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Kia ora from Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre

We are your local early learning centre:

  • For children from 3 months of age.
  • That has a small family focused environment for up to 40 children.
  • That was established by the community & still owned by the community.
  • That is not for profit, putting any profits back into children’s quality education.
  • Open from 8.45am until 4.30pm, 47 weeks of the year.

Read our latest news & views below….

Rapunzel – Wanaka Primary School

Singing, drama and role-play have all been strong interests of the Kaho children lately.  The teachers have noticed children wanting to listen and dance to a variety of songs, enjoying ‘acting out’ songs such as Five Little Monkeys (jumping on the bed) and Five Little Speckled Frogs as well as lots of super hero games and roles from movies that the children have watched.  To support the children’s interest we arranged for a small group of children to travel up to Wanaka Primary School to watch a play ‘Rap-unzel’  by a visiting theatre group, New Zealand Playhouse.

The show told the story of Rapunzel, who with the voice of Lady Gaga, the dance moves of Beyonce, and the hair of ……. Rapunzel, is tipped to be the hot favourite to win ‘A Land Far Far Away’s Got Talent With X Factor Idol’.  But Rapunzel finds herself in trouble as she refuses to sign her contract with ruthless ‘moosic producer’ Simon ‘Cow’.

 

Safely set, ready and waiting, everyone was so excited about travelling together in the taxi and as we drove through town there was lots of talk about places the children had been (ie, the garage and the carwash), recalling that we were travelling down the same road we had walked just a week earlier on excursion to the library, which roads needed to be taken to get to a certain house, shop or business and so on. The children showed they know a lot about the town they live in.

In the hall the primary school had made space for us to sit right up the front – we have the perfect space from which to watch this most entertaining show.  What a great outing…

Excursion to Mini Muscles

On Friday 30th the Tipu tamariki went to Mini Muscles at proactive gym.  They confidently explored the different environment, climbing, sliding, jumping and diving on a variety of equipment and mats. Some danced and moved to the rhythm of the music, others challenged themselves to try something new and see what they could do independently. There was much excitement sharing this with friends! We hope we can go for another visit soon!

Click here to find out what Mini Muscles is…. 

 

Where can families turn for help?

We thought this article from “The Wanaka Sun” may be of interest to our families:

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Road Safety Week excursion to the library

The theme of the week in 2014 is ‘Tune in to road safety’. We’re all human: we daydream, get side-tracked, run late and make mistakes. But on roads, distractions can be fatal. When using roads, we all need to tune in to road safety and give it our full attention – particularly if we’re at the wheel, but also when we’re cycling, walking, skating, running, you name it – to keep ourselves and others safe. To educate the children in the importance of road safety awareness we are going for a walk to the Wanaka Library for story time with the Librarian.

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With the help of Ruben – The road safety bear, we have been learning about how to keep ourselves safe while out walking and riding our bikes.

STOP – back from the curb

LOOK – for vehicles and bikes

LISTEN – for vehicles and bikes

LINK – hands with a safe person ans walk quickly across the road, still looking as you go.

 

What an amazing community of parents at Aspiring Beginnings

Thank you to all the wonderful helpers who came along on Saturday helping to put the bark chip in place and sorting out the gardens. You are all amazing and a valuable asset to our community.

Snow closure until 10am

What a huge dumping of snow. Because of the roads we will not open until 10am today only (26/5/14). For any further updates please listen to Radio Wanaka 92.2fm.  

To read a copy of our snow closure policy please type “snow closure” into the grey search bar in the top right corner above. 

Bayleys in Schools

Bayleys in schools

Baking a difference for Red Puppy Bikkie Day

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Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre is getting out their mixing bowls, popping on their aprons and whipping up some puppy-shaped bikkies for the annual Blind Foundation Red Puppy Bikkie Day.

Red Puppy Bikkie Day, now in its fourth year, raises funds to support Blind Foundation Guide Dogs.

The Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre will be baking puppy shaped bikkies to sell on Monday 9th June 2014.

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PARENTING FOR A PEACEFUL WORLD

Robin Grille is a 25-year psychologist, author of this book and HEART TO HEART PARENTING as well.
Through Robin’s research and experience he will take you on a journey of parenting discovery. This inspirational seminar will reveal how children adapt to parenting styles and how these experiences underpin the adults they become and, ultimately, the way the world is structured.
The seminar is held at the Armstrong Room in the Lake Wanaka Centre 89 Ardmore St. The workshops at Wanaka Hotel, 71 Ardmore St.
Seminar: Sunday 1 June 7:30-9:30pm $20 tickets in advance or $25 at the door. See www.eventbrite.co.nz and search PARENTING IN WANAKA.
Workshop 1: 2 June 9:30-12pm. BOUNDARIES OF BEHAVIOUR: The role of emotional realness in effective interpersonal boundaries. Tickets $30 online www.eventbrite.co.nz.
Workshop 2: 2 June 1PM-3:30pm. WHEN PARENTS WERE CHILDREN: Gain a deeper understanding of your children and free yourself from inherited behaviour patterns in your parenting. Tickets $30 online www.eventbrite.co.nz.
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Mothers Day lunch

We spent all week making mothers day cards, and Kay had made small bunches of flowers to give out as mothers day gifts after lunch.

Thank you to all the mums who came along, it was great to share kai together and celebrate a special day with you and your tamariki. We hope you enjoyed a special day with your family and whānau on mothers day!

 Mum is such a special word

The loveliest I’ve ever heard

A toast to you above the rest

Mum, you’re special, you’re the best

Autumn/Winter Seed’s fundraiser – only $10pp

Go on Gift an edible garden.

These varieties go really well in our environment. 

ON Sale NOW…

Autumn seeds fundraisier

Friendship Soup Week

Friendship Soup week

Plunket Garage Sale – Saturday 24th May

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Tipu excursion to Wanaka Station Park

Our yearly excursion to Wanaka Station park is always a favourite as we enjoy a frolick in the Autumn leaves.

There was lots of conversation amongst the group about the sights along the way; the vehicles, the lake, dogs and a big lawnmower.  At the park we played in the leaves, took turns on the swings, and collected pinecones.  The picnic morning tea was yummy biscuits made by the tamariki.

A big thanks to our wonderful whanau-helpers who came along with us!

Dept of Conservation talk with Chrissy

A&P Excursion 2014

With our amazing 20+ volunteers, off we walked to the 77th annual A & P show. 1st stop was the the boer goats.  One of the big ones charged the fence which gave some of us such a fright!

Then we headed around the ring to watch some horse riding and jumping. We stopped at the home industries tent which is always one of our favourites because we like to see our art work on display and find out if we have won anything for our produce. We were so excited to see we won 1st place for our Crab Apple jelly…made with the apples from the tree at AB’s!

Time for morning tea and while we were enjoying a refreshing drink,  Mr John Key our NZ Prime Minister turned up which was a very unexpected surprise!

One compulsory stop each year is the sheep and alpacas. Then off to check out the farm equipment and some flash looking cars.

Phew…what a busy fun filled morning with lots to see. By now we were ready to start walking back for a specially prepared picnic lunch.

A big thank you to all our helpers for coming along with us, it was great to be out and about exploring our community.

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Learning at Aspiring Beginnings

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Rakau Rhythm Whariki time

Using rakau sticks to make rhythms and tempo changes with a beat on the ground. Drumming makes vibrations for instant feedback.   Soft and hard feelings, sensorial experience.  Loud and quiet.

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Parachute play – Whariki time

Language of rhythm – fast and slow, sharp and soft. Mathematics and size – up and down, big and small. Listening and responding to music and instructions.

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Balloon play

Balloon play for balance, hand eye coordination, cooperation communication and problem solving skills.  Understanding materials.

 

 

AGM (Annual General Meeting)

Please come along to our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 8th April starting @ 7.30. We would love to share what we have achieved over the last 12 months and our vision for 2014/15.

Cybersafety – What is it?

Cybersafety’ is:

−  the safe and responsible operation/use, at any time, on or off the centre site, and by any person, of the centre’s Internet facilities, network, and associated ICT equipment/devices.

−  the safe and responsible use by anyone, of any privately-owned ICT equipment/devices on the centre site, or at a centre-related activity.

The Internet, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in children’s learning, and in the administration of ECE centres. Teachers have a pivotal role in developing the attributes of cybercitizenship in children. Cybercitizenship implies that users of technology are safe, confident and act with integrity. A Cybersafe learning environment is one where ICT is used safely and responsibly to support effective learning and teaching.

To support this we need to have in place a Cybersafety policy. This consists of 3 different sections:

−      Cybersafety Policy  (Click here to read and download the user agreements)

−      Cybersafety Use Agreement for parents/caregivers

−      Cybersafety Use Agreement for all employees of the centre

Please familiarize yourself with the contents of this policy so we may all be safe and responsible users.

Wanaka Library recommended reads

Here is 4 books Frankie discovered in our local library that we highly recommend

Kids Behaving Bravely: Raising a Resilient Child If family circumstances keep changing such as moving house, new siblings, change of job or financial circumstances, this book gives great ideas about developing resilience in children – the ‘bounce back’ skills. 
Lots of activities to help develop bonds between parents and children using rough and tumble. Starts out with simple and easy, leading to more complicated moves.
Explains current research on brain development in preschoolers and why it is important to nurture babies.
A ‘good enough’ parent only has to be competent 50% of the time, phew!
Useful information to look at if you think your child is a worrier, or  worrying too much about something.

Wheels Day

Since we have returned  from our summer break, the teachers have noticed that  there is a huge interest in bikes. We have discovered that some tamariki had bikes for Xmas, some had scooters, and others are trying to learn how to ride without  training wheels. The tamariki have been sharing stories about what they get up too at the skate park. This then got the teachers thinking how can we respond?

Lets have another wheels day

There were lots of scooters and bikes, and even a skateboard. The enclosed hockey turf area is perfect for all different “toys with wheels”. Today however we had to hope the rain would stay away long enough. Luckily we had a fun filled morning sharing, racing, trying out new bikes and scooters and having a great time exploring.

What a great Wheels Day…

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Wanaka Sun edition – 19/2/14

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Healthy Habits Workshop

When: 2nd April 2014
What time: 
7-9 pm
Where: at Mt Aspiring College

A Sport Central initiative together with Oral Health, the Heart Foundation and Active movement are offering a Healthy Habits interactive workshop focusing on the importance of instilling healthy habits in under-five year olds. Activities will include making your own home-made equipment, creating innovative games, label reading for food and choosing healthy alternatives.

For further information don’t hesitiate to contact

Amy Robin (B Ed Tch)  |  Education & Fundamental Skills Advisor  | Sport Central

Phone 03 445 1142  |  Mobile  027 436 7172  |  Fax 03 445 1649

Email efs@sportotago.co.nz  Web www.sportotago.co.nz  |  42 The Mall P.O. Box 133 Cromwell 9342

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Speech Therapy Screening

We are very pleased to advise that from the proceeds of a generous grant from the Elsie & Ray Armstrong Trust, we are able to provide communication screening for children over 3 1/2 years of age for 2014 with Susan Helmore from Communicate (www.speechlanguagetherapy.co.nz)

CommunicateHow often: At the beginning of each month
Location: at the centre
Start Time: 09:30
1st session: Monday 3rd March
2nd session: Monday 19th May
Cost: Free to our enrolled families


With parental consent, your child’s listening, speech, language and voice will be screened during a short, fun session with pictures and books.  
The screening session will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Parents are welcome to attend the communication screening session, particularly if the day of the screening is not a typical preschool day for your child.

Following the screening assessment, families will receive written feedback as to your child’s communication skills. If they require a review or further assessment, options for this will be provided and discussed with their teacher.

What are our playdough recipes?

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Library visit

Thank you to the Wanaka Library for coming to read to the children and sharing their wonderful collection of stories. The Library is located in the centre of town on Dunmore street, next to Creek cafe. Every Wednesday they offer a kids story time and crafts session from 10.30 to 11.30. For more information call 4430410

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Thank you Central Lakes Trust

Central Lakes TrustWe are so pleased to open this year with extra shaded outdoor space. A huge thank you to Central Lakes Trust for helping to make a three year dream a reality.

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Changes to fees policy for 2014

At the last committee meeting, the fees policy was finalised and we are very pleased to advise that there will be NO change to the hourly rate. There is however a couple of changes that you will need to be aware of:

  • The cost for us to continue to provide our delicious daily menu will rise to $6 per day.  It has been over 3 years since meals were introduced and we have been very fortunate to have gone this long without an increase. Mainly thanks to the tiresome work Poppa Carrick and the teaching team put into out edible garden and Elizabeth’s diligent budgeting skills. Elizabeth does a wonderful job providing such a variety of meals for the children and we are always working on ways to incorporate new nutritious experiences for the children. The committee feel that AB’s provides an excellent lunch, at value for money, and the slight increase will allow us to continue this.
  • Because of increases to WINZ over the last 2 years we have also changed the fee for absence days.  All notified absences will now be charged at $4 per hour instead of the full hourly rate. Please keep in mind that we also have policies in place requesting that sick children stay at home.
  • Please don’t be late to collect your child. If you are late, and we are not advised, this will now cost $10.
  • There has been no increase to the optional charge of $1 per hour which is the income relied on to maintain a high standard of quality teachers.  Please  consider supporting the centre. It only cost $1 for every hour you are currently getting for your “free ECE”. Thats $1 instead of $6.40!!

The committee have been looking very carefully over the last few months at our costs and while we understand that any increases can be difficult, we do feel that these slight changes are very fair and reasonable.

We look forward to your support in 2014. If you are interested in knowing more about the role as a committee member, the next committee meeting is Wednesday 29th January.

We would also like to invite you along to our family BBQ at the dinosaur park on Saturday 8th February.

Sincerely

AB Governance committee

REOPEN FOR 2014

Happy holidays to all our wonderful families.

We will return in 2014 on Tuesday 21st January.

If you would like to leave us a message please feel free to email admin@aspiringbeginnings.co.nz and we will promptly reply upon our return. 

Merry Xmas to you all

 

Gift a Summer Garden

We are selling seed packs ready for sowing for this Summer/Autumn season.

 

Only $10 for 5 different varieties (rrp $14-$17 in total)

Beans Slenderette Carrots
Scarlet Nantes
Pea Progress Lettuce Silvia Rocket

 

All 5 varieties tried and tested in Central Otago by master gardeners;
Dr Compost and the Worm Lady (aka Ben Elms and Frankie Dean).

Successive sowing every 3 weeks until the end of Jan will give a continual supply of vegetables for your kitchen all summer and autumn.

These seed packs make excellent gifts for the gardeners in your life. Even if you are not an avid gardener this is a great way to start.

Support Aspiring Beginnings by buying them for your friends and family.

“The tamariki have carefully measured out the seeds, prepared seed trays, sown seeds, weeded our vegie garden and watered everything. Support their learning of the food journey from garden to table.”