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Nau mai ki tenei wiki Kōrero.  


Just a short Kōrero this week, but none the less some great things happening in our Kindergartens.




Finance Update


Term 1 2020 Whānau Contributions 

Your families may be starting to ask about Term 1 requests for Whānau Contributions.  Feel free to let them know that these will be emailed out on 31 January.  Hard copies will also be delivered to kindergartens for distribution through “child pockets” in the following week.


So that we have the most up to date information for our request letters can you please try and have all your children’s enrolment records in Infocare up to date by the end of day onMonday 27January.


Ministry of Education RS7 Reporting 

Just a reminder that the Association has to report “RS7” information about your kindergarten to the Ministry of Education for the current funding period (1 October 2019 – 31 January 2020) by Monday 10 February 2020. All of the information we require is generated from your enrolment and staff timetable information in Infocare, so we need your help to ensure that all of this is complete and accurate.  As with normal month end requirements can you please ensure that, for the all weeks in this funding period (which ends Friday 31 January), the following is completed in Infocare by4pm Monday 3 February:

  • Sign in sheets marked in Infocare (actual attendance)
  • Fee invoices are created and committed
  • Staff timetables (“staff hour count”) are completed
  • Online sign off of your monthly roll return
  • Any ratio, attendance or roll issues are communicated to the Association (please call Tania or Cathryn)


If you have staff away can you please ensure arrangements are in place so that this deadline is met – this may mean that these tasks need to be completed by teaching staff before the cut off.  We will be reviewing your Infocare RS7 data so you may receive reminder emails or queries on Tuesday 4 February.


No changes to Infocare for the 1 October 2019 – 31 January 2020 funding period will be able to be made after 4pm, Monday 3 February 2020.


PLD 2020 Information


Kia ora koutou katoa,


Please find attached

These are designed to help you with your planning and workload for 2020.


All Staff Professional Learning and Development information for 2020


We will be distributing a PLD wall planner in the next couple of weeks, please look our for it in the Kōrero.


Please also check the Kōrero each week for any changes to PLD.


The Term 1 PLD calendar is designed to provide more detailed information, so that you can make your PLD decisions and plan ahead. The PLD online calendar can also be accessed through Outlook 365. This is already uploaded to your Kindergarten e-mail system and can be accessed by clicking on the calendar icon which is usually on the bottom left hand side of your e-mail screen. The online calendar is constantly updated and will provide you with ‘real-time’ information, whereas the planner will only be updated each term.  The link to the online calendar is:Online Calendar


Please note that enrolments on HR.Net are now open and we encourage you to plan and enrol onto PLD in advance, in particular First Aid and Child Protection as it is compulsory to have a current certificate for both of these.  If you are unsure about the currency of the First Aid or Child Protection, please email Karen Craig


Please ensure that you enrol for all your choices of PD through HR.Net. These enrolments help us to plan for any additional seating etc., and also helps us to make sure that we have enough tea, coffee and kai to keep you going throughout the session!


The other advantage of enrolling through HR.net is that it sends confirmation of course enrolment to both work and personal email addresses (if you have provided a personal email address). This process also means that you will receive additional emails if there are any changes to the PD regarding enrolment, venue or time.


Unfortunately, enrolling through HR.net is not available for those of you working in the Whanganui and Central Plateau teams. Alternatively, you can enrol for PLD here. 


If you have any issues, please email  Karen Craig who will enrol you into your choices, and will send you confirmation of enrolment! Please ensure that you contact Karen to enrol as these help us to plan for any additional seating etc., and also helps us to make sure that we have enough tea, coffee and kai to keep you going throughout the session!


If you have a general enquiry about PLD please email Hannah Toomaga


The Power Of Dramatic Play


A learning story from one of our kindergartens made it onto Facebook this week, with a parent, Emily, saying: “Aren't kindy teachers amazing? They capture the most incredible moments.”


Here’s some of the story:


Yesterday I joined you in the family area. You quickly greeted me and told me that there were so many sick babies you had to look after. “There are so many sick babies we don’t have enough beds in the hospital. This is a disaster”


You were so animated and expressive. I talked with you to ask if you needed to phone the helicopter to transport some of your sick babies to another hospital. You said that all the other hospitals in the whole wide world were full and that you were the only doctor. But you reassured me that you could make some of them better cause you had the insulin. "This baby is type one diabetic, and this baby is type two diabetic," you said.


You continued to share your knowledge of a very familiar illness with me. "I’ll give this baby sugar water, he’s low” and “I need to check the blood and then give this baby a shot”.


Dramatic play is a great way to share your knowledge of living with diabetes and reliving familiar events in your life.


This Week On Facebook    






Handy Facebook Pages   


More than One Neurotype –

More Than One Neurotype is about understanding and accepting that everyone is different, and that’s ok. It’s about ‘normal’ as one way of being and that there are many different versions of normal. It’s about neurodiversity; autism, ADHD, sensory processing etc being neurotypes rather than medical disorders where individuals need to learn how to change themselves.








Fanau Pasifika are wanting a carpentry table.  Do you have one that is surplus in your Kindergarten?  If you do please get in touch with the team at Fanau Pasifika. 




To Giveaway Or Koha


Waikanae Kindergarten have these chairs to giveaway or for a small koha.  If you are interested please get in touch with the team at Waikanae.



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