A lot of my time is spent out and about in a little yellow car visiting kindergartens! I am usually greeted by a chorus of, “who are you and why are you at my kindy?” from children, who will often take me by the hand and walk with me, pointing out the areas they like the most.
I visit kindergartens to undertake observations, look through documentation and give feedback and support to teachers to ensure we provide a strong educational programme for all children. I also work with new teachers, helping them to complete their teacher registration. On my visits, I usually sneak some precious time with those gorgeous children.
Some of my time is at the Association Office, checking through Ministry of Education or Education Review Office requirements and making sure that our kindergartens are up to date. There is always something new to do or some change to implement… it is one of the best jobs in the world!!
In this job, you have to be a 'jack of all trades' and my responsibility is wide-reaching! As well as the day to day running of an organisation with over 200 staff across 25 sites, I am always focused on future-proofing our Association and working closely with our Board and various external agencies to strengthen and grow Ruahine Kindergartens. However, I couldn't do my job without the support of all my colleagues and I have yet to meet a more passionate and dedicated team of professionals.
There is no such thing as a typical day for me and it is not unusual to find myself appraising or interviewing for staff, negotiating with the union or a contractor, writing policy, meeting with the Ministry, attending a H&S or Board meeting, dealing with an emergency closure, making decisions on budgets or ICT and talking to the media all in one day; then before bed, a quick post to the Ruahine Kindergarten Facebook page.