Monika Gamble wins Top National Award for Home-Based ECE

MonikaGamble Award

It is certainly a highlight of the year - the award of the National Educator-of-the-Year 2017 by the NZHBCA to Monika Gamble during its Annual National Conference in Wellington.  This is the second time a Wild Things educator has won this national recognition award in the last three years!  It is great to have the perpetual trophy back in the South Island, Mainland of NZ!

Monika is a well-deserved recipient of this prestigious national home-based ECE award.  She is appreciated by the families who have children in her care.  She is dedicated to her profession, constantly striving for excellence in her role as an educator.  Her intentional planning is very evident in her daily care of her individual children.  She incorporates best practice into her learning programmes for her tamariki.

The Wild Things teaching team is extremely proud of Monika achieving and winning this award.

Our heartiest congratulations to Monika for a very deserving recognition of a job well done!


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Monika Gamble's ‘Thank You’ Speech at the Award Ceremony in Wellington 

"Thank you to the Home-Based ECE Association for this award. And thank you to Wild Things.

The support they (Wild Things) provide has supported me in my growth as an educator and also as a person.  It has meant so much to me over all these years.  I have been provided with excellent personal development opportunities, like attending Louise Porter and Pennie Brownlee workshops, and hearing their amazing work which has inspired my work.  Thank you for your support.

I feel like I am just at the beginning of my journey.  Thank you for the recognition.  I couldn't be where I am without the support of Wild Things."