Visitors from Japan on Tuesday 1st May 2018

Four visitors from Japan with an interpreter came to have a look at Polyhigh on Tuesday 1st May. The group included a kindergarten teacher, a psychologist and university professors in Japan.

The main purpose of their trip to New Zealand was to visit some Early Childhood Education services in New Zealand to observe how teachers’ implement our world leading early childhood bi-cultural curriculum Te Whāriki for children’s learning. Read more

Tui Newsletter – July 2017

Kia ora whānau

Thank you to those who attended the AGM and Fish ‘n’ Chip evening this month. We appreciate the support. The Tui room has had a busy time exploring ways to incorporate Enviroschools into both our programme planning as well as whole centre philosophy and as this is an ongoing journey, we look forward to keeping you up to date via Educa and our planning boards in the centre. Thank you to all whānau who completed the parent and transition to school surveys. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and valued.

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PolyHigh Child Care Centre Kiwi June Newsletter

Kiwi Newsletter – May/June 2017

Kia Ora

It is hard to believe we are nearly half way through the year. Thank you for all your support during my accident, being off for nearly three months there was many new faces to get to know, and it is great to be back in the Centre.

Recently we farewelled Fearne Crane and Ardy Buxton who have moved to the Tuatara group. We look forward to visiting you when we have other children visiting in transition. It will also be Brook’s transition in two weeks.

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Tui Newsletter – March-April 2017

Kia Ora Whānau

Kia Ora whanau, what an exciting start to 2017! Enviroschools,a focus on making Polyhigh more sustainable and a fantastic new outdoor space. We enjoyeda brief summer and we wish all our whānau a safe and happy Easter. Polyhigh will be closed for the following days:Good Friday 14th, Easter Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th forTeacher Only Day. Have a lovely Easter!

Up and Coming Events



>Medication: If your child is taking medication please inform a teacher who will complete an administration form. Medication includes all prescriptions, antibiotics, creams, and inhalers. Please ensure you give the medication to a teacher and do not leave it in your child’s bag. Thank you to all who completed the behaviour strategy forms. The Tui teachers really appreciate your input and will go over the information at the next meeting. We look forward to developing some collaborative positive strategies for our tamariki.


We would like to warmly welcome Davy Karon and Archer Townsend who transitioned into the Tui Group in February. Welcome to Anne Osborne and Eli Rasch who have recently transitioned and are settling in well.

Staff News

Sa will be staying in the Tui room in the capacity of a qualified/registered teacher. Leonte’ has been promoted into the Assistant Supervisor position and we wish her every success in her new position Melissa will be beginning her Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) next month. Melissa will be studying extramurally through New Zealand Tertiary College Nat is now provisionally registered and will be completing her registration over the next two years.

Programme Planning: Enviroschools and our Environment

Enviroschools Hui
Polyhigh hosted the first Enviroschools cluster meeting, which will took place at Polyhigh on Monday 27th February. This provided an opportunity to meet with teachers from five other ECE centres to discuss and exchange ideas and practices related to sustainability and the environment within our centre setting. The meeting and ongoing programme will assist the teachers with the implementation and incorporation of sustainable practices into our daily routines.

Our Environment

We have noticed such a positive change in play interactions since we developed our outdoor environment. The children have been enjoying the new climbing frames and have been busy creating in the carpentry area. A project we will be working on in collaboration with Mackenzie’s Dad Callum is making a Go Cart! Many children are very excited about this and we look forward to visiting Callum in his  workshop. We really appreciate the whānau support.

Pledge me Fundraiser
Thank you to Andrea Jewel (Otto and Thea’s Mum) who organised this absolutely amazing Pledge Me campaign to raise funds for our future sustainability projects. We really appreciate all the effort you put into such a thoughtful and successful fundraising project. We reached the target within about 3 days of it being up! Also thank you to all whānau who bought tickets. We really appreciate the support.

Rewana Bread Bug
Kia ora to Tawhiri’s whānau for providing us with another Rewana Bread Bug. This really has become a Polyhigh ritual and we are thankful that we can weekly make bread with the children. Thanks Jo! If anyone would like to take a portion of the bug to make Rewana Bread at home, please ask a teacher in the Tui room.

Our Swan Plants
Thank you to Olivia and Ben’s whānau for kindly bringing in some swan plants for our very hungry caterpillars. The Monarch Butterfly life cycle has been a great focus for many children over the summer months, which has been highly beneficial to our programme planning.

Haere ra Grace!
Lastly we would like to say farewell to Grace who will soon be leaving Polyhigh to embark on her next adventure at Primary School. We wish you all the best Grace. You will be greatly missed by all your teachers and friend.

Tui Newsletter – Nov 2016

Kia ora whanau Kia ora whanau, thank you for taking time to read our newsletter. As a group, we have recognised the importance of providing a visual newsletter, which celebrates what we do at Polyhigh. Our newsletter not only aims to inform and remind, but to provide documentation of the children’s learning, development and our […]

Supporting Children after Earthquakes

Kia Ora

I have compiled a few resources on how to support children after the earthquakes.

We have increased our earthquake drills and the children are aware of what to do to keep safe during an earthquake.

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PolyHigh Child Care Centre Kiwi June Newsletter

Kiwi Newsletter – May|June 2016

Kia Ora,

Sadly we said goodbye to two of our staff members Len and Cecilia who have moved on, Len to start a new phase in her life and Cecilia to work in a Centre closer to home. They will be greatly missed and we are indebted to them for their commitment and enthusiasm over the years.

We also fare well Theo and Holly who have transitioned to the Tuataras. The kiwi teachers have loved having you both in the kiwi room, watching you both grow and develop, taking all your great skills, on your new journey. We wish you both all the best on the next phase of your learning journey. Read more

Tuatara Newsletter June

Tuatara Newsletter – June 2016

Kia Ora Whanau,

Welcome to the winter issue of our Tuatara Parent Newsletter. We had lots of changes with our staffing and a few children have joined our group. We warmly welcome our new children from the Kiwi room and their whanau:

  • Jesse Blakely and his whanau Cathy ;
  • Theodore Henry and his whanau Sarah and Michael;
  • Holly Benham  and her whanau Jiana and Chris and sister Taylor; and
  • a new child Nora Johnston and her whanau Hannah and Liam, (she starts on June 27)

We hope that you will welcome these new families and help them settle into our group.

Likewise we farewell our friends Robin Johnston and Harry Mather who  joined the Tui  Preschool group last month. Two more Tuatara children will join the Preschool group at the end of this month, Tawhiri Thomas and Harry Richards. We hope these children will enjoy their journey and find new adventures with friends and teachers in their new group – Tui Group.

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Tui Newsletter – April 2016

Kia Ora Whanau,
may2016-2 Welcome – We warmly welcome our new children and their families who joined us this April;

  •         Benjamin Ihimaera Pritchard
  •         Maisie Dennis
  •         Jonty Buxton

Farewell – We farewelled Louis Dennis, Angelina Howard and Michael Saunders who have all begun their school learning journey – Good Luck and we will miss you all.

Tui Programme
may2016-1The children have shown a growing interest in role play, the children have been busy acting out their knowledge of doctors and nurses, doctors surgery and what props are needed, e.g. bed, phone, computer etc. If you have any resources relating to this topic and want to donate them to our tamariki, that would be greatly appreciated. The transition to school programme will also incorporate elements of this topic into their group. We will be examining the human body. The teachers will continue to observe the tamariki to see where and how this emergent interest evolves. Read more

Entertainment Book 2016-2017

Polyhigh is offering parents the opportunity to purchase the 2016/2017 Wellington Entertainment Membership.  The books sell for $60.00.

The books are available as a book or as a digital membership that puts all the offers in the book, on your smartphone to redeem at the touch of a button.

You will receive a book to have a look at, if you wish to purchase please fill in the order form on the pink form.

All the information is on the pink form with the book.   Please return the book in the personalised envelope to the office by 20/5.