ABOUT OUR CENTRE
Glendene centre was the first Our Kids centre that was founded by Anita Kumar in 2008. This centre has been given the 4 year review which is the highest standard to achieve. Our Kids combines intimate community relationships, New Zealand’s Te Whāriki curriculum, the principles of Pikler and RIE philosophies, a growing commitment to authentic integration of Te Ao Māori, and children’s play urges, to form a progressive solution to learning.
Our Kids Glendene is a small homely mixed age childcare centre located in a residential area close to Glendene Primary School. We have close connections with our local primary school and within our community which we consider an integral part of our curriculum. Our environment is tailored to meet the needs of different ages and spaces are intentionally created to provide lots of learning opportunities for children to explore and support deeper learning. Our inside area is homely, cosy and calm, supporting children’s belonging, wellbeing and learning development.
We have lots of exploration zones in our outdoor environment (including opportunities for children to be actively involved in gardening and learning about Papatuanuku). Our outdoor space provides challenges and learning experiences in fun and meaningful ways. We have strong relationships with our whanau, as we believe whanau are central to children’s learning and development. We are committed to honouring our role in Te Tiriti partnership and strive to grow our knowledge and bicultural practice.
WHO WILL BE INTERVIEWING YOU?
Anita and Kim have between them 30 years of experience in ECE. Kim has been the centre manager of our Glendene centre since 2020 taking over from Anita. Kim is also the centre manager of our Mataki Way centre and was working as the head teacher in our Glen Eden centre since she started working at Our Kids. Kim and Anita have been working together for over 5 years, and are passionate about supporting meaningful learning for children.
Anita and Kim are highly committed to supporting the holistic well-being of our kaiako, which we see as being an integral part of our learning community and helps us to create a positive team culture in an environment that motivates and inspires.
I established Our Kids Early Learning Centre in 2008 following 13 years in the education sector. I hold a Bachelor of Education, (Teaching) (ECE), from the University of Auckland, and I am an experienced teacher, head teacher, and early learning centre manager. My passion is for quality in early childhood education, stemming from my years of study, experience and ongoing professional development.
I am passionate about inspiring teachers to strive for excellence. I enjoy being in a mentoring role with teachers, supporting them when embracing challenges within the changing education landscape. I am a good listener who establishes relationships with teachers and others easily.
I’m responsible for developing policies and establishing strategic and management plans to guide the future direction of the centres.
I have considerable experience with mixed aged grouping and both the Our Kids Glendene and Glen Eden centres have mixed aged licenses.
Centre Manager, Our Kids Glendene & Mataki Way
Kia ora, my name is Kim and I am the Centre Manager at Our Kids Mataki Way & Glendene. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and have been working as an Early Childhood Teacher since 2010. In recent years I have enjoyed the role as Head Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning, Glen Eden.
I started my career in early childhood when my own children were enrolled in preschool many years ago. I became very involved in my children’s preschool community through volunteering, working and participating in the parent network association. It was at this time that I really discovered a love for working with young children and held a strong interest in their learning and development, inspiring me to study for a Bachelor Degree to begin a career as a qualified early childhood teacher.
As an experienced and knowledgeable early childhood educator I have always been committed to providing quality childcare and education, and it is this commitment that truly inspires me to lead and mentor our teachers to ensure our precious children are provided with the best possible care and education at Our Kids Early Learning.