What's happening at Karori Kids 

Centre Manager's Report

17th May 2021

Kia ora Karori Kids Whānau

Our current role is 20 children.  We have 4 space available immediately but are otherwise full until February 2022.  If you know anyone who may be looking for a full-time space for their child, please promote our centre.  As an added incentive, if you successfully refer a family to Karori Kids you will receive one week free of fees.

Please also check out and like, share or add a review to our Karori Kids Preschool Facebook page and put a review of Karori Kids on google.  This will all help in promoting our centre and getting our name out into the community.

This month we are saying a big goodbye to Lesina who is heading off to Karori Normal School next week. We all know that Lesina will have an absolute blast on her school adventure and the Mose family will be missed. Māhina will be starting on the 24th of May and we welcome her and her family to Karori Kids.


  • We have really enjoyed our first 2 weeks of Tumbling Tots, even though we had to walk in the rain last week!  Lots of gross motor exploration while we build confidence, step outside our comfort zones and have loads of fun!

  • We had lots of fun spreading joy for our Mum’s for Mother’s Day.  We talked about what we love the most about our mums, made beautiful handprint keyrings and baked some delicious muffins to share for our Mother’s Day Breakfast.  What fun time we had celebrating our mums.

  • Our Anzac Day commemoration was small but lovely.  We lay wreaths on the crosses, talked about what Anzac Day is about, listened to the last post and baked some Anzac biscuits.  Commemorating Anzac Day is such a big part of the culture in New Zealand, so it was special to be able to share this with our tamariki.

  • Small group games have also been popular this month.  We love playing “Doggy, doggy” “hide and seek” “What’s the time Mr Wolf” and “Duck, duck, goose”.  These games are a great way to encourage children to take turns, follow instructions, engage in social play with others, and showing patience.  They are also lots of fun!

  • We celebrated New Zealand Sign Language week last week by learning new signs and songs as well as revisiting some signs that we are really familiar with.

  • We have also put together the Karori Kids Rules where we all talked about ways that we can be safe and be kind at Karori Kids.  The children came up with lots of ideas like helping each other, walking feet inside, being kind and no real wild animals or volcanos inside!  All of these things ensure that we are being kind and being safe at Karori Kids.  We have also been working on saying please and thank you and asking for what we want with our words!


  • Gina our new centre manager is starting on the 24th of May.  We are really excited to have Gina be a part of the team and wish her the warmest welcome.

  • I (Tracy) will be heading off to some warmer weather and to spend some time with my family in Brisbane from the 31st May – 11th June.


  • Camp Day is coming up this Thursday the 20th of May at the request of Kata.  Bring your children dressed in their pyjamas and with a sleeping bag if you have one.  Camp day is always lots of fun and a staple every year at Karori Kids.

  • We are also having our pizza picnic to welcome Gina on Friday the 21st of May from 5.30.  Please RSVP if you haven’t already and plan on coming so that we can ensure that we have enough pizza for everyone!  Also, if anyone in your family has any specific dietary requirements, please let me know.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Finally, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone, but especially the teaching team, the committee and Blair for all of you help, encouragement and support during my brief time as centre manager.  I have learnt so much during this time and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support that I received.  I am looking forward to moving back into a teacher role where I can do what I am passionate about while still being able to support Gina in her role and be a mentor for our new teachers.

Tracy Keyes

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