Management / Administration
Kylie Wallace – Centre Manager
I have been working in Early Childhood for over 20 years and have built many special relationships with children. I enjoy chance to empower children to take responsibility for their own learning while I learn with and alongside them. I thrive on the belief that we can all learn off each other. Ako, where the student is as much the teacher as I am, is a concept that links well my values.
Ako is grounded in the principle of reciprocity and also recognises that the learner and whānau cannot be separated. Through working with the children, their whānau and the other teachers in the centre, we can all work together to create great learning opportunities that will set the children up for a future full of learning.
Karen Clark – Cook
I am a mother of 3 wonderful children. I started working at this centre in 1994 as a teacher on and off for 10 years. I then returned in 2013 and have worked here as a cook ever since. My passion has always been working with children.
I love making healthy food for the children and talking with them about the creations I make.
See the Management section for information about Kylie
My personal teaching philosophy is underpinned by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. I feel that creating relationships with the children and parents is vital in the child’s learning and development within an Early childhood environment. As a teacher, I enjoy project-based work and experiences I can engage with children, teachers and families alike.
I feel that children can really benefit from tuakana teina (learning alongside older and younger children), as each child offers a unique view and perspective. This makes learning interesting and a reflective process for myself. I personally enjoy working in a natural environment as I feel that children should be able to feel and enjoy all elements and aspects of the whenua. The environment offers children natural provocations and curiosity for learning.
I believe that early childhood should be a happy and vibrant period of life. Children’s interests, initiatives, contribution, interaction, and spontaneous play are meaningful experiences for their learning and development. As teachers, we adjust the programs and learning environment with considering children preferences. All children should be empowered to choose what they would like to play and make decisions about themselves because they are capable learners.
I also believe that responsive interactions and conversations with children can help children to meet areas of growth. Teaching is more like an art than a job to me. Role modelling and guidance are quite important in helping children to develop pro-social skills and positive personalities. Teachers are co-learners with the children to support children to learn through play.