Wairarapa News : January 25th 2012
27 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2012 EDUCATION 4324687AA Superior Facilities at The CubbyHouse Early Childhood Centre CubbyHouse is offering four weeks free care for all new enrolments in January and February. With great staff and amazing facilities, Masterton's newest early learning centre s also one of the best. The CubbyHouse on Te Ore Ore Road opposite he hospital opened last August and is now in full swing after the New Year. 45 Te Ore Ore Road (opposite the hospital) Ph: (06) 370 8384 ~ Website: www.thecubbyhouse.co.nz W aM eis T O tA s Centre Manager Michelle Mortensen says the centre strives to be welcoming to all and provide children with the very best in care and education. "We want to ensure that children in our care have the best possible start to their education," says Michelle. With four large, well-appointed rooms for babies up to school-age children and a huge all-weather playground, The CubbyHouse has the best facilities in the Wairarapa. Owners Simon and Jane Pervan say it is their aim to provide the highest quality early childhood care and education for young children and a supportive environment for parents and whanau. With a successful centre in Palmerston North, Simon and Jane have a proven and trusted track record in early childhood and understand that children need a caring and engaging situation to be at their best. With their extended family having a long involvement in childcare and with three young children themselves, they know how important good quality care is for children, and just as importantly, for parents. Children learn and develop in an early childhood environment where they are happy and secure and with experienced qualified registered teachers at The CubbyHouse that are passionate about their role, each child receives a great deal of individual attention. Another great feature of The CubbyHouse is their delicious and healthy food which is provided to all children. The centre is in the process of getting its Heart Foundation Healthy Heart Gold Star. Paula the cook designs her menu around the Healthy Heart guidelines ensuring the children get the best quality food everyday. Michelle says since they have opened they have had fantastic support from parents and their children are extremely happy in centre. They have worked hard to create a real family atmosphere where parents and caregivers feel welcome. For example, Mums can come and breast feed their babies during the day, all in the comfort of temperature controlled rooms which makes both mother and baby more contented. The CubbyHouse is offering your first 4 weeks of care for free for those who enrol in January and February, so if you are interested in the highest quality of care at a fantastic centre you need to visit the CubbyHouse. As a new centre, The CubbyHouse is licensed for 60 children and there are places available for all age groups. Feel free to call Michelle on (06) 370 8384 100% NZ OWNED & OPERATED Call us today! Visit our website: www.hearingcare.co.nz 0800 50 50 58 Enjoy life with better hearing Accidents peak at busy school times With Monday January 30 marking the start of back to school' for most children, the Motor Trade Association (MTA) is urging motorists to be extra vigilant around schools and childcare facilities -- particularly around peak school pick up and drop off times. MTA spokesperson Ana Zandi says that this is the start of a busy time for many parents. As well as the normal worries of dropping off and pick- ing up children, there is, for many, the additional concern of things like stationery lists, new uniforms and out of school activities to consider. It's easy to be distracted just by the sheer volume of things to be thinking about, hence people need to remind themselves that they are back into their rou- tine,'' Zandi says. Statistics show that the peak times for injury accidents involving pedestrians coincides with school drop off and pick up times, which are 8 to 9am and 3 to 4pm. All drivers, not just parents, need to be totally aware of what's happening around school zones, school buses and day care centres,'' Zandi says. Safety has to be the first pri- ority, even though this usually takes place when people typically have a lot on their minds. The rush to beat traffic and make appointments or start times can lead to drivers concen- trating on their own needs at the expense of children, students or other road users.'' New Zealand, like many other developed countries, has seen a shift in transportation patterns around schools, especially in recent years. Many more parents drive their children to and from school, and there is a growing tendency for older secondary students to have a car at school. Both mean there is a lot more activity and congestion around what are often relatively limited pick up and drop off points around schools. Instances of double parking, passengers getting in and out of vehicles on the wrong' side and excessive speeds are common- place outside many schools. Zandi adds We would urge those dropping children off at school or daycare to be especially careful as they start the year. Being safer around schools and daycares should be a pri- ority, all year round.'' Things parents, carers and drivers can do include the fol- lowing. Observe the posted speed limits outside schools and daycare centres, typically 30 kmh Ensure that whoever is driv- ing, is appropriately licensed to carry passengers Be familiar with school or daycare pick up and drop off points and procedures Don't double park -- a hazard at the best of times, it's especially dangerous where you can have children darting from between parked vehicles Agree safe procedures for chil- dren being picked up -- where to stand, when to cross, which door togetinandoutof Be especially aware if you need to back your vehicle -- children are hard to spot from inside many vehicles Ensure kids are properly seated in appropriate seats. If you are unsure whether they have been correctly installed, visit your nearest Motor Trade Association mem- ber.
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