Michelle Uerata, Centre Manager
What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?
The love of watching children grow and learn in their own ways and styles. I feel very humbled to be part of our tamariki and whanau’s journeys and never forget that privilege.
How long have you been working in this sector?
I have had a 30 year apprenticeship in the early childhood sector to date and have loved every step of it.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the innocence of life that children engage us in as adults. The joy of watching children explore and achieve new goals, skills, learning. I love inspiring teams to become the greatest educators they can, which in turns provides the best outcomes for our children.
What are three things that make your centre special?
The size of the environment; the warm, nurturing staff that help the environment feel like such a comfortable place to be; and the Little Wonders values of Pride, Growth, Collaboration, Kindness and Play.
What is your favourite time of the year at the centre, and why?
All year, every day, and at any time - it is all amazing because our tamariki are continuously inspiring.
What is your personal ECE philosophy?
A big part of my philosophy is based around the point that “we are what our memories make us”. In this learning environment we have the opportunity to make many amazing wonderful learning memories. Reflection is another important part of my philosophy, always reflecting!
Diploma of Teaching (ECE), Certificate in Professional Childcare, Certificate in First Aid