Mōrena Cherry Grove
It's certainly an interesting time that we are currently facing as a nation and it was lovely to hear from parents this morning how nice it was coming into Cherry Grove where everything is going on as normal! Every day is a new learning adventure for our tamariki so we are continuing with our usual protocols but have just added some further administration behind the scenes to ensure we can stay 'normal'.
Can I just take a moment to thank all our families and staff who were traveling last week for self-isolating - I am extremely grateful to you all for thinking about the health and safety of our Cherry Grove community. We have five families affected by Covid-19 thus far and ask that if you do have contact with people who have traveled in the last 14 days to contact me as soon as possible.
It's a very Autumnal day out there so gumboots and extra layers will be in full use today. Our new teacher for Buds, Melissa, has started with us and is enjoying getting to know our tamariki. We are so pleased to have her with us, she has so much experience with toddlers and is passionate about this age group. Lauren Bird is also doing some relieving for us in the Blossom/Cherry room. Lauren is in her second year of ECE training and is loving being part of Cherry Grove so much, she has asked to join us as her home Centre! We have happily said yes as her references were amazing and look forward to having Lauren join us.
Kudeep is cooking up a Winter warmer today, the tamariki are having spaghetti crunchies and sausages! Something completely different for our tamariki and our Chef to cook - thanks Nicole for thinking of a fun menu this week.
No Coach Tom today as he is sick, so we have set up lots of biking activities to keep those that are choosing to be outside warm! There are plenty of indoor activities on the go including a hair dressing salon in Busy Bee's this morning - thanks Willa and Sheree for the services you are providing to everyone today!
Have a lovely St Patrick's Day Cherry Grover's - may the luck of the Irish be with you!
Kia ora Cherry Grover's
During the last 24 hours New Zealand has announced tighter border controls in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to slow the rate of infection. While the restrictions only take effect from midnight tonight, we have been in contact with all Cherry Grove families that have traveled overseas during the last week and asked them to self-isolate as a precaution. The health and wellbeing of our Cherry Grove tamariki and whanau are extremely important and while there is no legislative requirement for these families to self-isolate, they have all agreed to in order to minimise the risk to our vulnerable community.
To make sure we are continuing to be proactive in this area, can anyone that has been in contact with overseas travelers during the last week also contact me so we can best manage these cases as well. We are using daily advice from Ministry of Education for ECE providers, which supports our stance on this given the limited immunity most of our community has due to their age. Everyone has a role to play in minimising the risk of spread in New Zealand and we will be doing our part and taking a hard line on this to protect the welfare of everyone at Cherry Grove.
Our Emergency Management Plan (EMP) is also ready to be implemented should a forced closure ensue. As part of our EMP we have a text alert system that allows us to be in contact with everyone at very short notice. As an ECE provider we undergo an EMP procedure with HSM every three months. Everything from lockdowns to evac’s are covered to ensure our tamariki are well supported in any emergency. As it happens, our next scheduled EMP scenario is on Thursday (19th) at 9am and we will be simulating an emergency closure with HSM.
As previously stated in earlier correspondence, we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices here at Cherry Grove. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu, and COVID-19.
We will continue to keep our community updated as and when the situation changes and ask for your understanding and support on this matter. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards and thanks,
Happy Wednesday to you! It has started with a hiss and a bang and lots of swinging, dancing, and a new activity we like to call biking football! It's a lot like polo but with bikes, goals and a football - thanks to our Blossom tamariki for bringing this game to life this morning and all the fun we had with it!
The morning has continued with great pace with plenty of sand play, face painting, gluing, reading, and Andrea from Ministry of Education has been here working with our learning support tamariki.
Kudeep is tempting the taste buds already as the korma is slow cooking and the smells are divine! Today the tamariki will be dining on Chicken Korma with Broccoli for lunch, perfect as the weather cools off this afternoon. As with all our baking we had a healthy version of shortbread for morning tea with a selection of pears, peaches, and bananas.
This Fun Friday we are all about kota (shells) so if you have any left over from your Summer holidays that we could use, please bring them in and we will put them to good use. Thank you to all of our parents who have added to our collection as we have some very crafty ideas for Friday!
The middle of the week is already upon us and there is so much more to explore, learn, and develop. Lucky for us we are not in a rush and our tamariki competently lead the way. By giving our Cherry Grover's the time and space to learn at their own pace, their natural instincts take over and they become intuitive learners that ironically learn more over time and their individual experiences are far more enriched. Research tells us that if children develop at their own pace, they create their own perceptions through taking on information they see as relevant and pertinent. It may not be in the same order of importance as an adult sees it, but a child takes it on in a way they can recall and remember it. I am always in awe that children intrinsically know their own learning style better than any adult ever will. We just need to trust a child's processing and perception and that's what a play-based learning environment allows. We are all turtles really - and now at Cherry Grove we are turtles that play biking football