Dear Parents of Pohutukawa Kindergarten Glendowie,

We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday. A very warm welcome to the new children, Adelaide and Celyn and their families, who are joining our Pohutukawa Kindergarten community. We also welcome some new siblings to our kindy days, Casper and Aaron and we are pleased that Jones is returning after their year in Australia.

Kindy Extension
As you can all see the new building was not able to be completed and placed on site over the holidays as we had hoped. We have been continuing with as much work as possible, but this has left outside a little scrappier than is ideal. We will be providing plenty of activities for the children and closely watching them as they play out there. We will update you as we make progress with the new classroom!

Staff News
We are lucky to have Emi continue with us until we are able to find a permanent qualified teacher. Amy continues to be a wonderful support person and Sarah will continue to set the environment and programme to ensure amazing learning outcomes for your children.

Sun Safety

Summer is now at full strength and children are required to wear a hat if they wish to play outside. Please bring a named hat for your child, which you can leave in our hat box if you wish. Although we do have some shade sails up, much of our outdoor area is still exposed to the sun so please apply sunscreen to your child before coming to kindergarten and make sensible clothing choices. We will encourage children to play under shade wherever possible.

News from Home
A reminder that children are welcome to bring in news to share with the group when this is relevant to them and their family (any day of the week). They may have just had a holiday, family visit or a special event happen. They may have found something interesting to bring in and show the other children. Photos or prompts of other kinds are a great tool to use for children to remember details of what they wanted to share. You are welcome to email photos to the Kindy email. Through sharing parts of their personal lives children feel valued as an important part of our learning community and develop their verbal language and confidence skills.

Programme planning
We are looking at exploring the concept of growth with the children and will provide several provocations including caterpillars, plants, as well as looking at the children and how much they grow. We will also use the building work to explore construction and architecture. Afternoon sessions we focus on pre numeracy skills.

Holiday page
In your parent pockets you will find a ‘holiday page’. This is for you and your child to work on together, visually sharing what you and your family got up to over the holidays. This may be completed through drawing, photos and writing. Please return to Kindy once you are finished! The tamariki can share this at mat time then we will display on the wall before placing in their portfolios for tamariki to revisit their experiences later.

Parent Input Reminder
Just a reminder that parents are invited and encouraged to contribute to their child’s individual planning book. You might want to add a story about something that your family have done together or a little summary of your child’s development or interests. If you are stuck for ideas, we have some basic templates you can take to use. You are also welcome to write feedback on the stories written about your child. This information sharing helps us to further get to know your child and provide a relevant and positive learning experience for them at Kindy.

Spaces Available
Currently we have spaces available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, if you would like to enrol your child for any extra days, please let us know. Thank you for the recommendations to friends, please keep doing so and commenting on our Facebook page and community groups as this is our best form of advertising. We have several children off to school this year and with a bigger space we would love to have more friends to come and play.

Dates / Events:
Family Night – Thursday 27th Feb 5-7pm. As we are such a lovely small group we thought it would be nice to start the year with a family fun night. We welcome you all to attend an evening session to play alongside each other and explore the activities that we offer during the day. This will be followed by a short mat time and a shared meal of fish, chips and hot dogs.
Teacher Only Day – we will be closed on Friday 27th March as the teachers will be attending a conference in Rotorua.
Dad’s Night – Thursday 2nd April. Dad’s put this in your diary!
Term Dates – Term 1, 28th January – 9th April
Please remember we are always here to talk with you and share any thoughts or ideas you have for the Kindergarten. You can contact the teachers via email or at the beginning and end of each session.

Warm regards,
Melanie, Sarah, Emi and Amy