Head Teacher in Mohi Kete
Qualifications: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning ECE, National Certificate in Mãori (Te Waharoa) Level 2, Certificate in Tikanga Mãori Level 3, Undergoing Teacher Registration Process.
Kia Ora I am Danielle and I started working for the Baptist Preschool as a reliever in 2012 before joining the Mohi Kete Room in 2013. I have completed my Bachelor in Teaching and Learning in ECE (2013) and am currently provisionally registered. This year I am studying part time towards a Graduate Certificate in Infant and Toddler Wellbeing and Learning. Since working with infants and toddlers my passion has grown immensely. My teaching philosophy is inspired by the Pikler and Gerber approach to Infant and Toddler care. I want to expand, deepen and further my knowledge in this field, so I can enhance the quality education and care I provide for the children entrusted with my care. I find this age group particularly fascinating and widely underestimated in their abilities and capabilities, this is an aspect in society I would like to see changed. Infants and toddlers are capable, engaged, active participants in their own learning and I believe that a teacher’s commitment to pedagogy of care reflects attuned interactions between teacher and child and their ability to being fully present, supportive and responsive to the child. Through close observations, secure attachments (child-teacher-whānau) and a teaching philosophy of care, respect, security and belonging enables me to recognise and respond to the children’s learning and development.
Here is a little bit about me I am married to Hadley Fletcher and we have two children Leigha who is 9 and Caleb who is 7. We moved to Ashburton from Timaru in 2010 and haven’t looked back, we love the small rural town feel Ashburton offers. Outside of Preschool my family and I like to spend a lot of time doing outdoor recreational activities such as nature walks, boating, hiking, biking, triathlons/duathlons and camping! I enjoy baking, sewing, anything crafty and hanging out with family and friends.