February 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter February 2020


Who can believe that we have just had our last month of Summer and we are now heading into Autumn. We have certainly hit the year running and just like that, we are into the third month of the year. I have had a busy couple of months strategic planning and making goals for the year. Make sure you check out our strategic planning wall when you walk into the centre.

Environment it is a big focus this year for us. With this is mind, we have decided as a governance committee that it’s time Moa Kids got a little T.L.C to the building and grounds. First off, we are starting with the nursery playground. We get asked about this a lot. Please be assured that the plans are in final stages and we hope to get it started A.S.A.P, finishing by the end of March beginning of April. Rachael and I have been working really closely with Kylie our Architect. We're so excited with the final plans are can’t wait for it to be started soon. So, watch this space.

The preschool is at full capacity at the moment, however with a few children heading off to school soon, there is a few days coming available. If you are wanting to book in for a casual session/day, please see Dawn in the office.  If you are wanting to inquire about a permanent change of hours, or pick up and extra day, please make sure you come and see me. These extra days will go fast.  

With Moa 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 these events are supported by all our families. We will be doing a fundraising calendar for the year and when we do, we'll get this shared with you all. There is an event coming up that you can support. This is our Murder Mystery evening. We do this event every two years. It is a fantastic evening and a great fundraiser for Moa Kids. This year we are raising money for our new nursery outdoor environment. So, we would love everyone to help support in any way they can. Details are all on the flyer and have been emailed out to families. Our big push at the moment is ticket sales and also donations for our raffles and auction on the night. If you can help in any way please come see me.

With lots of new families starting, I just want to talk about the governance committee.  With Moa Kids being a not-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 are looking for a good read, we also have a “Governance Committee” booklet that you can pick up from the office.

With Tracy heading off on new adventures, we have started the process of looking for a new teacher. We have been overwhelmed by the high quality of applicants we have had. We are just going through the second stage of interviewing and as soon as we appoint someone, we will let you know.

Professional development is very important for our teaching team. It helps us grow as teachers, leaders and keeps us up to date with current research and information. As all our teachers at Moa are registered teachers, this is also a requirement for their teacher registration.  We regularly send our teachers on good quality professional development. I thought it would be a good idea to let you know what they have been on and if you have any questions to ask them. Make sure you check out the staff news in the newsletter, as I will list them in there. Please remember my door is always open. Have a great month and I look forward to seeing you all at our first family evening ‘’Fish & Chip’’ night on Thursday 5th March.


Welcome to our new families

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

Staff News

Rebecca has two more weeks left of her last teaching placement. She will be back on Monday 16th March.

PLD for teachers: Well-being/resilience is a part of our strategic plan this year, so we had Tanya Valentine (ECE resilience specialist) come down and do a resilience workshop with our teaching team last week. This was fabulous. We work in such a busy environment, so having everyone get together at the same time is always rare for us, but so beneficial when growing or team culture.    


  • Fish and Chip evening: Our first family evening is just around the corner. This is Thursday 5th March, 5pm -6pm, here at the centre. It always is a low-key fun event. Great for everyone to meet new families. BYO your own dinner/picnic/fish and chips. Everyone is welcome!
  • 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.
  • Fruit: With the preschool now so full, it is really important that all families bring in a piece of fruit for the fruit bowl each morning. 
  • 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. 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.
  • Parking: Can you please make sure that you are parking in the car parking spaces provided.  Please don’t park along the fence line by the entrance to Moa Kids.  This is a safety issue for all of our children arriving and leaving Moa Kids.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Hats: Please remember to bring a named sunhat.

Governance Committee

We have had our last Governance Committee meeting for the year. The first committee meeting for the year is Monday 16th March. It is held in the preschool starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Preschool News

It has been a busy few weeks in the preschool room.

We have continued trips out and about in the community when we can. We regularly are heading to the Redcliff’s library. We normally get a load of books to bring back, which is great as it means in a few weeks’ time we have to return them, so we head out on another trip. The girls have a book to log trips this year. So, they are noting down who has trips and who will be next.

You've probably noticed that we've moved the profile books. We have put these in baskets over by the book area. The children love grabbing these, curling up and flipping through the pages of their books.

Making potions is an interest at the moment in the preschool. They especially love picking the lavender to do this.  To extend this we have made a potion station. The children have been picking and cutting herbs from our garden. We also add lots of spices like cinnamon sticks, star aniseed and cloves to add fragrance to our potions.

The glue gun station has been very popular again. Lots of boxes and treasures have been set up for them to create with. Any time the teachers set up this activity, it always attracts large numbers of children. We have just purchased new cool guns and we have a new glue gun station. So, watch this space.

The teachers have been setting up natural materials and lose parts. These have been fantastic for patterning and creating visual masterpieces. 

Reggio News: Teachers have been looking at the Reggio Principles of the environment as the third teacher in a preschool. The first being the teacher and the second being the child. At a staff meeting the teachers walked around the preschool environment discussing what they want in their environment to say and look like.  Children have loved the more segregated areas and exploring the new environment.

Our project ‘’All about me’’ is well under way. Make sure you check out the family pictures on the window. We are continuing to have a great conversation about ourselves. We have started to explore eye colour, handprints, names and our family make up, as well as what we are good at and what we like. It's great to see that lots of our children know their middle name and full name.

Here are some children voices around the project, I like:

Loic: Frozen and Elsa

Isaac: Big pine cones and ice-cream

Phoebe: Flowers

Ella: Toys on the trampoline

Florence: Riding my bike

Indie T: Make up

Jacob: Vegemite and cheese

Nursery News

A big welcome to Will and Amelia and their family to the nursery room. They are both settling in well and making the most of their time with us.

Harvey has now turned 2 and is in the preschool. He likes to come back to the door and tell us all about his adventures. Milo and Hugo have started their transitions into the preschool environment. They are enjoying their visits and all the new challenges.

The children have been enjoying the music session that we provide daily. The children like trying out some great dance moves and experimenting with musical instruments. Through the music, the children are further developing their listening skills and understanding how they can use their body in different ways.

With the warm weather, we have been able to continue enjoying water play activities. The children really love bubbles in the water, catching them and blowing them.

We have been updating our display board in the room. These show the great learning the children experience while they are in our care. They also explain our learning priorities and how we embrace the Reggio and RIE philosophies in the nursery environment. If you have any questions about these philosophies and how they enhance the nursery children's learning, please make sure you come and ask one of the teachers. 

We have lots of new friends starting in the next 6 weeks, so we are looking forward to meeting them and welcoming them into the nursery room.

We are often have our preschool friends come visit and help out. This builds great realtionships between the children and our preschool friends just love it.

Dolphin Club

Dolphin club has been busy, busy each day. Lots of our friends wanting to come in and explore what we are doing. Make sure you come and check out our work in the Dolphin Club room.

What we have been focusing on this month:

  • French language: we had Loic’s Grandma out to teacher us some songs
  • Working on a new Religion and Music
  • Practising self-regulation with yoga
  • We will be providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip all in preparation for school. 
  • We will be carrying on with our school visits each term to Redcliffs and Sumner.
  • Stations - we have been setting up different learning stations.
  • We have been trying Dolphin Club in the afternoons and sometimes outside, this is working well.
  • Doing our Mihi’s and learning all about them.

Oat and mixed berry muesli bars


1) Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan-forced. Grease a 20cm x 30 cm lamington pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, extending paper 3cm above long sides,

2) Whisk oil, honey, vanilla and egg in a jug. Combine sugar, flour, oats, mixed spice and bicarbonbate of soda in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add oil mixture. Stir to combine.

3) Press two thirds of the oat mixture evenly over baser of prepared pan. Sprinkle with cranberries, raspberries and remaining oat mixture. Bake for 20mis to 25 mins or until golden and set. Cool completely in pan, cut into bars.


1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups wholemeal plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups traditional rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/3 cups frozen raspberries

Community News

Braveheart Performing Arts:

Shay will be starting classes again in in the 2nd week of Term 1, February 2020, on both Mondays and Wednesdays, 3.20pm – 4.15pm & 4.20pm – 5.20pm.

We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.  However, if you feel there is something missing or something that you would like to regularly see, please have a chat with either Hayley or Dawn.

Thank you.

Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Strachan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081

Email: admin@moakids.org.nz

Phone: 03 384 1910     Web: www.moakids.org.nz


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