Kia ora from Aspiring Beginnings Early Learning Centre

We are your local early learning centre:

  • For children from 3 months of age
  • With a small family focused environment for up to 40 children
  • Established by the community & still owned by the community
  • With a  ‘not for profit’ centre, any profits go back into children’s quality education
  • Open from 8.45am until 4.30pm, 47 weeks of the year

Read our latest news & views below….

Sun Protection

sun protection

Press release – Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust

UC medical trustUPPER CLUTHA CHILDREN’S MEDICAL TRUST BROADENS THEIR HORIZON TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY.

The Upper Clutha Children’s Medical trust is very pleased to announce that as from 10th November 2014, the Trust  will provide funding for GP consultations for children aged 6 years to 12 years, with the proviso that the child’s family must be resident in the Upper Clutha region, which includes, Wanaka, Hawea, Makarora, Tarras, Queensberry, and Cardrona and be registered with either The Wanaka Medical Centre or The Aspiring Medical Centre.

They must also come within the Trust’s criteria, which is to be able to demonstrate financial hardship.  Any family that receives ‘ Working For Families ’ or other similar financial assistance from government or other sources will be included in the programme.

The Doctors have the discretion to use the Trust funding if a family does not receive Working For Families but they are aware the financial resources of the family are limited and the cost of consultation is likely to result in genuine hardship for the family.                                                      Continue reading 'Press release – Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust'»

Help feed the animals when we are closed

To ensure the safety and well-being of our animals it is important that they regularly receive visits; especially when we are closed. At least once a day would be a minimum.

Feeding instructions for the Guinea Pig’s

 Pellets

  • Fill bowl or feeder up with Guinea Pig/Rabbit pellets.
  • Do not fill with chicken pellets as this upsets their digestive system.
  • If the food is old/ soggy throw it out and refill with fresh food
  • The pellets can be found in the cupboard beside Ruby’s hutch.

Water

  • You can fill up the water bottles at the tap beside the sandpit.
  • It is really important that the water bottles are filled to the top, especially on those hot weekend days.

Fresh fruit and Veggies

  • Save your veggie scraps for our animals to enjoy. They can eat almost anything; just avoid potato skins, cabbage and bananas.  If you are unsure about anything don’t hesitate to ask.  “Google” can be very informative as well.

And for the chickens…

General

  • Water trough can be filled at the tap beside the coop.
  • Pellets are in the white plastic box.
  • One scoop of pellets per bird.
  • Spare chicken pellets are kept in the maintenance cupboard or shed.
  • Fresh fruit & veggies, avoid oranges and bananas.
  • The chickens will appreciate an opportunity to have a scratch around. They must be put back in the coop at night’s to avoid predator attacks.

We are always on the lookout for straw and hay.
If you help with a regular supply that would be much appreciated. 

DR Compost Spring Workshop

Dr Compost WorkshopsOnce again we are pleased to be hosting the DR Compost Spring Garden Workshop.

Don’t miss these informative workshops from local composting guru Ben Elms. And they’re free, thanks to funding from QLDC to reduce organic waste in the landfill.

 

 

 

Get composting – healthy soil grows healthy plants, and the best way to feed your soil is by composting your kitchen and garden waste. After this workshop you’ll know which composting system will suit you best and how to make it hum.

Easy ways to compost at home
Tuesday 21st October, 6-8pm
Aspiring Beginnings, Warren St

 

Spring Seed Swap

Spring seed swap

Active movement – On your marks – series 2

Active Movement

 

The attached flyer from “Active Movement” is the second of four in the “On your Marks Moment programme. This is a summary of the key ‘On Your Marks’ messages of the fundamental movement skills.

Treble Cone TC Cat – thank you for coming to visit

Being a town full of ski bunnies we were extremely excited that TC Cat was able to take time away from the mountain to come and visit the tamariki. They all had a turn sitting on his knee asking questions about skiing and how much longer the snow will last at Treble Cone skifield. Hopefully we can continue to enjoy the successful ski season until the scheduled closure date of Sunday 28th September. The children love sharing their skiing experiences and we enjoy looking at the photos and watching the videos. Keep adding them to your child’s “journy of learning” on Educa.

Treble Cone TC cat

 

 

Family photography sessions with Nina Henderson

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Please take advantage of the opportunity to have family shoots with local photographer Nina Henderson (www.ninahendersonphotography.com). She specialises in various types of photography and her style is professional, discreet, creative and fun and offers you warm, emotional images that are both natural and beautiful.

Saturday 13th September between 9-11am and 2-4pm at the very picturesque Wanaka Station Park.

For your $75 you will receive a 15min one on one session, and afterwards a collection of high resolution images on disc to keep.

Limited spaces so please book early, completing the booking form below: 

(This event has been rescheduled for Saturday 20th, please ring 034431181 to confirm booking availability)

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Leigh Cooper Designs

Thank you to Leigh Cooper
for helping to make this possible.

Active movement – ‘On your marks’ series 1

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The attached flyer from “Active Movement” is the first of four in the “On your Marks Moment programme. This is a summary of the key ‘On Your Marks’ messages of the fundamental movement skills.

Every family helps one weekend a year

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Following the committee meeting held on 12th August….the committee would like to advise AB’s families that the care of our animals is vitally important to the success of the teaching programme offered at Aspiring Beginnings. To support this, the committee has established a weekend roster for the care of our pre school animals and grounds maintenance.

Every AB’s family has been allocated a weekend throughout the year on the foyer calendar. Please look to see which weekend you have been scheduled. If this doesn’t work, you have the option of swapping with another family. Every family is only required to do this once during the year if everyone helps.

The cupboard near the door on the verandah has the pet supplies and instructions. Most importantly the guinea pigs, rabbit and chickens all need fresh food and water once a day, for each day closed, to survive!

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The committee also would like each family to help with basic ground maintenance. The list of duties is displayed on the foyer calendar. Families will be required to at least:
  • Sweep around the sand pit,
  • Remove sand from the grass,
  • Sweep the paths of debris,
  • Rake mulch under swings,
  • plus whatever other duties are on the foyer calendar.
As we move into spring/summer this may include weeding and mowing lawns, as we are still trying to establish a regular ground maintenance helper. You will receive a reminder phone call from a committee member when your weekend is approaching who will also advise lock combinations for hutches. The following Monday families need to sign the calendar to confirm their attendance during the weekend.
We are a family focused centre and encourage you all to be involved. Thank you in advance for your support.
Regards
The Aspiring Beginnings ELC
Governance Committee

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.
Parenting for a peaceful world

 

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.