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Term 2 Newsletter 2017

Kia ora anesletter t2nd 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.


Policy review:

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.

Booked times

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.

Winter approaching

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.

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At home with Heather


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Article written for Childspace Magazine Summer 2016-17

Organic Kids… Our journey of passion and quest for quality.

Hi, we’re Bec and Lou, directors of Organic Kids. We are two passionate early childhood professionals from Christchurch, proud to share our journey and passion in early childhood education. We are both working Mums and have known each other for 6 years as colleagues and now friends. Together we have over 30 years experience in the early childhood sector and have both experienced life as teachers in centres and as visiting teachers in the home based sector prior to our joint venture. It is through our experiences that our commitment and passion for home based care was born. Our dream to open our own home based service was considered one night, and that dream became a reality in February 2015 when ‘Organic Kids In-Home Education and Care’ opened its door for the first time. After being open for 18months we can say that our passion and commitment for quality in-home childcare is now a successful business where we can mold our own beliefs and values throughout our pedagogy.

The journey was a ride that we often draw strength from. There were a lot of long nights writing and fine-tuning policies, sorting out how our programme was going to look, what our point of difference would be and our business name. We looked straight to who we believed were the leaders in Early Childhood and took inspiration from them. We knew that our philosophy would be RiE based following the direction of Kimberley Crisp, Penny Brownlee, Magda Gerber and Emmi Pickler. From there it was policy time where Childspace was our first and last port of call, we did not need to look any further for our inspiration.

20160822_103926We believe nature and children go hand in hand and for this reason we knew we were going to have a focus on children getting dirty and exploring nature on a regular basis. Taking the time to smell the flowers, watching ants move and listening to birds sing are all joys nature has to offer and we wanted an aspect of our programme to offer this too. We developed a Forest Education programme which has become a favourite part of the children’s week. Each venue is different from the last with new and exciting learning opportunities on hand. Children have the time to touch, smell, and listen to the beauty nature has to offer with love and curiosity as questions are pondered. We have splashed in puddles, looked for bugs and insects under logs, seen baby lambs, pukekoes and gooslings. Some of our children received a Butterfly and Bee brigade badge for the work they did in building a new habitat for Bees and Monarch Butterflies within their local communities.

Sustainablity was another important aspect for us, we knew that each home would be uniquely different and had to decide on how sustainability would look for us. We wanted this to be an engaging learning experience for children, one they could be fully involved in. We decided to start small, each home was to have a vegetable garden where children could plant their seeds, watch them sprout, and eventually harvest what they have grown and either eat with the educator or take home to share with the whanau. All of our educators have taken this on with enthuasiam. As we look at how sustainability has evolved within the daily programmes, we now not only have vegetable gardens 20160927_132310being tendered, but worms being fed and castings extracted, chickens being cared for and eggs collected. Upcycling has been another exciting avenue some of our educators have taken on with the building of mud kitchens. Reels and planks are being used daily as loose parts start to take a strong hold within the learning enviornments. We are very excited that one of our educators has started making a willow hut. The opportunites are endless, we are always on the look out for new ideas to keep developing this part of our programme.

Our quest for quality was simple, we wanted to have a team of like minded professionals who had passion, showed commitment and shared our beliefs on how children learn. For this reason we choose to be licensed as a quality service, meaning we could only have trained educators on our team, a decision that we cherish each day. Being a quality service allows us to  provide top level professional development to our team of educators. We now have a strong, dedicated team of trained educators. Their daily programmes are based on loving and respectful relationships, uninterrupted play, free movement and exploration allowing children to unfold naturally. Children dance to their own innate learning rhythm making us an organic, wholesome care service, built 20160628_150656on the foundations of trusting and secure relationships.

‘Organic Kids, a real home away from home, open to investigation where children of all ages can lead their own journey of self-discovery’.


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Term 1 Newsletter 2017

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 11.59.49 amKia ora and welcome to term 1!

We are excited to be planning another great year with Organic Kids. We have some great events for our children, educators and whanāu to be part of this term. With the warmer weather please remember to sun block your children prior to them arriving into care in the morning, your educator will reapply as need throughout the day. Don’t forget a change of clothes, as water play will be on offer!

Policy review:

We have changed the way we review our policies. Each month your educator will have out the policies under review for you to have a read and sign off if you wish too. Most of our policies are reviewed annually and we would love parent input into this process, your time reading and signing these is appreciated.

Updating Contact Details

We have had a few families change email addresses and home addresses lately. Your educators will be receiving copies of what we currently have for you in our system. Can you please check these and make any necessary changes to ensure we have everyone’s correct contact details and emergency contact details and leave with your educator for Louise to collect on her next visit.

Christchurch Rocks – Facebook Page

Sonia, one of our educators, found a great Facebook page Christchurch Rocks. Community members are painting and hiding rocks in different parks and reserves around Christchurch for children to find and re hide for other little explorers to find. The locations are posted on the page and some of the rocks look amazing!


Organic Kids are planning on joining in on the fun. We will paint rocks at our playgroups and hide them at a couple of our forest education venues and post for other children to find them!


We will plan a forest education morning to hide our rocks and search for some previously hidden. We will keep you posted on our family Facebook page. If you are not part of this, and wish to be, please request the friendship of Bec Knight and she will add you to this closed group.

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu

Although it is small it is a treasure

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Term 4 Newsletter 2016

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We have an exciting term of events planned and would love you to join in! The weather is (or will be!) heating up soon, please bring a sunhat every day in term 4 and spare clothes as water play, messy play and more outside fun in the sun will be happening! Please sun block your child/ren prior to them arriving into care in the morning and your educator will reapply as needed throughout the day.

Children’s Christmas Party
The Children’s Christmas party will be a fun filled event with Melanie Poppins, a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle 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. Flyer and map to come!
Christmas Holidays
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 bec@organickids.co.nz by Friday 2nd December.
Canterbury A&P Show, Its show time!
Our tickets have been pre-ordered by those who expressed interest last month, however we do have a couple of extra adult’s tickets ($14 each), 2 school aged tickets ($5 each), and 4 free pre-schooler tickets available, if anyone missed out. First in first served. A great discount for our group being an education provider.

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Term 3 Newsletter 2016

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What glorious Autumn weather we have had this term. Our programme has been very busy this month with children getting out amongest the fallen leaves at Forest Education, preparing and making soup at Playgroup and enjoying a fun filled morning at the Air Force Museum. As we head into winter, please remember to bring warm clothing for outside exploration and lets keep those winter bugs away!

Aspirations of parents

New feedback forms were sent out early July to all families of children who have had a birthday this year to date. Moving forward these will be sent out in the month of your child’s birthday to give you a more formal way of inputting into your child’s programme. Please do take the time to express your wishes and hopes for your child’s learning for the upcoming year.

We truly value a collaborative approach to your child’s learning and our aim is to ensure family wishes and aspirations are acknowledged and respected. We ask these to be emailed back to Louise, who will then share them with your educator.

Yeah Baby Conference

Organic Kids Educators are attending Yeah Baby. This is a specialist conference concerned with the education and care of our infants from birth to three year of age. All Educators have been invited to attend this fantastic professional development opportunity with us.

The conference includes six 45 minute workshops on current topics relating to teaching in the early childhood sector, we are all looking forward to this new learning to provoke further inspiration in our teaching.


Another great term at Organic Kids playgroup as we work with the children supporting their interests and stages of development. This term we were celebrating a successful harvest and a new growing season due to Matariki – the Maori New Year. We made soup one morning where the children were able to use kitchen utensils such as a peeler, grater and vegetable knives. The children then took their soup home to eat for lunch.

We have been looking for a venue for an Oxford Playgroup, until we find one Katrina has kindly offered her home. Oxford Playgroup will be weekly on a Wednesday and start 17th August, excluding school holidays. 9:30am – 11:30am.

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Term 2 Newsletter 2016

screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-10-37-13-pmKia ora and Welcome to Term 2!

THANK-YOU to all our families who have been referring their friends to us, and for your amazing comments on social media threads. We both really appreciate your ongoing support! We currently have spaces available in Parklands, North New Brighton, Kaiapoi and Oxford. If you know anyone looking for childcare in these areas, let them know we have fantastic, qualified home educators with spaces available.

Winter Illness

Please have a look at the child health policy. We want to keep illness to a minimum this winter for the children and teachers. Please keep your child at home if they have no interest in play, have a temperature of 38 degrees or over, have had diarrhea or vomited in the last 48 hours or have a bad cold or cough (clear runny noses are fine, as this can be a constant in winter). Let’s keep everyone healthy!

Email update

We are slowly phasing out the louandbec@hotmail.co.nz address. Any change of hours or fee queries email Bec who takes care of these areas bec@organickids.co.nz The Ministry of Education requires us to have two-way communication with our families from time to time. We would love to hear how things are going for you and your family as feedback is always appreciated. Any programme related queries or feedback please email Louise. louise@organickids.co.nz

Aspirations of Parents – Feedback form

Our hope in creating this form is to give parents and caregivers more formal input into their child’s individual learning. Please do take the time to express your wishes and hopes for your child’s learning for the upcoming year. These will be emailed out each year during the month of your child’s birthday. We ask these to be emailed back to Louise, who will then share them with your educator. We will start this process in June, if your child has already had a birthday this year you will also get a form in June.

Immunisation updates

If your child gets a new immunisation can you please provide your home educator with a copy or take a photo and email it though to Louise so we can maintain accurate and current records. louise@organickids.co.nz

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Term 1 Newsletter feature

Term 1 Newsletter 2016

Term 1 Newsletter 2016 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!

Policy Reviews
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.

New Educators
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!

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