Home Based Educators

DUNEDIN


Bradley Beaumont

Mornington, Dunedin 

I have been working for Child, Youth & Family as a mentor for teenagers and have always loved working with children of all ages. It is my passion. ......My aim is to teach your children basic preschool education: e.g. numbers, reading and writing. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Colleen Hughes

Mosgiel

I believe that children learn through playing in a fun-filled environment, where they are encouraged to join in at their own pace so they can build their own confidence.  My aim as an educator is to make sure my children are happy and actively engaged in whatever we do.  I like to get to know children well, so that I can plan experiences which will appeal to them and build their confidence as individuals.

Please feel free to contact me and make a time to visit.  I look forward to meeting you and your children.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Chrissy Simpson

Dunedin

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!...... 

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 my care children and foster their learning around their interests.

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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.

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Donna Thomas

Caversham, Dunedin

When my children were young I joined the local Playcentre, this fed my passion for child development and led me to begin my time as a home-based educator.  I love being around the children and watching them grow and develop as people.  I love reading, cooking, gardening, music and craft activities with the children.  I enjoy the outdoors, so spend a lot of time enjoying bush walks, beaches and exploring the environment.

I find that home-based care is the best option for many children.  The small child-to-educator ratios offer the opportunity to develop incredible relationships.  We have the flexibility to be impulsive and the ability to participate in real life situations.  Each child’s needs can be catered for within a loving home environment.

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SOUTHLAND


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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