A very warm welcome to our new children and their families: Jack Swann, Jasper Olausen, Erinn Lowe, Juah Yun, Isla Muir, Jemima Fourie and Peppy Jenkins.

We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

Dates / events:

Children’s Day Sunday 1st March – Check out some of the fantastic activities planned for Auckland on this day.

Dad’s Night – Thursday 12th March 5-7pm      We welcome Dad’s and enrolled children 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.

The programme for this term:

Energetic Explorers trip- As part of our current focus on water/wai, we will be planning a relevant trip for the last Wednesday morning of term. More details to follow.

Fabulous Fours/Afternoon children – This term we are focussing on numbers and shapes. Pre-numeracy skills and concepts we will explore with the children are counting, number recognition, addition, subtraction, patterns, measurement and shape recognition.

Monday News Time – A reminder that news time is a chance to share experiences your child has had outside of kindy. If a prompt is required some ideas include a shell, feather, or perhaps a drawing. You may even wish to provide a photo. If needed, teachers are able to print a single photo or previously prepared news page if sent before 8am on the Monday morning.

Resources:  Loose parts play remains a passionate part of our curriculum. If you have anything that may be of interest, please let us know as we appreciate any contributions of these throughout the year. Examples of these may be piping, guttering, cable reels, boxes, pieces of suitable wood, etc…

 

UPDATES:
School display – Four-year-old children –
We have a display of what school the children are going to when they turn 5. Please let a teacher know what school your child will be attending when you know, so we can add them to the display.

Kindy Mobile Phone – In order for the phone to be effective we need up-to-date phone numbers. Please advise one of the teachers if you have recently changed your number.   The number for this phone is 021 0884 9711. There are a number of advantages to us having this phone, one of which is that you will be able to text to notify us of absences or changes to who will collect your child that day. Please note that we are still able to be contacted on the main kindy phone at all times.

Email addresses – Please ensure we have a current email address so that we can keep you updated throughout the year on all upcoming events.

REMINDERS:

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 one of our hat boxes if you wish.  Although we do have our shade sails up, much of our outdoor area is still exposed to the sun so please apply sunscreen to your child before coming to kindy.

Wet/Soiled clothes bag- Please include a reusable bag for wet clothes in your child’s kindy bag and bring suitable changes in case they are required.

Start Time – Just a reminder that our licence states that our sessions start at 8.30. The teachers need the time before this to prepare the environment for the children.  As your children settle in to the kindy life, please try to have as short a drop off as possible to promote their independence.

Signing in and out – It is important that you use session times for signing your children in and out. These times must match enrolment times to ensure we receive our maximum funding and therefore keep our fees as low as possible e.g. 8.30 and either 12.45 or 2.30

Final mat time and pick up (Morning children) – We would like this process to be as least disruptive as possible. We are happy for you to collect your child anytime between 12.30 and 12.45 but ask that you wait quietly by the bags until a teacher signals to your child that they can leave. This ensures that the children continuing with the mat time are able to listen and focus as best they can.

When others collect your children – Please inform the teachers if someone other than yourself is going to collect your child. This can be done either when you drop off or by phone. There is also a space on the sign in sheet where you can make a note of this. Please inform whoever picks up your child of our collection procedures in terms of signing out at the correct time and waiting at the bags.

Notice Recognise Respond – A reminder that if you would like this emailed to your inbox each time it is updated please sign up via the website.

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, Olivia, Lily, Annie, Wendy, Marilyn and Gary.