Director’s Message

It feels like the year is rushing by at an alarming rate.  It is already September and the end of the year is fast approaching.   Everyone is working hard to meet guidelines for the end of the year. I hope we can help you in any way we can as you balance busy work and family life.

Sue Bennett


We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Amy, Kaia, Ron and Yeva.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership. 

Ka kite to James and Karter who have transitioned to Kōwhai and Luca who is in transition. 

Welcome back to Emma.  Emma will work part‑time and Nona will continue to job share with Emma.  Welcome, also, to Becky who now works at Whekī four days a week.  

Please remember to contact Creche in the morning if your child is absent for the day.  This is very important as roll numbers affect our daily staffing.  

We now have a big group of younger children at Whekī. We encourage our non-mobile babies to spend their play time on their tummies or backs.  This is very important for developing abdominal and back muscles that they will need later on for crawling, sitting and standing (see our ‘Stages of Development’ pin board).

“Children will move through the physical stages of development as they are ready, beginning with time on their back, tummy time, rolling, crawling, sitting, pulling themselves up, then walking.” 


With our numbers reaching capacity you will have noticed how busy Kōwhai is. It also means we will have different staff on the floor at times.  We have welcomed Lauren, Sofia and Tania as relief teachers.   They add another layer to our team.  We welcome Jenny back from Whekī and farewell Sue who has moved to Kauri. Asha, who filled Jenny’s vacancy, will stay with us at Kōwhai.  While changes can be difficult we hope this will be the team configuration well into the future.

Very wet weather has prevented us from our regular University walks and muddy grounds have stopped us from taking more outside breaks.  We have used our resources well though and have used our gym mats inside so children still get to be physical and let off some of their energy.

We have scheduled a Kōwhai breakfast on Thursday, 24 September.  There will be a cooked breakfast as well as cereal and fruit so put it in your calendar and join us from 7.30 am – 9.30 am.

We welcome new children James, Karter, Luca and their families and farewell Lara, Finn and Jorja.


The tamariki are loving the varied weather at the moment. Some days the wind is blowing, another day the sun is shining and other days it is raining. Each of these days bring with it many different opportunities to explore. Just last week tamariki were completely captivated by the water in the puddles. They explored them thoroughly with their hands and by jumping into the water with their feet. This is also a good time to remind parents and whānau to bring several changes of clothes so that children can explore freely.

We are loving going out weekly in a small group to the Arboretum. You may have noticed that sometimes due to the weather we have been visiting the Hillcrest Library, which is proving to be very enjoyable experience. The tamariki are loving the opportunity to choose new stories to be read to them, or to quietly explore the books themselves.

We would like to say a really big farewell to Becky who is now staying on in Whekī.  David will be relieving in her place here at Nīkau.

We would like to invite you all to a fish and chip’s evening to farewell Becky and welcome David. We will confirm the date shortly.


A big kia ora and welcome to Lara, Jorja and Kaleb and their whānau, we hope you have a good time with us here at Maire.  We would like to say Haere Ra to Grace and Reinahera, we will miss you both and your whānau but we will see you again when we visit Kauri.

Reminder, please do not bring “home toys” into Maire. Quite often our tamariki do not want to share their toy and often the toys cause conflict. It also makes it very hard to search for lost toys at the end of the day. 

It’s a very hard time at the moment with all our sick tamariki, so please make sure they are well enough for Creche and remember that we are now a “pamol free” centre.

On Friday, 28 August Maire had a Super Hero Day where the tamariki came dressed in their favourite super hero costume. Our centre was revamped into a bat cave and we had a special morning tea.  Super heroes have been an interest of our tamariki for a long time. 

This month in Maire we celebrated Kingitanga day by taking some tamariki over to the University for Kapa Haka Performances, with a group also going over to Te Whare Kōkōrangi: The Astronomical House of Learning to look around.  Both groups really enjoyed their trips and we hope to do more in the future.

Well the Rugby World Cup is upon us and we have decided to celebrate this event with an All Black supporter day on Friday, 30 October.  Dress up in your All Blacks clothes or just black clothes.  We are going to have a fabulous day, nice food and a World Cup to have photos with.

A big Ra Whānau to all our Mahuru pēpe!

Ngā mihi.



Kia ora Whānau

We have had a very busy, fun and productive month with our Snow Trip finally happening, our Cupcake Day fundraiser for the SPCA and trips to the SPCA to see where the money would be spent. We have had fantastic support and input from our families for both of these big events, with lots of helpers coming on our snow trip and contributions of muffins and cupcakes to sell to raise money. We made an amazing $1,165.00 for the SPCA, the children were wonderful sales people.

Although we have had these major events happening we have still been doing lots of interesting things with the children in between these.

The Group Time children have been working hard to prepare a performance for us of “In the Beginning”, making costumes and practicing their parts. They put on a great show for us, developing their confidence and oral literacy skills.

We have been doing some interesting science experiments on mixing substances. These experiments can inspire wonder and awe, encouraging children to question and think critically.

Our next exciting event is coming up on 23 September and is a family disco and pizza night. We look forward to seeing many of our children with their families dancing and having fun on the night. Please don’t forget to RSVP to any of the teachers.

Kauri Team :-)


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.

We have limited numbers available in the programme and staff based on bookings.  Therefore advance bookings are essential.


Creche Christmas Party

Creche’s annual Christmas Party will be held on Friday, 4 December.  So keep this date free.

It is a great afternoon with Santa in attendance.  The children, parents and teachers thoroughly enjoy this event. More details will be available nearer the time.

The cost per child will be $25.00 for your first child and $20.00 for every other child at Creche.  This is charged to your Creche account for those that RSVP.   This cost covers a present for your child from Santa, a present that your child has made for you, entertainment and food at the Christmas Party.


Christmas Break

Creche does not close down over the Christmas break. Centres will remain open based on the number of children attending over this period and some centres will combine.

For the 2 week period 21 December 2015 through to 1 January 2016, the Creche hours will reduce to 8.30 am to 4.00 pm.

Normal Creche hours will resume from Tuesday, 5 January 2016.

Please remember that a minimum of 3 weeks notice is to be given for any changes in sessions and finishing dates. This notification must be given to the Creche Office in writing.