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About Me

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.

House Keeping

* 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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