Kathryn Godfrey , Centre Manager
What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?
I had my own son in my mid-thirties and was an at home mum until he started school. The interest and passion for my own son’s development inspired me to continue with young children. This was a huge career change for me and one I have always known was the right decision. Being with young children under 5 is richly rewarding, teaching young children is simply the greatest joy and passion I have had in my working career.
How long have you been working in this sector?
It is almost 12 years now.
What do you love most about what you do?
That I am in a wonderful community, with teachers, parents and most importantly our young children. For me teaching has enriched my own life and been extremely satisfying because everything is aimed at further developing young children’s milestones, interests, and is through their own willingness and curiosity to know and explore everything.
What makes Active Explorers Glenfield special?
We have a new centre with a lovely warm and inviting atmosphere, a stable team of teachers and a diverse range of ethnicities. We all learn from each other through respect and knowledge of each other’s cultures. We have a rich bicultural environment that encompasses and embraces Te Reo Maori on a daily basis.
What is your favourite time of the year at the centre?
Mine would be Christmas, as the excitement from our children at this time of year is so incredibly infectious. We have many functions that allow our children to use their own imagination and creative flair when making their parents a gift. I also enjoy any other time of the year when we hold events or functions - like snow being delivered, bike days, and growing our garden days.
What is your personal ECE philosophy
These words sung by the late Whitney Houston express exactly how I feel…
I believe that children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride
And let their laughter remind us how we use to be!
For me it is imperative our young children have the opportunity to thrive and learn all the foundation skills they will need when starting school. Early education for our young children empowers them, acknowledges them and gives them a sense of pride in their achievements, a sense of belonging, a sense of being worthy, and a sense that they can achieve anything.
Where can we find you when you are not at the centre?
I love to catch up with my son, family and friends, and I enjoy gardening, and a good book. Most of all I love taking my little dog Zara for long walks at the beach, as not only is it good exercise for her, it is also very peaceful and good for mindfulness.
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood