(Greetings to you)
Haere mai ki (Welcome) to Finn Brownie and Parker Harris who join Creative Corner in the Kaka’s room.
Welcome to Carmel Thian who has joined us as a new teacher in the Pukekos. Please make yourself known to Carmel.
“Hi My name is Carmel Thian and I have just joined the amazing teaching team here at Creative Corner. I have a Bachelor in teaching and am currently in my second year of teacher registration. I have spent the last two years teaching in Auckland, the first year at Kindergarten and recently teaching at a performing arts preschool in Whangaparaoa (North Auckland) before moving to Timaru with my family at the end of last year to be closer to extended family. I have two daughters, Bella who is 13 and Alex who is 8.
I am very excited to get to know all your tamariki and I am looking forward to working alongside them, guiding them during their learning journey at Creative Corner. My teaching experience has helped me develop a set of beliefs about how I can best help tamariki learn and grow. I believe that in order to effectively teach children, I must know as much about them as possible. Therefore, I will look forward to getting to know you and your family.”
A reminder to please always sign your child IN and OUT.
The Ministry of Education requires that every child is signed in and out every day. If the Centre holds a practice fire drill and children are not signed in for the day theoretically they cannot be accounted for. We use sign in sheets as the roll in an emergency so it is important your child is included in our checks. It would also be appreciated if you could to do the same. Thanks.
Please be aware winter bugs are about. If your child is not well enough to fully participate in the program, as children do have the option to go outside during the Winter months, please check with the Centre if you are unsure.
Please ensure that you are collecting your child by their booked time. If you come in early we welcome you to stay with your child until their booked start time. We need to be quite strict on this as we run to ratios and if parents are early dropping off or late collecting we may not have either the space or the correct amount of teachers. If you do need to drop off early or collect late you need to discuss this with either Kate or Leesa in advance so we can check that we have enough space and staff to facilitate your request. Thank you for your attention to this.
We would appreciate you advising us which phone number you would prefer as your DAYTIME EMERGENCY CONTACT. This can either be a landline or mobile number. We are currently updating our records and would like emergency contacts updated as well. Please let Kate know. Thanks.
BOT profile
My name is Amy Lewis and I'm a new board member this year, I have one daughter Mya who is in the Pukeko room. I have lived in Timaru all my life except to train as an occupational therapist in Dunedin. I look forward to being a part of this board as I feel the Centre is a professional, kind, friendly and loving place. Please feel free to come and talk to me at any time or just to say hello.

(Greetings to you)

Haere mai ki (Welcome) to Anabel Powell who joins us in the Pukeko room.

Poroporoaki (Farewell) to Taye Hollamby who is heading off to school. Happy school days Taye.

Shaun Campbell
Kia Ora Creative Corner Whanau,
I am Shaun Campbell and I am entering my third year on the Creative Corner Board. I have two boys at Creative Corner; Oliver aged 3 and William aged 2, with Harriet sure to start in a few short months. I am always happy to talk about Creative Corner; the teachers do a great job and my kids are excited every time they walk in the door. We are in a great position as a community organisation with a real family atmosphere our biggest strength. The previous board has done a great job getting us into this new Centre which is perfect for our needs. I look forward to the year ahead and working with the other board members, staff and the creative corner community to make it the best place we can.

Thank you to those parents who have responded to this survey already. If you cannot find your survey please let us know and we can resend or reprint for you. Can we please have all responses in by Tuesday, 20 June.

When children:
- Play with trucks, cars and trains
- Make tracks and towns
- Pretend to fly and drive
- Pretend to be a fireman or construction worker
Children learn:
- Basics of physics
- About cause and effect
- To take another person’s perspective
- New vocabulary and language
- To use their imagination
- To use fine motor skills

- Expect more. ...
- Resist doing for her what she can do herself. ...
- Don't redo what they've done. ...
- Let them solve simple problems. ...
- Assign a chore. ...
- Praise is key, especially if your child is not in a cooperative phase. ...
- Develop predictable routines. ...
- Lighten up

(Have a nice day)

Tena ra Koutou
(Greetings to you)

Haere mai ki (Welcome) to Tommy Luyten-Jones and Parker Harris who join Creative Corner in our Kaka’s room.
Poroporoaki (Farewell) to Olivia Gilmour who leaves our Kaka’s room, and Lillith Beaumont and Inara Malama who both turn 5 and head off to school. Happy school days girls.
The BOT and staff would like to thank Sara Valentine for her work and extra effort whilst being on the Board of Trustees. This has been very much appreciated by us all.
This was a successful fundraiser once again. Thank you to all families who supported this event.
We were fortunate to receive a number of donations for a raffle for the night. Thank you to Charlotte Foster of Sweeney Todd’s, Bec Campbell of Hoof Children’s Shoes, Clarissa Doran of Oxford Restaurant, Jess Loveday of Stables Café, plus other Timaru businesses for their donations of wonderful prizes. The night produced a profit of $1638.00.
As we have some children who are allergic to peanuts, we ask that peanut butter not be brought into the Centre. Peanuts and muesli bars are okay as we can better monitor these but with peanut butter it can be more easily spread. Please enjoy peanut butter at home. 
We are finding that child accounts being paid via AP can be a more convenient way for both the Centre and parents to ensure accounts are being paid in a timely fashion. Thank you to those families who already pay their accounts via AP. If you have any questions please see Leesa or Kate, thanks.
Just a reminder to ensure this gate is shut after you go through it. It can, at times, not click shut properly, and this can be a hazard for the children leaving the Centre and being able to go through the open gate.
The Early Childhood curriculum has been updated, We at the Centre have only received the new book and information on Friday, 19 May. The teachers in the Centre will be learning about this at workshops in the coming weeks and changes that have been made. Overal the content is very similar to the previous curriculum document. There are flyers at the front desk that you can take to look at what underpins and guides our teaching and learning at Creative Corner.
We have bought new chairs for the children in the Pukeko room. Therefore we have 35 small wooden chairs that we are looking to sell on. If you are interested please put your name down at the desk. We are selling these for only $10 each to help recoup some of the cost of the new chairs. Great bargin get in quick as when they are sold we have no more  These can be viewed at CCELC.
Are you interested in helping the Centre but short on time?
We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions for fundraising at Creative Corner.
Come along to our informal evening on Thursday, 8 June 7.30pm at Coffee Culture.

Kai pai to ra
(Have a nice day)

Tena ra Koutou
(Greetings to you)

Hourly Rate $6.00
Daily Rate (Over 7.5 hours) $ 45.00
Weekly rate (Over 35 hours) $225.00

We would appreciate and encourage all accounts to be paid weekly in full.
Statements are available weekly to parents and/or on request.
Payment is requested and preferred by automatic payment, bill payment or alternatively by cheque or cash.

A charge of 50% of usual fees is applied when children are sick and the Centre has been notified your child will not be attending. A charge of 50% of regular fees is charged when children are absent on holiday and we have been given one week’s notice of their non-attendance. Non-attendance forms are in the kete in front of the sign in sheets or you can ask a staff member. Informing us of your absence allows us to reconfigure staffing.

A charge of 0.50 cents per hour when a child turns 3 is optional. This is to maintain trained and registered teachers above the Ministry of Education requirements of 80%. Also to maintain adult: child ratios above Ministry of Education regulated requirements.

The winner of our gift basket raffle was Lorraine Sugrue. Thank you to those who supported this fundraiser. We raised $92.50.
Movie Night Fundraiser & Raffle
Thank you to all those who have supported this fundraiser and bought tickets to the movie ‘Snatched’ on Thursday, 18 May.
Reminder coffee and cake will be served from 7.00pm. Movie commences at 7.30pm.
We also have a raffle with great prizes. $2.00 a ticket or 3 for $5.00. Thank you to the businesses that provided prizes.
If you cannot make it to the movie but would like to support us, the raffle is available at Reception prior to the night.

Creative Corner is part of the EC Leaders South Canterbury Inc, which is a group of managers and leaders from 16 pre-schools, kindergartens and home based care around South Canterbury.
Amy was one of the teachers helping to form this group, and the purpose is to share expertise and knowledge, provide a place for agencies who want to know something from the Early Childhood Education Sector to contact, and to provide some Professional Development within our teaching community.
At the meeting last week we had a visit from Richard Spackman the Director of Ricoh, along with Travis Cook and Rymi Sakimura, Account Manager at Heartland Design and Print, as they are providing sponsorship to the group to help provide professional development etc to the Early Childhood community. They presented a small gift to each of the 16 Centres, a Bluetooth Speaker. This was a very generous gift and one that our Centre can use on a daily basis. Thank you very much to Ricoh and Heartland -Design and Print.