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Maree Kennedy
Educarer

North Oamaru, Oamaru, Otago

Kia ora koutou, my name is Maree. I’m a Mum to three children, all boys aged 31, 21 and 13, and I have an 8-year-old granddaughter. I have been caring for children as a home based educarer for 16 years. I provide a home away from home for my tamariki, in a warm and relaxed environment where children are encouraged to lead their learning and are free to explore at their own pace. I plan my learning programme around the principles and strands of Te Whāriki, New Zealand’s ECE curriculum, setting learning goals for my tamariki in consultation with whānau and providing them with a variety of learning experiences and activities catering to their current skills and interests e.g. arts & crafts, music and movement, sensory play and imaginative role play. I see making links with our local community as very important and I enjoy getting out and about with my tamariki most mornings, joining our friends at playgroups, music groups, and library story time. We also make regular trips to our local parks, playgrounds and botanical gardens to experience physical play and exploration in the outside, natural environment. I believe it’s great for children to socialise with their peers in a variety of settings, developing bonds and learning social competence and confidence in preparation for continuing their learning journey at school and beyond.

"Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded."
Jess Lair

Activities I provide

  • Creators' weekly playgroup
  • Outings to local parks, playgrounds and gardens
  • Trips to the library for story time
  • Weekly music and movement sessions on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
Day Hours Spaces
Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm 0
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm 0
Wednesday 7:30am - 5:30pm 0
Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm 0
Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm 0
Office details
Region Otago
Office North Oamaru, Oamaru
Phone 0800 273 286
Email referrals (at) creators.org.nz