we work this all out, we ask we all work on this together.

The children have been enjoying the nice weather. As soon as the nice weather is out, the children request for water. So, it has been nice being able to get this out. This has meant lots of work in the sandpit.

Imaginative play has been super popular this month, with the family corner and dress ups always in use. They have been going on picnics and also spending lots of time in our space station that is set up.

Our art area continues to be super busy. The children have enjoyed working at the hot glue gun station. This is always very busy with lots of wonderful creations coming out of it. Lots of painting, gluing and paper plane making coming out of their art area this month as well.

We said goodbyes to three of our big 5 years old’s this month. Kae, Isaac and Mason. We wish them all the best at school and can’t wait to her all about their new learning adventures.

We had a change around a few weeks back, moving the block area and family area around. The construction area really has benefited from this. There has been lots of focused play in here. It allows more space for building. The children loving the Duplo, moblio and big block.


We are continuing to work on our space project.  The children have been great researchers investigating the space books. They have great planet knowledge and dwarf planet knowledge.

There has been lots of imaginative play around space. They have loved their space station, with lots of planets and solar systems being made and painted. We had a giant solar system drawn outside with the chalk. The children have fantastic knowledge around the planets and the order they come in.

They also know lots of information about each planet including whether it is hot or cold, what colour it is, or even if it is a rocky planet or gas planet. The children are really showing a fantastic recall of knowledge.

The children have been busy in the puzzle area, working together on large floors puzzles seems to be popular.  They have also been challenging themselves with a range of geometric puzzles.

Nursery News

We welcomed Logan and Harper into the nursery this month. A big welcome to them both. They are settling in well and making the most of their time at Moa

Mia, Jayme and Paddy have all turned 2 and moved into the preschool room.  They are enjoying their new environment and all the new challenges that come with it. Sunni is continuing to do visits. She wanting to go through more and more, which is great.

We have been busy making the art work for the calenders. The children have made some great masterpeices. There is a display board in our room called ‘’ Our Community’’, which is for photo snaps, new babies, grandparents, pets etc. Please feel free to email in any photos for this wall. It is a great link from home to the centre.

Even during the cooler days we still enjoy the outdoor environment. The new grass means we can use the plaground most of the time, as it drys super fast. If it does rain, we bring the screens down to make an outside room. We extend the childrens physical development by offering challenging obstacle courses.

The sandpit is always a favouite in the nursery room, with many going straight to it to explore when they arrive.

The children continue to be delighted with our new outdoor area. The track around the outside is very popular with the bike crowd.

Dolphin Club

Wow, we’re nearly at the end of our third term already.

Again, Dolphin club has been a full house each day. The children are very busy and engaged with what they are learning. This month it has all been about the planets and the milky way.

We managed to get a visit to Redcliffs school before we changed alert levels. It was so nice to see their new learning environment. Also, great to see our friends who have headed off to school from here. Once we are back to alert level 1 we hope to get to Sumner school for a visit.

The language we are learning is Dutch. There is a new paper hat song in Dutch that we have been learning and the children just love it. We have also been focusing on counting and greeting each other in Dutch.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Dutch language
  • Working on a new karakia and waiata
  • We will be providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip, all in preparation for school. 
  • School visits each term to Redcliffs and Sumner (when out of alert level 2
  • Matariki Haka
  • Learning all about space

Pie maker zucchini and haloumi fritters


1 teaspoon olive oil

3 green shallots, trimmed, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

3 (about 500g) zucchini, coarsely grated

250g halloumi, coarsely grated

400g can corn kernels, rinsed, drained

100g (2/3 cup) self-raising flour

2 eggs, lightly whisked


125g (1/2 cup) whole egg mayonnaise

65g (1/4 cup) sour cream

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Step 1

Heat the oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a large bowl.

Step 2

Take handfuls of zucchini and squeeze out the excess liquid. Place in a large bowl. Add the halloumi, corn, flour and egg. Season with pepper and stir to combine.

Step 3

Preheat the pie maker and add 1/3 cup of the mixture to each hole. Spray the top of each fritter lightly with oil. Close the pie maker and cook for 12 minutes or until golden and set. Transfer to a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

Step 4

To make the dipping sauce, place the mayonnaise, sour cream and lemon juice in a small bowl and combine well. Serve with the fritters.

Community News

Braveheart Performing Arts: Shay runs her own Preforming arts drama classes here in Redcliffs a couple of times a week. If you are interested please see her Facebook page: Braveheart Performing Arts, for more information.

Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Strachan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081


Phone: 03 384 1910     Web: