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 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!
Kia ora, I am a visiting teacher in Southland.
I studied early childhood in Dunedin and came away with my Teaching Degree in 2001. Invercargill was my next port of call where I began teaching soon after. I have worked in various early learning services in Invercargill and surrounding districts. During my early teaching career, I was lucky enough to take time to travel overseas, experiencing snip-its of many different countries and I worked briefly in London before coming home.
That all seems many moons ago, as now I’m a mother of four children. Three sons and I daughter. My partner Bevan and I, our children, dog, four chickens and a flock of sheep live on a five-acre block very close to Invercargill. We have the best of both worlds – close to town with a quiet rural setting.
I have experience of being an educator for Wild Things, which enabled me to stay at home with my youngest. I have now taken on the role of visiting teacher in Southland. I am enjoying being able to share my knowledge with educators.
I’m proud to be part of the Wild Things team – We are all passionate and supportive and strive to provide quality care for our precious tamariki. I look forward to working with you and your family.