Director’s Message

March is a busy time for so many people who are part of the University community.  There are lots of happy children around Creche who have settled in to the routine of being “Creche little people”.  This is so pleasing to see.  

At the moment we are in the process of signing the contract to build the new Maire building.  Soon we should have confirmation about timeframes for you.

Remember that I have an open door policy and am always very pleased to see you.

Good luck with your pursuits for the year.

Sue Bennett




We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Aleisha, Kauki, Laeleeanna, Nakwayla and Troy.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership. 

Ka kite to Ron and Oneli who are transitioning to Kōwhai.  We wish you all the very best in your new adventures.

On Tuesday, 22 March we are going to celebrate Holi, a Hindu festival of colours. Children will be involved in creating some bright coloured artwork, coloured water/ice play and we will be using powdered paint.  We will also share some Indian snacks and sweets so please stay and taste some. 

We provide morning tea to children from 8.30 am onwards.  We offer toast and fruit and are happy to feed your child their breakfast that you bring in at this time (baby food/farex/muesli). Please remember to contact Creche in the morning if your child is absent for the day (and state the reason for absence).  This is very important as roll numbers can affect our staffing every day.    



We welcome new children Leo, Jesse, Stormy, Athena-Rose, Eli and their whānau to our family here at Kōwhai.  We also welcome back Ngalu and his whānau.  It’s lovely to have you here.  Your children have all settled very well and are busy exploring and getting to know teachers and other children.  We are sad however to be saying goodbye to our much loved and appreciated children Lincoln, Benjamin and Neihana and their whānau.  It’s been a privilege to share this period of rapid growth in their lives.

We have resumed our walks to the University with small groups rotating through the weeks.  This is a special time for them where the pace slows down and they get to make many choices about where to stop, what to look at and where to go.  Please ask any of the teachers if there are things you would like to know about this part of our programme.

We are still having plenty of fabulous warm weather.  Thank you for bringing lots of clothes. If it is very hot water play will appear in the morning and then again in the afternoon.  There is so much to learn about what water does and let’s face it, it’s great on a hot day.

Though our core teaching team stays the same, (Lex, Carol, Jenny, Gaylene, Asha and Pei Chen) we are joined by Bella on Monday afternoons and Friday.  Sophia has had to leave us to return to Indonesia and so we are lucky to welcome Marliese who will work three days per week.

Easter is nearly here.  Please come to our Easter Party, details will be put up on Educa. Let’s make a date!

We are having two special functions in March so put them on your calendar now.  On Thursday, 17 March we are holding a “Yellow Day” in memory of one of our children who passed away from cancer 4 years ago.  His parents have set up a Trust to help other families of children with cancer, so if you can donate, that would be great. 

Join us on Tuesday, 22 March from 7.30 am – 9.00 am for a Kōwhai breakfast.  These are not to be missed with lots of yummy food.  See you there.



Recently Nīkau became a “nut free” and “egg free” centre, in order to ensure the safety of a child with life-threatening allergies.  Please do not bring peanut butter / nut butter sandwiches, loose nuts, or whole cooked eggs or egg sandwiches. Eggs in baking is fine. Products that may contain traces of eggs or nuts are also fine. Teachers will continue to sit next to the child who has the severe allergy at kai times and closely monitor food that is in his proximity. If you have any questions about this please see a teacher. 

At the beginning of March this year, we restarted our weekly walks. Every Tuesday we are taking eight older children to the Taitua Arboretum for outdoor exploration to learn about nature and have some great exercise.  This is also an opportunity to eat our lunches together in different scenic locations.  

Every Wednesday morning, we take eight younger children to the University for a relaxed walk.  We choose different routes and the children help decide when to pause, so they can look and talk about things of interest as we explore our immediate community and surroundings.  

For both outings, it is important the children come in comfortable, well-fitting footwear suitable for running, climbing, and walking on different surfaces.  



Tena Koutou Whānau

A big Nau Mai Haere Mai to all our new Maire tamariki and their whānau, Lincoln, Benjamin, Neihana, Sage and Cadee.  We hope you enjoy your time here with us.

The Taitua Arboretum trips have been a big hit with our tamariki once again.  A lot of our tamariki are visiting it for the first time and we just love watching them explore this new environment and all it has to offer. 

The new Creche sun pōtae have been a hit with all our tamariki.  They have really taken ownership of their pōtae and they look amazing on.

Maire is going to have a whānau breakfast on Wednesday, 23 March starting at 7.30 am.  This is your morning off making breakfast for the whānau.  Bundle them all into the car and bring them on in.  It’s a great time to meet other Maire whānau and the kaiako.

Lastly we would like to wish all the pēpe born in Poutū-te-rangi J

Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako



Kia ora whanau

As many of you may already know, our centre is working towards our healthy heart award this year and so with this in mind we are focusing on healthy eating and active movement. We held our Heart Day as a fundraiser for the Heart Foundation in February and the children enjoyed Zumba, dancing and kicking the balls around to keep fit and healthy. We have been doing a lot of cooking and have started process cooking also. Through this experience we can discuss things like healthy choices, treat food and portion sizes.

Our Ngahere Groups have been enjoying their trips to Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve and will soon get to experience the changing season and the effect that has on the native flora and fauna. If you would like to join your child on one of our trips please come and see us and we can organise a day for this to happen. We always welcome your contributions to our programme.

Group Time children have been very busy so far, with visits to Silverdale Normal Primary School and Knighton Normal Primary School recently, as well as a study on insects. The children are loving being a part of this group and benefit from it immensely as they are approaching their time to move on from Creche.

As always, if you have any skills or knowledge that you think will benefit the children we would love to hear from you, and if you have any interesting junk lying around the house that you think the children could use in some way, please let one of the team know.

Kauri Teaching Team :-)


Easter Party

On Thursday, 24 March at 10.00 am we will be having our annual Easter Party. 

Whekī and Kōwhai children will gather in the Kōwhai/Whekī playground for their goodies and celebration.   

Nīkau, Maire and Kauri will gather in Kauri for their goodies and a visit from the Easter bunny.  You are most welcome to come along and join in the fun.


Easter Break

Creche will be closed for 3 days over the Easter Break which commences on Friday, 25 March.   In addition to being closed on Good Friday, we are also closed on Easter Monday, 28 March and Tuesday, 29 March.  Parents will be charged full fees for these days.

Should your child/ren attend Campus Creche part time and their booking falls on one of these public holidays, you are more than welcome to swap the day for another day in the same week.  We require 3 weeks written notice and this is subject to availability.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Office.

Full fees apply for ALL these days that Creche closed.