I have been passionate about creating a better world for our children and making a positive difference towards childcare for as long as I can remember.
At 16yrs old I left school and got my first part time job in a small private kindergarten while studying for my Early Childhood Education Certificate. I went on to complete a Bachelors Degree in Applied Social Science and Early Childhood Education and since then I have continued my learning journey to become certified in Mental Health, Mindfulness and Reiki.
Over the years I have had the pleasure of working in some amazing pre-schools and schools both here in New Zealand and Europe which has allowed me to connect with some very inspiring educators and experience a range of different teaching and learning philosophies.
I am blessed to have two beautiful children who have taught me many valuable lessons. This knowledge and experience has formed my heart-centred approach to nurturing and empowering young children.
Our journey has led us to parent-led playgroups, Playcentre, private childcare, kindergarten, primary school, and now we are happily unschooling.
I have found that children learn naturally through experience and that when we are mindful of learning, every experience becomes an opportunity. The ‘Unschooling’ educational philosophy advocates for self-directed learning through natural life experiences including play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity. It encourages learning through exploration and discovery which is initiated by each child - believing that the more personal learning is, the more meaningful, well understood and therefore useful it is.
When I think about the sort of parent/teacher I want to be, I envision someone who is trusted, connected and in a partnership with others. A relationship where the adult walks alongside, to guide, with unconditional love and respect.
Follow my journey as I strive towards becoming a more reflective and mindful parent and teacher. As my children grow, so do I. As I research, gain knowledge, build upon my understanding, and incorporate this into our lives, I will share these experiences and reflections with you.
“If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” - Maya Angelou