Mary Beth – Invercargill

Hi my name is Mary-Beth, I am married to Tom and together, we have a son called Hans.

I have been a Homebased Educator, for 3 years now. During that that time I have gained my Level 4, Certificate in Early Childhood Practice and attended a 10 week course in basic sign langue that I like to include in my every day practice and I also hold my current first aid certificate.

In 2017 I attended an annual Homebase conference, allowing me to listen to guest speakers likes of Dr Louise Porter and Pennie Brownlee. I heard that “children learn through the heart” by doing what they “love” doing when exploring and being around nature.

I plan a weekly outing to bush or bush surroundings, allowing children to follow their heart, there passion, like jumping in puddles, stomping through mud, collecting “treasure”, bugs, wildlife, all in a safe and supervised natural environment.

I have also attended a seminar held by Wendy Pirie, on Move, Play and Learn with Smart Steps. I received great knowledge about how important Active and Movement is for children to thrive; this is also included in my weekly planning by attending drop in gym and looking at adding Murihiku Marae (Play pods) on alternative weeks, along with, adding my own Active and Movement activities, weekly, in an outdoor environment.

I love being a Homebased educator. I love giving the children a warm loving home environment, with low ratio, and an opportunity to build strong relationships with myself and of course each other. I provide a great spacious outdoor area, with a sandpit and a covered area for those wet winter days to get some fresh air and of course, burn off some much needed energy including those messy play days if we need shelter. I also have a vegetable garden, that myself the tamariki get to plant out in vegetables. When they are ready, we get to harvest and enjoy the produce. I like to include baking, a great way to add maths and science to the children’s learning.

If you are interested meeting with me please contact Just Four Kids and we can arrange appointment.

I believe that visits are a must, as I know this is not only for your child, but you, as a family. It is important for your Educator, to treat, love and care, for your child as much as you do. xx