Kidz Inc Winter Solstice - 24th Jun 2010

Kidz Inc Winter Solstice

The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.

Mark Twain


Mid Winter Celebrations
Enrolment Forms
Choice Payment Rewards
WINZ Subsidies
Innovative Outcomes Principles
Football Mad about World Cup
Mac Bay Welcomes Sarah
Last Laugh

Hi Everyone,

There seems to be so much happening around our community with the Fifa World Cup, last international at Carisbrook and the school term wrapping up. The mid winter solstice celebrations are happening Saturday 26th June 2010 at the Octagon starting at 5.30 to mark the middle of winter.

Mid Winter Celebrations

One of the most striking features of the Dunedin Mid Winter Festival are the lanterns paraded around the Octagon. One of our staff Filipa Croskey has been managing many weekend workshops over the past month inviting the community to learn how to use natural, sustainable materials to create beautiful lanterns for the celebrations. The workshops have been so popular people have been turned away.

We are currently developing mid winter themed activities and look forward to bringing them to the programme.

Enrolment Forms

With the next holiday programme approaching, if you are going to enrol your child we would like to have a new enrolment form completed for our files. Part of our quality control is to ensure we have caregiver contact numbers, doctor & medical conditions. We will have enrolment forms available on site if you do not have one. Five minutes of your time to fill out the details will ensure their safety and well being. For an enrolment form now, click here.

Choice Payment Rewards

We want to reward parents who pay their invoices on time. Through a payment plan you get a discounted rate for regular weekly payments. The more you use us, the better the value. We are exploring prompt payment discounts available for casual users who pay their invoice on time. If you are keen to keep the cost of your childcare needs down then go check out our payment plans or contact us.

WINZ Subsidies

For parents and caregivers requiring subsidised childcare, get the appropriate forms from Work & Income fill them in and bring them along on the first day of the programme. We will fill in our part. Remember to contact WINZ before the first day of holiday programme and let them know that you are seeking a subsidy. You will have 21 days to get it back to them complete. For more information and phone numbers go to our services page.

Innovation in Education

Focus: Innovative Outcomes
Because our approach is different, our outcomes are different. We are building a culture of fun activities together that develop their confidence and capability. In order to achieve this we as a staff have ways to make this happen. In our activities, they are designed to challenge and extend their knowledge and skills. The type of peer support games we play foster teamwork and a sense of belonging. The way we interact and engage the children shapes the environment that is the holiday programme.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We do things differently when working with children, and so our results are different. Not only are they happy, they make things, play, help each other out, are enthusiastic and actively join in. So the children not only create innovative, unique projects, but manage their behaviour in an effective manner. If something is not working then we try something else. This is the innovative thinking that creates different results.
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Football Mad about World Cup

The All Whites have been setting new milestones for New Zealand Football. Taking a 1-1 draw with Italy has marked their prescence onto the international stage of football. Junior football is the largest junior sport in New Zealand. Kidz Inc aims to support junior football by providing the Football Mad holiday programme. Here your child/ren can develop their individual skills and build confidence in a fun and structured environment. For more information regarding Football Mad contact us. Join in on the World Cup fever.

MacBay Welcomes Sarah Pearce

The peninsula communities of Portobello, Broad Bay and Macandrew Bay have welcomed Sarah Pearson into the Kidz Inc MacBay after school care. She has been thoroughly enjoying the afternoons with the children.

It is based at the Orphans and Entertainers Club in Macandrew Bay and will operate daily from 3.00-5.30. There is transport available for children travelling from Portobello and Broad Bay schools on request. We welcome school holiday programme enquires, you can contact us for more information.

The Last Laugh

Putting on Boots
There was this teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.

She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.' She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.

He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.'

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?', like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, 'They're my brother's boots. My Mum made me wear them.'

Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your Mittens?'

He said, 'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'

She will be eligible for parole in three years.

See you next newsletter.


Andrew & the Kidz Inc Team

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