Summer Sun & Fun 2011 - 6th Feb 2011

Summer Sun & Fun 2011

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.

George Carlin


Summer Sun & Fun
Goodbye Terry
Innovation in Education
Macandrew Bay & ASP
Invoices & Statements
Red Bucket Hat Reward
Fee Increase Autumn 2011
Prompt Payment Discounts
WINZ Booster Plan
Last Laugh

Hi Everyone,

The school year is just beginning, so it is timely to pause and take stock of the time we spent with the children. We were so pleased to host a lot of new families into the Kidz Inc holiday culture, with many of the children being 5 years old. We trust that you had a great time and that we will see you again in the future.

Summer Fun and Sun

Kidz Inc ran their summer holiday programme for four weeks over the summer school holidays. One week will be before Christmas and 3 weeks after New Year until the commencement of school. At the helm was myself and Anne. Before Christmas, we had Christmas themes of tree decorations, and baked treats. Our movie day outing was to see Megamind. It was a great start to the festive season.

Our Summer programme started with a Fantasy Fashion week, where children designed their own fantasy costumes and paraded them on the catwalk. We had our peer support programme running each day with favourites such as newspaper fashion show, Raft construction and racing on the Kaikorai Stream, parachute games and a new classic, milk bottle soccer.

Other activities over the three weeks included marbelling, Japanese Drums, Kazoos, Superhero day, Pyjama day, a visit to the Shetland Street Community Organic Gardens, Food Fear Factor, continuous baking of cakes, muffins an cookies, wire frame scuptures, viniagrettes, three lots of movie days, we celebrated two birthdays and concluded the three weeks with a great Kidz Inc Got Talent performance. Much to our delight, the children had an immensely good time, as did all staff. To see the photos of these activities go to our image gallery here.

Goodbye Terry

Our main man in football Terry Parle, has taken up a coaching position in Wellington, and so we at Kidz Inc will be missing his energy and brilliance in promoting Football through our holiday programme. We wish you the very best for the year ahead and look forward to hearing from you.

Innovation in Education

Focus: Way of the Beaver!
Last issue, I spoke of a factory that despite a downturn in productivity had one area that was defying the trend. The supervisor of this area was a Native American who implemented a “Gung Ho!” approach to the work being done by the workers.

The first step known as the ‘Spirit of the Squirrel’ encouraged the workers to see their work as meaningful by having them think of what they were doing was not only important, but worthwhile.

The second step was known as the 'Way of the Beaver'. To understand this idea was to observe how beavers worked together to build their dams. Each beaver would find a stick, no matter how large or small, and would place it into the dam. Once it was put there, they would go and get another stick. Other beavers did not interfere with the placement of the stick. The beaver community treated everyone as being capable. In the factory, each worker was treated as being capable, that their productivity was contributing to the goals of the company. This instilled a sense of confidence and security in the team. If each individual is treated as being capable, then the focus changes towards being productive members of the community, contributing in any way they can.

Our aim at Kidz Inc is to ensure all the children feel they are capable and able to contribute in a positive way. Many of the activities offered are not only fun, but building their competence and capability.

Next Newsletter: The Gift of the Goose

Macandrew Bay

It was a great week out at Macandrew Bay where Hayden coordinated some great activities for the children who attended. Apart from the expertise that he provides in digital filmmaking and online games, other activities included plaster casting of faces made in the sand on the beach there. This required the children to create an inverse face in the sand, decorate it with seaweed, shells and other flotsam, then pouring plaster onto it to create an original piece of art sculpture. Well Done!

Macandrew Bay After School Programme

We are taking enrolments for the MacBay ASP for 2011. The enrolment form can be downloaded from our downloads page here, or alternatively we have copies at the programme to be filled in.

Invoices & Statements

Invoices have been sent out for the completion of the Summer holiday programme. We are also introducing monthly account statements for all parents so that they can be informed as to the amount they have paid and the outstanding amount. You can also claim a tax rebate for the cost of child care.

A reminder to include the invoice number if you are paying direct credit through online banking services. All accounts are to be settled before the commencement of the next holiday programme and after school programme. If you have queries or concerns about payments, let us know as soon as possible.

Red Bucket Hat Reward

I realise that children leave things behind at the end of the programme. We have a box of clothing available for finding lost property. However from time to time, staff lose their clothes as well. In particular I have misplaced a red bucket hat. It is a real favourite of mine. If you by chance find a red bucket hat, I am more than happy to offer popcorn as a reward for its return. I will keep my fingers crossed.

Fee Increase Autumn 2011

In our last newsletter we stated that the casual daily fee would rise to $55.00/day for the holiday programme and by GST for after school programmes and our payment plans. This will take effect for the Autumn 2011 programme. To avoid this fee increase then look no further to our...

Prompt Payment Discounts

Our prompt payment (payment of the invoice by the due date) discount will be commenced at this time which will be credited towards your child/rens' next holiday programme. This becomes a win/win situation for everyone.

This is how it works:

Autumn 2011
Five Days = $275.00
You Pay $275
Prompt Payment Credit Towards next Programme = $25.00

Winter 2011
Five Days = $275.00
Credit from Last Programme = $25.00
You Pay $250.00
Prompt Payment Credit Towards next Programme = $25.00

This would show on the monthly statements that are issued, so will give you an indication of where you are regarding childcare costs. We are continuing the development of ways to best meet your financial situation. If you have ideas that may assist us with this, then we look forward to hearing from you. You can contact us here to let us know.

WINZ Booster Plan

For the group of parents who seek childcare subsidies through Work and Income, Kidz Inc offer a payment plan that works out to be an affordable $17.30/week per child for their childcare needs. This rate is for families that get the maximum subsidy from WINZ.

The WINZ Booster payment plan offers the pre-purchase of up to 50 days for your child to attend. The discounts work whether you have one child or four. And you get the benefit of smoothing out the payments into an easy weekly or fortnightly payment spread over a whole year.

You never have to concern yourself about late bookings; there will always be a place for your child. Find out more about our payment plans here.

The Last Laugh

It is but a Sermon
The Sermon I think this Mum will never forget... this particular Sunday sermon...'Dear God,' the Priest began, with arms extended toward heaven. 'Without you, we are but dust..' He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, 'Mum, what is butt dust?'

Thanks for getting through to the end of this newsletter. We look forward to seeing you at Easter time. In the meantime, see you next newsletter.


Andrew & the Kidz Inc Team

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