Dip. Teaching ECE, Dip. Early Intervention & Higher Dip. Teaching
Kia Ora, I am a visiting teacher and team leader with Wild Things Homebased Early Learning service.
As a trained Early Childhood teacher with over 30 years’ experience working in Early Childhood Education. I also hold my Early Intervention and Higher Teaching diploma’s.
I am passionate about teaching and learning and value a child led, play based curriculum. I believe ‘play’ is the opportunity for children to become capable learners, do things for themselves, grow their autonomy and confidence as lifelong learners.
I enjoy working along-side Educators/Kaiako, supporting and guiding them in providing quality fun learning environments for all children/tamariki, while fostering respectful relationships with parents, family/whanau when planning for children’s learning.
Alongside my passion for teaching, I also have a special interest in Children with Special Needs, valuing ‘inclusiveness’ for all children in ECE and celebrating this diversity.
Dip. Teaching Primary & ECE, B. Ed.
Kia ora, my name is Donna and I have been part of the Wild Things Visiting Teacher team since 2012. I have 20 years teaching experience in both early childhood and primary school education. My passion for home-based early childhood started as soon as I become a mum. I knew that home-based early learning was the best fit for my family when returning to work as a classroom teacher. It didn’t take me long to realise that I too wanted to work as a visiting teacher to support and promote home-based education for children and families.
What I love about working for Wild Things is seeing the quality of the relationships that are built between our Kaiako, children and their whanau, creating lifelong connections. Children experience a home away from home within small groups in a nurturing environment, while providing them with the opportunity to explore our wider community. I love working alongside our Kaiako/educators supporting them with their philosophy and providing children with amazing play-based learning opportunities.
Dip. Teaching ECE, Grad. Dip. Ed. & ECE Mgt.
Kia ora, I am a visiting teacher and team leader with Wild Things Homebased Early Learning service. I have been teaching since 1997 and gained my teaching qualifications in 2000. My first ECE teaching position was in a setting that promoted learning through play and exploration. This shaped my personal passion for enabling children to learn by ‘doing’ in their own way and time.
I enjoy creative activity that is about the process and not the product – visual arts and also music. My urban Auckland childhood left me with a deep love of Pacifica and Māori cultures and it gives me pleasure to share aspects of these cultures with tamariki and kaiako . In recent years I have developed an appreciation and understanding of social development in tamariki that has a basis in peaceful and heartfelt response to young children. The warm environments found within Wild Things homes encourages this atmosphere for learning and I am proud to be part of a team that has aroha at its heart.
Diploma Teaching ECE
Kia ora I am a Visiting Teacher with Wild Things Homebased Early Learning service. I have worked within this sector in various teaching positions for over 20 years, including the role as a Homebased Teacher.
I strongly believe in the home early learning environment as the place that offers the best of many real-life learning opportunities for tamariki. I recognise that all children, particularly those at the very beginning of life, deserve the right to be loved, to be respected as an individual, to learn at their own speed, and to have gentle guiding hands around them. Underpinning my philosophy is the idea that childhood should not be rushed, it should be a time of fun, laughter, love, curiosity with the freedom to explore. The homebased early learning experience is where all this can happen!
I am also the facilitator for Wild Things Dunedin playgroup, active movement group “Let’s Get Moving”, and the nature-based play/learning programme. While I lead these groups on a weekly basis, the Visiting Teacher team work collaboratively to ensure the underlying learning outcomes for tamariki.
Building reciprocal relationships with tamariki, whanau, colleagues, and the wider community are the foundations of my work in Early Childhood. I embrace the “3 R’s of Early Learning” – Relationships, Relationships, Relationships!
Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood
Tena koutou katoa. Ko Yvette toku ingoa. Hi my name is Yvette. I have been working as a Visiting Teacher at Wild Things coming up 4 years now. Prior to this role I worked in Early Childhood Centres here in my hometown of Invercargill for 12 years.
I have always valued the close relationships that are nurtured in Home Based Education through the smaller ratios as well as the continuity of care moments with a primary caregiver. I understand this because Home based was where I chose to place my two youngest children in their early years
I am passionate about the benefits of Home-based Education and Care for children. I love to visit our amazing educators to support them in planning their programmes for children. Here at Wild Things we understand the importance of the early learning environments that encompass play based and child led learning.
I value working as a team alongside parents and Whanau to ensure that every child feels nurtured, safe, and secure because it is having these strong foundations that children can really grow into the best versions of themselves.
I love being a part of a team who are passionate about what they do and are so welcoming to all with a common interest in supporting children's wellbeing so they can thrive and grow up feeling valued as the incredible special little people we know they are.