Kia ora whānau,
Staff have been busy this month learning! Surprisingly this never stops. We now have an updated ECE curriculum. Te Whāriki has changed somewhat but is still the wonderful curriculum it has been over the last twenty years. Te Whāriki has an overarching aspiration for all children which is, “to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge, that they make a valued contribution to society.”
We recently appointed two teachers as team leaders and would like to congratulate Kristie Palmer and Tanya Newman on their appointments. Soon we will be welcoming a senior teacher to join the team too. Sometimes staff are away and you might see other teachers in your child’s room that you are not familiar with, so please introduce yourself to relieving teachers.
We have also engaged the services of Gordon Henderson to help us with handyman tasks and you might see Gordon around from time to time. Gordon is a Poppa and we’re hoping that the children can sometimes join in, as he fixes and makes repairs at Grow. Tammi Charteris who has a son with us, comes to clean our fish tank too from time to time. And so, our Grow whānau keeps on growing.
Shorts 4 Waipuna
The prize we received from the Waipuna Hospice campaign was a voucher from Pak ‘n Save in Papamoa and one from The Warehouse in Fraser Cove. Staff spent some time collating wish lists and we have now been shopping and purchased resources for the children. We felt very humble to receive this prize and would like to thank both sponsors and the Waipuna Hospice for their generosity.
Grow ECE Office
Important Notice: Rachel will be away this Friday for a week in Rarotonga. Rachel will return to work on Monday 14th August. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any urgent matters during this time. Invoices will be sent again on Thursday for the week beginning Monday 7th August. If you have any questions regarding your account, please don’t hesitate to call Rachel or Anita in the office.
Account Statements: Grow ECE has been operating for 6 months now and we really appreciate and value your feedback. If you require a statement of your account to be sent which will show invoices and payments been credited to your account, please email Rachel with your request.
If your child is immunised and has had an up to date immunisation since starting at Grow ECE could you please bring in evidence of their immunisation so we can make a copy for our records.
You may not be aware that your child’s attendance is reported every month and is submitted to the Ministry of Education in relation to funding purposes. Please note that your booking time must reflect your child’s attendance daily. If you are not adhering to your booking time you may be requested by the Ministry of Education to change your booking. Please call our Office Administrator Rachel if you have any queries regarding this.
We need to inform you that the Hikurangi Room (under 2’s) is almost at full capacity a few days a week. We recommend if you wish to enrol please see our Office Administrator Rachel for an enrolment pack and to discuss waiting lists, days, times we have available.
Grow ECE is growing which means we have more cars coming in and out of the carpark. Please ensure you drive slowly.
We would like to let you know that Grow ECE will now be open during the Christmas period. This change has been made because some families have fed back to us that they would like to use our service over this time. On the statutory days, we will not be open. Our hours of opening are reduced and will likely be sometime between 8am and 4.30pm. More information on this closer to the time. If you already know your plans for this time of year please notify Rachel in the office, otherwise in mid-November we will be asking parents to notify us, so we can organise our staff. Normal fee policy will apply so if you give us two week’s notice you will only be charged 50% of your fees. Days we will be open are Wed 27, Thurs 28, Fri 29 December 2017 and Wed 3, Thurs 4, Fri 5 January 2018. After this we will be back to business as usual. And then....... Grow will be one year old. Where did that time go, we'll be saying?
Communication with Whānau
We have a few ways that you can let us know how we are doing at Grow and what you would like to see happen at our centre. You can, call us, send an email, talk to us face to face, send us a message through Storypark or complete the form in the foyer (Start / Stop / Keep). We love hearing your feedback so please take the time to review Grow ECE on Google and facebook.
We currently have a promotion running through facebook for all new enrolments to Grow, of course we didn’t want our current families to feel left out so you can still take advantage of our *Refer a friend to Grow ECE promotion! Refer a friend and when they enrol we will give you a 50% discount off your next month parent fees. There is no limit to the number of friends you can refer, and we will give you 1 month 50% discount for each family who enrols. Enrolments must be for a minimum of 10 hours per week. If you have any questions regarding the promotion, please see Anita or Rachel in the office.
Birthdays are exciting times for children and we want to recognise and celebrate this special time with your child at Grow ECE. As we grow our traditions we have decided that we will celebrate birthdays by honouring your child on their birthday or on a day as close as possible. If this is something you do not want your child to participate in, please let us know. Our emphasis will be around giving your child a chance to wear the birthday hat (there are 2 to choose from), there will be a play/pretend cake to blow candles out on, and a birthday card. If there is something special your child would like to share from home they are welcome to bring it in and once they have shared it we will put it away safely (a card, a toy, etc). We are discouraging food contributions from families for a number of reasons. The main reason is we now have so many allergy and food intolerance considerations.
Grow ECE is connected using School-links. School-links is an online software that helps schools / Childcare Centres connect and communicate with their student’s caregivers / parents in the event of an emergency. This is via a text message to your cellphone. Last Friday the 28th July we sent a TEST text message to all parents / caregivers. Please contact us if you did not receive this text. Please ensure your phone details are always kept up to date.
That Time of Year
No parent wants to impose a sick child on anyone. While it is easy to recognise that most sick children simply want to be in bed sleeping, it is not always so easy from a working parent perspective. Whānau/parents/caregivers must think about how they would feel if another family brought a child with a contagious illness to the centre and exposed their child. So, if your child has been unwell at home, please do not bring them to Grow and expose other children and our staff to sickness.
When a child is sick, we would appreciate it if you could let us know by 9.00 am on the day of non-attendance. If illness reported is contagious, or suspected to be contagious, we advise you through a Storypark announcement. Any child who is present at Grow and is deemed to be unwell by the teacher will be sent home. We will always give you a courtesy call when your child is unwell or has a temperature. Illness that warrants a child being sent home includes the following:
- A high temperature
- Coloured discharge from the child’s nose
- An unidentifiable rash or spots Constant cough, which is not linked to asthma or a breathing disorder
- Vomiting with any of the above, especially vomiting and diarrhoea, it is strongly recommended that your child is kept at home for 24 hours before returning.