Kia ora whānau,
Goodness the year is passing by really quickly. With Christmas around the corner we are in the process of planning what this might look like for Grow. We have organised a whānau/family gathering to celebrate the end of the year. This will be held at Grow on Thursday 21st December from 4.00 -5.30pm. Details to follow soon but please keep the date free.
There is a lot of growth in our area and we would encourage you to tell any friends or family about Grow if they are looking for childcare options, as we anticipate having waiting lists soon. Of course, this is always hard to forecast. Families come and go, and children go on to school, but what we do know is
Papamoa East is flourishing.
Our staff and directors have spent considerable time looking at Grow’s philosophy statement. Robyn our senior teacher has worked hard to collate our thoughts and we will be asking for your input and feedback shortly. Our philosophy reflects the people who belong to Grow. It is important to us that feedback
comes from our community, after all without our wonderful families we simply wouldn’t be. Your children and you, are reason we are here.
We welcome a new permanent teacher Holly Boissoin to the Mangatawa Room. Holly has been relieving over the past few weeks, so you may have already met her. Please introduce yourselves to our new staff. We wish Holly all the best in her work here at Grow ECE. Tanea Ray, a student from Waikato University has been with us for a month and her last day will be on Friday. We thank her for working alongside us and wish her well for the future.
Grow ECE will be open 8.30am to 4.00pm on Wednesday 27th, 28th, 29th December 2017 and Wednesday 3rd, 4th, 5th January 2018 (Grow ECE is closed on all Statutory and Public Holidays). There will be no casual bookings over this time. Full opening hours will resume on Monday 8th January 2018. The last day to advise our Office Administrator Rachel that you will be using our services is this Friday 10th November 2017. If we have not heard from you, we will assume you do not require our services over this period and your child will not be accounted for in the ratios. They will be marked as absent, and staff will be given holiday leave accordingly.
Sun Hats – Sun Safety
We are coming into the warmer months of the year and would like to remind parents about being Sun Smart at Grow ECE. Please see below a statement from the Grow ECE Sun Protection Policy. Hats - Children are required to wear hats that protect their face, neck and ears, ie. legionnaire, broad-brimmed (minimum 7.5 cm brim) or deep crown bucket hat (minimum 6 cm brim) Sunscreen - Abroad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is available for staff and children’s use. Sunscreen is applied at least 15-20 minutes before going outdoors and re-applied every two hours. It must not be used to extend time outside. If children are playing in water, sunscreen must also be water resistant. Sunglasses - A good hat significantly reduces the level of UVR reaching the eyes. If parents want their children to also wear sunglasses, these should be close fitting and cover as much of the eye area as possible. Sunglasses should meet the Aus/NZ Standard 1067.
Gordon has been busy fixing things that have broken at Grow. We have recently added new hooks for children to hang their bags on in the Hikurangi room. Staff have a place both inside and outside to hang their coats and cardigans on now, and we have a new mops holder. The geodesic dome the children like to climb on had new plates fitted to it as the original ones were rusting. He drilled holes in our outdoor tyres so they drain away any water that may collect in them. We are unable to have steel belted tyres at Grow, so if any parent knows where we can source tyres that do not have steel in them please let us know. Apparently, they are hard to come by now.
Grow ECE Field
The field next door to Grow is currently being developed. We had a busy day last Thursday with Rapid Lawn on site, sewing grass seed. We now have irrigation set up to water the grass, watch this space! The tamariki really enjoyed watching this all evolve and were super excited to see the process start.
Our directors are keen to see this area transformed into an amazing park and garden for you, the children and the community to enjoy. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas or pop in and tell us.