October 2019



Well, I say it every newsletter, but who can believe how fast 2019 is going.  It’s going to be Christmas before you know it.

Again, we have had an extremely busy couple of months at Moa. We have had teachers away on annual leave, professional development, sick leave and ACC.

I do feel we are slowly getting the ‘’band back together’’ Dawn is back from a well-deserved break in the U.K. Shay has started her return to work programme and Emily starts back in the preschool from maternity leave on November 11th.

With Moa being a non-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 have a few recently. I just want to thank everyone for their support.  We don’t have the final numbers for calendars or photos, but we have raised $570 on our pizza night. We have decided that our carpentry table needs a good make over. So, we will be purchasing new tools and equipment for this. So, thank you!

We have one more for the year:

  • Cake Stall - Saturday 9th November.  We did this in May and thought because it went so well, we would do another one before the year ends. We ask families to bake something for the stall and we sell them at the Mt Pleasant Market. We will also need a few parents to help out on the morning. There seems to be a few away that weekend. So, we will make a call by the end of month if it is going ahead or not.

Children’s Christmas party - It seems early, but to make sure we can get an entertainer we have locked in our date for the children’s end of year Christmas party. It will be Thursday 12th December. This will start at 4.30pm as normal, but we will email out finalised details closer to the time. But please mark this into your calendar. 

With Moa kids being extremely full now, it makes it hard to pick up permanent days. If you are wanting extra days or hours, please make sure you come and see me and give as much notice as possible.

We had a busy/successful holiday programme at the start of the month. A highlight certainly had to be ‘’Grandparents’’ afternoon tea and ‘’Culture Day’’. The children were so excited to welcome their special guests and show them all around the preschool.

With the summer months upon us ‘’HATS and SUNCREAM’’ are now are must, for your children to play outside. Our teachers will reapply as the days goes on. But your child needs to come in wearing sun cream. There is sun cream in the foyer if you do forget. So please makes sure you use that. If your child has a particular cream you would prefer them to wear, please can you make sure this is named and given to the teachers. It is a great idea to have a preschool hat. Then it can be left here for the summer. Please just make sure this is also named.

With the end of the year coming around super-fast. I would really appreciate it if parents could get their holiday dates into us as soon as possible. This is for December and January.  This allows me to look at our Christmas staff rosters and staff leave days.  Just a reminder we close at 5pm on Friday 20th December and reopen on Monday 6th January at 8am.

Thank you to those of you who have been collecting glass jars for me for my wedding. This is much appreciated. I will be heading away on annual leave from Monday 18th November and will return back on Monday 9th December.

Please remember my door is always open. If there are any issue’s or something you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to come and see me.

Thanks Hayley

Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Romy and Luka to Moa Kids. They are both settling in well and making the most of their time here.

Welcome back to Juniper as well. They have been away overseas for the last 4 months. So nice to have you back.

Staff News

Hayley heads off on annual leave from Monday 18th November and will return back on Monday 9th December. Please see Letisha if you need anything over this time.

Shay will Start her return to work programme mid-October. This will take up to 6 weeks, so we are hoping to have her back full time by the end of November.

Emily starts back form Maternity leave on Monday 11th November.




  • Cold food: We have noticed a lot of food that should really go in the fridge, still in the children’s lunch boxes at lunch time.  Please remember to name any fridge items, put them in the basket and a teacher will put them into the fridge.
  • Heat ups: We have no problem heating up food for lunches. But can families please make sure they are putting in in the basket to go I the fridge in the mornings.
  • Show and tell: Each child who attends the preschool room has a show and tell day. This is the day where they can bring is 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.

Hats: Please remember to bring a named sunhat.

Reminders (cont’d)

  • Lost Property: Please, please check the lost property in the foyer and the show and tell treasures.  Also make sure your child’s clothes are named as this will help with getting items back to the correct child.
  • 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. 

Governance Committee

Our next Governance Committee meeting is being held on Monday 18th November, starting at 7.30pm in the preschool room. This will be the last one for the year. Everyone is welcome.

Preschool News

It’s great to have Rebecca back from being away on her teaching placement. Shay has started her return to work programme and the children have been super excited to see ‘’Shay Shay’’ again. 4 months is super long time in a child’s world.

We had a fabulous/busy holiday programme at the start of the month. All the children loved the different activities and special days we had set up. The children normally come up with these ideas with the teachers. But if you have any ideas or feedback for the next one. We would love to hear from you. Culture day and Grandparents were both so well supported so a big thank-you.

We have had pockets of warm weather. A few times In the holidays we made the most of this and had a picnic outside. The children just love this.  We’re so lucky to have lots of natural shade. This comes in super handy when we choose to picnic outside.

Our construction area in the preschool room is always a favourite place, the large wooden blocks and our mobilo are always in use. There have been some fabulous creations made out of these. The children often like us to keep their creations, so they can show parents on pickups.

The rugby world cup has been very popular and an interest with some our our children. We even recorded the scores of most of the game and it was great to give their feedback from what was happening.

We are continuing on with our project on Numeracy and Literacy. Charlie has been very excited at mat times, asking if he can let the children go wash their hands by saying letter of their name or the number of their age.

When the weather has been nice. Our children have made the most of it and spending lots of time in the sandpit and exploring the water play. This a good reminder with the warmer months approaching to pack lots of spare clothes in your child bag. 

Lots of role playing happening in the family corner and also the children being ‘’bees’’. They have been using the cones to do this and zooming around like bumble bees.

As always, the art area has been very busy, a creative buzz. The children have been enjoying the flowers that were on the tables. The glue guns have been out lots. With lots of request from the children to build things with these. Drawing and painting is always popular. Remember to check your child’s art folder. As these are get pretty full with fabulous craft creations.

 We have lots of lovely people from the community to save their boxes and drop them off for our construction/art area. The children always find something to build or create with.

Nursery News

 We welcomed Luka and Romy into the nursery this month. A big welcome to them both. They’re both settling in well and making the most of their time at Moa.

Quinn, Gruff and Ben celebrated their 2nd birthdays and have now joined the preschool room.  Freddie is also completing his transition into the preschool, and enjoying the new challenges on offer.

Rafferty, Norah, Toren and Leo have just begun their journey into the transition process.

With so many going through, Margie is spending most of her time supporting the transition children in the preschool room.

The children are enjoying the water play activities that are on offer. Especially when there are bubbles added to it. These are great for catching and blowing.

Diggers, trucks and cars are a huge interest for the children at the moment. We have a digger book which is read at, at times and is certainly a favourite for many of the children.

We have had a few children away on holidays recently. If you have some holiday snaps, these would be great for our wall display. It is wonderful to see what the children do on their holidays.

We have created a transition display board in the nursery room. This shows photos of the children settling into the nursery room and the children during the transition process into the preschool room. The children like to look at the photos and their new friends and see what their friends are doing in the preschool room.

Dolphin Club

Dolphin club are excited to have Shay back this term. Terehia and Shay will be working together again in Dolphin club this term.

This term the children will be learning the language of Cook Island Māori. 

We will also learn about the many islands that make up the Cook Islands.

We will be learning to count 1-10 in Cook Island Māori, greetings and farewells and positive statements.

That time of year has come were we will be practicing Christmas songs for the end of the year concert.

Children are continuing to practice our core lessons to help them focus and concentrate during their learning.

Children are very active and engaged when working at the literacy and numeracy learning stations. 

Children have been learning numbers, writing letters and their names, number pegs, drawing story pictures of their interest, and doing self-regulating exercises and also bead threading and stone patterning with numbers.

Lunch box ideas



  • 2 bacon rashers
  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50g butter
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1tsp mixed Italian herbs
  • Olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line 2 baking trays with GLAD Cooking Paper.
  2. Chop the bacon into small pieces. With the help of an adult, heat oil in a non-stick frying pan and add the bacon. Cook bacon for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  3. Chop butter into small cubes, ensuring that it does not melt. Sift flour and salt into a bowl, add cold butter and using fingertips rub butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Add milk while stirring until the dough forms. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 3 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Roll dough into a 25cm x 30cm rectangle with the rolling pin.
  6. Spread tomato paste over the dough evenly with the palette knife, then sprinkle with Italian herbs, fried bacon and grated cheese.
  7. Lift the dough from the edge closest to you and tightly roll the dough into a long sausage. With the help of an adult, cut into 10 even slices with a sharp knife.
  8. Line the baking trays with GLAD Cooking Paper, and place the scrolls on the trays. Bake for 15 minutes in the oven until golden brown.


For a vegetarian option, omit the bacon and add sautéed vegetables, like mushrooms, baby spinach, capsicum or even tinned. 


We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter. However, if you feel there is something missing or that there is 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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