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Friday, 28 March 2008

Kea Room fun

The Kea children have had great fun using the rakau and pois. Kairo and Imogen are our "NZ Idols" as both children show great delight when singing to their friends at mat time.

"Dancing with the stars"

The Keas show that they can "rock n' roll" with the best.

A big farewell to Catherine who has gone up to Preschool. Welcome to Maxwell wh has joined us this week.

Pukeko children in a box

The babies in the Pukeko Room had a great time exploring in and out of a very big box!! Our new stove came in the box and it made a great tunnel to crawl through. Check out the photos below.

"The Ferry Trip"

The Weka children and the teachers planned a trip to Devonport. We boarded the bus and got to the ferry buildings. All the children were so excited about the ferry ride. Some of them had been on a ferry but a few had never been before. We arrived in Devonport and had a great time playing at the playground. It was lunch and the most awesome surprise awaited them! Mr Whippy arrived!! The children loved the ice cream. It was a great trip.

A big thank you to all our parent helpers. It was a great day!!!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Co-operation in the Tuatara Room

The tuatara children are developing a sense of "RESPECT" for each other and are giving each other space. They enjoy playing alongside each other. When children work co-operatively they develop the virtues of "FRIENDLINESS", "TOLERANCE" AND "TRUST".

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Preschool children go on Easter Hunt

The weka children had a great time decorating their Easter baskets in preparation for the Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday. the Easter bunny hopped by hiding eggs throughout the playground. As you can see by the look on the children's faces they enjoyed hunting for their eggs and finding them in all different places such as the Kauri Cottage and the water trough.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Pukeko Easter Painting

The Pukeko children enjoyed painting cards and baskets for their families. They took a great interest and pleasure testing the paint by mouth!! See the attached photos.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Toddler News

Farewell to Josie and Sophia.
Welcome to Amy and Samuel.

Bus/Train Trip
Bayfield EEC children are the best, crossing the main Swanson Road - the drivers waed and beeped at the children, our children smiled and said "Thank you," and a wonderful time was had by all.

Grandparents Day
The children enjoyed the company of our grandparents. Some read stories, others joined them outdoors and everyone just thrived on the attention given to them. "More books, read more books."
Kairo, Imogen and Abigail sang songs to the grandparents who came to the early mat time.

Tuatara News

The Tuatara children have been using their virtues in maintaining their relationships with each other. For example, reading a book together, taking turns on the obstacle course, building sandcastles together in the sandpit.
The Nursery staff would like to thank the grandparents for spending some time with us on Friday and making it successful!

Pukeko News

Grandparents Day

The children really loved having their grandparents here today. They showed them where they play indoors and outdoors. Charli's grandparents came all the way from England!

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Alaita's position

As I am sure you are all aware, Alaita is sadly leaving us! Her last day is on Friday the 18th of April. I have been advertising for her position but, at this stage, to no avail. Does anyone out there know of a suitable applicant? Must be early childhood qualified and registered with experience in a leadership role. Please see Shona in confidence or email me on with CV attached.

Monday, 10 March 2008

Nursery Co-operation

The children are learning about co-operation and helpfulness during the daily programme by helping tidy up the Tuatara Room, such as helping to place the toys into their containers and also pushing the large lego blocks into a corner to make room for music and movement, sleeptime etc. See attached photos.

Friday, 7 March 2008

Pukeko & Tuatara News

The Tuatara children showed the virtues of love, kindness, care and empathy towards the Pukeko children.
It was a beautiful day so we decided to go outside and we found a nice spot under the tree. Zayvian, Annabelle and Lena (the pukeko children) were having fun reading books and playing with the balloons. Zayvian got upset and started crying, so Mia and Sienna (the tuatara children) showed their concern and came and sat next to him giving cuddles and kisses, trying their best to comfort him and showing their genuine empathy towards Zayvian. See photos attached.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Farewell to Alaita

We are sad to inform you that Alaita (Head Teacher in the Nursery) is leaving us!
Alaita is moving to Tauranga with her young family and will be leaving on Friday 18th April. We are sad to lose Alaita as she has been at Bayfield for the past 8 years and contributed greatly to the successful founding and running of the centre. We wish her all the best for the future.

Spanish Classes in Preschool

Spanish classes are back in full swing. Here Marcella and Maroussia lead a class of 9 children having great fun - playing games and learning Spanish at the same time. See photos below.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Newcomers to the Weka Room

This week we wish to welcome Ari and Sophia to Preschool!
We hope you have a super duper time in the Weka Room.

Weka haircuts

Today we had many children who had their hair cut.
The children sit in a line of chairs, waiting in anticipation for their turn. When it is their turn the children are lifted up on to the big chair.
An apron is placed around their neck and the children are ready to go!
While they are getting their hair cut, a DVD is playing for them to watch, though most of them choose to look at themselves in the mirror.
When it is all over, the children get a special marshmellow - Yumm!
Check out the link below with the photos.

Tuatara Relationships

The children in the Tuatara Room have been building on their relationships by interacting with each other and using their social skills to maintain their relationships. For example, having a positive and constructive attitude towards competition and sharing toys with each other.
The children are also developing their self-help skills in dressing, such as taking shoes off on their own and putting them away in the shoe box, putting their hats on when playing outside and putting their trousers on after water play.