September 2020 Newsletter

September 2020 Newsletter

Who would believe that we are nearly through our first month of Spring! Summer is on its way

We had had another busy month and the children are making the most of the warm weather. It is still chilly at times, so please make sure you are packing layers of clothes and several changes of clothes, as there will be lots of children excited about getting the water play out again.

Thank you for everyone’s patience around alert level two. We are now in alert level one. You do not need to leave your contact details when signing in.  We are able to start trips back, playdough is back and also the preschool fruit bowl. So please remember to provide one piece of fruit per child in the fruit bowl each morning. 

SunSmart:  With Moa being SunSmart centre, from term 4, Monday 12th October all children will need to be wearing sun cream and bring a named sunhat to preschool please. We will be re-applying their cream throughout the day, but please make sure they come in wearing it. If there is a particular cream your child wears, please make sure you provide it and name it.

The school holidays have stared this week. We know a few families are planning to head away. If you are, please can you make sure you let us know, even if it is an email in the morning, it helps us with our staffing.

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. Photos and calendars are of course the fundraiser events you can support at the moment. 

The children have been busy with calendars. All products are $15 each. There are examples of what you can buy on display in the foyer with the order forms. If you are not wanting to order, that of course is fine, please just let a teacher know, so, you don’t keep getting asked. The final orders are going through this week.

We have a few children turning 5 before the end of the year. Can families please let me know if they will be heading to school and what date will be your child’s last day. This helps me when informing new families when their children can start.

With the end of the year upon us, just a reminder we have changed our closing dates due to the upgrade of the preschool. Thank you all for being so understanding. We will be closing 3 days earlier, at 5pm on Friday 18th December and reopening on Monday 11th January at 8am.

We have had lots of wonderful families ask if we need help moving and packing up at the end of year. We probably will, we are just not sure how that will look yet. I will ask families closer to the time, when I know the plan from the project manager.  Reminder, Moa does not charge for public holidays, or our closing down period.   If you are planning on taking extra leave, can you email in your holiday dates to Dawn or I.

As crazy as it sounds, we have locked in our children Xmas party dates. This will be Wednesday 2nd December 4.30pm – 6pm here in the park, at the centre. We will send details out closer to the time.

We have decided to change our parent information evening to include the children. We have missed many events his year because of COVID, so we will be having picnic/fish & chip evening on Thursday 15th, 4.30pm – 6pm. This is for nursery and preschool families. We will have all our teaching team to chat to parents, talks about our philosophy and have any questions re: you child’s learning.  We are also going to have the plans for our outside area and upgrade of the centre. It will give us time to celebrate our space project with the preschool families, so please pencil this into your diary.

Some very exciting news at Moa Kids, it looks like again we are full from the start of next year, along with a growing waitlist.  This is great news for us all; however, it means our flexibility on extra days and times is not as easy as it was. Please make sure you call or email ahead, 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 maybe someone waiting for a session that day.

Remember my door is always open.



Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Cadence and Mason to Moa Kids, they are both settling in well and making the most of their time here.

Staff News

As of next year, we are excited to be able to offer Margie a permanent position in the preschool room when she qualifies next year as an ECE teacher.

Sharleen will be returning to 5 days a week as of January, but doing school hours 9am – 3 pm.

Governance Committee

Next Governance Committee meeting is Monday 19th October. It is held in the preschool starting at 7.30pm. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 thinkof 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Preschool News

The children have been enjoying the nice weather. As soon as the nice weather is out, the children request for water play. So, it has been nice being able to get this out. This has meant lots of work in the sandpit.

We have also been making the most of our wonderful location and getting to the park. There we play lots of games and lots of running, as there is lots of space.

The children love baking at Moa Kids. So, the teacher has made sure they have included this into their project. They made rocket scones and asteroid afghans.

Our preschool children are very creative and our art area is always very busy with lots of wonderful creations and masterpieces being worked on. Splatter painting has been a huge hit with the children.

The sandpit has been very busy, exporing with sand and water. Volcanos in the sandpit has made for great converstaions around chemical reactions. Specifically, the reactions between Alkalines and acids. When the volcano ran out of fizz, Saoirse told Letisha , she needed to add more acid. Our children love to dance and often request different songs to dance along to.

They have been asking for music a lot outside and setting up a stage to perform to their friends.

Imaginative play has been super popular this month, with the family corner and dress ups always in use. They have been going on picnics and also spending lots of time in our space station that is set up.

Our art area continues to be super busy. The children have enjoyed working at the hot glue gun station. This is always very busy with lots of wonderful creations coming out of it.

Yay, playdough is back. Now we are in alert level one, it means we can have playdough. Since this, the playdough table has been super busy with lots of children very excited to create with it.

With lots of outside play happening, the children tend to bring the inside out. The children have been using chalk on the big concrete canvas outside. There have been cities, planets and solar systems. It a lovely way to brighten up the concrete. 


We are continuing to work on our space project.  The children have been great researchers investigating the space books. They have great planet and dwarf planet knowledge. The children have loved facilitating their own learning and researching new information.

We have a number of new space resources, which have added to the interest in Planets. A lot of parents have been dragged over to our new space poster. We have created a darker space in our space cave and children have loved hanging planets in it. Our new rocket has been explored and the children have had lots of discussions around the rocket.

Just a few preschool reminders.

  • Please label food that is put into the fridge
  • Name sunhats
  • Lots of changes of clothes

Nursery News

We welcomed Cadence and Mason into the nursery this month. A big welcome to them both. They are settling in well and making the most of their time at Moa.

Sunni has turned 2 and has moved into the preschool room.  She is enjoying her new environment and all the new challenges that come with it.

Will and Amelia are continuing to do visits. Both wanting to go through more and more, which is great.

With the warmer weather, the children have been having some fun with water play experiences, either with warm bubble water, or blowing bubbles, as well as lots of splashing. They have been washing their toys and using the brushes to create patterns on the concrete.

Through the water experiences, the children have been learning to care for their environment. We use the water from the trough to water our plants. We also use the hose at the end of the day to make sure our plants grow healthy and strong.

With all the water play, please make sure you pack a few changes of clothes. We are also starting to use sunblock with the warmer weather. If there is a particular cream you would like your child to use, please make sure it is named and in their bag. Also named sunhats.

Dolphin Club

Wow, we’re at the end of our third term already. Dolphin club will take a two-week break over the holidays, while we focus on our space holiday programme.  

Again, this term Dolphin club has been a full house each day. The children are very busy and engaged with what they are learning. This month it has all been about the planets and the milky way. There’s been lots of planet work this month, in line with the preschool space project.

We have spent a lot of time getting out to the field for physical activities and learning experiences. With us now moving down to alert level 1, we are hoping to plan our Sumner and Redcliffs school visits in term 4.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Dutch language
  • Baking
  • Yoga and field trips
  • Working on a new karakia and waiata
  • We will be providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip, all in preparation for school. 
  • School visits each term to Redcliffs and Sumner
  • Learning all about space

Easy jam drops

These jam drops are delicious and a great activity for the kids as well. You can make a whole biscuit barrel-full, but I doubt they will last long. Choose your favourite jam!


  • 6 tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 3/4 cups self-raising flour (sifted)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam


  • 1) Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Cover 2 baking sheets with baking paper and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale.
  • 2) Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
  • 3) Add flour and salt and mix well.
  • 4) Roll teaspoonful-sized balls of batter and place on the baking tray 2 fingers apart. Using the end of a wooden spoon make a well in the centre of each ball.
  • 5) Fill each indentation with a quarter of a teaspoon of jam. Bake for 10-15 mins.

Community News

Braveheart Performing Arts: Shay runs her own Preforming arts drama classes here in Redcliffs a couple of times a week. If you are interested please see her Facebook page: Braveheart Performing Arts, for more information.

Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Strachan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081


Phone: 03 384 1910     Web:

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