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Kia Ora Whãnau, my name is Christine and I live in Rolleston with my husband Mukesh and our daughter Bella. As a family we love spending time together, watching movies, cooking, eating and hanging out with friends.
I gained my Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching in 2014 and after five years of working with all ages in the preschool setting, I made a big move to Home-based care. I am very passionate about forming great relationships with tamariki and providing a safe and nurturing environment for them to develop their full potential. I love how I am able to provide this in my home environment with a small group of children.
As a Stems FROM HOME Educator, I believe that children learn through play, in their own time and space. It is important that we provide a nurturing, loving, safe and fun environment that will enable children to grow into confident learners.
Weekly Play Experiences
I set up activities and have great indoor and outdoor resources that provide opportunities for children to develop their skills and knowledge. I also alternate set-up resources and activities based on children’s current interest for learning. We love to explore the outdoors and enjoy lots of messy, sensory and sandpit play.
Exploring our local community is a part of our programme and includes going for walks, ride bikes, play at the local playground and feed the rakiraki. I believe that this is important for children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
We enjoy reading books and boards stories which are a big part of our daily routine. We also love using our imagination in all aspects of our play. I am looking forward working alongside your tamariki and getting to know your whānau.
Stems FROM HOME Programme
Stems FROM HOME run a varied weekly programme that all of our Educators and whānau are welcome to attend. This includes;
Playgroup, Little Explorers (outdoor experiences and outings), Little Splashers swimming lesson in summer terms and Mini-Gym in winter terms. Our Playgroup sessions include regular children’s yoga experiences, and also other fun visitors depending on current interests. All information is shared in our term flyer.
* First Aid/Civil Defence Kit * Cot/bed * Highchair * Car seats
* Personal linen and hand towels
* A quiet home environment, in which children are able to have really good naps (if needed). If your child has a dummy or security object for sleep time, please send these inside their bag.
* Programme planning and monthly learning stories about your child’s individual learning and development, by using Educa (online portfolios).
* A change of clothes as we like to fully experience everything we do!
* A hat and sunblock in summertime. Please apply sun block to your child in the morning and I will reapply during the day.
* Gumboots and a raincoat for the rainy months
* Sufficient nappies, wipes/cream, bibs, and feeding bottles
* A healthy packed lunchbox and a water bottle
Please remember to bring along your child’s Stems Journal. These
are a useful communication tool for sharing daily entries about your
child’s day, care routines, happenings and up-coming events).
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