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great way to keep children occupied and interested is to get them to help out in the kitchen. This may be a worst nightmare for some parents, but if you select the right recipe for your child to help with this can be a fulfilling and exciting experience. A great one to start with is home made pizza.You can prepare all your ingredients ahead of time or get your child to help with preparation – they could grate the cheese, cut the tomato or peppers, or even slice the salami. It is also a great way to get children to try foods they wouldn’t normally like.


Pineapple, spaghetti, onions, capsicum, courgettes, tomatoes, left-over roasted vegetables and or meat are all delicious toppings. Pre-made bases make the job easier but if you really want to impress your little one, using yeast to make the base can be an interesting discussion topic incorporating a bit of science. Another great idea is a cake in a cup. An easy way to make a delicious sweet treat really quickly while hopefully not creating all the mess that baking normally brings. Here is a recipe from developed by Jennifer Cheung that we think is worth giving a go.


incoln University Childcare and Preschool is situated on Ellesmere Junction Road (just down from the University), catering for the children of Lincoln University’s staff, students and research groups as well as children from the local community aged 0-5 years. This centre has a warm, caring and nurturing environment where family/whanau involvement is valued and a large and popular outdoor area. Lincoln University Childcare and Preschool currently has spaces available in its nursery and limited spaces in its preschool.

For more information, contact Sarah at:, phone 3252287 or check:

recipe Ingredients

* 4 tbsp self-raising flour * 2 tbsp sugar * 2 tbsp cocoa * 1 egg

3 minute cake in a mug

* 3 tbsp milk * 3 tbsp vegetable oil * 1/2 tsp vanilla essence * 1 tbsp chocolate chips

Method In a large mug, place all the dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon. Use the 1 spoon to grind all of the cocoa against the side of the cup so there are no lumps. 2 Add the egg and beat it a little on top of the dry ingredients to break the yolk. 3 4 5

Add the oil, milk and vanilla and mix until well combined. Stir the chocolate chips in and put into the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Serve with a nice big scoop of ice-cream.

Lincoln University Childcare & Preschool New Zealand’s specialist land-based university.

Lincoln University Childcare and Preschool is situated on Ellesmere Junction Road (just down from the University). We offer a warm, caring and nurturing environment for children aged 0-5 years. We have a very large popular outdoor area. We value family/whānau involvement. The centre is very environmentally conscious and we are a part of the Lincoln Envirotown Responsible Business Award. Our staff are qualified and offer an educational and development based programme. We have good teacher to child ratios. We offer 20hours ECE for 3&4 year olds. We cater for children of Lincoln University staff and students, research groups as well as the local community.

For more information please contact Sarah at or phone 3252287.


PRESCHOOL & NURSERY GROWS TO MEET DEMAND The Cat’s Pyjamas Preschool & Nursery in West Melton has a new state of the art building, with the addition of another teaching room for 3-5 year olds, incorporating the latest safety standards and technology available.

“The Cat’s Pyjamas is a truly magical place of learning, where care is first and foremost, followed by learning that is calm and unhurried yet filled with discovery, imagination and fun,” says Tracy who with husband Gavin, own and operate the successful Cat’s Pyjamas Preschool & Nursery centres in West Melton and Rolleston. “Both centres are warm and welcoming with fully qualified teachers who care for and assist the children in their development to become independent, capable and confident learners.”

The Cat’s Pyjamas Preschool & Nursery centres are open: 7.30am-6.00pm, weekdays. To learn more, contact Rolleston on 347 9561, West Melton on 741 1785, or check their website:

West Melton Iris Taylor Avenue In Preston Downs, Phone: 03 741 1785 Rolleston Beaumont Drive Phone: 03 347 9561

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Selwyn Learning 17-02-17

Selwyn Learning 17-02-17  

Selwyn Learning 17-02-17