Home2Grow June 2018 Newsletter
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Kia ora! News Update - June
Winter brings colder weather, longer nights and the season of Matariki. The Te Papa museum website states "Traditionally, Māori celebrate the start of a new year in mid-winter (May-June). The new year begins on the first new moon after the star cluster Matariki rises in the eastern sky. That’s why the Māori new year is called Matariki. Matariki is a time to gather with whānau (family) and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future". 
We are very much looking forward to our museum visit later this month when the children will have a chance to learn more about Maori culture and Matariki. This month we are also expecting a visit from the ERO team. See more details below. 
Emergency Management Workshop
Home2Grow educators attended Emergency Management workshops last month. The workshops covered
  • How to prepare for an emergency
  • Potential emergency situations (floods, earthquake, tsunami etc)
  • Emergency supplies and equipment
  • Steps to take when an emergency arises
Playgroup Manukau 
Our regular playgroups are designed around the Early Childhood curriculum. Children have a chance to build relationships within a bigger social group and our Programme Coordinators plan activities to empower and encourage development in a stimulating environment 
Playgroup Manurewa
A Warm Welcome to Preetinder
We have a new Programme Coordinator on our Home2Grow  team. Welcome to Preetinder Kaur.
"I am dedicated early childhood teacher, passionate about contributing to holistic development of the young children. I am excited to join Home 2 Grow team and be part of busy learning community".

 Matariki Activity Ideas

  • Organize some traditional Māori craft activities such as weaving and carving. If you do not have access to flax try weaving with paper. The children could try "carving" a lump of playdough using plastic implements. 
  • Bake star shaped biscuits.
  • Go to your local library and choose some traditional Māori stories to read.
  •  Learn some Māori songs. Look on YouTube if you need to
  • Learn about native plants and how they can be used, example flax weaving or medicine
  • Wrap up warmly and do some star gazing on a clear night. Use some binoculars to take a closer look at the moon and stars.
  • Many libraries also have special story sessions or craft activities to mark Matariki so plan an excursion to your local library. 
ERO Evaluation
The Education Review Office (ERO) has scheduled a review of one of our Home Based services during the month of June. Here is an extract from their information.
"What does ERO want to know? We want to know how well placed your service is to promote positive outcomes for all children, including Maori, Pacific and those with diverse needs. To find this out, ERO will explore how well the service provider and coordinators/visiting teachers as service leaders develop partnerships with parents, families and whanau and support educators in curriculum design and teaching practices that contribute to children's learning and wellbeing. ERO will talk to adults, look at documents and determine the purpose and focus of visits to homes if required".
Click on the logo below for our most recent review
  • Samoan Language Week - 27 May to 2 June
  • Educator First Aid Course - 9 June 9.30am - 1.30pm
  • ERO Education Evaluation  - week of 18 June
  • Matariki Museum visit - 29 June 
  • Playgroup - Manurewa 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month. 10am -  Life Church Manurewa. 24-26 Maich Rd, Manurewa. All Home2Grow families welcome.
  • Playgroup - Manukau -  Manukau City Baptist Church, 9 Lambie Dr, Manukau. 3rd Friday of each month. 
  • Playgroup - East Tamaki, 14 Springs Rd. Mondays & Thursdays, 9am - 12pm. 
  • All playgroups - Contact your Programme Coordinator for more information and details of upcoming activities

We are always looking for amazing educators, nannies and families to join up to the Home2Grow Childcare Service. We are offering a $50 voucher* to each person who sends a referral through to Home2Grow.   They must sign up for at least one month with a minimum of 20 hours per week. Voucher will be awarded after one month of enrolment.

We are looking for new educators in all areas. Either stay-at-home mums, aunties, grandparents or students with a passion for working with children, have experience in the field and believe strongly that early childhood is the most critical period in the brain development of children and that EC education significantly contributes to this growth.

*Conditions apply

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