Director’s Message

Kia ora

It is spring time and the children continue to enjoy getting out into the community and exploring nature.

Lex’s time with Creche is coming to an end as she retires.  We have loved having her at Creche. She is so passionate about her work with children and has a knack of inspiring and encouraging her colleagues to celebrate children.  We all wish Lex a long and happy retirement and hope she comes to visit from time to time.




Kia ora Whekī whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Reuben.  We look forward to getting to know you, and working together in partnership with you and your whānau.

Many of our children have been learning and practising new physical skills lately.  We are able to provide safe challenges, activities and environments to extend these skills.

Throughout the month we have had a variety of sensory experiences available for the children to explore, including the natural resources we gathered on one of our nature walks.

It is with great sadness that we will be saying farewell to our teacher Ksenia this month.  Ksenia and her husband are moving to Auckland.  You will still see our permanent relievers (Ruth, Becky and Megan) around until we employ a new teacher as part of our team in early 2018.

Whekī Kaiako



Kia ora Kōwhai whānau!

This past month we have experienced a lot of illness in the centre, with many children away.  We do hope things will get better with the weather improving.  Thank you for keeping your child at home if they are unwell so that those nasty bugs and viruses do not get passed around!

A huge welcome to the new tamariki who have joined our centre, Zoe and Charlotte, and their whānau. We look forward to getting to know you and sharing those learning moments during your time here.  A sad farewell to Ari, Jethro and whānau as they move to Maire.  We wish you all the best on the next step of your learning journey.

Spring is here and we are happy to witness the new growth in our outdoor environment with tamariki.  The daffodil bulbs we planted a few months ago are now bursting with colour and our vegetables are growing well too.  One can only guess how high our corn will grow this summer!

We joined Kīngitanga Day at the University as part of our celebration of Māori Language Week 11-15 September.  The children were able to experience te reo and tikanga Māori in the beautiful, natural setting.

Nga mihi

The Kōwhai team



Tēnā koutou katoa

Nau mai haere mai ki Maire Ari, Jethro and whānau.  We can’t wait to get to know you all a lot better.

Ka kite anō Te Ariki, Waimirirangi and whānau.  Wishing you all the best for your next step in Creche life.

Currently, we have a lot of interest in imaginary play, which is great.  These include; superheroes, family play, babies, driving places and shopping. Imaginary play isthe source of creativity, the ability to bring to mind the things that are not present to our senses.  It is the primary gift of human consciousness where we revisit and review the past, take a different view by putting ourselves in the mind of others, where we can anticipate many possible futures”. Ken Robinson

Last week we found a new little gem to visit for our older tamariki nature trip.  The Mangakara Nature walk in Pirongia was amazing and the tamariki and Kaiako really enjoyed it.

Before we go we would like to wish all the pēpē born in Mahuru Hari Huritau.  Hope you all have an amazing day.

Kia pai to ra

Maire Kaiako



Nau mai, haere mai Kauri

We welcome Amy to Kauri and look forward to getting to know you and your whānau. 

We have nine chicken eggs (a mix of Orpingtons and Frizzles) that one of our Community Explorer groups collected. They are in an incubator at Kauri where we are waiting for them to hatch. The tamariki are waiting patiently and counting down the days. We would like to say ka kite to one of our old chooks who lived a very long and productive life at Kauri.

Sustainability - We have been learning about recycling soft plastic, plastics and paper. We are encouraging our tamariki to protect our planet for their future.

Safe Zones - We are working closely with the tamariki to keep them safe. There have been black lines drawn on the floor in Kauri to help tamariki understand where they must not go in order to protect themselves. The kitchen in Kauri is a very small space and quite often we have the oven on for baking. Please ask your child to wait at the black line while you are in there. This helps us with consistency and keeping our tamariki safe.

In preparation for school we encourage tamariki to store their lunches in the lockers provided. As they near school age it is good to encourage more self help around eating. This includes encouraging them to open their own bars, packets and containers, peel their own fruit and do all the other bits and pieces around lunch time. At school children don’t have anyone to help them cut their fruit or open their treats.

Recently we celebrated Tongan Language week and Ilaise spent a lot of time providing engaging activities for us.  Examples were learning the alphabet and numbers in Tongan, making tapa cloths and creating clay artefacts.

Feel free to check out the wall display in the play area under Celebrating Culture.

We also recently celebrated te wiki o te reo Maori (Maori language week) by learning new waiata (songs), speaking te reo within our everyday language, and some tamariki went on an excursion to a Kapa Haka concert at Deanwell School. The Community Explorers visited the Waikato Museum to enjoy the special activities they provided.

The weather has been miserable lately. Please make sure your tamariki have plenty of spare clothes with them in Kauri so they can access all we have to offer.