Term 1, 2024
Our next fundraiser:
March - We will be chopping onions and selling sausages at Bunnings!
In May, Ray White Real Estate will be holding their monthly garage sale at the Ngongotaha Railway Park, and the proceeds of sales will be coming to Creche. We will be involved in helping to prepare the day.
Next visit for fluoride application is Tuesday 27th February by the lovely ladies from Lakes DHB
Vision and Hearing
Next visit is Tuesday 13th February by Jodi from Lakes DHB
Vision and Hearing do regular visits to check our four year olds. They play a game that helps to check their hearing levels and their vision. This is such an important check and can pick up early signs of anything not being quite right, giving time to get it checked further. Some of our tamariki have needed glasses following these check ups or extra hearing checks so it's a great service.
Look out for our bright and fun flag if you are passing by or looking for our centre - we are a hidden gem, but don't want to be hidden!
We are very excited that this year, once a month from February through to November each year we will be taking part in the 'On the road' preschool programme. Whaea T.A. from the Rotorua Library will be coming in at 11am on a Wednesday each month to share a story time, musical instruments or sensory play with our tamariki.
The library also delivers a box of books for us, to compliment our bookshelf. We are able to look at and read the books, then they are collected after 4 weeks, and another box delivered! We get to choose the topics we would like and they pick out a few surprises too.
We have recently taken part in the 'Engage' programme as a teaching team, and have lots of different games we can play to practice and encourage social skills in our tamariki.
Two of our teachers are now trained in Incredible Years Behaviour AND Incredible Years Autism and put these strategies to use daily at our centre. Incredible Years also run a valuable parenting course which several of our parents have attended. They tell us the strategies they learn are working and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and know they are not the only ones struggling with a particular behaviours. This parent course runs for 14 weeks.
All of our teachers are Red Cross First Aid trained and attend revalidation courses every two years.
Two of our teachers have recently completed a Child Protection Course, an important aspect of Early Childhood Care and Education.