Our teachers are all fully qualified and we maintain excellent staff:child ratios, ensuring children in our centre get the care and attention they need to thrive. Our low staff turn-over provides consistency for our preschoolers and is testament to the warm, welcoming environment we seek to nurture, not only for the children but those who work with them too.
I have worked at the preschool for 26 years and have stayed that long due to the job satisfaction I get every day working with the children. I recently moved from Head Teacher to Centre Manager. As part of my daily routine I enjoy greeting the children and parents everyday as they come into the centre. I think this is such an important way to build rapport with our families. I also work on the floor every morning as I enjoy working and watching the children get involved in their play and form friendships with each other.
I began my career at Albany Preschool as a student as I was required to complete 16 hours a week for my studies, I did this as a volunteer. Lynne was my Associate teacher and from there my career grew. Once I gradated with my degree in Early Childhood education I was offered a full time position as a teacher. After a number of years it was my turn to be the associate teacher and guide the students. Recently the opportunity came up for Lynne to move into centre managers role and I was offered her position of head teacher and it felt like a natural progression. I am really enjoying the role and enjoying the challenges this brings. Albany Community Preschool is an amazing place to work and I feel fortunate to have started my career in such a great place with such an amazing team supporting me.
I became an early childhood teacher because I love working with children, they bring me so much joy. I love supporting and extending their interests and learning and I am committed to making a positive difference to the children during their time at preschool. My favourite things to do are gardening, cooking, sewing, dancing and playing dramatic games, whether it’s pirates sailing off on the high seas or mermaids having an underwater adventure.
I always wanted to work with children from an early age. The best part of my job is building relationships with the children and developing their sense of belonging and trust. I think we have an amazing environment for children to explore, build on social relationships and skills and learn with a huge variety of resources. I love that in this chaotic world, our fabulous outdoor area gives children the time and space to just be kids.
Being surrounded with children makes me feel young at heart and I love coming into preschool each day knowing the children are developing and learning in a loving, nurturing, safe, fun and healthy environment. I enjoy listening to the children’s imaginative stories and conversations and I feel like I learn just as much as them some days! The children are so lucky to have a beautiful natural environment to play in, pets to pat and real bikes to ride around on.
I love that Albany Community Preschool is a happy, positive, supportive environment for children as well as teachers and whānau, which makes it a pleasure to come to work. I really enjoy working with the children in our Globugs extension group, which is our readiness for school preparation programme. It’s a time to focus on and develop individual children’s skills, which is very rewarding as a teacher.
Being a mum to two children of my own allowed me to see first-hand how special and important the early years of learning are and was what led me to become an ECE teacher. The best part of my job is to know I am making a positive difference to the children in our centre. I love to watch them grow into happy, confident and competent individuals who by the time they leave us have developed a passion for learning and the necessary skill sets to successfully transition to school.
Apart from being surrounded by a great and passionate team of teachers, I too enjoy being around the children. It is also great to get to know the families as we feel privileged to be part of their children’s lives and learning. I love it when the children occasionally visit me in the office to share the news of their worlds - I do hear some interesting and entertaining stories.