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Fostering their team’s own personal and Professional Development is vital to the growth and development of the Gems environment, making it a great place to work. Providing meaningful PD which reflects their philosophies and enhances their teaching practices is overseen by Tash Doyle, their multitalented Curriculum Coordinator. Working with recognized New Zealand educators the team consistently develop and refine their practice to ensure the standard of care they provide their tamariki is consistent, meaningful and heartfelt.
Quality care and education for children in a setting that has a home away from home feel is at the core of Gems’ philosophy. This belief demonstrates the true essence of the values that drive everyone at Gems to be the best caregivers they can be. They are committed to the guidelines and principles of Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum document, valuing and respecting each child’s individuality and interests, which is evident throughout their environment.
The teachers at Gems believe children will develop as independent thinkers and learners through a play based programme, where children are free to explore, socialise, communicate and investigate, and they strive to create a rich learning environment, which encourages imagination and keeps a child’s natural curiosity alive.
The natural environment offered at Gems provides developmentally appropriate challenges, and empowers children to take risks, yet still provides a sense of security. Their centres are situated in multicultural communities and they welcome children and families from many different ethnic backgrounds, and their teaching acknowledges and respects all cultures and beliefs
Everyone at Gems is dedicated to providing a warm and inviting atmosphere where children and whanau develop a strong sense of belonging and collaborative partnership, and they encourage and value parent participation at any level. Through careful planning and review, supported by passionate qualified teachers, they aim to enhance and extend every child’s learning, so to find out more about Forest school Queenstown, early childhood education and childcare jobs please go to http://www.gems.net.nz .