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May 2018 Newsletter

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.

April 2018 Newsletter

Kia ora whānau,
Next week on Friday 11th May we will be planting several trees in the playground. These trees will provide
shade in the future and will go a long way in continuing to beautify what is already a lovely outdoor play
space for children. The planting begins at 9.00am and we will be encouraging children to participate in this
process. You are welcome to join us during the morning if you would like to watch what is happening. Two
teachers recently attended professional development on creating wonderful outdoor environments and how

Grow Childcare March Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter

Kia ora whānau, We are almost at that time of year where you can eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner and get away with it…… this weekend is Easter weekend. Grow ECE is closed on all public holidays which means the centre will be closed on Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April. As we come into Autumn and daylight savings we ask that you ensure your children have warm clothes packed for the cooler days. Sun protection measures such as sun hats and sunscreen will still be in place while the UV rating is 3 and above.

February 2018 NEWSLETTER

Kia ora whānau,
You may have heard about cohort entry into primary schools and wonder what this means. Cohort entry is when new entrants start in groups, at specific times of the year. At the moment most schools start children on their fifth birthday or soon after. This is known as continuous entry. Schools are in the process of consulting with families and their community including Early Childcare Centres and deciding on whether they will have a continuous or cohort entry.

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December 2017 Newsletter

Kia ora whānau,
December is generally a very busy month for most and it is no different at Grow. We have our Christmas party on Thursday 21st from 4.00- 5.30pm and teachers and children are busy preparing for this. We can’t wait to celebrate with families and share some quality time with you. In the last week before Christmas our directors have suggested we begin to wind down, which is music to our ears. If the warm weather continues we may just have to have lots of water play activities. Just wondering if this might mean the teachers have to bring a spare set of clothes?

November 2017 UPDATE

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.


Kia ora whānau,
Spring is upon us and we are delighted to be holding an Open Day on Friday, 6th October from 1-4pm. This is an opportunity for you and any friends and family to see Grow in action. Children can bring along their favourite soft toy from home for a teddy bears picnic. Please look out for more information at the centre and on Facebook.


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.”


Kia ora whānau,
We hope you enjoyed the Matariki celebration as much as we did. Thank you to those who were able to come. If you haven’t already, check out the video on our facebook page. Holger Pfab did a great job of capturing the essence of who we are at Grow and we are grateful for the time he put in to make this video for us. Grow is starting to change as our older children move into the Kopukairoa room.


Kia ora whanau,
The weather has certainly seen us get our winter woollies out over the last week. With more clothing being worn it’s a good time to remind families to name all clothing, including hats, scarves and gloves. On Wednesday 28th June, we are holding a Mix and Mingle afternoon to celebrate Matariki and for families to meet other Grow families. We will start at 4.30pm and finish at 6.30pm and invite families to bring a picnic dinner. Please see the flyer attached for more information.