Our Stories

Little hands make light work

Dirty hands, muddy gumboots and digging holes was all part of the fun for dozens of children who celebrated Matariki at a PORSE community planting event. Educators, parents, staff and children mucked in to plant 200 trees with Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC). Programme Tutor Barbara Thomson said the planting initiative was a good way […]

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ECE is for me!

When Lisa McEwing left school and started working at one of the local garages in Dargaville she never imagined she would end up in early childhood education. However, when the garage closed, Lisa was at a loose end so after seeing an advertisement on Trade Me, she applied for PORSE’s Nanny Intern Programme. “I absolutely […]

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Becoming an educator

What are the requirements to be a PORSE Educator? First and foremost, you need a love for children and a passion for growing little minds! You will also need: new Zealand citizenship or hold a working holiday visa a First Aid certificate a safe home to work from.Do I need a qualification to be an […]

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Spreading the love

Ask Jo Davison about her job and you could walk away inspired to seek a new career. The Dunedin educator joined PORSE six years ago and loves it so much, she’s brought five friends on-board! She is quick to list the benefits, from flexibility to spending quality time with her own children, Ruby (six), and […]

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Sleeping and self-settling

Newborns don’t have the ability to self-settle without your help until somewhere between 12 and 16 weeks of age. Once parents understand this, they can enjoy the process and be less fraught with expectation. “One of my favourite expressions is don’t start anything in your arms that you can’t replicate in a bassinet or cot,” […]

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Saying goodbye – separation anxiety

As parents, we all know that feeling – the nervous anxiety we can feel in those early days of saying goodbye to our child and leaving them in the care of someone else. It’s not made any easier when our child may also be having big feelings in response to our departure. By Erin Maloney, […]

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