March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021 Newsletter


Who would believe we have had our first month in Autumn?

A big welcome to all our new families to Moa kids.  Everyone is settling in well and making the most of their time.

Wow we have has a busy month celebrating so much at Moa. The Hero’s award, the amazing writes ups on our centre, the new playground, the furniture, new blinds, new staffroom, and the amazing support we had for murder mystery. I couldn’t be prouder of the team and all our amazing families. Moa truly is the best place to be, so a big thank you to everyone!

Kylie organised a planting morning when our playground opened after the second stage. It was so wonderful having families come along and be a part of this stage. It really just shows that community is the heart of Moa.

Last weekend we had our murder mystery event. It was another huge success and I can’t thank everyone enough for all your wonderful support. We have not got the final amount we made, but it looks like it’ll be around the $9000 mark, which is fantastic. This money raised is going to the last stage of our playground. So, thank-you!

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 are having a big target for this year to help finish the Preschool playground. We are hoping to raise $30,000 for this. This of course has come down since Murder Mystery. So, the committee are really wanting a special fundraising group established. You don’t need to be on the committee, but if you would like to be a part of this, Rrita our fundraising co-ordinator is the lady to contact. Rrita’s email is:

Also, with us being a community-based preschool, it means we are required to have an active governance committee which is made up of parents. It means every year at our AGM (May) we look for new families to come onto this. This year we have some very long serving/amazing parents leaving. So, we will be looking for new families to join. So, if anyone is interested (before I shoulder tap you) please come and see me. We have a great brochure that explains the roles and I am happy to have a chat with people and explain a bit more.

With easter and the school holidays just around the programme, can families please email the office if you plan to be on holiday. At Moa the preschool team run a holiday programme that support the current project. So, watch this space, as they have different activities and learning experiences each day.

The new lockers in the preschool room have helped with us gathering lots and lots of lost property. However, the last few weeks it has started to build up. So can families please make sure you check this in the foyer. This is also a good reminder to name all your children’s items.

We often get families offering us toys/wooden resources/puzzles once their children have finished playing with. We are always so thankful and so lucky, but lately we have said we don’t need these as we have so many wonderful resources now and our store room is full. I often drop off any excess to charity. This week I was talking to Letisha who is running Woolston Community Preschool for a few months. They would love to take any of these resources if they come in. So, if you are having a clean out and you were looking to donate them, feel free to drop them off to us and we can pass them on to another community preschool.

We have lots of our friends turning 5 this year. This means we will have lot of 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.

Shay and Rachael and have settled into their new roles. Please remember if I am not around, they are the ladies to see. Rachael is found normally in the nursery and Shay floating in the preschool room.

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 to Sophie, Luca and Ziggy, Maija, and Sophie to Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.


Arthur, Frankie and Indie have 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 19th April 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.

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.

   While the outdoor area was getting an upgrade, the children loved all the trips to the park. We were so lucky with the weather over this time.

We were so lucky to have such lovely builders undertaking the work. They answered lots of the children’s questions. The children just loved watching all the construction. This has resulted in the children bringing it into their own play. The block area has been super busy with this play. Some children made a big digger out of boxes and also a wrecking ball.

The children have just loved exploring the new playground. They were so excited when the fences came down a few weeks ago. When the first came down, we even had a picnic lunch outside on the new grass.

We had lots of fun celebrating St Patricks day at Moa. It was lovely of Edel to share some stories and plan lots of fun activities.

We had our first school visit this term to Redcliffs school. This was fantastic and enjoyed by everyone. The children were so excited to see all their old Moa friends. They loved showing us all around. The children were able to interreact at mat time. There were learning stations set up and the children loved exploring the playground.

Children are just really enjoying watering the plants and looking after our new environment.

We have also used our new planter boxes and put some plants in there with the children.

We have a few thigs coming up, such as the holiday programme. We are going to have a Military day to celebrate Anzac Day. We will also be sending out the holiday programme shortly. But on the last day we will be having a celebration afternoon tea. Bring a special person and a plate of food to share. 

Project Corner:

‘’All about me’’.

Have you checked out all the cool new displays around ‘’All about me’’ There are lots of great examples of all the stuff they have been learning?

Margie set up a shop in the preschool room, which ended up turning into a noodle market. The children made their own string noodles and then sold them to their peers. There were some very excited children wanting to purchase noodles. This led to Mizu’s Mum coming in and teaching the children to make their own noodles. What an amazing experience for the children.

Nursery News

Wow what a busy start to the year.  A big welcome to Sophie, Luca and Ziggy. Everyone is settling in really well.

Both Harper and Logan have now completed their transition into the preschool room. Frederick has now started his transition journey. He is just loving the business of the preschool room and making the most of his visits.

As we have now have lots of new families in the nursery room and with the new year, our focus is belonging. Therefore, building upon the relationships and connections the children have at home and at Moa.

We have created a ‘’Where in the world’’ wall display in the nuresry. This allows the nursery Kaiakio and the nursery families to build knowledge on the cultures, languages and special festivals that are important to our nursery families.

The children have loved exploring with the tunnel. Lots of laughs and giggles when they get more and more confident.

The children are loving all the leaves that are falling from the trees. They love picking them up and throwing them in the air.

Dolphin Club

Wow we are back into full swing in the Dolphin club. A big welcome to Maija and Luca who have turned 4 and joined the Dolphin Club family.

It is really working really well just having the 4 years olds at Dolphin Club. There is a lot more buy in from the children, allowing the teachers to extend the project more.

“All about me” project activities: who lives at our house; our families and what we like to do with our families; describing and drawing our homes, and we made a road to add our homes to.

Sign language: finger alphabet, my name is ……

Days of the week, colours alongside colour song.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Working on karakia
  • All about me project  
  • Providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip, all in preparation for school. 
  • School visits each term to Te Raekura Redcliffs and Sumner
  • Lots of trips to the field
  • Sign language

Hot Cross Buns


6 tsp (25g) compressed yeast (or 1 1/2 teaspoons Active Yeast)
1 tsp Standard Grade Flour (first measure)
1 tsp White Sugar (first measure)
1 1/4 cup Original Milk, scalded

4 cups Standard Grade Flour (second measure)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp mixed spice
1 Tbsp cinnamon
60g Butter
1/4 cup White Sugar, extra (second measure)
1 cup sultanas or sultanas/currants/peel

1 egg, beaten

Cross Paste:
1 cup Standard Grade Flour
cold water

1 tablespoon Caster Sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon gelatine (optional)


Crumble Active Yeast into a small bowl, add the first measure of Standard Grade Flour and White Sugar. Mix in the Milk which has been cooled to blood heat, cover and leave in warm place for 10 mins.

Sift the second measure of Standard Grade Flour, salt, mixed spice and cinnamon into a large bowl; rub in the Butter and add the second measure of White Sugar and sultanas.

Add the beaten egg to the sponged yeast mixture.  Add yeast/egg mixture into the flour mixture until a soft dough is formed. Knead until light and smooth and no longer sticky.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a clean cloth and allow to stand in a warm place until double in bulk (about 40 minutes).

Turn onto a lightly floured surface, punch down and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Divide dough into 16 even-sized pieces - knead each into a round shape. Place on a greased slide tray 1cm apart. Cover and stand in a warm place until well risen (about 10-15 minutes).

Cross Paste
Mix sufficient cold water into the Standard Grade Flour to make a soft paste and pipe a cross on each bun (pour mixture into a plastic bag, snip one corner and pipe onto buns).  

Bake at 220°C conventional (200°C fan forced) for about 20 minutes.

Heat the Caster Sugar, water and gelatine (optional) in a saucepan and simmer 1 minute.   When the buns are cooked glaze them with the gelatine mixture while still hot.

Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Flanagan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081


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