Leigh Community Preschool is a ‘one of a kind’ non for profit community run preschool catering for children aged 6 months to 5 years. Located in beautiful Leigh, we have a strong connection to our local school, community and natural environment. We offer a play based learning programme which fosters our children’s independence and allows them to grow and learn in their own unique and individual way. Our children are nurtured by a highly qualified and experienced teaching team who are committed to quality teaching, learning and fun!

We have a wonderful, welcoming preschool so drop by and visit at 5 Seatoun Ave in Leigh.


Friday, February 24, 2012

February Newsletter #2

Hi everyone, we just have some updates from our previous newsletter already lots of events have been planned some of which we really need your support with! 

Fundraising – Leigh Fishing Competition
On Saturday 17th of March, on the field of Leigh School, we are running a sausage sizzle/drink stall from 1-5pm and need a roster of parents to run this stall, for 1-2 hours. All food will be purchased we just require helpers on the day!   Also if you have 1-2 hours free on Friday evening to help prepare vegetables for the hangi at Leigh Hall.
 This is a great opportunity for fundraising targeting people out of our community,
Please see Carmel if you can help out.

Family BBQ Invitation
You are invited to our Family BBQ Night:- a great opportunity to meet with Elysia and Kym and our new families in the community
Friday 2nd March, 5-30-7-30pm
Sausages provided just bring along drinks and salads etc.

5+ A Day   as part of our term focus we are discussing this concept with the children. If you  would like to share the healthy meals/recipes that your children particularly enjoy,  bring them in -maybe we could use them at preschool.  Thanks

We are celebrating Purple Day with the children on Thursday March the 1st to commemorate the Haiti Earthquake. We will do some purple coloured baking and if the children could wear something purple, if they have it that would be great.
Raised Garden beds at Preschool;
We have planted out our hanging baskets and some of our flower bed.  If anyone has any flower or vegetable seedlings for the children to plant they would be really appreciated. This ‘hands on’ experience for children is truly valuable, they help us plan out where the plants go, plant them and then enjoy watching the plants grow – so it is an ongoing journey of learning for them.

Our AGM will hold place at the end of March, at Preschool, date to be confirmed.
We have several parents leaving the Committee and need 2 -3 new parents to come on board to attend monthly meetings and to support the teaching team.  If you are interested and would like to know more either discuss with Carmel or a current Committee Member – (Megan, Pam, Jade, Angela, Janine, Nakita, or Shara).
So A Big Thank You to these parents for giving up their time for our preschool !!
Without a dedicated team of parents to donate their time and individual talents we can not run the preschool - Everyone’s contribution is valued.

Library Visit  - Thursday 8th of March 9.00am: Once a month we plan this visit which is supported by the School – (April’s class and alternatively Rooms 1 and 3) we will need 3-4 parents to support this visit which lasts until 9-30am

February Newlsetter

Newsletter February 2012

Welcome back to Preschool to all of our families and children. We all hope you enjoyed your Christmas and holidays.  We have made a few changes to the Preschool including; a new interior softboard covered hesian cladding to cover the painted walls, a Parent Notice board out on the deck so we can share information with you and some changes to the interior layout.  Please encourage your children to sign in when they arrive on session to help support their early literacy and writing skills. 

 At the end of last year we conducted interviews for new teachers and we are very pleased to inform you that we have been able to employ two new teachers on a part time basis.  

Elysia Green will be working in the Under 2 area Tuesday to Friday with our infants and toddlers.  Elysia is a qualified, registered Teacher with previous Under 2 experience and has moved to live in the Pakiri area over the Christmas holidays with her family.

Kym Powell  (Samara’s Mum) was been relieving for us last year and she will be coming in on Wednesday for Non Contact release time for the teachers.  Kym is a qualified registered Primary trained teacher who has many years of experience and offers a valuable perspective to share particularly with our older children.

We welcome Elysia and Kym to our Teaching team and Preschool please introduce yourselves to them if you don’t already know them. We are planning on holding a family BBQ over next few weeks to get to know our new teachers and families.

We also welcome some new children and their families to our Preschool, Apikera and Jimi Baker who started in the last couple of weeks of last term, OShana Lima who is nearly 5, Luke Dzedins who is three. We hope you all enjoy your time here at Leigh Community Preschool and make lots of new friends.

Please ensure your children have water bottles, hats and two sets of spare clothes for water/sand and messy play.

Our overall focus for this term is Summer in Aotearoa which includes all the great aspect of living in NZ: water safety, slip slop slap, 5+ A Day,
and we hope to go over for a swim in the school pool once we get more settled in.
Hearing and Vision for all 4 year old children not already tested on Wednesday 14th of March 2012 at 9.45am

Welcome back from all the team and we wish you all a great year ahead.
Carmel, Vicki, Jenny, Elysia, Kym, Selena and the Management Committee