November & December 2017

Who would believe that we are in the last month of 2017! 

As you read this I will be in Ireland wrapped up in my winter woollies enjoying my Christmas break.  I will be back raring to go on Monday 15th of January. Letisha will be in my role while I am away so please feel free to see her in the office if you need anything.

Most of you have returned your Christmas holiday forms.  Some families have mentioned they may just take day trips here and there.  This is fine, but can you all please make sure you email or call the centre if you child is not going to be in.  This just helps with our rosters/staffing and also if someone is wanting an extra day.

Just a reminder this year we will be closing at 5pm on Friday 22nd of December and re-opening on Monday 8th January at 8am.

Very exciting news; Moa Kids is full from the start of 2018 along with a waitlist on many days.  This is great news for us all, but with this means our flexibility on extra days and times is not as easy as it was.  Please just make sure you call or email, 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 may be someone waiting to for a session that day.

Some families choose to send their children to school at 5 and some choose for their children to stay on a little longer. This is fine with us; however with the centre now full and our waitlist continuing to grow, it is really important if you want your child to stay after they turn 5.  If this is the case, please let me know so we can plan for them in our numbers

Over the last few months a few of our children have changed days, hours and times, anytime that we do a change in the system, we have to get you to sign for this. This is just a funding requirement from MOE; so please make sure you see Zoe or me in the office to do this.

I seem to have said this each time but again 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.

If your child is turning three soon, it is important that we get all the right documentation for your child’s 20 ECE hours or in Moa Kids’ case 30 ECE hours.  Please make sure you see Zoe or me to do this.

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.

Thank you so much for to all the families who helped us out at the Redcliffs School Fair; what a wonderful day it was. Redcliffs School certainly know how to hold a fabulous well organised fair! We know to have a few more face painters on hand next time J

What a wonderful turn out we had at this year’s children’s’ Christmas party.  The children did a fabulous job at putting on their concert. It is always such a lovely way to end the year.

With our numbers continuing to grow we have decided it is time to bring on a domestic role for the centre. This role will help with general domestic jobs and allow the teachers to focus on the children.  We excited to announce that Rebecca Guthrie was successful in this position. Rebecca’s children have both gone through Moa Kids and I know a lot of families are familiar with who Rebecca is.  We feel she will be a great asset to our team.  We are excited to have Rebecca start from Monday 15th January J

I have had a few parents mention to me lately they have missed different notices or haven’t seen certain things that were coming up.  Certain communication styles suit different families, so I try to cover all bases: Facebook, Zoe sends an email at the end of the week with up and coming events and we also use the notice board in the foyer.  If you think there is another way that would help you get these messages, please flick me an email as I am happy to take on some suggestions.

As a centre manager I like to get as much feedback as I can on everything to do with the centre.  This helps me and my team continue to provide high quality care and education to your children.  At the end of every year we put out a parent survey.  This gives me some ideas on what we need to work on as a teaching team and also what we do well.  I would love it, if ALL families take the time to complete this for us.  There may even be a chocolate fish to the first person to get theirs back to us  J

Unfortunately a few weekends ago we had some people jump the fence in the playground and do some damage to both the nursery and preschool area.  We were very lucky someone in the community saw them and emailed through to the centre and we were able to come straight out and call the police.  If you are ever in the park or driving past and see people who look like they don’t belong, please email the centre or call the police. We want to keep our playground and centre as safe as possible J

Just a reminder that my door is always open, if there is any issue or something you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to come see me.

I would like to take this time to thank everyone for all their support over the last year.  Moa Kids has certainly increased in numbers and we have had a very busy/successful 2017.  I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and holiday break.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the 15th January.

Thanks Hayley

Welcome to our new families

As we are so full now, we haven’t had any new families start at Moa Kids over the last two months!

Farewell

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

Staff News

Sharleen is extending her three days a week to the end of March. Ali will cover her hours on a Thursday and Friday until she returns to full time after the Easter break.

Lots of our teachers will be away over the next few weeks with the lead up to Christmas and also in January, we hope they all have a very well deserved break.

We often get asked about if we know anyone that baby sits or is looking for nanny work. Sarah and Lucy who are two of our fantastic casuals often do nanny and aby sitting work. If you are interest please let Hayley know and she will pass your details on.

Reminders

  • At Moa kids we have a “nut free” zone.  Lately we have been noticing a lot of nut products coming into the centre; 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.
  • If you have any spare plastic bags. We would love to take them off your hands. We can never have too many.
  • With the warmer weather upon us. Please make sure you are packing sun hats and lots of spare clothes for your children, as we have lots of water play out over the summer months. Also making sure all clothing is named.  Keep an eye out on the notice board and facebook as we may have more sprinkler days where your child needs to bring his/her togs & a towel!
  • Please make sure your child comes in with sun cream on.  We have one in the foyer, so please feel free to use that when bringing your child in.  We will re-apply suncream throughout the day. If there is a particular cream you would like them to have, please make sure you provide this

Governance Committee

Our next Governance Committee meetings are on Monday 22nd January and Monday 19th February.  The meetings will start at 7.30pm.  We would love to have some new members join us.

Nursery News

Over the past few months the children have been enjoying working outside in the sunshine, having more water play activities set up, saw dust with the cars and animals also exploring all the physical obstacles that have been set up.

There have been lots of new tamariki that have started.  They are all settling in well and making friendships with the other nursery children.  There have also been a few preschool children who have been in to visit and our new children have enjoyed spending time with them too.

The nursery children have also really enjoyed and engaged in mat times before lunch with their favourite songs being “5 little ducks” and the “cupcake song”.

A lot of our tamariki have also really enjoyed music times with musical instruments and bean bags.  The place the bean bags on each part of their body in time with the song.

At our kai times in the nursery, we encourage children to develop their self-help skills.  The children are getting very good at pouring their own water into their cups.

With the warmer weather here it is really important the children coming into the nursery are wearing sunscreen. We provide sunscreen at Moa Kids, but if you would like to bring your own in, that is fine.  Please just name it and hand it to a teacher.

Thank you to all the families that came along to the nursery’s Christmas morning tea, it is always nice to catch up with everyone before the Christmas break.

Preschool News

Whoooo what a busy year it has been in the preschool.

The children worked so hard on their Christmas concert production including making all their props and outfits.  They did a fabulous job on the night and it was great to have such a wonderful turn out.

The Christmas theme has certainly taken off in the preschool room, with the children all so excited to help put up the Christmas Tree.  As you can imagine it was a little lop sided at times, but they were so proud and excited of the final product.

The children have been busy creating and making different Christmas decorations for our tree and their own Christmas trees at home.

We were very lucky at getting a grant from the Rata Foundation for new outdoor climbing equipment for the preschool.  (Photos can be found in the photos section.)

The children were so excited when the big blue truck pulled up outside our centre. They kept an eye on what was being delivered and were very excited to see all the new equipment.  We certainly had lots of helpers to unpack it all.  This is wonderful equipment which allows us to set it up in different ways so will extend all the ages we cater for. We are also able to add to the collection in time J

With the warmer weather we have had lots of water play and water experiences set up in the centre.  The children have been requesting the sprinkler; they all just love getting in their togs at preschool and get so excited when they get to do it.

With the animal interest being so strong in dolphin club, it has extended out into the preschool.  There were several trips to the Pet world.  The bus, of course, is always a big hit with our children and they get so excited when they know they be off on a trip.

We have also been down to the Redcliffs Library for story time.  The library is so fantastic at letting us join and the children are always excited to get out new books.

We have had a big group of nursery children transition over from the nursery recently.  They are all doing so well, they have settled in and are just loving their time in the preschool.  The taps and art area are well used by this group J

Our older children just love helping out our younger children too and showing them the preschool way.

With this warm weather please continue to bring in lots of clothes for water play and if your child brings in their togs, please pack a towel as well.

Dolphin Club News

Dolphin club is all wrapped up for another year, it will start back again in the New Year.

This term the children have been working really hard on their counting in Samoan.  They are getting pretty good at it; so make sure you ask your child how it goes.

The next project has been all about animals.  We have been exploring what we want to know and what we want to learn throughout this project. They expressed their ideas through drawing pictures and asking different questions.

We watch short clips on different animals, this sparked lots of questions.  We then researched the answers to these questions.  The children spent time creating making different animals.

With our animal project being enjoyed by everyone, we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the farm to Moa Kids as an end of year fun activity, or organised chaos is how I would describe dealing with a farm and preschool combined, but it was well worth it and the children just loved the chance to meet and pat the different animals.

The children were very excited to head along to the pet shop. The people at Pet World were very helpful and answered a lot of the preschool children’s questions.

What’s on?

Murder Mystery

Our much anticipated murder mystery evening is now booked for Saturday 10th March 2018 at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre.

If you are interested in joining the sub-committee for this event, please email Jude our Fundraising Co-ordinator at fundraising@moakids.org.nz.

Children’s corner

A huge Moa Kids congratulations to three of our families. We hope you all have a wonderful first Christmas together.

Congratulations to Abi, George, Xa and Phoebe on the birth of her gorgeous boy Rafferty.  Xa and Phoebe, you are both going to be such great siblings to your brother.  Rafferty was born on 22nd November at 12.30pm.

Congratulations to Amira, Simon and Kairo on the birth of their gorgeous baby boy Toren.  Kairo you are going to be an amazing big brother to Toren.  Toren was born in Canada on 5th December at 2:16am, following a 1 hr 45 minute labour and delivery!

Congratulations to Shannon, Richie, Tyus, Eli and Joseph on the birth of their gorgeous baby boy Leo Michael.  Tyus, Eli and Joseph, you are all going to be such great role models for your baby brother.  Leo was born on 9th December at 8.47am.

Note from Zoe

Wow, weren’t our little people amazing at their Christmas Concert a few weeks ago?  The acting was awesome, the singing was so beautiful and I’m so impressed that everyone remembered the actions to go along with the songs.  The children spent hours practicing over the last few weeks which was a delight to listen to (and secretly watch!). 

It’s a great testament to our awesome teaching staff too; to be able to get preschoolers to have the confidence to take part in something like that is incredible.  I would like to thank Hayley, Letisha, Tracy, Shay, Sharleen, Terehia, Emily and Sharon for everything they do at Moa Kids.  I love that Cassie gets to hang out with you all every week!

As mentioned earlier, Redcliffs School held their School Fair at the end of November.  As the fair co-ordinator I would personally like to thank each and every one of you who came along to the fair, it was a brilliant day with lots of fun had by all.  It was also fun to be back on the Main Road school site for a final goodbye, I feel this was very much appreciated by the whole community.  The school raised nearly $50,000 which will be put towards the new school hall, playground and other resources when the school is built in Redcliffs Park.

I’m off on a camping trip with my hubby and 3 girls this year.  With all the craziness of this year, we haven’t had much time to really hang out together so we are looking forward to heading up to the Sounds for a few days before having a tiki-tour back to Christchurch through Kaikoura – hopefully we can stay away from cellphone coverage and really relax!

I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.  Eat, drink, be merry, spend the time with loved ones but most of all, stay safe and make lots of memories.  Take care if you are on the roads this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all in January and hearing about your holidays.