Visiting Teachers

Our Bright Futures Visiting Teachers are registered and qualified early childhood teachers who support our team of Educarers by supervising the education and care that the Educarers provide for children in their homes.

This is achieved through regular Educarer home visits where a Visiting Teacher will discuss your child’s learning and development and look for ways to include this into the daily programme. Our Visiting Teachers support your choice of Educarer by leading the selection process.

What is a Visiting Teacher?

  • Ensure the Educarer meets the Ministry of Education regulations for home-based care
  • Regularly visits the Educarer’s home
  • Carry out regular health and safety checks
  • Monitor and advise the education and care programme
  • Facilitate playgroups
  • Support communication between the service, parent and Educarer

Our Visiting Teachers are:

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Vicki Robertson

Visiting Teacher, Napier

Vicki has worked in early childhood for over 15 years including childcare centres and home-based care. Vicki was awarded her Early Childhood Diploma in 2000 and has her Teacher Registration.

Vicki visits the children and the Educarers at least every month, keeps parents and Educarers informed and answers any questions they may have, organises group outings.

What she loves about children: “They keep me young – if I didn’t do this I certainly wouldn’t be sliding down slides, rolling down hills or dancing to children’s music!”

What she loves about Bright Futures: “We all genuinely love what we do & I can see how that shines through to the children.”

 

Contact Vicki

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Darryl Fisher

Visiting Teacher, Napier

Darryl is a fully registered Teacher, holding a Diploma of Teaching (ECE). Darryl has worked in early childhood education for 22 years, in various roles including supervisor in an ECE centre, PAFT (Parents as First Teachers) Educator and as visiting teacher for homebased childcare.

Darryl visits the children and Educarers each month ensuring children experience a learning environment where play is valued and extended within a nurturing supportive setting. Darryl is available to support parents and Educarers in all aspects of children’s education.

“I enjoy seeing children become confident capable learners who believe in their ability to succeed and attempt new challenges.”

“All staff at Bright Futures are passionate about providing high quality care and education for children. Educarers provide a wonderful environment where the child’s independence and creativity is nurtured and encouraged.”

Contact Darryl

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Paloma Samu

Visiting Teacher, Hastings

Bachelor of Education (Teaching); Diploma of Teaching (ECE); Supervisor childcare centre.

Paloma visits the children and the Educarers at least every month, keeps parents and Educarers informed, provides resources and answers any questions they may have, organises group outings.

“The children in our care are spontaneous, happy and care-free.”

“I love being a part of an organisation that builds strongly around positive working relationships with the Educarers and their children.”

Contact Paloma

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Corina Chamberlain

Visiting Teacher, CHB

I am a qualified registered Teacher holding a diploma of teaching (ECE), and Bachelor of Teaching(ECE). I have worked in the early childhood profession for many years and have wide experience working with infants through to school age children.

I believe all children are unique individuals who bring with them their strengths, talents and a natural sense of wonder and curiosity. As a visiting teacher I am committed to building and maintaining relationships with all those in our learning community. I believe that relationships are a source of learning, empowerment and identity for children, their families and whanau.

Contact Corina

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Marieta Enticott

Visiting Teacher, CHB

I am a fully registered Teacher, Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)and have many years of experience teaching children from infants to five years of age in centre based environments (10 years in a supervisory role). I was also an Educator and Coordinator of the Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) programme for nine years; six of those years with Napier Kindergarten Association coordinating this parent support programme with a high focus on early childhood education in Napier, Hastings and Waipukurau.

I believe that establishing relationships of trust, care and respect (through reciprocal communication) with children and their parents /whᾱnau and educarers will build a strong foundation within the physical environment for children to learn and develop intellectually, physically and socially.

Contact Marieta

Our Visiting Teachers are led by our Manager Andrea Driver and supported by our Administration and Finance team at Napier Family Centre:

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Andrea Driver

Bright Futures Manager 

I am a registered Early Childhood Teacher with varied experience in the Education and care of young children. I have been a Primary School teacher and worked in a variety of Early Childhood services.

I believe that loving relationships with parents, whānau and Educarers is the most important foundation for all children’s growth and development. When we establish respectful, caring relationships with children and their whānau, we can work together to construct purposeful learning experiences and foster healthy development for every child.

As a service of the Napier Family Centre, I love that we can nurture the whole family and offer your family choices in quality early childhood education and care.

I welcome your inquiry for childcare or if you wish to become an Educarer.

Please feel free to contact me

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Hellene

Bright Futures Administrator

Hellene assists parents to complete any forms required including WINZ entitlement/renewal applications and free ECE attestation forms. Educarers are welcome to phone anytime with queries or requests.

“Bright Futures has such a positive energy around it. The Educarers go the extra mile for the children, and the office team do as much as they can to assist families. We all want to do our best to support our community – this makes for a great programme.”

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Jenny

Bright Futures Administrator

Jenny assists parents to complete any forms required including government entitlement applications, manages payments, takes care of any tax compliance assistance an Educarer may request.

“It is actually a very easy environment to work in – we take a very practical approach to administration so there is no need for anyone to feel bogged down by it.”

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