My name is Gemma and I am the teacher at Tall Poppies Clarks Beach. I am a mother to two children, one who is Kindergarten age and the other who has just started school. I have been working as a home based educator for nearly 3 years now, and previous to having children, was a Primary teacher (with 6 years’ experience).
I have established myself as a passionate Early Childhood teacher over the past 3 years, enjoying the balance between caring for my own children, and providing my Tall Poppies whanau with a high level of care, and learning experiences.
I see value in following the children’s interests, grabbing the teachable moments, and allowing them to learn
through play. We have a dedicated learning space with a range of resources, including puzzles, books, arts and crafts, dress ups, a play kitchen, and much more. We can often be seen playing outside in the garden at the water table, riding the trikes, climbing the playground, and gardening. We also have individual sleep spaces for each child – something that we really value for our little ones!
We are situated only a minute or two from the beach and park, so often go on excursions to find natural treasures, or to have a swing. Each week we also like to go to Mainly Music and Playgroup, as this allows for our children to interact with others in a larger group setting.
It is wonderful for our little ones to be in a calm and nurturing environment where they can develop
a strong attachment to myself, and their little friends. It is one of the most special things about home care; relationships are valued and children feel safe.