I have retired from full-time work and have settled in Whangarei. I am a strong advocate for children's play, and firmly believe that learning takes place in an environment where children are supported by teachers to learn at their own pace. Play unfolds from within the child, “where their play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognised” (Ministry of Education, 1996, p. 82). Interacting with nature during their play is an important aspect to learning as it provides children with opportunities to explore and respect the environment around them.

Building a relationship with children around trust and respect is important. I believe and, “recognise the principle of Holistic Development in promoting well-being through consistent, warm relationships which connect the various aspects of the child's world” (Ministry of Education, 1996, p. 46).

I strongly believe in reflective practice as I assess and evaluate children's learning. Based on this assessment, I identify how I can improve this learning for the children involved. I am interested in teaching and assessment theories and feel it is extremely important to assess and document learning as part of my practice.

Ministry of Education. (1996). Te whāriki. He whāriki mātauranga ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa. Wellington: Learning Media.