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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Welcome to Sonia & Staff changes

We warmly welcome Sonia to the Nursery Head Teacher position. Sonia is with us for one week, then off on holiday and returns to us permanently on Monday, 25th of August. Melissa has decided to work in the Toddler area to cover Cindy's maternity position for the next 6 months. She will return to the Tuatara Room when Cindy returns from maternity leave in January 2009. As Melissa knows many of the parents and children from Nursery, this should prove an easy transition for both herself and the children.

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Transport in the Toddlers

Today, the Toddlers have shown an interest in our monthly focus of transport. As children arrived in the morning, they were able to enjoy some quiet time at the puzzle table learning about all the different types of vehicles. Patrick and Thomas laughed and giggled as they found fire engines, trucks and police cars. At the art table Cristian, Max, Elliot, Bella, David and Ava enjoyed driving cars across their paint and paper making colourful tyre tracks.
Roman arrived and showed his friends his bright, lime green lamborghini car that he had brought in to show everyone this morning.
At mat time Melissa sang us the book, "Down by the Station." We sang about trucks, buses, tractors, taxi cabs, trains and fire engines. Then as a special treat Imogen sang, "Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light" to us. Thank you very much, Imogen.
After morning tea we were allowed to ride the bikes. What a busy and exciting morning.
Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light
Twinkle twinkle traffic light, on the corner shining bright.
Red mean stop, green means go, orange means go but very slow.
Twinkle twinkle traffic light on the corner shining bright.

Friday, 18 July 2008

This Week In The Nursery...

It was a very busy week in the Nursery this week! Mia celebrated her birthday and brought a cake to share with her friends and big sister, Grace, as did Melissa (Teacher) who also brought a cake, cupcakes and even eskimos for everybody.
Two children will be leaving us this week, Mia to the Toddler Room and Nate who is leaving for England next week.
Nate brought some yummy cupcakes for all his friends on Monday to share.
It was both a happy and sad week in the Nursery, with two birthdays but also Nate and Mia leaving us. We read many books (Nate's favourite activity!) and shared lots of cake!! We will all miss you, Nate and Mia, with your happy smiles and cheerful "good mornings"
Ka kite and Arohanui, Nate.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Culture Day in Toddlers

Kia ora, Bula, Talofa, Fakalofa lahi atu, Hello.
Today at Bayfield (15th July 2008) was Culture Day. We celebrated by dressing up in our traditional cultural dress, colours or wearing different cultural wear other than their own.
Even the teachers dressed up as the ALL BLACKS.
We danced to Pacific Island music, danced with the pois and sang Chinese songs.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Treats for the children - Preschool

Dear Preschool Parents
It is very generous of you to share treats with the other children in Preschool when your child has a birthday, however....
We have had a few complaints from parents about lollipops put in the children's pockets. Reasons given are:
* Children know they are there and want to eat them straight away.
As often this is the end of the day and dinner is not far away, it
causes disagreements between parent and child.

* Siblings who are arriving at the same time want one as well and
tears follow...

* They are not a healthy option for children: as they get enough junk
food on weekends at birthday parties etc...

* Children themselves know they are there and expect one every day
from then on. They also sometimes try to get them before the end
of the day.

Some alternatives to lollipops could be balloons, non food item treats such as party whistles etc.
If you have any concerns about the above please discuss with me.

Kind regards

Monday, 14 July 2008

Nursery News

We would like to welcome Denver and Alfie in the Pukeko Room. The Pukeko Room celebrated Ranen's 1st birthday this week.
The Tuatara Room also celebrated Baxter's 2nd birthday. He is moving to the Toddler Room, along with Sienna. All the very best, Baxter and Sienna.
We have been working on developing friendly relationships among the children in the Tuatara Room. The children are being encouraged to sit alongside each other and play together. The teachers are encouraging the children to participate actively in group play to build up relationships.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Ribbons in the Preschool

After a very long time, the dancing ribbons were re-introduced to the children.
The children started off really well, dancing away to The Wiggles. After a while one of the children found that the wire hanging above their heads made a great game.
The children threw the ribbons up in the air, trying to get them hanging on the wire. When they were all up, the children jumped up high to get them down again. See attached photos.

Toddler News

Farewell to Aurelia and Yasmin and also to Cindy, who is now on maternity leave. Welcome to Sienna and Baxter.
Don't forget "Culture Day" on Tuesday 15th July, and please bring in some music to share with our friends.
Kei tua o te pae is part of our new planning introduced in Toddlers and we are looking at using dispositions and virtues. This will create opportunities for the staff to extend on your child's strengths and needs. Any questions, always feel free to ask the team.
On Tuesday Lucia kept herself busy with a large amount of bowls around her. I wonder what she is making??
This continued outside where you can see Thomas and another child making more 'birthday cake.'

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Culture Day

Don't forget that Tuesday the 15th of July is Culture Day. Our staff will be dressing up in different cultural dress and we would love to see the children do likewise, if they are interested.
Their menu will be varied slightly to include some cultural dishes and the programme during the day will reflect multiculturalism in the centre.
Feel free to contribute and take part in any way you would like.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Toddler Painters

On Wednesday Luke, Evie and Kairo came and helped Molly set up the equipment for the outside area. Kairo spotted the painting containers and asked if they could do painting. Luke, Evie and Kairo helped Molly to carry the containers and brushes down to the fence. After that we went inside to choose some colours for the fence. Kairo choose green, Evie choose red, and Luke choose yellow. As we made our way outside we were greeted by lots of children that wanted to paint. The children all had a good time painting the fence, some even painted the tissue holder!
So if you want any help with painting at home we have some eager painters here willing to help.
* Through this activity the children waited patiently for a paintbrush.
* Children communicated amongst themselves.
* Had fun.
See attached photos.

Nursery Exploration

The children enjoy exploring different activities during the daily programme using their bodies, senses and the use of tools, materials and equipment to extend their skills.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

New Head Teacher For Nursery

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new Nursery Head Teacher. Sonia Hammond will start at Bayfield on Monday 28th of July. She then goes on a holiday to the U.K. and will rejoin Bayfield on the 18th of August.
We warmly welcome Sonia to Bayfield. Sonia has a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education with Provisional Registration. Sonia has previously worked in other childcare centres in Auckland and prior to that worked as a Community Planner for the Waikato District Council. Sonia also has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.
Welcome On Board - Sonia