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I am a fully registered teacher with a Diploma of Teaching (ECE). My interest in early childhood education began with my involvement in Playcentre. I spent over 20 years in various roles at Waihi Beach Playcentre while raising my six children. I was supervisor for 5 years and awarded life membership.
For ten years I worked at Kiwikidz Educare in Waihi with older children as well as our infants and toddlers before embracing the position of Supervisor/lead teacher at Kiwikidz Educare at the Beach 2 years ago.
The Pikler Philosophy which underpins our practice in the under twos has become embedded in my practice with all children. I really value slowing the pace down and taking time to observe and really notice what individual children are doing. I highly value parents/whānau as first teachers and I am passionate about building strong relationships with tamariki and their whānau, built on respect and trust, over time.
I love being part of those magical moments when a child achieves something for the first time, makes a discovery or responds with awe and wonderment at the natural world. My long summer holidays at Whangamata beach as a child left a lasting love of the sea and nature, which I love to share with children. I also take a special interest in language development and music.
ERO: “The supervisor and head teacher provide high quality collaborative leadership for the teaching team. They are very good role models and share up to date and relevant knowledge of current theory and best practice. They empower teachers to use their strengths and take on leadership roles.”