About Stems From Home
Stems Points Of Difference
Stems is locally owned and operated in East Auckland and Canterbury by two New Zealand trained teachers, with a passion and purpose for making a positive difference in the crucial early years of the holistic development of our infants, toddlers and young children. Quality childcare with a loving, in home educator, Stems from home. Tamariki (children) are our passion and Growing Young Minds FROM HOME, is our purpose.
Emma McAlister (BTchLn)
I have worked with tamariki and their whānau for many years now, in many different scenarios, including as a primary teacher, nanny, homebased Educator and Education Marketing Consultant. I have seen first-hand the incredible benefits quality, homebased childcare with a sensitive, secure Educator offers our whānau. Opening Stems FROM HOME in 2011 has been the absolute highlight of my career so far and I love the way we can help so many local whānau through Stems FROM HOME.
Stephany Wofinden (Dip ECE)
I have worked in Early Childhood Education throughout my career, and I have been privileged enough to have lived in the UK and worked as a nanny, within the homebased childcare sector there. Upon returning to Aotearoa (New Zealand), my whānau and I settled in Howick, East Auckland. I completed my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and have enjoyed being a part of many different childcare environments, including both homebased childcare and day-care.
Education Support Team
Learning Advisor – Auckland
I am passionate about Home-Based care as I have seen the strong benefits for all involved and the amazing outcomes for the children in care. My own children shared their childhoods with other tamariki and whānau, and that is the unique beauty of Home-Based care - the closeness of the bonds with the tamariki that come into our homes means that we can respond to each of them at an individual level and be flexible to their needs on any given day.
Learning Advisor – Christchurch
My early childhood career started when I noticed a little footprint in the sand at the beach….. a little footprint of innocence. Wanting to make a difference in our community, I felt strongly that work with tamariki was the right path to take for me. Helping each little person I meet on their own journey, within the early childhood sector in New Zealand.
Working for Stems FROM HOME was the best move I have made; I love my job! I am a real people person, so the interaction with whānau, Educators and our Learning Advisors is lovely. Seeing how Stems FROM HOME has evolved and seeing the passion involved in the care of the tamariki is amazing. I am always happy to receive any emails or messages from our lovely Stems FROM HOME whānau so please feel free to touch base anytime.
Learning Advisor – Christchurch
Life changed for me when I had my son and this led to me viewing my teaching as a holistic one with knowledge from all aspects. I returned to teaching in a Nursery environment where I was able to apply my parenting knowledge to my teaching with a real passion to support working parents & whanau. I have a strong interest in leadership, mentoring and supporting other teachers &and educators to reach their full potential, acknowledging that I am also on a journey to be all that I can be.
Learning Advisor – Christchurch
Early Childhood Education has always held a special place in my heart. Our tamariki are precious and it is an absolute honour to support and empower our tamariki throughout their early years of learning. My passion is to support our tamariki, Educators and Whānau, to be the best individual they can be. Relationships are the guiding principle that influences all that I do.
Stems Points of Difference
There are many choices for child care and Home Based child care within the regions of East Auckland/Franklin and Canterbury today. Which provider you trust to really understand your needs when supporting you to choose the ideal In home educator for your young tamaiti (child), plays a huge part in the ongoing care and service your family, and the educator you select, receives. There is a remarkably big difference between homebased child care and QUALITY Home based childcare. We want you to have only the very best for your infant, toddler or young child.
At Stems FROM HOME we always go above and beyond the minimum Ministry of Education criteria for NZ Home Based Education and Care. As well as being thoroughly safety checked (including police vetted, reference checked, ID checked etc) and first aid trained, educators work from comprehensively health and safety approved home environments, we offer:
A clear, individualised learning programme for your child, linked to the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum. This encompasses each of the following:
Tamariki (children) are not casual guests within our home environments. They have been entrusted to us for the purpose of nurturing them and building foundations of values upon which their future lives will be built. We believe that all learning stems from home. Our educators strive to provide a safe and settled environment with opportunities for independent exploration within the home setting. Inclusion of each tamaiti (child) is fostered through seamless relationships built upon passions and interests and by valuing everyone as a learner.
By allowing our tamariki (children) to learn, grow and develop in an environment where they are nurtured and respected.
Upholding the concept of mana tamariki, which makes tamariki (children) the central focus of all activities in each learning environment.
Fostering reciprocal relationships with the land and sustaining tamariki (children’s) instincts in a natural, authentic learning environment.
Providing a well-balanced and varied programme that is based within our community.
Encouraging open, honest and positive communication and relationships with tamariki (children), educators, whanau (families) and learning advisors.
Sharing and learning through a variety of digital mediums (technology) .
What Our Parents Say
- Claire, Howick.
- Joan & Al Penny, Maraetai
- Emma and Darin, Rolleston
- Tamara, Rolleston
- Chanelle, East Tamaki
- Ronika, Bromley
- Samantha, Redwood
- Amelia, Woodend
- Kayla, Pokeno
- Mona, East Tamaki
- Tracey, Mount Pleasant, Christchurch
There are many choices for child care and Home Based child care within the regions of East Auckland/Franklin and Canterbury today. Which provider you trust to really understand your needs when supporting you to choose the ideal In home educator for your young tamaiti (child), plays a huge part in the ongoing care and service your family, and the educator you select, receives. There is a remarkably big difference between homebased child care and QUALITY Home based childcare. We want you to have only the very best for your infant, toddler or young child. As an Educator, we want to receive the best support and guidance possible too.