ABOUT OUR CENTRE
Our Kids Early Learning centre was founded by Anita Kumar in 2008 and are known in the community for their commitment to quality ECE. Our Kids combines intimate community relationships, New Zealand’s Te Whāriki curriculum, the principles of Pikler and RIE philosophies, and children’s play urges, to form a progressive solution to learning.
The Onehunga centre is a purpose built ECE centre, newly managed by Our Kids in 2020. The centre has two rooms, licensed for 18 under 2s and 52 over 2s. Each indoor and outdoor space has been designed and tailored to support learning through play for each age grouping. Our under 2s team, The Nest, use a primary care approach to ensure pēpi (babies) form trusting, reciprocal relationships while in our care. We are inspired by RIE and Pikler philosophies which centre respectful care-based interactions, and freedom of movement to promote the learning and growth of pēpi at their own unique pace. In The Hive our tuakana are supported to explore their play urges through an inviting and challenging play environment. We have a diverse range of cultures present in our community, and kaiako in the Hive embrace and celebrate these cultures, adding to our kete mātauranga (baskets of knowledge) which each celebration.
We believe that a centre’s most important resource is a good team, therefore we do our best to find ways in creating and maintaining a progressive educational culture in a fun, collaborative, and innovative team environment where we all have one common goal – to inspire lifelong learning.
WHO WILL BE INTERVIEWING YOU?
Anita and Emma have 30 years of experience between them in ECE. Emma has been the manager at Our Kids Glen Eden for two years, and has recently taken over management of Our Kids Onehunga.
Anita and Emma 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 Glen Eden & Onehunga
Kia Ora, my name is Emma and I have been an early childhood educator for 12 years. During that time I have continued to study and grow my knowledge of the sector. I have a Graduate Diploma of Teaching, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Master of Education. This learning journey has given me a wide range of experience and knowledge of how children learn and grow, but also how kaiako (teachers) learn and grow.
I have led teams in integrating authentic bicultural practice throughout my teaching career. As an educational leader, I am passionate about empowering kaiako (teachers) to grow their knowledge and skills around Te Ao Māori. My experience has taught me the value of centering a worldview different from your own as an opportunity to develop culturally responsive practice and care.
Seeing kaiako develop their potential and lead in their own areas of strength and passion are my favourite parts of leading the team at Our Kids Glen Eden. I am new to the Onehunga community and look forward to building whanaungatanga with the tamariki, whānau, kaiako and whenua of this place.