Ko Tainui toku waka
Ko Rangitoto Tuhua toku maunga
Ko Waipa Honorua toku awa
Ko Waikato toku rohe
Ko Te Hoki nga mai ki te Nehenehenui toku marae
Ko Ngati Matakore toku hapu
Ko Ngati Maniapoto toku iwi
Ko Luana Abraham toku ingoa
I have been involved in the Early Childhood Educator sector for over 16 years working within Early Childhood Centre’s, including Total Immersion Maori, bilingual and mainstream, within New Zealand and Australia. Prior to commencing with Cherish, I had the opportunity to work with families in need, assisting them to prepare their children for school in a programme call HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters). This was both challenging and rewarding enabling me to bring my strengths and experience to Cherish Childcare and empower our children, families and educators with skills for lifelong learning.
I have my Diploma of Teaching ECE and near completion of my Bachelor of Education. I am also currently working through my level certificate in Te Reo Maori alongside my husband J
I live with My husband Chris Abraham and my 14 month old daughter Lakey-West Abraham. I also have in my life my sons – Ohae-Piripi (16yrs), and Muri-Tupapa (12yrs). My daughter – Manea (9yrs). My step-sons – Kymani (12 yrs) and Garcia (8yrs)
I enjoy Spending quality time with my whanau and friends at the beach, b.b.q’s, whanau dinners and lunches.
I am a Home-Based visiting teacher because I want to be able to give back to children by inspiring their educators to become more equipped and confident with the tools, strategies and aspirations that are needed to empower children with opportunities to grow and develop.
What is special about Home-Based care to me, “It takes a village to raise a child”. Within home-based childcare, you have the opportunity to build fundamental relationships with the child and their family while utilizing the local community and its resources.
What I bring to Cherish is Professional early childhood education and care through each child’s educator which is provided by planned and meaningful playgroups and community outings. Professional development and educational support to educators to provide individual learning to each child in their care. Quarterly parent reports regarding your child’s learning and development, and how this has been supported by your chosen educator. Not to mention face to face contact (or by phone) if and when needed.
I believe Cherish’s vision and philosophy are in the best interest of each individual child and their family. In order for this to work, Educators are acknowledged, respected and provided the support necessary to enable the children to flourish. Cherish is also unique and local to Taranaki, ensuring children become familiar with their local community and its surroundings, therefore feeling grounded and know they have a place of belonging in such a beautiful setting J
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