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Centre Manager’s Report - July 2022



Kia Ora Karori Kids Whanau!

I hope everyone had a fantastic month.


Welcome to Karori Kids!

We would like to welcome Janeight Navalta as our new bookkeeper for Karori Kids. Janeight is a certified accountant, and we look forward to getting to know her.


What have we been up to?


1. Wacky Wednesday - A child led activity that was celebrated for the month of July. Teachers made the environment and food wacky too which brought fun to our tamariki and kaiako.



2. Matariki celebration - Another child led activity where the children revisited their learning and created their own Matariki party. Planning, problem solving, teamwork, manaaki, relationship building, aroha and care were enhanced.

3. Self-expression - Our tamariki have also been expressing themselves freely through face paint, make up and dress ups. They are given the resources/spectacles to develop self-discovery and creativity.

4. Well-being - Teachers have also been doing a lot of activities that enhance our children’s wellbeing. Yoga, once again, has


become popular this month especially in the morning when the children cannot go outside. In the afternoon, teachers have also been providing foot spa and body massage. Lullabies and relaxing music are also played to add solemnity, in addition to the aroma and scents of essential oils made by teachers and tamariki.

5. Karakia - We have also incorporated a beginning/end of day karakia in our routine. This is held before and after the activities during the day.

6. Children’s Literacy - Children have been practicing writing the alphabet and their names. They have also been doing a lot of drawing and colouring.

7. Other activities: baking and sewing - This month, Tracy has also involved a lot of our children in baking and sewing. They have been fixing clothing with holes in them and made their own cheese and pizza bases.



Upcoming Dates/Events

Tumbling Tots



Tumbling tots will resume on the 26th of July, Tuesday, 10:00 am. Please make sure that you drop off your child before 9:30am.

We will have Tumbling Tots every Tuesday at the Karori Recreation Centre for the whole term. For our new families who are new, Tumbling Tots is a class which aims to develop children’s physical skills: balancing, running, climbing, rotation. It usually runs for 45 minutes per session with experienced instructors and provide a combination of structured activities and free play.

Pyjama day Thursday, 28th of July - Children and kaiako will wear their favourite PJs and take part in storytelling, PJ picnics, and many more fun activities during the day.

Cook Island Language Week - 1st to 5th of August. It is a week of celebrating and learning the Language spoken by the people of the Cook Islands



Māori Language Week – 13th - 19th of September. It is another opportunity to enhance the Te reo Māori language in the Centre. Practicing and learning new words are the main goals for Māori Language Week.

Teacher’s Professional Development

Gina attended a PD about IPlace- an ap


plication that can check compliance and reduce the use of papers.


Gina and Tracy also learnt basic skills about administrative financial instructions from Flora.


Catherine also attended a Webinar on Akanuku (compliances). Her course in Te Reo is still on going.


Savannah attended a PD on bicultural practice which emphasizes the importance of participation, protection, partnership, and spirituality.


Illnesses

For the month of June and July, we have had quite a lot of our children and families who have been away due to Co


vid and other illnesses. Please continue to monitor your health and well-being to ensure that we reduce/minimise the spread of illnesses. Remember to test or see the doctor when you have symptoms.


Reminders

-Please name your children’s clothing.

-Please ring/email the teachers if your child is going to be away.

- Make sure that you send warm clothing for your child.


Policies

Three policies have been reviewed for the month of July: Kaiako/staff/tamariki Measles Protection, Rubbish Procedures and Health and Safety at Work.


Facebook and Google

We encourage parents to share why they love Karori Kids so feel free to leave a google review. This helps promote our centre and gets our name out into the community! We also encourage families to visit our Facebook page where we share photos and updates so you can see what your children are busy doing!


General

We continue to build that much-needed resilience to thrive in these ever-changing times and encourage you to stay connected to support your child’s development here within our Karori Kids Community. Thank you for your on-going support!


Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

Success is not the work of an individual, but the work of many.