Hello, we are Catherine and Steve, the proud operators of Dandelions and Dragonflies Childcare and Learning Centre.
We live in Te Kowhai and have four beautiful children. We started our childcare journey early in 2017 when we recognised the need for a centre in Te Kowhai. It felt like a natural fit for us and lined up with our family values and community focus.
We are now really excited about continuing our journey and being able to offer childcare to the Onewhero community. As working parents we understand the difference a quality daycare can make in the lives of busy families. We are also excited about being able to offer not only a lovely indoor learning space but also a beautiful rural setting with lots of outdoor space, grass, animal friends and gardens as we believe there are so many learning opportunities outdoors.
We are committed to ensuring Dandelions and Dragonflies delivers the highest quality of education and care, as well as being a real ‘home away from home’ for your child. We believe it is a huge privilege to care for your precious little people, so thank you for considering us.
I am excited to introduce myself to the Onewhero community. I have been very fortunate to join the Dandelions and Dragonflies team as Centre Manager and I cannot wait to open the centres doors and heart to our tamariki and whaanau.
I began my teaching career over 20 years ago as a playcentre mum. Since then I have been in leadership roles as team leader, assistant manager, mentor and centre manager.
I have a Bachelors degree in ECE and a Post graduate diploma in ECE.
I believe the community plays a vital role in the success of our tamariki and whaanau and that whaanau are the foundation to which us kaiako build alongside. Tamariki come to us with so much knowledge embedded in them by their tupuna, by their whaanau and the community they live in and it is our honour as kaiako to nurture that. Whaanaungatanga is very important to me. I believe children need animals and messy play, art, music and freedom to be outside.
My partner Wayne and I live only a few minutes away from the centre and have four children who you might know Isaiah, Cash-beanie, Dynasty and Boston-Wade. We have our nephew Montana living with us. Our nephew Nasear also attended Onewhero area school.
We have two dogs and a cat and we love rugby, music, art and movies.
I look forward to meeting many of you and reconnecting with some of you within our beautiful community over the next few months. My door is always open and a hot cuppa is always available
Ngaa mihi nui whaea