Finding the right work-life balance

“I think one of the real benefits is being able to get down on the ground with the children, spend time with them and build those relationships in a relaxed, quiet environment where they are all settled.

The PORSE philosophy uses play to observe a child’s interest; using this information to support and extend their learning, with educators recording their learning journey for parents to follow through daily journaling.

Because the learning is child-led, educators create a unique and strong bond with each child, which parents can see.  Children are encouraged to explore their environments at their own pace and on their own schedule.

“Everything fits around them, it doesn’t matter if they want morning tea then story time, or the other way around.”

Dedicating an area of her home to her PORSE children and rotating teaching resources depending on the age group and developmental milestones means children in her care can learn and grow at a level appropriate for their own development.

Lucy is quick to pick up on individual play habits and cater to those needs.

“You really get to know them, so you quickly learn which child likes to build with blocks and which favours felts and collage.”

But it’s not just the children that benefit from the relationship that forms. For educators, it provides a level of job satisfaction that is hard to beat.

Through our two arms – PORSE In-Home Childcare Limited and PORSE Education and Training Limited, we work with thousands of people throughout New Zealand to provide in-home childcare services, community play and learning programmes, on-the-job training and STAR/Gateway unit standards for secondary school students.

Guided by the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki, PORSE is committed to nurturing respectful relationships between all ages.

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