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Centre Manager’s Report - May 2022



Kia Ora Karori Kids Whanau!

I hope everyone has had a fantastic month.


Welcome to Karori Kids!

During the month of May, we welcomed Theo into our centre. A big warm welcome to Theo and his whanau. We also welcomed our student teacher Anna Matheson, who is a student from Victoria University and Brierly McGee from Te Rito Maioha. Anna will be with us from the 2nd May until the 17th June and Brierly will be with us from the 23rd May to the 24th June.


What have we been up to?

  • Our children have continuously taken a huge interest in anything to do with wheels! We had our wheel’s day last month and the children really enjoyed it. We are thinking of having another one this month. Stay tuned!

  • We also held our Mother’s Day celebration. We would like to thank our parents who attended the celebration. The Mums expressed their appreciation to the teachers and children who gave a huge effort for making the celebration exciting and memorable.

  • As we have a lot of younger children now, there has been a big focus on persistence, independence, and concentration dispositions. We have puzzles out every day for children to challenge themselves and focus on putting the pieces together correctly. We continue to encourage outdoor to challenge themselves with physical activities. We also encourage self-help skills to foster independence especially amongst our younger children.

  • Active movement is part of our daily routine and we have had lots of children displaying their strength and skills on the monkey bars. We have had lots of flips, turns, and hanging upside down all of which showcase our children's hand-eye coordination, grip strength and body awareness.

  • Tuakana-teina an integral part of our philosophy has also been reinforced. The older children have been taking responsibility in helping our younger children.

  • We also celebrated NZ Sign Language Week. Our tamariki learnt simple instructions, animal signs and feelings using sign language.

Autumn

As it is getting colder and we are still encouraging a lot of outdoor play, please remember to send warm clothing for your child.


COVID-19 Protocols

As we are now in Orange, we are encouraging parents to sign their child in/out themselves now. Feel free to ask a teacher if you have forgotten your pin code. We are still encouraging parents to keep their children home if they are unwell. Wearing masks and physical distancing between/amongst adults are still strongly encouraged.


Trips

As we are in Orange, we will now do more walks and trips around the community. This is to enhance our children’s understanding about community and road safety.


Teachers’ Only Day (19th April 2022)

Teachers had a very productive teachers’ only day. They had Irene Paddock, Elim International Centre Manager, come in and talk about Literacy in Early Childhood Education. Ginalyn Yumul also echoed the seminar about NELP that she attended.

Teachers also used the time to hold their staff meeting and catch up with their documentation, planning, and assessment.


Policies:

We have reviewed the following policies: Fees Policy, Social Competency Policy and Biting Policy. The updated policies will be emailed to you by the end of the month.


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!