Katrina – Oxford
Diploma of Teaching – ECE
Kia ora e te whānau, I’m Katrina…. Well actually I get called Trina by everyone so let’s go with Trina!!
I live in the beautiful town of Oxford with my husband Phil and my beautiful daughters Millie and Stella, our house hold also consists of 3 cats Sherbet, Mango and Pumpkin, and 5 chooks! Our property is a secret wee oasis in the township, with a large lawn area for all the space needed to move and have fun. ‘Loose parts’ form a big part of my daily programme, my belief is children need time and space to explore and be creative and loose parts is a great driver for this. Play IS the best way for children to expand their knowledge and understanding of their world, to make connections with others and to be creative all while having fun! So, at my house PLAY is what we do all day!
I have a strong understanding of the benefits of nature-based play for children, and helped start Oxford’s first Forest Ed outing. Organic Kids educators, in the area, and their tamariki meet at Ashley Gorge each fortnight for a nature-based morning of play, exploration and connection. Being outdoors with nature is very grounding and calming for the body, and fresh air is vital for us to stay in good health.
When your child joins my in-home childcare they became part of our wee family, prior to 9am and after 3pm they will be part of the daily routine and sports my girl do. Thursdays is horse riding for my girls and if your child is here after 3pm they will join us in dropping them to riding and get to see and pat the horses. Other days we go on walks around our beautiful town seeing the cows, horses and sheep that are about.
During the day time your child will be part of helping feed the chooks, collecting the eggs, checking on the vege garden growth and harvesting our produce. Baking is a weekly event where your child will have the opportunity to be part of measuring, weighing and mixing the ingredients. We also are lucky to have a great music group at the Oxford Baptist Church every Monday, and Every 2nd Wednesday we join other Organic Kids Educators and their tamariki at The Groynes for forest playgroup. These community events give your child the opportunity to be a part of larger groups and social interactions with others outside of my in-home care.
Following children’s interest can take us on some fun journeys of learning and engaging, we have had shops set up, campfires in the sandpit, volcanoes made, dress up days and airplanes made from the dining table chairs, I have been around the world in a day….. the fun is never ending…. As too is my energy… I am a very energetic crazy fun Mum and educator. I look forward to meeting you and your tamariki.
A home away from home xxxxx