Home Based Educators

DUNEDIN


Martha Bell

Kenmure, Dunedin

Hi, my name is Martha Bell and I work at Home Based on Hocken, Kenmure.  Babies and preschoolers are my absolute passion and I have always loved working with children, first as a dance teacher for thirteen years and then as a home-based carer for two years. ........ but I SO missed the children that I am starting up again with a bigger house in a better location.

We focus on outdoor and nature play as much as possible, either in my big backyard and garden or at playgrounds and parks around Dunedin.  We attend Wild Things playgroups and outings, and we dance a lot at home!  I love to make things with kids and do baking.  Living near town, we can pop to the library or museum any time we want to and be home again so quickly.

Read More


Jennah Bush

Wakari, Dunedin

What I love about home-based education, and in my role as an Educator, is the ability to really get to know both the children and also their families really well.  Communication is important when learning the children’s likes/dislikes and what their current interests may be (e.g. trains).  This knowledge I gathered I will then use to help guide and support my program of learning for your child.  Particular interests or areas of focus are a great tool to apply to broaden other learning.

Read More

A Parent's Reference for Jennah Bush

Read More


Stef Crowl

Dunedin

Hi, my name is Stef and I have been working with children and helping them to become confident and happy learners for 14 years.  I love my role as a home-based educator.  I am very family orientated and focus on ensuring that parents and children feel welcome in my home. ......I take a fun supportive approach to education.  A typical day in my home starts off with lots of different areas of play and learning set up so the children can choose what they would like to do when they arrive.

Most mornings the children and I would head out to activities like music, play group, museums, the Edgar Centre, gym or library.  Afternoons are based around learning and having fun with maths, games and puzzles, reading and for the older children writing.

Read More


Rhonda Daane

South Dunedin

Hello.  I am an educator with 15 years’ experience.....  My home is a safe and welcoming place where children access a range of activities appropriate to their age or stage of development and understanding.  I believe that a warm loving relationship is the foundation for children’s learning, and I encourage positive social interactions by role modelling old-fashioned manners, consideration for others and respect.  Children in my home are encouraged to be curious and to explore their world, and I often ask “What if….?” and see where the answer takes a child’s imagination.  Routine is important and children are able to take responsibility for themselves and others, sharing in tasks as a group.....  Children who have been at Nanny Rhonda’s are confident and eager to learn.  I welcome the chance to be part of your child’s learning adventure.

Read More


Angela Darling

Brockville, Dunedin

I have been working with children for ten years and believe teaching is my passion.  I have worked as an early childhood teacher at several centres around Dunedin, and I have also worked for a year as an Au Pair in the U.S.A.  Before becoming a home-based educator, I was a support worker working with teenagers with disabilities.

In my programme, I offer a variety of play-based experiences to support children’s learning and interests.  We have a fully fenced yard with a slide, swing set, play kitchenette and lots of ride on toys.  We love to explore the wider community by going to play groups, the park and play dates.

Read More


Karli Flett

Abbotsford, Dunedin

We have a child-friendly house which is great for any age group, and a large fully fenced backyard.... The parks and primary school in our community are within walking distance, and we visit them frequently.  We also make special weekly excursions into the community.... I absolutely love working with children and get so much enjoyment out of watching them grow, learn and play together!

Read More


Monika Gamble

Kenmure, Dunedin

In my programme, I offer a wide variety of play settings and experiences, both at home and in the wider community.  I regularly attend music group and Wild Things playgroups that enable the kids to experience the group play and meet other children.  Visits to the library, museum, parks and playgrounds are also important parts of my week.

Read More


Chrystal Gillespie

Abbotsford, Dunedin

I enjoy working with children and watching them grow, learn and gain confidence in themselves...... I believe in learning through play.  I offer a range of indoor activities for those cold Dunedin days, and plenty of outdoor play also.  Our section is fully fenced where children can enjoy the general outdoor environment, playhouse, bikes, etc.  Along with outings to parks, we also take daily walks around Abbotsford with Sass, and attend several playgroups on a weekly basis.

Read More


Moana Herriott

Dunedin

I believe our home offers a warm, friendly, safe, stimulating and enjoyable indoor/outdoor environment for children.  With open and clear communication with parents, I know together we can create fun and dynamic educational learning experiences for your children, helping them to learn through play, and develop every area of their personal growth in preparation for school.

Read More


Erin Hodgson 

Sawyers Bay, Dunedin

We enjoy all sorts of activities both in the home and in the community, and I am passionate about learning through play.  As a home-based educator, I can provide a unique opportunity for your child to learn and grow, and prepare for school in a loving and nurturing environment. 

Read More


Lisa Hoffman

Green Island, Dunedin

I've come from a large Southland family, so have always been around young children and this has given me the best education and experience of all.  I love watching children grow, learn and develop with my guidance and love.

Read More


Olivia Kelly

St Kilda, Dunedin

My passions are exploring children’s creative sides with arts/crafts and baking/messy play.  I really enjoy the different dynamic that each day brings with teaching and activities we are doing, and watching children grow and build self confidence in themselves.

Read More


Rebecca Knopp

Dunedin

I am involved with Playcentre where my philosophy of learning through play and following the child’s lead is fostered.  My Wild Things children have the opportunity to attend Playcentre with me or one of Wild Things’ playgroups.  These social experiences, coupled with the home environment, enables children to become emotionally secure and independent – skills which will ultimately prepare them for school.

Read More


Samantha Milburn

Abbotsford, Dunedin

Kia Ora, my name is Sammy.  

I come from a large family and am the eldest of six, and I grew up with my mum offering home-based care to children of all ages.  This has given me an appreciation of the value of home-based care and I chose Wild Things as the early childhood provider for my own children.  I have been at Playcentre since Abel was little and this helped develop my passion for learning through play in close relationships with others.  

I am creative and enjoy sharing arts, crafts and music with the children, and I use waiata (songs) as a way to introduce children to Te Reo Maori.  Our garden offers lots of space for active movement, and we regularly visit the parks from Mosgiel through to Abbotsford to play or simply to explore nature.

I would love to meet with you to talk about how I can be part of your child’s early childhood journey with you.

Read More


Amy Napier

Dunedin

Working alongside you as parents, I believe in collectively promoting and enhancing your children’s sense of self, by building on their experiences, knowledge and interests.  Non-judgemental and open communication will also allow clear goals and expectations to be established and maintained between myself, caregivers and the children in my care.

To help children celebrate and value diversity, to be proud of themselves and their culture, their ethnic backgrounds and family traditions, I will at all times be modelling and facilitating non-discriminatory practices. 

Read More

A Parent's Reference for Amy Napier

Read More


Rhonda McPeake

Dunedin

I am a trained early childhood teacher and have worked with young children for several years...... I plan learning experiences for children based around their interests, and I am passionate about the child’s’ holistic development.  I focus on skills that will enhance your child’s readiness for school and later in life.

Read More


Heidi Rae

Kaikorai, Dunedin

I’ve been working as a Homebased Educator for the past six years.  During this time I’ve had a number of children with a variety of ethnic backgrounds, and I have found learning about the different cultures exciting and enjoyable.

Read More


Chrissy Simpson

Dunedin

Kia Ora, my name is Chrissy.

I offer a loving, safe, clean home that is calm, peaceful and nurturing for the care and education of young children.

I have thoughtfully considered children’s learning and development in my home.  I provide a wide variety of open-ended resources so children can experience success often.  I love to use natural resources as much as I can.  I have a great outdoor space with bikes and scooters, also equipment to support water and sensory/messy play!

I offer fun and learning both in my home and in the wider community. ......I have my Level 4 Early Childhood Practice certificate. ......It is important to me that the children in my care and their families feel a sense of belonging.  I take the time to get to know your child and foster their learning around their interests.

I look forward to meeting you.

Read More

Parents’ Reference for Chrissy Simpson

Read More


Alison Smart

Mornington, Dunedin

Kia Ora, my name is Alison Smart and I have been an educator for 10 years.  I am based in Mornington and currently doing my Early Childhood Degree.  I have two wonderful boys, Daniel aged 22 and Nick aged 20, both studying at the Otago University.  ......Daniel and Nick have grown up with home-based care and love engaging with the children; the relationship between the boys and my care children has always been reciprocal.

My passion is to teach and nurture children in my home, guiding their holistic development through the early childhood curriculum, empowering their learning with every opportunity, and to explore and grow as individuals.

I would like to invite you to come and meet with me and my care children in my home and discuss as a parent what your aspirations for your child are and run you through my programme and see my environment.  My aim is to inspire the children in the growth of their own individual development, including them growing with their peers within the wider Wild Things group and community.

Read More


Emma Stone

Dunedin

I was trained as a chef when I left high school and worked locally for five years.  After the birth of my daughter I decided to train as a primary school teacher.  I currently hold a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching.  I spent two years teaching in England, then came back to Dunedin to provide my daughter with a good quality education and a happy and healthy environment.

Every child deserves a good quality education, and as an educator I aspire to remove barriers and build their confidence in learning within an environment that will be stimulating and nurturing.  I provide an environment where children feel comfortable and safe, and are able to develop into confident and competent learners who are happy and healthy in body, mind and spirit.

Read More


Amber Sutton

Calton Hill, Dunedin

I enjoy working in home-based care and through my role as an educator I feel very fortunate to get to form close relationships with the children in my care and their families.  We currently use home-based care for my own son, Hunter, ......I am passionate about home-based care as the smaller group ratios allow me to cater for each child’s individual needs.  I plan my programme and environment based on each child’s interests, supported through a range of toys and materials on offer. ......I believe being outside and in nature is such an important part of our early childhood experience, which is why I plan activities for the outdoors...... 

I feel as an educator I am a calm, positive and patient person which is reflected in my approach and interactions with children.  I value the importance of building trusting relationships when caring for and educating children in my own home.  Children need to feel safe and secure, giving them a true sense of belonging.

Read More


SOUTHLAND


Nicole Barrett

Southland

Hi, I am Nicole.  I have been a home-based educator for six years now and I hold the Level 4 Certificate in Early Childhood practice.  

I like to be proactive in children’s learning, whether in my own home or out in the community.  Each child is unique, and I enjoy getting to know them and being a part of their learning journey in my resource-rich setting.  

I hope to hear from you if you feel I’m the right person to be a part of your children’s life in their important early years.

Read More


Renee Bennett

Invercargill

I have been lucky enough to have been a stay-at-home mum for the past eight years, and now that they are at preschool and school I am looking forward to becoming a home-based educator and opening our home to other children.

Read More


Lisa Carnie

Southland

I provide a warm and safe environment within my home.  I have a good-sized fully-fenced section with plenty of grass to roll around in, loads of concrete to ride bikes on and a wooden deck off the lounge which provides a great area for other activities. ......to hear the children laughing and seeing them having fun is a top priority. ......I look forward to welcoming you, your child and extended family into my home.

Read More


Anita Chapman

Invercargill

Kia Ora / Hello!

I’m a Mum of three lovely wee boys.  The arrival of my third child Niall sparked me to look into being a home-based educator.  I have my Degree in Early Childhood and have taught in various early childhood settings for the last 17 years.

My partner and I have a five-acre farmlet on Millton Park Road, Invercargill.  Here we learn through play and through participating in real life experiences indoors and out.  I have resources galore but am very passionate about natural materials, sustainability and recycling objects.

I am excited about this new avenue of teaching and look forward to embarking on this journey with your child.

Anita

Read More


Kerry Duncan

Invercargill

My family and I all love having other children around.  Our fully-fenced section has loads of space for running and playing.

Inside the house is also a great play area because I love toys!  I believe in variety, which shows in my selection of fun, age-appropriate creative toys, books and puzzles.

I joined Wild Things in June 2009 as a home-based educator.  I have a comprehensive First Aid certificate and Module One New Zealand Certificate in Family Day Care.  I am now continuing my studies with subsequent modules of the certificate.  I was awarded the 2015 National Educator of the Year.

Read More


Carol Harland

Invercargill

I have worked with children on and off over the years, mainly around my own family.  I was initially a play-centre mum for four years.  I spent about six years as an education support worker with the Ministry of Education, part-time working in childcare centres and kindergartens.  During the same period we fostered children for a time and did respite care.  Before joining Wild Things I was a teacher aide in a new entrant class for two years.

I see home-based care as a special place for your children, to be nurtured and educated, ready for school.  I get out in the community as much as possible, such as visits to the library, gym and our Wild Things' fortnightly playgroups.  We also get together with other Wild Things' educators and their children.  We have regular organised group activities every term.

Read More


Sarah Hayman

Southland

I have been working in home-based childcare for four years, and have achieved my Certificate in Early Childhood Education with the Open Polytechnic. ......I love the idea of having a nurturing and caring environment for the children in my care to learn in, and consider it a privilege to be part of their learning journeys.

Read More


Michelle Kiernan

Southland

......I have worked at an Early Childhood Education Centre for three years, then started up home-based childcare with Wild Things, which I just love!  I love the small child-to-educator ratios which allow me to have more one-on-one time with the children, and to encourage the children to learn through play, fun and laughter. ......I keep up to date with my First Aid Certificate, and have completed a Level Four Certificate in Early Childhood Practice, as well as a certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori (Level 2).  I am currently working towards getting my Bachelor of Teaching degree (Early Childhood Education).

Read More


Kate Magennity

Southland

Hi, I am Kate.  Myself, my husband and two young children live in Wallacetown in a quiet cul-de-sac.  We have a safe and fun home environment to learn and play, with plenty of grass, shelter and privacy.

There is a great indoor space that is dedicated to home-based care which leads straight out on to a deck and outdoor play area.... I have worked in both home-based care as an educator and as a centre-based caregiver.  I hold a current First Aid Certificate and will be working towards my Certificate in Early Childhood Practice Level 4.... My favourite part of working with children is to watch them achieve something they didn’t think they could do, priceless!

Read More


CLUTHA


Michelle Inder

Balclutha

I live on a farm at Paretai, just seven minutes from Balclutha……I love helping children.  Childhood is such an important time.  I feel it is so important to give children the best start in life we can.  I want to not only help my own children be the best they can, but also to use my skills to help children in our community……By nature I am a calm, patient and caring person.  I genuinely love children and what they bring to the world.

Being on a farm we have lots of space and of course lots of animals……Outside we have a lovely secure backyard.  We have a sandpit and lots of outdoor play equipment……Inside we have a spacious kitchen and lounge.  We have a huge range of resources, ranging from books and puzzles to wooden train set, mini-supermarket and blocks……We attend Wild Things’ playgroups and make the most of the other opportunities in our community.

Read More


Dianne Murray

Owaka

Hi, my name is Dianne and I have lived in Owaka since 2017.  I have experience working with young children for a number of years, facilitating the support of children through some of life’s challenges.....My home is a welcoming and friendly place where aroha and respect are very important, and children learn through play and interactions with other children.  Gardening, baking, arts and crafts, music and dance are some of my passions that I enjoy sharing with children in my home.....With many opportunities for outside play and exploration of nature on our doorstep we will make the most of what the Catlins has to offer.  I look forward to meeting you and your children to begin a fun and caring learning journey together.

Read More


Nadine Perrin

Owaka

.....I live in Owaka which is in a beautiful place called the Catlins......We live in a warm family home, a big fully-fenced backyard with a homely vibe......I believe my true passion is caring and teaching children, helping them to grow, develop and learn as individuals......Being in the country we are always outside, come sun, rain or wind......I also offer many inside activities......We also attend weekly outings to music and playgroups, and occasionally go on excursions......I do this job not for the money, but for the love of seeing children develop and grow.  They bring much happiness to my life as I feel I am making a positive impact on a child’s life.  Just seeing children’s smiles and hearing their laughter each day is enough to keep me doing what I do.

Read More