Kia ora – my name is Rita. I am married to Basie and have three daughters, Rome, Eloise and Minette. Rome and Eloise live in Auckland and Minette is on her big OE.
I trained as a primary school teacher in South Africa and worked in both the Early Childhood and Primary sectors. I completed my Graduate Diploma at Massey University and worked at Wanganui Central Baptist Kindergarten before moving to Tauranga. I am very fortunate to be able to work at St Peters Childcare where I can share my Christian faith with colleagues, parents and children. My passion for Early Childhood lies in building strong relationships with children and their families. Te Whaariki, our Early Childhood curriculum reminds us that our centre should be like a caring home; a secure and safe place where children are respected and get the best of care. I also acknowledge parents as the first teachers of their children and through collaboration we can build an extend children’s interest. More recently I have been inspired by Guy Claxton (building learning power), Carol Dweck (growth mindset), Costa and Kellick (habits of mind) and Angela Duckworth (significance of grit) that talk about encouraging dispositional learning that prepares children as life long learners.
In my ‘spare time’, I like reading, walking or going to the movies with my family.