Newsletter November/December 2021

Newsletter November/December 2021


Kia ora koutou,

Who would believe we are in the last month of 2021 and what a year it has been?

I just want take this time to thank everyone for their continued support to Moa and the team this year. I know everyone is really looking forward to a break over Christmas. Please remember the close down dates for Christmas are: Finishing at 3pm on Thursday 23rd and reopening on Monday 10th at 8am.  We of course do not charge for this close down period on any public holidays. If you are going to be away before the shutdown period or after, we would really appreciate you emailing through these dates. We can also then apply your 50% holiday fee.

COVID update: The new traffic light system is now in play, so we are continuing to work through how that works for us. What we do know is all teachers, families, trade workers, relief staff, anyone at the centre for not just drop off and pickups, need to show proof of their vaccine. We have a set up a system that seems to be working really well. We just ask that all families continue to scan in and wear a mask when entering MOA. We would only ask for vaccine information if you were a parent help on a trip or helping out in the centre, as that is the legal requirement.  If you have any questions around this, please don’t hesitate to come and see me. 

Unfortunately, this year we are not able to have our annual Christmas party. Instead, we are having a celebration Christmas week during our last week. We will have a week of fun! So, make sure you are looking very festive when you come in that week.  I have even managed to rope my brother, (who is double vaxed) to dress up as Santa, and come in on the last Wednesday for a visit. We will also be sharing the play and Christmas songs on our private Facebook page that week.

Because all our wonderful families are sharing the love of Moa, we are full again next year. I cannot stress enough that if you are wanting extra days, or siblings in any time next year, you need to come and see me A.S.A.P. The centre is full to nearly mid next year already. This also means if your child is turning 5 next year, we would really appreciate knowing if they are heading off to school then, or when you attend on sending them. This is so we can let families on the waitlist know, when days are expected to come up.

With lots of new families joining us please remember to like the ‘Moa kids family page’ on Facebook. This is a private Facebook page; we use this to post what is coming up and also what the children have been up to.

As you are all aware, all children in NZ get 20 ECE hours when your child turns three. With Moa being a non-profit community-based preschool, we offer 30 ECE hours. We do not charge an additional cost for these hours. However, what we do have is a weekly $10 donation fee that is optional. We set this up as a donation, so families can claim back at tax time. We have noticed a huge decline in people paying this donation.  It is a small cost to families, but makes a big difference to us and allows us to offer the low ratios, fully qualified teachers and extra ECE hours that we are well known for. If your child is 3 and you are not paying the donation and would like to, please let us know, so, we can add this into your fortnightly account.  If you have any questions around this, please let us know.

Lollypops and birthdays: Lots of our 5-year-olds, like to share a gift with their peers when leaving Moa and leave this in a basket in the foyer.  You do not have to do this, but lots of children like to. For a few reasons, the new food guidelines and also the choking hazard of these in the car, we are asking that from now on, please can we not have lollypops as an option. We are also asking that you do this just when your child turns 5, to keep it special for that big birthday. We celebrate all children birthdays at Moa. Again, you’re most welcome to bring in in a cake, cupcakes, fruit platter etc to share at lunch time if wanted.  We are just asking that basket treats are for 5-year-old birthdays. If you want any ideas for the basket, or have any questions, please feel free to come and see me. I really appreciate your understanding around this.

Please remember that my door is always open. So, please feel free to come and see me if you have any questions or concerns.  Have a wonderful Christmas.




Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Thomas D, Thomas H and Tilly-May at Moa Kids. They are all settling in well and making the most of their time here.


Honor, George and Lily have turned the big 5 and have headed off to school. We wish them all the best for their 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.
  • COVID-19: Please remember to scan in when coming into the centre. We remain at Alert level 2. If anything changes, we will update as soon as we can.
  • SunSmart: Term 4, is when we start our sun smart guidelines. All children need to be coming with a sunhat and also sun cream on in the mornings. We re-apply through the day. 
  • 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 24th January. It will be 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

FROG needs you! Before we start, if anyone would like to take the Frog home for the Christmas break, we would really appreciate it. Please see Kat if this sounds like you.

We have also started to look at Te Weke, which is a Māori health model. The Octopus on the wall is a symbol respecting whanau, hapu and iwi. Each tentacle of the octopus represents one of the 8 dimensions.

We are going to look at one dimension at a time and unpack that with the teachers and children.

The last few months we have been looking at Whanaungatanga. This is about working in partnership, building relationships, developing a sense of belonging and creating a team.  So, we have introduced games that support this. Make sure you check out the wall display and project book for all the work that children have been doing to connect to Whanaungatanga. 

We have also been working hard on our cooperation project and this has woven in nicley into our Whanaungatanga work. We will be wrapping up this and evaluating this before the end of the year.

As you have probably all heard, the children are super excited about the nativity play they are doing this year. They have been busy practicing each day, have really started to get the hang of it and have been asking when it will be on. This week they have also started making the costumes for each of the characters. Everyone is pulling together, which is great to see.

The preschool children have been really busy and interested in the construction area. We have moved the blanket box into the classroom to support this. The children love creating and building houses and cubbies in this space. 

We have been making the most of Barnett Park and the field this term, spending lots of time out there. This has included going on nature walks, taking group games and all enjoying the extra space.

With Christmas just around the corner, we know lots of you have been putting up your Christmas trees at home. We would love to see the children with their trees. So please email the photos through.

Thanks for another fabulous year of learning in the preschool room. We hope you all have a wonderful break and make sure when you come back next year, you bring lots of snaps of your holiday break!

Nursery News

The nursery has had a busy few months welcoming in new friends. A big welcome to Thomas H, Thomas D and Tilly-May.

They are settling in and becoming familiar with the routine and new environment.

Eira, Aurora and Isabella have started their transition process into the preschool room. They have been enjoying the new environment and getting used to the new routine. 

Our nursery tamariki have been enjoying a variety of art experiences. Through using paint, the tamariki have been using their senses to learn different textures. Spreading the paint with their hands, tasting the paint and watching as the paint spreads over the page.

With the art experiences the tamariki have begun to create Christmas decorations. This has included adding colour to a stocking, helping create and bake a salt dough decoration and working together to so some Christmas baking.

With the warm weather we have been able to explore with water play. Either in the water trough, tipping and pouring, or in the sandpit to create a great new sticky texture.

The focus board in the nursery room is on the importance of respecting our environment and also the importance of making a connection between home and preschool.

Dolphin Club

Margie has been teaching Tagalog numbers 1-10

Days of week. We have been learning all about the Philippines. We looked at the map, flag and talked about some of the traditional things in the Philippines culture.

We have been busy learning our Christmas songs:

Bualadh bos (Irish)

Pasko (Tagalo)

Pepeha (Te Reo)

We have made a wall display of our nativity story. Stables, stars, animals, Mary, Joseph, Kings and Shepherds.

We have had lots of our 4-year-old friends join us in dolphin club the last few terms. They are really enjoying their time in this space.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Learning Irish with Edel
  • Learning Tagalog with Margie 
  • Cooperation project activities
  • Providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip, all in preparation for school. 
  • Trips in the community
  • Christmas concert prep


Low Sugar Christmas Cookie Recipe



  • 1 cup applesauce or apple purée 265g
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 dates
  • 60g melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Cups flour (can use gluten-free)
  • 1 Cup ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ - 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice



  1. Add the chia seeds to the apple sauce and leave to sit for 20 mins. I just pop them into the food processor and make sure all the chia seeds are covered by the apple 
  2. After the chia seeds have sat in the apple for approx 20 mins and have begun to gel, add the dates, melted butter and vanilla to the food processor, blitz well until a smooth paste is formed
  3. In a bowl place all the remaining dry ingredients, use a fork to mix them together so everything is well combined and semi-sifted
  4. Add the wet ingredients from the food processor to the dry ingredients
  5. Bring the dough together by mixing with a wooden spoon
  6. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until the dough becomes smooth
  7. Roll out to 5mm thick and cut into any shapes you want
  8. Place cookies on to a baking paper lined baking tray
  9. Bake in a Fan Forced Oven at 160 degrees Celsius (320 F) for 15-25 mins. If you are using a non-fan forced oven up the temperature to 180 C or 360 F
  10. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the cutters used.


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Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

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