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Centre Manager’s Report March 2023




Kia ora Karori Kids Whānau,

I hope you are all well and safe. For this month, we would like to welcome Charlie who joined our Karori Kids whānau.

We want to say a warm farewell to Grace and Adelyn who are now both heading to school. We would like to wish them well and a fantastic adventure as they continue their learning journey at Karori Normal School. We will surely miss them and their whānau.


BUSY KARORI KIDS TAMARIKI

This month our tamariki have been actively involved in lots of practical work around the centre. We have been removing the old safety matting, preparing the ground, spreading out soil, laying the grass with Catherine and watering it daily. Our tamariki have also been using their woodworking skills, bug finding fascination and transporting interest while setting up new gardens with recycled wood where the chicken coop was. We have been very busy! During these tasks children are learning about taking care of this place, developing gross motor skills, and developing working theories about the natural world. We are also becoming much more sustainable as we make space and undertake preparation to grow our winter kai.

Alongside our practical work, tamariki have also been deepening their understanding and subject knowledge of the many cultures that make up our Karori Kids whānau. We have been reading books about different ways of being around the world, having learning conversations about languages and food from different cultures and preparing for our Cultural Day whakanui(celebration) with arts, crafts and a special waiata from Mercy. This cultural learning grows children’s sense of identity, belonging, knowledge of the stories and symbols of their own and other cultures as well as developing connections with people, places and things in their world.

E mihi ana ki a koutou; thank you so much everyone, for all of your amazing cultural contributions and support to make this learning so special for the tamariki (and for the kaiako too!)






Our current internal evaluation is entitled: How effectively are we in providing an inclusive environment that sustains the identities, languages and cultures of our akonga? Indicators of this evaluation will be sent to you next month.


ERO

We have sent off our evidence to support the revision of our ERO draft report findings to a higher rating. We will email out the final report when we receive it. We hope the final rating is a more accurate reflection of all the wonderful collaborative work Karori Kids Kaiako and whānau do to promote strong learning outcomes for tamariki.



Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive


Autumn/Ngahuru: this Autumn we will be undertaking weekly walks to keep our bodies healthy, working in the gardens to grow seasonal kai and enjoying the beautiful Autumn coloured leaves in our art and crafts. Gina and Tracy will be enjoying well deserved holidays in March and April.




Dates to Remember:

Teachers Only Day: Tuesday, 11th of April 2022

Friday, 21st of October 2022


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 spare clothing for your child.

-Please remind your children to keep their toys at home; this is to minimise choking hazards, disputes and lost property. Aside from named news items on Mondays only.



Policies Reviewed:

We have reviewed our Settling in Policy


Reminders: Up to date immunisation records

Please be reminded that we are still waiting for your child’s up to date immunisation record. Thank you to our parents who already gave me a copy of their child’s immunisation records.

The Ministry of Education reminded us about measles protection and the Centre is now up to review all the immunisation records


Kaiako Professional Development

a) Maramataka PD

Tracy found this PD interesting because she did not know much about it and how it affects everyone’s behaviours. She learnt that planning our activities in our day to day practice according to Maramataka calendar would be beneficial for the tamariki and kaiako

b) Child Protection

Regan talks about the importance of knowing the children’s whānau. He also learnt the different agencies that work together to ensure the safety of particular groups of children are well looked after. Definitions of neglect and abuse were mentioned in PD.

c) Te Ara Poutama (by Catherine)

Catherine learnt the different factors contributing to achieve excellence in early childhood education. Being able to articulate who we are as a centre and a combination of subject knowledge are factors that can help us achieve excellence.


General

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continuous support at Karori Kids. Kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi ki a koutou katoa.

He waka eke noa


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