Director’s Message

It’s that time of the year when wet, cold weather is common place and keeping our children warm and dry means that sometimes they may feel a bit ‘hemmed in’.  But when the sun comes out, we love to get them outdoors to play.  We appreciate all the extra sets of clothes, shoes and warm gear you send along to help us pair outdoor exploration with staying warm and healthy.

There are lots of busy children around Creche, some have recently transitioned to a new centre and they are becoming familiar with new faces and excited about new and interesting places to explore.

Just a reminder that if you do have medications in your child’s bag, it is imperative that you always take out the medicine and give it to a teacher upon your arrival at Creche. This includes your own medicine such as Panadol tablets etc.   This is vital in the centres with the older children as all the children have access to the bags.  Medicine in a bag could be potentially very disastrous.  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Thank you to those of you who give us your up to date details when they change.  This is important as we sometimes need to contact you during the day and having the current contact information is essential to providing the best care for your children.

Sue Bennett



We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Ben, Micah, Anaya and all their whānau.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership.

Ka kite to Keaton and Tristen who have transitioned to Kōwhai and Benny and Nes who are in transition. 

Our teacher Emma will be returning in early September with her new baby Amy.  Nona and Emma will job share for the next little while.  Jenny will be finishing at Whekī at the end of this month and will be returning to Kōwhai. We thank her for all the hard work and all the love, care and support she has given to our babies and their whānau.  

Despite the colder weather, our older children have been enjoying outdoor play on various playgrounds whenever the sun comes out and the weather co-operates, while our younger babies have been exploring and playing on our outdoor deck area.

With so many winter viruses still running amok, we offer this reminder from Campus Creche’s Health and Safety Policy: “the Ministry of Health suggests getting help if the temperature is at 38 C or higher.  Children will be sent home from Creche.  If a child arrives at Creche with dull eyes, a pale face, seems physically unwell and doesn’t seem to be themselves, a senior teacher will have a discussion with the parent/caregiver to see if the child needs to stay away from Creche. Creche does not have the facilities to take care of unwell or sick children, Creche is a centre for well children.”


Our numbers have picked up again and this means we are busy settling new children.  Please ask if you would like time with a teacher.  We may not always be able to talk right away but we can schedule a time during the day or week.  It may look and sound like chaos sometimes, but be assured it is organised chaos and as teachers we love it.

We welcome new children Keaton, Tristen, Nes, Te Aewa, Benny, Rauiri and their whanau to Kowhai.  We hope you will all enjoy your time with us.

Our walks to the University are continuing.  These trips give the children an opportunity to explore their wider world, and to make connections between home and centre.  They can slow down to ponder the little and great things of life.


Kia ora koutou

It has been a busy month here in Nīkau. Firstly we would like to welcome Emma and her whanau to Nīkau. We are sure that you will enjoy your time her with us.

The dental nurse visited and looked at all the tamariki’s teeth, and there were lots of positive comments made. It looks like our tamariki all know how to look after their teeth.

The Arboretum excursions are going well and the tamariki are really enjoying the opportunity to slow down and explore the natural environment. The chickens love it when we visit as they are always very hungry. . . although last week the tamariki seemed to enjoy the bread just as much as the chickens.  

We also had lots of fun stomping in puddles, feeling water trickling over our fingers and playing with sticks. I wonder what it will be this week?


Kia Ora and welcome to Zoe, Lakesa, Sedrick and Damian.

Big happy birthday to Sierra and Kate for August. We have transitioned Abbey to Kauri and wish her all the best on her Campus Creche journey.

We have been experiencing a huge interest in super hero play in Maire. On Friday, 28 August we will have a superhero day. Please send your tamariki dressed up in costume and be ready to have a Super Day.

Music has also become a very big interest. We now have a piano for the tamariki to play. We have transformed the family play room into a music room with a stage for the tamariki to dance, sing and perform. This is a great example of communication through creative expression, in which our tamariki have an opportunity to contribute to their own learning and become familiar and confident with music and movement. We also have more instruments arriving soon, so watch this space.

Thank you to everyone who was able to come and join us for our Matariki celebration. There was a great turn out of whānau that shared kai, made a wish and watched the children perform their kapa haka.


Kia ora Whānau

Kauri children are busy learning about charity, helping others and doing good. At present we are collecting donations for our RNZSPCA fundraiser and we will be holding a cupcake stall at the University on Monday, 24 August.

You can donate to our fundraiser page at or come along on the day and buy a cupcake from our stall.

The children are keeping track of the money raised with a visual chart on the notice board. The children will take turns to work at the stall and will be looking forward to seeing lots of you there. A schedule will be up shortly for when the children will be staffing the stall, if you would like to visit when your special little person is on duty. It will be posted on the notice board next to our money thermometer.

One of our children is also helping his big brother do a community project and is collecting toys for children in need. If you have any toys lying around that your children no longer need or use and are in good repair, we have a collection box outside our front door.

Please give generously and help us teach the children how good it feels to help others.

Holiday Programme

Don’t forget to book your children into the October Holiday Programme at Hillcrest Normal School if you haven’t already.  We have limited places available.  Monday, 28 September to Friday, 9 October – 8.00 am to 5.30 pm.

The children will be going to Extreme Edge Rock Climbing in the first week and then Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve in the second week.


James, the photographer from Avon Studios will be at Creche to take photos on Tuesday, 25 August.   His schedule will be as follows:

·         Whekī – 9.00 am

·         Kōwhai – 10.00 am

·         Nīkau – 11.00 am

·         Maire – 11.45 am

·         Kauri – 1.30 pm

Individual photos are taken first, then sibling photos and lastly the Centre group photo.

If you wouldn’t normally stay with your child/ren, then it is better that you don’t hang around on photo day.  Children are easily distracted and want to be with you.  And for the same reason it is preferable that no parents are around when the group photos are taken.

James does a comedy routine with the children for the individual photos and before they realise it their photo has been taken.

Annual Parent Survey

We would appreciate all parents taking the time to complete our annual survey which is now available on Survey Monkey.  Information collected will help the Trust and Management make improvements.  Link below:

Annual Portfolio Charge 2016

The Annual Portfolio Charge will be increasing from $20.00 to $25.00 effective from next year.

Wine Fundraiser

We are currently fundraising for ICT equipment by selling Sileni wines.  Creche will receive $40.00 for every case of wine sold.  This is a great fundraiser and we would appreciate everybody supporting us by forwarding the forms onto friends and family as well.

Order forms are available in your child’s Centre and from the Office.