Welcome back from Term 2 break Fraser whānau. We hope you all had an enjoyable break.  It’s great to see the longer days and warmer weather, spring is in the air.

The biggest news is that from Monday, 3 September, Campus Creche @ Fraser will be providing morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and late snacks for tamariki.  We are looking forward to providing this service and hope that this will make life easier for parents.  We would love to get feedback about your tamaiti favourite snack or lunch.

Thank you to all those who attended our Matariki celebrations. What an awesome turn out! We had lots of whānau come and watch our tamariki sing waiata, join in kanikani, and eat some delicious homemade soup and bread that the tamariki helped to prepare.

These events are very important for your tamariki, being able to experience and participate in their own and other cultural celebrations. Having whānau there makes these events even more worthwhile and enjoyable. Thank you.

Under Twos

Here in the Under 2’s, we are enjoying our time trying new experiences and sharing lots of stories and waiata. If you look at our planning wall you will see information about your child, what we have noticed they are up to in their development and what they are enjoying now.  There is also programme planning, that we hope to do over the next month, to provide your child with new opportunities and experiences.   We would love to hear about what you think and what they get up to at home, so chat with a teacher or put a note on our planning wall.

Our tamariki love to get outside and interact with the older tamariki and sometimes they do get wet and dirty. This will not make them sick, but we don’t like to have them in wet clothes too long, so please remember to pack some spare clothes.  We have a few spare clothes and if your child does come home in these, we would appreciate them being returned as soon as possible for next time.

Each teacher has a day that they plan interesting experiences and activities.  We are focusing on offering your tamariki plenty of messy play, art, music and movement, books, outdoor play, playdough, among other things so that all are experiencing a range of activities to help extend their interests, skills and passions. If there is something you know your tamaiti would love to do, just let us know.

Over Twos

We are still working towards becoming a more sustainable centre through recycling and composting initiatives. Tamariki are getting involved by sorting out their rubbish and food scraps at kai times, putting them in the correct recycling bin and filling up the compost bin.

We have also been planting vegetables and fruit seeds in our gardens for the tamariki to try and expand their taste buds.  We are always looking for new ideas to become more sustainable, so if you have any ideas we’d love to hear from you!

We have recently implemented a new initiative separating the mat times between our younger aged group and the older group before lunch time. This helps us to individualise the learning, so that we can provide age appropriate activities for your tamariki in smaller group sizes.  We have been pleased at how the tamariki have been responding and they are loving having some time doing more age appropriate activities.

We have set up a new Science Table near the entrance of our room, providing explorative and hands-on play for the tamariki. This has included buying some new resources, such as the insect blocks and the measuring set. We are teaching the tamariki to look after, respect and use these resources in a considered way.

We are in the middle of renewing our planning cycle which means we are re-writing your tamaiti/tamariki current interests. These will be available for you to read on Educa or come and see a teacher who can chat with you.  We welcome your whānau voice and love to hear what your little ones get up to at home.

Our planning wall consists of your child’s name, their current learning story and a kete with any newsletters or information for you. Please take any notices that are in your child’s kete but leave their learning stories on the wall.