Home2Grow January/February 2016 Newsletter
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Kia Ora!
News Update - January/February

The New Year is well underway, and we trust that you are enjoying the great summer weather that we have been having. This month we are focusing on SAFETY and EMERGENCIES. Our children will have the opportunity for a visit with staff from the local Fire Station. (See the details in our "Up coming Events" section below).We will be organizing First Aid courses for our new educators, and those needing to update their certificates.
Are You Ready?
Do you have an evacuation plan in the event of a fire?
Do you know where to find a first aid kit & what to do in a medical emergency?
Where is a safe place to go if you are experiencing an earthquake or severe storm?
Do you have access to enough food & water to last 3 days if disaster should strike?
Have you done drills & role-play with the children in your care to prepare them as best you can for an unexpected event? 
Below are some useful links: 
                              Get Ready Get Thru Logo                                  Go to Home page - New Zealand Fire Service
Waterview playground
"Check this out, dear whanau, a new playground in Auckland.
On 12 February we had loads of fun splashing around and cooking with sand. If you missed out, here is the address: Waterview, intersection of Herdman Rd with Daventry St." (Diana -  Programme Coordinator)
  click to view
Staff & Educator News
Haere mai!!
A warm welcome to our two new Programme Coordinators. Ruta (right) and Ritu (left). We have enjoyed seeing you around the office in the past few weeks, and we are sure you will enjoy getting to know our Educators and children. Thank you for joining us as Home2grow continues to grow to meet the needs of our community.
Important Reminder

A reminder that new health and safety regulations are in place and  educators will check hazards every day and will assess and mitigate dangers when going on outings. If you require more information, please discuss with your Programme Coordinator.

If you are due for a fire drill,  get the kids to listen to this song and then talk about get out-stay out and fire safety. 

Please check the batteries of your smoke alarms monthly and change them at least once a year. If you moved house, or are new with Home2Grow Childcare, or just misplaced your escape plan, please note: Have an escape plan.

Prepare and practice an escape plan ( we do this every 3 months with each child in care as part of our programme)
  • Make sure that everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if a fire occurs.
  •  Identify a primary escape route out of every room, then pick a secondary route in case the first  is blocked by fire.
  •  Ensure doorways are not obstructed.
  •  Select and indicate a meeting place outside of the home (eg the letterbox).
  •  Call 111 and ask for the Fire Service from your or a neighbour’s home or mobile phone.
Talofa! - Listen to our greeting song.
Some of our children using their powers of concentration to practice new skills.
  • Fire Station visits -  staff from Otara Fire Station will be visiting 14 Springs Rd on 24 March at 10.30am.  Visit to Blockhouse Bay Fire Station - last week of March, date & time still to be confirmed. 
  • Playgroup - East Tamaki, Mondays & Thursdays,9am - 12pm, 14 Springs Rd, East Tamaki. Let the office know if you will be joining in.
  • Easter Weekend- Public Holiday from 25 - 28 March.
  • MOTAT visit - 14 April, 10am - details still to be confirmed.
  • Teeny Beats! - Music and movement for 0-4yr olds @Jam Jar Studios, Whangaparoa. For preschool groups or families. More details on website
  • Water Safety Free Workshop - 16 March, 6pm - 7.30pm, 85 Westhaven Drive, St Mary's Bay. An exciting opportunity for all parents and educators. Click below for pamphlet. To register please contact
Birthdays for February & March
*February Children: Aayat, Sandy, Lisimoni, Ali, Isaiah, Ryle, Prisha, Nihaalvir, Sirat, Cassie, Kamara, Antonio.
*March Children: Ayaan, Misiuata, Achintya, Kaitlin, Michael, Maanat, Claira, Zia, Harmonick, Zach, Tevita, Asees, Amelia, Akleema, Sehajpreet, Lute, Kingsley, Damien, Aryan, 'Onesi.
*February Educators: Sonali, Alice, Jane, Hua, Pinky, Lynda, Roshniben, Gouri, Xiumei, Courtney.
*March Educators: Ming, Preet, Parvinder, Sukhjeet, Janice, Kiran, Faleolo, Sarai, Sukhjit, Ilaisaane, Hana.
*March Staff: Binaifer
On your special day, H2G staff wish you all the very best. We wish you joy and abundant blessings, now and in the future. May you have a fantastic birthday and many more to come...
Ngä mihi mö tö rä whänau

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 the Home2Grow Childcare Service.  They must sign up to the Home2Grow Childcare Service for at least three months with a minimum of 20 hours per week. Voucher will be awarded after 3 months of enrolment
*Conditions apply

We are looking for new educators (home educators and nanny educators) in all areas. Either stay-at-home mums, or aunties, grandmother or grand-fathers, 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.


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Wishing you all the very best!
 Noho ora mai rā,
 nā Home2Grow Team!

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