The Nest - monthly update - June 2016

Tena Koutou Te Ohanga Whanau (Hello to all in The Nest family)

A warm welcome to Charlie and Sienna who have transitioned into The Nest securely with Shawn and Jenny. Charlie’s parents Anita and David are thrilled to have Charlie starting in the Nest with his big brother Zac already in the Hive. Charmaine and Glen, welcome to our Gems community. It has been lovely observing Sienna and Shawn establish their relationship with the support of your dedicated transition visits.

We currently are transitioning our next group of children over to The Hive. Your primary caregiver will communicate with you how your child’s visits are going and the confirmed up-coming start date in The Hive. Late this month we will see Zoe and Jacob fully transition to the Hive. Lucas KP, Monty, Lucas B and Isaiah are developing sound relationships within the Hive and growing a sense of security within the preschool environment. We will continue the transitioning journey at your child’s own pace and respectfully ensure they are supported emotionally throughout this time. We love having a Nest teacher transition this group – what a great way for the children to feel safe and be able to check in with a familiar teacher during the visits. Keep an eye out of Educa for transitioning entries!

Over the month of May the Nest Team have been using self-review as an effective tool to investigate and explore our Room Review topics; Relationships and Kai time rituals. The Nest team are using a variety of methods to gather data, reflect on and assess current practices to allow us to evolve and grow our focus areas. Within the Kai time review the teachers are working on providing choice of when children feel hungry and can eat. We have implemented candles and herbs on the tables with beautiful table cloths for create a calm, intimate eating time as a group. We also have revamped our self help station where children can scrap their remaining food into, place their dirty glass and bowl away, choose a warm scented flannel to wipe their own faces and hands in the mirror and place their dirty flannels in the washing basket! This is going so well and the teachers are making a real effort to facilitate all akonga throughout this independent process. We have also accessed some incredible readings promoting the importance of food rituals in a group setting and also articles focussing on positive food habits and food as fuel for children. Chloe is happy to copy these for any parents, just let her know if you’d like any! 

The Relationships room review has been unpicked into the different relationships we currently work with and how we can improve and strengthen these too. Teacher – parent relationships, teacher – teacher relationships, teacher – child relationships, and teachers facilitating child – child relationships. We have brain storms for each of these relationship types with creative ideas about how we can explore on a deeper level our quality communications, primary care, attachments and over all ways in which we can truly foster our family culture of respect, love and natural free play. The Room Review topics are something the team choose together and are a great way for our teaching practices to be honestly reviewed and extended on. Please talk with Chloe or your child’s Primary Caregiver if you would like to see our evidence so far. We would love any ideas, feedback and support from parents throughout our review process.

We hope you have all noticed our revamped mud kitchen! The children have been engaged in sustained play within this area it is lovely to see. Our sandpit also has a new barrier that has facilitated the children to safely enter and exit the sandpit. You will notice the room continually being changed, recently we have implemented more soft, homely couches into the rooms and lamps to create dim lighting. Creating environments that reflect our homely, nurturing philosophies is something very important for the teachers here in The Nest. We would love any feedback on the feelings the environment is portraying to you as you come in and out each day! This helps us to re create areas, think innovatively and view the ‘environment as the third teacher’, all in which provide the learning spaces your child interacts in daily. With our strong teacher – parent relationships, we feel confident our parents will share their opinions and thoughts with us at drop off or hand over times. The Nest email account is also a tool for expressing any feedback or concerns. You can contact Chloe and the team on You are also welcome to send any family tree pictures to this account and we can laminate them to go up on your whanau wall.

Aroha Nui Whanau
Chloe and The Nest Team



The Nest - monthly update April 2016

With recent transitioning to The Hive, The Nest tamariki and kaiako farewell Molly, Sophie, Jenna, Ryder and Lachlan to their next learning journey. During this time we are also preparing to say goodbye to Chloe who is heading back to China in a couple of weeks with her family. We will dearly miss all of your smiley, warm and bubbly personalities in The Nest, along with the very close relationships we have established with each and every one of you and your whanau.

We are also welcoming many families into The Nest over the coming weeks. Nau mai, Haere mai Yasmin and Ella! You are both becoming familiar with the environments and building a sense of security with your Primary Caregivers. A warm welcome to Yasmin’s parents Cheryl and Kevin. Maria and Kris, we are thrilled to have Ella join the room, especially knowing her big brother Logan will keep a close eye on her as she flourishes here. Charlie, Sienna and Willa will also be joining us soon.

With the dynamic of the age of children shifting from older to younger again, the Nest teachers are reviewing, reflecting and beginning to plan for a change in the layout of environments. This will ensure there is a safe area for the babies to flourish and explore free movement and respectful care.

We currently are also facilitating all Nest children to express themselves openly and honestly. The Nest Team are very aware of the different ways young children non verbally and verbally communicate to the people, places and things around them. Here at Gem’s, we strive to foster a culture of love, attachment, freedom, respect and identity. Each child is unique and we want to cultivate that individuality and let it flourish and shine! We believe each child noes what learning path they need, they direct their interests and express their dislikes. The Nest Team facilitate this through the implementation of; Primary Caregiving, Respectful Language and Practice, 3 intimate kai rituals, a ‘YES’ environment, Free Movement Philosophies, Gentle Sleep Strategies, and integrating a child led curriculum. All teachers are available to speak with you about any of these topics and more, so please don’t hesitate to initiate conversations or concerns with your child’s Primary Caregiver, Chloe or Lana. We have a range of readings, articles and books available too that we are happy to photocopy or lend to you.

There has been several group learning moments this month, where we are observing children beginning to develop ideas around pro social skills. We are noticing a lot of verbal collaboration happening, negotiating between children, listening and offering, turn taking, and some advanced social skills such as showing concern for others’ feelings. Please keep an eye out for the Educa stories uploaded for your child, we love sharing these learning moments with you and your wider whanau, and are delighted to have contributions or comments in return regarding your thoughts on the story and how it aligns with the home context! Please also don’t hesitate to provide your child’s Primary Caregiver with email addresses for other family members. These can be easily added and as soon as an entry is submitted, all active emails accounts will be alerted. Such a great way for Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles etc to be involved and see pictures and written assessments about your precious gem.

To kick off May, The Nest Team welcome Jenny back from her 4 week teaching placement. That now concludes Jenny’s studies and we are very proud to congratulate her on all of her hard work while studying and working full time as she is now qualified! Ka rawe to mahi Jenny. Now that the team is reconnecting, our main priority is to achieve smooth transitioning, quality education and care, strong attachments and a sense of fun and love at Gem’s. .