Kia ora whānau,
Tree planting took place in early May and we now look forward to watching our trees grow through the
seasons. Again, thank you Aaron and Michelle for your generosity of spirit in helping us to realise the vision
of creating beautiful places for children to learn and flourish in. Alongside our vision of using sustainable
practices, Aaron also created some awesome planter boxes out of pellets. A real labour of love and the
children are excited to be planting and watching both edible and non-edible plants grow.
Thank you to all our Grow whānau for the engagement you have with Grow via Storypark and verbally.
Feedback you give is always welcomed and we try our best to effect change when necessary. Sometimes
people feel they are being a nuisance or “always that parent,” however at Grow “what we don’t know, we
don’t know,” so what you tell us is valued.
Look out for details coming out soon around our Matariki celebration. Last year we had a very successful late
afternoon event where the children did a few items and families brought along a picnic dinner. We hope
you’ll join us again sometime in mid-June.
Your Whānau Culture
We have a diverse community attending Grow ECE and wondered what you celebrate in your culture? We have embraced the opportunity to celebrate Easter and to celebrate birthdays and Christmas. We would like to learn more about what is important to your family and how we can incorporate this in the learning programme here at Grow. Please call in and see Robyn or Tanya if you would like to introduce a little of your culture to us.
Grow is filling up fast with new enrolments coming through the door daily. We are meeting so many new people and are excited to have more children with their whānau coming to Grow ECE. Now that we have more enrolments there are less spaces available. This means when Grow ECE is at full capacity we may not be able to accommodate casual bookings so easily or change your current booked hours. All permanent changes to hours will need two weeks’ notice to take effect. If you are thinking of extending your child’s current attended hours or booking in for an extra day, please see Rachel or Anita in the office as soon as possible as you may want to get in quick!
- The cooler days are coming, please ensure your child/ren have a couple of warm changes of clothes in their bag.
- Winter footwear and hats are advised to keep the children warm.
Our Daily Programme
Just a reminder that we use Storypark which is an e-portfolio of what your child is doing during the day. Storypark allows teachers to send you updates, photos and videos while they work with your child. Make sure you check Storypark for new learning stories, posts about your child and centre announcements. We also love hearing back from you in the comments section as this is how you can tell teachers about what your child is doing at home.
You may notice some teachers who are new from time to time. They relieve for Grow and whilst they do not wear uniform, they have many of the day to day responsibilities that our permanent staff do. We welcome their input and of course their support when our usual team are away.
Contacting the Centre
If you need to contact the centre please ring the landline between 8.30am -3.30pm - 07 9297718. Or you can always text a message through on 027-4821338. We do not mind how many times you call us. We would rather you feel at ease and comfortable.
The Local Community
See below what is happening in and around the local community.
- Yummy Tucker (next to Grow ECE) is now open on Friday nights for Fish and Chips – 5pm – 8pm, call 262 2200 to place an order.
- Little Big Markets – Saturday 2nd June 9.00am – 2.00pm – Coronation Park, Mt Maunganui
- Project Youth Hip Hop Dance Competition – Saturday 2nd June – 1pm – ASB Arena Baypark.
- Mount Runners Half Marathon – Sunday 3rd June 8.00am – Marine Parade.
- Bay of Plenty Pet and Animal Expo – Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June – 10am – ASB Arena Baypark.
- Smokefree Rockquest Bay of Plenty FINAL – Saturday 30th June – 7.00pm – 11 Totara Street, Mt Maunganui.