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Kia ora, my name is Magenta and I am a fully qualified Speech and Language Therapist. I made the move to Home-Based Education in 2016 as I was drawn to a career with children at the heart of it that also offered me more time with my young family. I live here in Rolleston with my husband Gav and our four children Lily, Kyla, Chase and Ashton. Our eldest daughter Jacinda has recently left home and is looking forward to pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education, which I hope she will love as much as I do. As a family we enjoy reading, always love a good games night, and can often be found at the local pool where our son swims most days. Football is my other big love, and since hanging up my boots a few years ago I am now coaching a local junior football team during the winter season. It brings me so much joy to see the next generation finding their love for sport.
As an Educator I believe that children learn best in an environment where they feel valued, respected and heard (even if they cannot talk). Learning in our home environment is very much play based and child led. I strive to set up invitations to play that will capture each child’s individual interests, and form the foundations for a lifelong love of learning. It amazes me to see the different ways children engage with the learning environment and let their imaginations take flight. I believe that when children have agency to create and act on their own ideas the possibilities are endless. What a privilege to be part of that journey with them.
Weekly Play Experiences
Our home environment is comprised of a large designated playroom with resources regularly rotated/changed to accommodate changing interests. We have a large back yard complete with mud kitchen and sandpit where the children are invited to explore at their own pace. Excursions are scheduled around the sleep routines of the children in my care as I aim to keep as much consistency with home as possible. Te Ara Ātea (Rolleston Library), Willowbank, and Foster Park are among our favourite places to visit.
Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi – Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.
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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