Dear Parents of Pohutukawa Kindergarten Ellerslie,

Welcome back for Term Two.  Over the holidays the teachers reflected together and planned lots of exciting experiences for our awesome group of tamariki… It’s going to be a busy Term Two!  A very warm welcome to Leo Thompson, Will Gillanders, and Jasper Bayat and their whanau joining us this term.

Well-Being/Mana Atua-Te Whariki- Children experience an environment where their health and well being are protected and nurtured. In accordance with our curriculum, this will be our whole centre focus for the term, culminating in the newly coined ‘Well Being Wednesdays!’  The tamariki will spend time each Wednesday planting, caring for and harvesting from the garden, baking and learning about nourishing food for our bodies and enjoy regular mat time yoga sessions on these days.

Orange Light- In this setting, we are now able to welcome you inside kindy at drop off and pick up time. Please wear a mask and come in and have a look at all the lovely wall displays of your children’s learning and creativity from Term One.

Changing Weather Autumn is upon us!  The weather is still beautiful and sunny but as the weather changes please remember to pack extra warm (named) clothing for your child, a jacket when needed and gumboots.  We continue to run an indoor/outdoor programme through all months of the year as we feel passionate about learning in our outdoor space and connecting with nature, whatever that brings.  Hats are no longer required for Term Two.

Supporting Pohutukawa Kindergarten Please follow our Pohutukawa Ellerslie Facebook and Instagram pages!  We are making sure these are updated regularly to keep you up do date with what has been happening at Kindy and also reminders of information and events that are coming up.  If you get a minute in your busy day, please give us a google review.  We have also set up a Watsapp group so that we can regularly update you with daily pictures and videos of fun times here at kindy.

Spaces Available This year we have had some spaces come up at Kindy.  If you have a friend you would like to introduce please let us know. Remember, we are now open til 2:30pm each day. Please see Olivia or Melanie if you would like to increase your days/hours.

Parent Input Reminder Just a reminder that parents are invited and encouraged to contribute to their child’s individual planning folder.  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 get to know your child further and provide a relevant and positive learning experience for them at Kindy.

Dates / Events:

  • .Wacky Wednesday – Wednesday 1st June, come dressed up in your wackiest dress up!
  • Topsy Turvey Thursday – Thursday 2nd June, come dressed up back to front and upside down!
  • Annual Disco – Our annual disco will be held on Friday 17th More information to come closer to the event.
  • Kindy Trip- plans to follow.

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,

Olivia, Annie, Roslyn, Wendy and Melanie