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Hi, my name is Vicky, my husband and I own and operate Newton Street Childcare. We have four beautiful children Michael, Sara, Steven and Patrick and three gorgeous grandchildren.
I am a qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and work alongside my staff. We have collaboratively constructed a clear vision, which recognises children as the heart of all we do. I am on a continuous learning journey working beside the tamariki, families and Kaiako. I am inspired daily by their dedication, commitment, presence, and love of learning.
Our vision is designed to allow children to lead their own learning, to be curious and have a passion for learning. We have high expectation for our tamariki encouraging them to excel through enabling them to grow strong identities, languages, and culture.
Hey I’m Laura,
I grew up in Katikati but now live at the Mount. I have been working here at Newton Street since March 2016 after returning from two years of travel. Though I got to see lots of the U.K, Europe and beyond I still have itchy feet and am definitely not done exploring yet. I love living at the Mount, spending time with friends and family, making the most of the beach and getting outdoors to explore more of our beautiful country.
Teaching is definitely my passion. I completed a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) through Bethlehem Tertiary Institute back in 2010 and have been happily teaching ever since. I have worked with children of each age group and though I love the uniqueness of each age I do have a soft spot for the two and three year olds.
My personal teaching philosophy is greatly inspired by the Reggio philosophy. This includes a great respect for the child which acknowledges many creative ways of being and doing, and a focus on an intriguing, inspiring and aesthetically pleasing environment. I also have a passion for outdoor learning, risk taking, natural resources and real life experiences.
Hi my name is Juliet Cantwell.
I gained my Bachelor of Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education with the University of Auckland. I am a fully register teacher. I love the work I do and look forward each day to teaching and learning alongside the children at Newton Street.
Barry, my husband and I enjoy the Tauranga region for living and working and am fortunate to be enjoying watching and being involved with our grandchildren who live close by.
I believe that a quality education comes from a holistic approach to actively promoting healthy, collaborative and respectful relationships with my colleagues, the child and their whānau, based on the best interests and individual strengths of the child; and providing the child with a challenging, thought provoking, fun and safe learning environment.
Hi I’m Wendy
Originally from England I immigrated to New Zealand 16 years ago. I have worked in the care sector for over 20 years in various paid and voluntary positions. I have 12 years experience in New Zealand home-based care as well as raising my own children. I believe learning/education starts at birth and at home within our families and then in partnership with the school and community. All children need to feel loved, respected and be listened to in a nurturing, positive, fun and safe environment, somewhere they are able to explore and learn at a pace that they are comfortable with, yet where they are encouraged to extend themselves and try new things.
I want our children to go off into the world as confident learners.
Be confident, Be strong – Kia Kia Maia Kaha
Hi, Kia ora.
My name is Rachel and I am originally from England but moved to paradise with my husband and our three teenagers (aged 17, 18, &19) in 2004. I am a teacher aid here at Newton Street Childcare and feel very privileged to be part of such an awesome team. As a Teacher aid I work with the Pepe, Teina and Tuakana children and I absolutely love every part of my job. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to look after such beautiful tamariki.
Kia ora, My name is Sharlene Clarke. I have recently moved to Tauranga in May 2016 from Rotorua. I have four beautiful children, Kalani(18), Asty (16), Sasha (12) and Dayne (4). I love my babies and have enjoyed supporting them through their lives and I am super proud of all their achievements.
In my own time I enjoy spending time with my family. My partner and I enjoy travelling around our beautiful country. I also enjoy fishing, going for walks with my fur baby Kotiro and playing pool. To relax I enjoy Knitting and Adult colouring.
I have been working in the Early Childhood sector for 15 years. I gained my diploma in 2009 and then continued my study and achieved my bachelor in 2012. I am a fully registered teacher.
My name is Helen Cantwell. I am from Katikati but moved to Tauranga once I finished school. Previously a senior hairdresser, I decided to make the change to early childhood after I became a mother to two beautiful children, Konnor and Maddison, which attend Newton Street also. I am just beginning my full time study with New Zealand Tertiary College. I feel lucky to be able to work with such a great team and see our beautiful tamariki grow.