Friday, December 19, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Friday 19th December 08

Today we had another great day at Next Generation. We all did our own thing and had lots of fun. It was hot outside so Rachel made us a imagination hut and also we played in the shade.
We had our faces painted, played with the dress-ups and with our friends.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

December 2008

18/12/08
The lists have been written, the excitement is building, the fairies have decorated Next Generation, it’s so exciting.
I am sure you are all pleased we went to Lollipops at the end of November, wasn’t that a really nice night? For us it was nice not to worry about the rain, the stress of a concert and just be able to relax and catch up with each other.
Congratulations to Tristan’s family, on their new baby boy, Pauline’s grandson.
You may have noticed Maria has been missing for a while now. Maria has been my friend for a long time now and when she sold her centre Robins Nest in Albany, she came to work for us so she could finish her Diploma. She did this and became very excited about our ICT programme and was surprised at how much she learnt from our little centre and our fantastic teaching team, Maria is now opening another centre in Ellerslie , on the corner of Marura Rd and Ballarat St, licensed for 100 children, called Natural Steps. It is a very exciting step and we all wish her well in her new venture.
We are saying good bye to Juliette after many years, Juliette started with us in 1996. She had a few years away, as a nanny, then at another centre and came back in 2003. I have talked her into relieving at the baby centre for January. Juliette is living in Pukekohe, she has kept up the travelling most of the year, but it is finally too much. As you know Juliette is getting married in April, so there will be lots of talk about weddings and we will expect her in for the full dress up day after the wedding. Juliette will relieve for Maria in her new centre for February / March, Juliette and Warren hope to move back to the shore later in the year, so we may see her back at babies in the future. Thank you Juliette for the work you have put in over and above your job description, your support and your friendship. I hope Next Generation will remain a special part of your exciting life’s journey.
We will be having a special morning tea on the 24th to say goodbye to both Juliette and Maria
The teachers at Gatman are providing lunch for the children on the last day, it will be a fun day
We are all planning our holidays and there is always so much to do before Christmas, if you are likely to be near water or boats, remember to have a look at the fantastic deal Aaron is offering on children’s life jackets, there are two to look at in the centre.
Same old moan…..please check lost property this week.
For all everybody with children over three, I need you to resign the attestation forms so you get the maximum subsidy, unfortunately you have to specify days, I filled the forms out so Monday was not a specified day to avoid all of the statutory holidays in the year, but Christmas is not on a Monday, I will have these organised from Monday to sign, they can not be done retrospectively, so the signature date must match the date of change. It’s a pain, but it saves you lots of money.
I am sure I will see you all this week , I will be in and out enjoying your children, as I have no littlies my house at the moment. Jes is bringing her flatmates over for Christmas dinner, so that will be fun. Rachel is off to Taranaki, Lorraine to Palmerston, Pauline, Mele, Madeline, Rui, Belinda and Berne are all staying close, where ever you are, be safe and enjoy the holidays and have a lovely Christmas and New Year.
Don’t forget 3pmclose on the 24th and back to normal on the 5th of January 2009.

Merry Christmas
Maree and Teachers from both centres.

Thursday 18th December


Friday, December 12, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Friday 12th December 08

Today was a nice day at Next Generation with all the children playing well and enjoying themselves. Luke and Rachael had a good time over the day playing in the shell with some blocks, Joel and Ethan J had a great time washing the dolls clothes while a small group of boys had fun with the box and bread trays.
Thank you to Luke P who brought some trains in for the centre - they have been well used today with the children, the family area has been ustilised well with many of the girls having a great time playing with the dolls while Katie thought she would have a pretend bed under the desk.
Have a safe and happy weekend.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Friday 5th December 08


Today at Next Generation we took part in a mixture of activities. We spent the first part of the morning inside due to the rain then after mroning tea Rachel got the water out and the children had a great time splashing and blowing the bubbles around.
Other children had great time doing their own things and some of the girls enjoyed the dance music. This afternoon all the children seemed a little tired so while some were sleeping other children relaxed in front of a dvd - there were those children that still had energy reserves to be outside and run around.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thursday 4th December 2008

Toby and Andrew took some photos today. They chose which photos they wanted to use for todays daily diary. They took turns at speaking into the microphone and then Toby chose the transitions and the music. Well done boys!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Friday 28th November 08


As you can see lots of fun things happeded at Next Generation today. The above is only a
small record of all the fun.
We celebrated Jackson's 3rd birthday at mat time with songs and of course singing Happy
Birthday. Jackson's mum Tina and Jackson brought us in some chocolate biscuits and
marshmellow trees - thank you.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


What a lovely sunny day at Next Generation today, Ethan enjoyed playing,Kingston liked riding on the bikes with Andrew, Toby loved being able to play outside. But the one thing that we all agree on is that to do all these exciting things we need to remember to slap on some sunscreen and slop on a hat... Mums and Dads, please check that your child has a hat they can leave at Next Generation!!! we are trying to avoid having to wear Next Generation hats to stop any break outs of head lice.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lollipops, Friday 21st November 2008

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Thank you children for bringing all of your families along to Lollipops. We hope you all had loads of fun playing with your friends.
Thank you to all of our wonderful Mums, Dads, Nanas, Grandads, brothers, sisters and extended families for coming along and making it such a worthwhile evening.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Friday 21st November 08

What a busy friday we have had. So much has been going on outside at Next Generation,
and those who have wanted to spend time inside have had just as much fun. Our younger
children had their sleep ready for Lollipops tonite - SEE YOU ALL THERE!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Our own musical band 20th November 2008

Today at Next Generation we had a range of household bits and pieces out to play with. The children began banging different things together and tadaa we had our very own band!! They even started singing a Christmas song. Take a listen to our talented, musical children.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008



Lots of secret Santa stuff has been going on at Next Generation today, I wonder if any of the Mum's and Dad's can guess what the children have been busy making - here are two little hints. Meanwhile check out our awsome dye butterflies and ink prints, we have some clever artists in our midst.

Tuesday 18th November 2008


Friday, November 14, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Friday 14th November 08

Today we celebrated Amelia's 5th Birthday at Next Generation. Amelia chose the mat time
songs and then we had some yummy cake that Victoria (Amelia's mum) made - it was the
number 5 with farm animals on it. Lorraine tricked us all and had put relighting candles on
the cake.
Amelia is off to school next week - have a great time at school Amelia and remember to come
back and visit us.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday 13th November, 2008

This is "Octopus" or better known as "Slippery Fish". This song is one of the children's favourite mat time songs. The children knew they were being recorded for the daily diary so that all of their family could watch them. After the children were recorded they were able to watch themselves on our big screen. The children would love to read your comments about their wonderful mat time singing.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008




Lots of fun happening at Next Generation today, there was lots of laughter coming from the art room as the children rolled the balls in the paint and created their masterpiece. Lots of interesting shapes emerged from the playdough and Toby explored his e-portfolio, revisiting all the fun things he has done at home and writing his own story about Aria his new baby sister.
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday 6th November, 2008

Today Toby, Andrew, Aiden, Katie and Luke have made a photo story for the daily diary. The children at Next Generation are very capable of working together. They are the learners and the teachers. As one of our Dads asked his son "What will you teach the other children today?"

Friday, October 31, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Friday 31st October 08


Today was Bike Day at Next Generation. The children had a great time riding up and down
the drive.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday 30th October 2008

Toby is so excited because "I are a big brother and Aria is my baby sister. I'm going to the hospital after daycare cos I think I'll take orange juice for my Mummy. I'll see Aria and my brother Thomas will see me and Aria, and I love her." Congratulations to Toby and all of his family on the birth of a little girl, Aria. Welcome back to Ethan and Aiden who have been away on holiday to America. It is lovely to see your happy faces and here all of your exciting stories.
Don't forget tomorrow it's Wheels Day. Bring in your helmet, bike, scooter or wheels for a fun filled day with all of your friends at Next Generation!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Next Generation Wednesday 29th October 2008


A wet inside afternoon at Next Generation saw the children dancing along to lots of "Love to Sing Classics" the children were amused when the teachers informed them that a lot of their Mums and Dads would know the words and actions to Tuffa Taffa and Alice the Camel - something that all the Mums and Dads may want to do with the children tonight when you get home:) Don't forget that it's bike day on Friday!!! bring your bike, scooter, or in fact anything on wheels - we will close off the gates when all the parents have gone off to work and have lots of fun:)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Friday 24th October 08

We have had a busy morning today - many of the children have had a great time outside
as we were inside most of yesterday.
Children inside have been busy in the art room, playing with the dramatic play toys and have
quiet time reading.
Issac and Ava came for a visit today so we are looking forward to them starting with us.

We wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Next Generation Childcare, Thursday 16th October

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YAY...Welcome back Alex from your travels. You have been missed.
We have had a fun filled day today at Next Generation with all of the friends who have been here. Lots of our friends are unwell with a bug that is visiting the schools and daycares in the area. We hope all of our unwell friends get better soon so that they can come and join in with our fun and learning.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday 15th October 2008

It's all fun at Next Generation!!! we are creating an amazing underwater world and the children are being so imaginative. Today the children were busy in the art room making their own underwater sea creatures - and they were truly spectacular - the teachers were really surprised at the different types of animals children wanted to create, and the patience and focus that went on while they were working. Take a moment this week to discover how much your child knows about the mystery of the underwater world.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Thursday 9th October 08

This morning as children and their parents were arriving at Next Generation we had the laptop plugged into the television and were showing favourite clips of children's from youtube - I like to Moo It and the Gingerbread Haka. This had the children and parents entertained for a period of time and some of our children did the Haka along with the Gingerbread.
When Toby and his dad Ben arrived I had told them we had just finished watching a video of Toby with his friends and I will replay if Toby wanted to watch it - this was great to see.
We also welcomed Leo from our Under 2's centre today.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Wednesday 8th October 08


It's the second week of the school holidays at Next Generation and all the children are
having a great time being outside while they can. Colby couldn't pass until he had given
Emma some money - Jodie played hide and seek in the barrel swing. Sebastian had a great
time climbing up the ladder.
A group of boys had their own mat time and all read a book out loud at the same time,
children did puzzles, played with the blocks and helped Danelle do some cutting.
FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Tuesday 7th October 08


Today at Next Generation we had a new teacher play with us - Shelly is helping us out while
the other staff are away in Christchurch so she will be here thursday and friday too.
We got to play for long periods outside today after a day inside yesterday.
Inside today some children enjoyed dancing to the Scallyway Pirates. Cruz wore his Batman
rain coat which all the boys thought was great.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Next Generation Childcare Friday 3rd October 08


Yay it's friday :-) Today at Next Generation we had a visit from a ex Next Generation child
who is the same boy as he was here. Max is Max - he loved the dress-ups when here and
would come up with some interesting combinations so today he revisited one of his favourite
dress-ups - the pirate suit.
All of our children had a great day playing in all different areas of the centre.
Have a great weekend everyone :-)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Kaths smilebox creation 2.10.08

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Hi, Rachel has given me a crash course on how to use smile box.

I woul like to share some of the fun things we all did today. As you see "super Man" came for a play. The teachers entertained the children at mat time. Danelle set up a great obstical course and the girls got stuck into some work in the sandpit, and I had my very first experience using a "pro scope

I had a great day playing with all the lovely children (and staff).

Have a great day. Kath