Totara Vale, Auckland
In 2012 Kate opened her successful homebased business ‘em&me’ supported by HGK in Totaravale. Prior to that she was a nanny – also supported by HGK since the age of 21. Kate has lived and worked in the UK as a nanny as has travelled extensively.
She has a level 3 certificate in ECE and a current first aid certificate.
Kate is married to Mike and they have owned their home for over 10 years. They have 2 fantastic daughters- Emily (2012) and Matilda (2016).
Kate has a large sunny open backyard with outdoor play equipment, playhouse, trampoline, Monkey bars as well as opportunities for water and sand play, scooter and bikes. She has a large covered deck for all weather play. Inside Kate has a sunny and thoughtfully designed playroom that encourages free play. Kate has a wonderful range of natural, homemade and open-ended resources and a great space to play in the lounge. Kate is near to many parks, reserves, bushwalks and beaches which she utilizes regularly. Kate cooks regularly with her tamariki, using real tools, promoting healthy eating and developing life skills.
ACTIVITIES THEY PROVIDE:
Kate and the children participate in regular community activities such as Mainly Music, Lil Groover’s, Heartland’s playgroup and Toddler Toes. She attends HGK playgroups and outings. Her children also get to experience wonderful outings to playgrounds, rock hunts, beaches, bushwalks, parks, the Zoo, MOTAT, Auckland Museum, and other adventures around Auckland that extend her tamariki’s interests and development.
Kate believes in a “less is more” philosophy and her environment is inspired by the Reggio philosophy, Montessori and the theory of “loose parts”. Kate believes in allowing children to play at their own pace. She provides resources and sets her environment up to encourage and develop children’s holistic learning. Her home is a place where tamariki will establish routine, friendships and are welcomed as part of her whanau. Gain independence, life skills and feel the sense of belonging.
Monday to Thursday – 8am to 4.30pm