I have been passionate about children and making a positive difference towards childcare for as long as I can remember. 

 

I left school at 16 and got my first part time job in a kindergarten while studying for a National Nanny Certificate.  I went on to complete a Bachelors Degree in Applied Social Science and Early Childhood Education and have continued my learning journey informally through self directed research ever since.   

 

I have had the pleasure of working in some amazing pre-schools and schools both here in New Zealand and in Europe which has allowed me to connect with some very inspiring educators and experience a range of different teaching and learning philosophies.  

 

I have two beautiful children who have taught me many valuable lessons and over the years this knowledge and experience has formed my heart-centred approach to nurturing and empowering young children.

 

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

 Jen.