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Kia ora, my name is Marie. I grew up in the Philippines and after graduating from university moved to Singapore where I spent almost 6 years working. I’ve been in Aotearoa since 2013 with my husband, Nino and our two lovely primary school-aged children. We reside in Rolleston and love it here! In our free time we like to go to the playground and the beach. We also enjoy driving around Christchurch and going on road trips once in a while.
Being a mother myself has prepared me for this home-based educator role. I also have a Level 4 Certificate in Early Childhood Education. As an Educator it is important that we continue to develop our professional knowledge to uphold the standards and behaviour expected of us, as set out by the Education Council’s Code of Professional Responsibility.
I have been with Stems FROM HOME since August 2020. Since then it has been a great adventure with lots of learning, exploring new places with tamariki, and meeting fellow kaiako who are equally passionate. I maintain good communication with whānau and treat them with utmost professionalism. Seeing a tamaiti thrive and flourish under my care will always be my proudest moment.
Weekly Play Experiences
I believe that infants need an attentive carer at all times in order to learn and develop; someone who will show them affection, stimulate their senses with appropriate toys, music and storytelling. Toddlers need more active stimulation through play and activities. I find out their interests then plan their next learning opportunities from there. I believe that young children should be given responsibilities appropriate for their age like tidying up their toys and giving others a helping hand.
As a kaiako I create an inclusive and collaborative environment where children learn, play and thrive regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity and cultural beliefs. It is also my responsibility to create a culturally responsive practice where families and ngā whānau feel accepted and acknowledged for who they are regardless of our differences.
What sets home-based care apart are the different learning settings we provide. Exploring our local community in Rolleston is a weekly part of our routine. We go out for a walk, drive to the playground, the duck pond, Te Ara Ātea library and the new skate park. We also love the Stems playgroup and mini-gym at Selwyn Sports Centre.
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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