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Mother’s Day Cards

We hope all the mothers out there had a wonderful day last Sunday and hopefully some of you tried our ‘Super Easy Mothers Day Face Mask’ leaving you pampered and refreshed!

Our educators were busy at work the week preceding mother’s day as they assisted in helping Lighthouse children with their cute mother’s day cards!

The children were learning how to be creative in the form of art as they were collaging and colouring in! This activity also helped with the child’s hand-eye coordination skills, perception of colour and cognitive pattern, as well as emotional education.

The kids had a great time getting arty while learning and creating a beautiful way to appreciate their mums!

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Sleep Training and Sign Language Tips!

Often getting the little ones to sleep by themselves can be a difficult task for parents and caregivers, as is understanding a child’s needs and wants before they can talk!

This is why Lighthouse provides our educators with free seminars on how to help children overcome sleeping difficulties and how to understand a child’s body language.

Our most recent seminar was held on April 30th and it was a very enjoyable day for our educators.They learnt some valuable tips that they can now go home and practice them on the precious children they care for.

If you are a Lighthouse educator and would like to attend one of these free seminars in the future, make sure you keep an eye out on our website to ensure you don’t miss out.

If you are not with Lighthouse, join us today and enjoy the many benefits we have on offer for our Lighthouse families and educators.

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Lighthouse Newsletter May-June 2015

To our WONDERFUL Lighthouse families, we hope you are finding yourself well, and are keeping warm as the colder months are approaching.
We are very excited to be presenting you with our very first Lighthouse-at-Home Newsletter, We have lots of interesting things that we want to share with you and we hope you enjoy reading and discovering all that we have in stall for you this month!

Happy Reading!!!!

May Lighthouse Newsletter

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Super Easy Mothers Day Face Mask!

It’s Mothers Day coming up on Sunday 10th May and all mothers deserve a little pampering.

So, Lighthouse has come up with a perfect way to treat yourself as well as spending some quality time with the kids – Our Mother’s Day Face Mask recipe!

It’s super easy and you only need 3 ingredients:

1 ripe Banana
1 ripe Avocado
1 tablespoon of honey

Method
1.Cut up the banana and the avocado and put them into a mixing bowl.
2.Spoon the honey into the mixing bowl and start mashing and mixing (the kids will enjoy this part)
3.Keep mixing all the ingredients until a puree is formed.
4.Using your fingers put the mask on your face, (and your children’s if they like) and leave for 10 minutes. Avoid eyes and mouth – it’s edible but probably wouldn’t taste nice!
5.After 10 minutes, rinse the mask off with warm water and feel the difference in your freshly moisturized skin!

We hope you enjoy and feel free to send us some pictures of your face mask experiment!

Lastly and most importantly, Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mums out there. We love you and appreciate all that you do and have done for us. Lighthouse wishes you all a fantastic day this Sunday.

*Do not use this face mask if you or your child are allergic to any of the ingredients

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ANZAC Biscuit Recipe

This weekend will be the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. To commemorate this special occasion we would like to share our favorite ANZAC biscuit recipe with you. This recipe makes the most delicious chewy ANZAC biscuits and is super easy to follow. It’s less than 10 steps so it’s perfect for baking with the kids this weekend!

Ingredients
1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar

1/2 cup (100g) white sugar

1/2 cup (40g) desiccated coconut

1 cup (90g) rolled oats

1 cup (150g) plain flour

125g butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

1 tbsp hot water

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


Method

1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line baking trays with non-stick paper.
2. Combine the sugars, coconut, oats and flour in a bowl and put aside.
3.In a small saucepan, add the golden syrup and butter and stir over a low heat until the butter is melted.
4. In a cup, mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and then mix into the melted butter mixture. The butter mixture will foam up at this stage.
5.Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.
6. Spoon tablespoons of mixture onto the lined trays and flatten slightly. Make sure there is room for spreading.
7. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Cool on trays for a few minutes to let them firm up, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

A little bit about ANZAC Day
This year marks 100 years since Gallipoli. There will be big services and other events in New Zealand and around the world. Anzac Day now promotes a sense of unity, perhaps more effectively than any other day on the national calendar. People whose politics, beliefs and aspirations are widely different can nevertheless share a genuine sorrow at the loss of so many lives in war.Paper poppies are widely distributed by the Returned Services Association and worn as symbols of remembrance. This tradition follows that of the wearing of poppies on Remembrance Sunday in other Commonwealth countries.The day is a public holiday in New Zealand. Shops are prohibited from opening before 1 pm. Dawn Marches and other memorials nationwide are typically attended by the New Zealand Defence Force, the New Zealand Cadet Forces, members of the New Zealand Police, New Zealand Fire Service, Order of St John Ambulance Service (Youth and Adult Volunteers) as well as Scouting New Zealand, GirlGuiding New Zealand and other uniformed community service groups including in most places the local Pipe Band to lead or accompany the March, and sometimes a Brass Band to accompany the hymns!

Recipe sourced from: http://flourandaprons.com/2014/04/anzac-biscuits/

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Become a Lighthouse Educator and help shape the future of NZ Children

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Our mission is to bring quality affordable childcare to every single child in New Zealand and we are always on the look out for quality, passionate educators who wants to make a difference.

If you are already an educator, nanny, au-pair or carer, come find out why Lighthouse at-home is the number one choice for over 1,000 educators country wide and experience the difference, in how much more support and benefits that an organisation set up by parents for children can deliver to you and your children.

By working with the largest NZ owned, community focused home based education service provider, we can make a real difference in the lives of children together.

If you are new to looking after children, We have a comprehensive training and induction program and our experienced co-coordinators and teacher aides can guide and support you every step of the way.

We invite you to join us and share our vision, because every child is precious and deserves the very best start to life.

 

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Crystal Mountain Postponed until Next Saturday

Dear Lighthouse Parents,

We are sorry to inform you that due to poor weather conditions tomorrow, we have decided that this Saturday’s Crystal Mountain activities will be postponed until next Saturday (25/10/2014).  If you have already paid for your tickets and cannot make the new date, please contact us for a refund on 0800551133.  So far, the weather forecast for Sunday is Sunny so it will be held as scheduled.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

 

Again, if the new date does not work for you and you would like a refund please contact us.
Mobile: 0278551133 , 0275366166

 

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Lollipop Playground Visit!

Each child has it’s own festival that is their birthday! This brings us to the subject of September babies’ birthday celebration!

Let’s work together to celebrate our little Virgo and Libra angels at Lollipop Playground!

 

Date and Time: 18/09/2014 Thursday morning from 9:30am to 1pm

Location : Ellerslie Lollipop Playground

Participants : Lighthouse Project Members

Limit number: 100 children

Fee: Lighthouse project members are entitled to free entry for each baby and one adult. Beyond this amount will cost $3.80 at the entrants own expense.

Registration : 0800551133

Special Note : 1. Participants cannot take away any food and drinks. (Except baby food and milk)

  1. Each admission must wear socks
  2. Due to security reasons, please inform the staff when you sign up you and give your baby’s full name
  3. Parents and caregivers must take good care of their baby to ensure the site is kept sanitary.

The day’s events will not only involve the indoor play facilities, but also we will sing happy birthday together for the birthday children and share a birthday cake after playing some fun birthday games!

Seats are limited so sign up as quickly as possible to ensure you don’t miss out!

NOTE: After 11:00 you will not be able to register. This is because the cake will be made according to a predetermined number of children so please make sure to register the day of this event before 11!

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Educators

Are you thinking of becoming an educator? Been an educator can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. We offer our educators with a host of support services that are second to none. If you would like to find out more about what is involved, please leave us a messag here.