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Job vacancies available

Do you like the idea of working in a whānau focused centre?

jobWe have two fulltime fixed term teaching positions available.

One position for a Qualified ECE Teacher (minimum qualification required, Bachelor in Teaching and Learning, (ECE)),

The other position for a Non-Qualified ECE Teacher. New graduates and 3rd year Students are welcomed to apply.

We are looking for passionate, energetic, like minded and innovative teachers to be a part of our committed teaching team, contributing towards providing high quality care and education.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has a strong knowledge of Te Reo Māori me ona Tīkanga
  • Is a collaborative team player with excellent communication skills
  • Is Passionate about providing high quality care and education within a bilingual education setting
  • Has the knowledge and understanding of learning within ECE and assessment

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Newsletter October 2017

Whiringa-ā-nuku – October
Pānui 2017

Up & coming holidays 2017 – The centre will be closed

  • Labour Day – Monday October 23rd
  • Canterbury Day – Friday November 17th

Christmas Holidays

  • The centre will be closed on Thursday 21 December 2017, @ 12.30pm.
  • The centre will re-opened on Monday 15 January 2018, @ 7.45am

2018 ENROLMENT FORMs

These have been put in to you pigeonhole. Please have these filled out and returned by Friday 20 October 2017.

FEEs

Please note, that all FEEs must be paid and at zero balance by Friday 15 December 2017 to secure a place for your tamaiti in 2018. A letter has been provided with the 2018 Enrollment.


SUMMER IS NEAR

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As days are becoming hotter and Tamanui-Te-Rā beats down on us, we are providing
a lot of water play for tamariki.

Please send your tamaiti / tamariki with named spare kākahu.


Sun Smart Policy

PanuiOctober20174Our Sun Smart Policy is now in effect.
Sunhats will be worn and Sunblock will be applied. We do provide both, sunhats are washed weekly.
If you wish for your tamaiti to wear their own Sunhat and Sunblock, then please provide these.

Please Note:

  • Tamariki will be encouraged to wear a Sunhat and Sunscreen will be applied between the
    hours of 10am and 4pm.
  • Tamariki will be encouraged to wear kakahu that cover and protect their shoulders and back
    of neck, especially during the hottest part of the day.
  • Kaiako will role model appropriate sun smart behaviour.

ABSENCE NOTIFICATION

If your tamaiti is going to be absent from the centre, please let us know via:
Landline: 940 84 36, Text: 021 956 718 or Facebook: te waka elc matua
This helps with staffing.


HAND, FOOT & MOUTH

We have had confirmed cases of the hand, foot & mouth virus in the centre over the past several weeks.

EARLY SIGNS: Fever, rash on soles of feet, palms & in or around mouth. Flu like symptoms.

Time between EXPOSURE & SICKNESS: 3 – 5 days

EXCLUSION from CENTRE: While the tamaiti is feeling unwell. Please sort medical advice from your GP before returning to centre.


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Please check and treat your tamaiti hair appropriately…


FINGER NAILS

Please check, clean & / or cut your tamaiti finger nails if required. This is to minimise any
accidental scratching & bacteria.

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Parenting Week Christchurch

Parenting week, bringing back the FUN for whanau

The Neighbourhood Trust, with funding from the Ministry of Social Development, Christchurch City Council, and others, is proud to bring Christchurch our biannual Parenting Week. This year Parenting Week will run from August 21st to 31st 2017.

With the help of parenting experts, advocates and agencies, from Christchurch and further afield, we have put together a programme of 36 events over 10 days.

The programme offers something for every parent, from parents-to-be who are preparing for the birth of a first baby, right through to those with kids who are navigating the teenage years. It’s jam packed full of wisdom and research-backed advice from great Kiwi parenting experts.

We want as many parents as possible to have the opportunity to participate. Many events are free or gold coin entry and no event is over $10 so it is affordable for all.

Find out more download the flyer here or visit the website. www.nht.org.nz

Flyer download click here – Parenting Week calendar showing the events available over the 10 days

Parenting Week

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Newsletter June 2017

Tē nā koutou e te whā nau!

babiesWelcomes

Firstly a big welcome to the new pē pi who have joined some of our whā nau in the past few months.

The Evalu whā nau welcomed baby, Lio who was born on the 15th of June, congratulations whā nau, nau mai ki te ao Lio.

Whetu and Kahurangi had their first baby girl Amaia, which is also Whaea Carina’s 1st moko, on the 28th March, she is doing so well, nau mai Amaia.

Nau mai, tautimai ki ngā whā nau hou. Big mihi to all the new whā nau that have joined us here at Te Waka in the preschool and the nursery.

Farewells

We will be saying good bye to Te Manawanui who turns 5 on the 21st June and leaves for kura at Te Kura Whakapumau o te Reo Tuturu ki Waitaha on the 26th of June. Kia pai tō u haerenga hou Te Manawanui.

Staff Changes

Kahurangi is on maternity leave with the hopes of returning to work in March. We have said Ka Kite to Whaea Nik who has moved on to new experiences at another centre. Whaea Findy has moved in to the nursery to work alongside Whaea Sara and is enjoying her new position.

We have welcomed 2 new relievers, Ashleigh who has been a student in the nursery on Tuesday’s for most of the year and Shavarn who has recently moved to Christchurch from Invercargill.

Students

The preschool will be having student Ellen join them for 5 weeks from the 26th of June to the 28th of July, she will be working under the guidance of Whaea Tina.


Matariki

Matariki begins on Sunday the 25th of June. This is the Mā ori New Year, we will be having lots of things happening to celebrate so make sure you keep an eye out!

Working Bee

We held our 1st working bee for the year on the 28th of May. Unfortunately this was not a good turn out, we only had one whā nau turn up to help alongside kaiako, a big mihi to Levon and his Mā mā Alicia for your mahi! There will be another one this year whā nau it will be good to get as many helpers as we can to keep our centre looking good for our tamariki.

Reminders

Can you please ensure that you are providing the daily needs for your tamaiti/tamariki. This includes nappies and formula, and spare clothing as tamariki may need to change throughout the day. Tamariki also need to be dressed appropriately for the weather, as we are now in Winter they will need to have a jacket and a warm hat.

HELP!

Do we have any landscapers in the whā nau, Hakui is in the process of looking at our mā ra kai and would like to have a chat to somebody about the layout of this. Please get in touch your help would be much appreciated. Do you have any inside pot plants you could donate to us? We would love to spruce up the indoors with a bit of greenery!


Christmas closure dates

Thursday 21st December 2017 at12:30pm—Monday 15th January 2018 at 7:45am

Reminder: Health and Safety for Tamariki and Pākeke Policy

Tamariki and pākeke who are sick are not to attend the centre. This includes vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperatures, flu like symptoms, conjunctivitis, impetigo and any other contagious illness.

General guidance kaiako will follow:
High temps. – Normal up to 37.2, if 38.0+ tamaiti will be sent home.
Diarrhoea and / or vomiting – Pākeke/ tamaiti will be excluded for 48hours after last diarrhoea or vomit.
Head lice (kutu) – If live kutu are sighted, whānau will be contacted to pick up their tamaiti and asked to treat their hair. Tamariki can return to the centre after appropriate treatment.

Impetigo – Tamaiti can return once treated and sores are cleared.

Conjunctivitis – Pākeke / tamaiti may return once eyes are cleared and there is no longer discharge.

Antibiotics – Tamaiti can return when well and not less than 24hours after starting medication.

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Working Bee

WORKING BEE – He mihi Maioha ki a kōutou te whānau o Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Ōtautahi i ahwina mai ki whakapaipai a tātou Whare Kohungahunga mō ō tātou tamariki.

A HUGE thank you to all those who helped tidy up our Centre. Tamariki are enjoying the new reset environments, inside and outside.

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Newsletter April 2016

Paenga – Whāwhā / April  Pānui 2016

Recently we farewelled Te Ahikaaroa & Katerina to Kura. Both tamariki and their whānau have contributed a lot to Te Waka and we know they will continue to be a part of us as they continue their journey in life. We would like to wish them both all the best.


ERO – Educational Review Office visit 18th – 19th/04/2016

Ani Rolleston along with her colleague from ERO will be coming in on Monday & Tuesday 18th – 19th April. They are here to observe the centre’s daily routines / daily curriculum / daily care of our tamariki & looking through certain paperwork.
ERO would like to meet with a few whānau / mātua while they are here. If you are available to talk to ERO and tell them how wonderful we are, please let Jasmin know. A timetable of their visit will be provided by the end of the week.


Winter is coming along with the colder weather

Please ensure you send you tamaiti/ tamariki with the appropriate kakahu. Warm pōtae, koti, karapu


Reminder: Health and Safety for Tamariki and Pākeke Policy

Tamariki and pākeke who are sick are not to attend the centre. This includes vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperatures, flu like symptoms, conjunctivitis, impetigo and any other contagious illness.

General guidance kaiako will follow:

High temps. – Normal up to 37.2, if 38.0+ tamaiti will be sent home.
Diarrhoea and / or vomiting – Pākeke/ tamaiti will be excluded for 48hours after last diarrhoea or vomit.
Head lice (kutu) – If live kutu are sighted, whānau will be contacted to pick up their tamaiti and asked to treat their hair. Tamariki can return to the centre after appropriate treatment.
Impetigo – Tamaiti can return once treated and sores are cleared.
Conjunctivitis – Pākeke / tamaiti may return once eyes are cleared and there is no longer discharge.
Antibiotics – Tamaiti can return when well and not less than 24hours after starting medication.

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Pōari Mātua – Whānau Board of Trustees

Do you think you have the goods to be a part of an awesome Pōari Mātua?
Do you know the difference between Governance and Management?
Do you have the passion for education, passion for our tamariki and their future?

Then they may be looking for you. The Pōari Mātua require 1 – 2 more people to join their awesome team. If you are interested then please email tewakasec@gmail.com and let them know.


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Ensure all of your tamaiti kakahu / hū / tōkena are named

Discourage your tamaiti from coming in with their mouth guard and rugby / league boots in to the centre. Mouth Guards are coming are getting mixed up with other tamariki. This is becoming hard for tamariki to keep track of their mouth guard and for kaiako to know which mouth guard belongs to which tamaiti. Boots are being worn in to the centre. These are scratching our floor and our grass areas are not equipped for the cleats / sprigs at the bottom. Please refrain from bringing your tamaiti in to the centre with them on.