Kia ora and Welcome to Term 2
Can you believe that it is Autumn already! This time of year is perfect for exploring nature as we run through the fallen leaves, search under rocks and stones for bugs and slugs to be found and enjoy the mid morning to mid afternoon sun shine. We have a lot planned this term with an exciting trip to Mega Air next month and then off to an Artisan Bakery for some morning tea. We would also like to welcome three new educators, Elena, Laura and Vanessa.
We have changed the way we review our policies. Each month we will post up on our family Facebook page what policy we are reviewing with a copy of the policy. Most of our policies are reviewed every three years with some needing to be reviewed annually and we would love your input into this process, your time reading and offering suggestions is appreciated.
We have recently passed our first Audit… YAY!! One aspect that was mentioned was our sign in sheets. Please ensure you are writing the actual time you drop off your child and the actual time you pick them up, along with signing the form daily. Please also note that our home educators have life events outside of their work hours, please be conscience of this and adhere to your booked hours.
With winter soon approaching we like to revisit our policy surrounding sickness. Please keep your child at home if they are unwell, if you are unsure give your educator a call to discuss with them and decide together if attending will benefit your child or if a day at home is what is needed. If you child has had vomiting or diarrhoea please keep them at home for 48 hrs after their last episode. Outside play in winter is important for maintaining a healthy immune system. Please ensure gumboots, jackets and hats are provided daily for the children to continue to play outside. We have added an extra wellness page to this newsletter for some tips to staying healthy this winter.
Professional Development for educators.
We have two professional development opportunities on offer this term. One is surrounding healthy eating through Nourished Beginnings. Nourished Beginnings provide nutrition and whole food professional development training for ECE services throughout NZ and Australia. The other one is a course through Child Matters. Child Matters is a National Charitable trust. They work throughout New Zealand, educating, supporting and inspiring adults to protect children. We are continually striving to provide great learning opportunities for our educators to grow and learn and for your tamariki to benefit from their new learning.
“Whaowhia te kete matauranga” – Fill the basket of knowledge.
Welcome to 2016 and what a great year we have planned for you all!
We are kicking off the year with a fun family picnic to celebrate Organic Kids turning one and to thank you all for your support in our first year of operation. We were granted our full licence from the Ministry of Education early December and we were proud to show them the quality of our educators programmes and the policies and procedures we have been following. Thanks to all the educators and families involved in this process!
We are currently reviewing three policies. The Laundering policy, Healthy Eating policy, and the Health and Safety policy. Policy review will be an on-going process and we appreciate your input and thoughts on these. Policies under review are available on the secure section of our website, use the code orGanic to review policies. Please take the time to read over them and offer any suggestions. Feel free to ask questions or come back to us with feedback.
Playgroup and Forest Education
Our playgroup at Burwood Plunket rooms will continue at Burwood Playgroup on a Tuesday morning throughout 2016, including the school holidays. Starting back on Tuesday 19th January. Come along and join in on the FUN! All parents welcome
to attend with their child even if they are not enrolled on a Tuesday. Forest Education will start up again on Monday 25th January we will be heading to Deans Bush. Forest Education is where the children have opportunities to explore the many natural environments we are lucky to have close by in our local community. This will include native parks and reserves, forests, and other outdoor natural environments. If you come accoss any that you would recommend, please let us know, your ideas and input are appreciated. Forest Education soon to start in Oxford.
It’s an exciting start to the year for us with four new educators joining our team. We would love to welcome Lynne in Silverstream – Kaiapoi, Michelle in Parklands, Mel in New Brighton, and Lauren out in Oxford. We are looking forward to them joining in on our programme outings and events!
Welcome to Term 4!
It is great to see the sun shining! With the warmer days coming please ensure your children come prepared with sunhats and a change of clothes, as our educators are excited about providing more opportunities for water play and fun outside. It would be appreciated if your children could arrive with sunblock on before they start their day, educators will re-apply throughout the day as needed. We have some fun group outings planned this term, look out for the flyers. We are always looking for fun, new learning experiences to attend as a group. If you come across an outing that you think the children would enjoy please email them through.
We are currently reviewing three policies. The Nappy Change Policy, Emergency Procedures Policy and the Excursions Policy. Policy review will be an on-going process and we appreciate your input and thoughts on these. These policies are available through our website in the secure section. Please take the time to read over them and offer any suggestions. Feel free to ask questions or come back to us with feedback.
Children’s Christmas Party
The Children’s Christmas party will be a fun filled event with entertainers, music, morning tea and of course Santa himself! Hope you can all make it! Santa will have his sack filled with books for the children. If you are bringing siblings that are not enrolled with Organic Kids can you please provide a named, wrapped book for Santa’s sack. We will be having this event at the Burwood Plunket Rooms at 10am on Saturday 19th December, flyer to come!
With the Christmas holiday season fast approaching we would like you to start thinking of the Christmas leave you and your family intend to take over this time. Please email this through to Bec at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 27th November.
Professional Development Evening Tuesday 3rd November
Our Educator team are attending a professional development evening with Gill Connell. ‘A moving child is a learning child’. How the BODY teaches the BRAIN to THINK. Flyer attached to this email for more information. Families are welcome to attend.
Welcome to term 3, hope you are keeping warm! Last term we welcomed many new families joining our team of educators at Organic Kids. Our educators are doing a great job at supporting the childrens interests and ensuring all their needs are met in consistant ways. Feedback is always welcomed, we hope you are as happy with your chosen educator as we are!
This term brings many more fun programme events, we hope you can come along! All family members welcome to attend our outings, events.
Mid-winter fish and chip night – DATE CHANGE Mid-winter Fish and Chip night (or any other dinner of your choice!) On Friday 31st July we are hosting a fun family event, come along with your fish and chips (or other dinner of choice) and have this time to mingle with the team, other families and educators. This will be held at Burwood Plunket rooms at 149 Burwood Rd from 5.30-7pm. See you there!
We are excited to announce that play group will now be held at Burwood Plunket rooms on a Tuesday morning 9.30am -11.30 am. We have managed to secure every Tuesday except for the last Tuesday in each month which is when Plunket have their clinics. We will now have more space to set up arts and crafts, messy play and have the newly renovated rooms to explore! Come along and join in on the FUN!
Welcome to term two! Term one at Organic Kids has been action packed and we have loved every minute of it! Our first 8 weeks have run very smoothly and business is growing. Thanks to you all for your on-going support and referrals to your families and friends, we appreciate your support in increasing the number of children who are attending home based care and even better joining the committed group of educators we have at Organic Kids. The weather is definitely cooling off and our Forest Education programme is about to start. This will run fortnightly on a Monday. If your educator and child will be attending please ensure you send them with hats, jackets, and gumboots if you have them.
8th June brings us to celebrate Matariki, Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises just once a year, in midwinter – late May or early June. For many Maori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eye of God’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). As part of our celebrations the children will have opportunities within their home educators programmes and at our playgroups to participate in learning and experiencing art activities and stories to celebrate and grow their knowledge and understanding of Matariki.
Mid-winter Fish and chip night (or any other dinner of your choice!)
On Friday 24th July we are hosting a fun family event, come along with your fish and chips (or other dinner of choice) and have this time to mingle with the team, other families and educators. This will be held at Burwood Plunket rooms at 149 Burwood Rd from 5.30-7pm.
Baby and Child Expo comes to Christchurch!
Organic Kids are excited to have a stall at the Baby and Child expo this year. Pregnancy, babies, toddlers and children up to seven, they have it all covered! This event is held at Pioneer Leisure Centre, 75 Lyttelton St on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July. Children under 15 are free while adults are just $5! Spread the word on this great event, we hope to see you there!
Kia ora and welcome to our very first Newsletter. Louise and I are very excited to be officially OPEN and able to spread the word of In-home Childcare. To signify this special event we are holding a Welcome Picnic on Sunday 1st March.
Please see the attached Flyer for details.
We have started a campaign with Facebook, as it is a very powerful marketing tool, please like and share our page if you have not done already. We also have a closed group – Organic kids family, that we would love our parents and educators to be a part of. Please send a friend request to Bec Knight where you will be added into this group. We will be able to safely share photos, daily happenings, professional development evenings and our up and coming events.
Our playgroups will be held weekly starting on Tuesday 3rd March. Louise and myself plan these playgroups along with input from our educators. They will be based on the current interests of your children.
Our first event will be a visit from SPCA. They will be bringing with them their guinea pig for us to look at and we learn about animal welfare and how to care for our pets. This time of year is very busy for the SPCA with kittens, they are seeking donations of Kitten food, blankets, towels and newspaper. If you have any donations please take them along to your educators home, we will gift our donation pack to the SPCA when they visit.