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BTchLn –  Teacher

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Kia ora, Ko Amanda tōku ingoa.

I graduated from Open Polytechnic in 2014 with my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). My teaching experiences have involved working in a private ECE centre in 2011 which lead to a team leader position. I have also worked as a Kindergarten teacher before starting here at Bishopdale Community Preschool in February 2018. My previous career was a qualified chef for eight years.


As a registered teacher my passion is to provide high quality learning for all tamariki in a collaborative learning approach. I believe in a strong responsive, reciprocal, and respectful relationships with our diverse family/whānau and tamariki. My belief is for children to become capable lifelong learners who thrive in a positive and inviting environment where they can develop and explore a richness of knowledge and skills, which inspire their play.

“What we learn becomes a part of who we are.”


BTchLn – Relief Teacher

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Kia Ora,

I graduated from the University of Canterbury in December 2008 with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in ECE.  Prior to taking this position at BCP in 2019, I have worked in both private and Kindergarten services in teaching positions and leadership positions.

I believe that it is important that we all have fun together and for children to have opportunities to make decisions regarding their learning and their environment.  As teachers we can extend and support their learning, empowering them to be life long learners.


BTchLn – Teacher

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Kia ora,

I was born in Malaysia and moved to Aotearoa New Zealand when I was 6 years old with my family and since then Ōtautahi Christchurch has been my home. I graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2018 with a graduate diploma in early childhood teaching. I have previously worked in a variety of ece centres over the past 3 years, before joining and becoming a part of Bishopdale Community Preschool team as a preschool kaiako in March 2022.
It is important for me as a teacher to promote a sense of belonging for all children and their families and whānau. Creating an inclusive environment where it is safe for each child to be able to express their own sense of identity and uniqueness. I believe that acknowledging and respecting the cultures, beliefs and values each child and their family/whānau brings to the classroom will thereby support them to achieve their potential to become competent and confident learners.


BTchLn – Teacher

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I have been a qualified early childhood teacher since 2020,  but have been working in preschools since 2017.

I am originally from South Africa, we moved to New Zealand in 2008 when my 3 children were all really young. Therefore, I understand the challenges of bringing children into an environment where English is a second language for them. I am passionate about supporting children in this transition, while maintaining their home language and their connection to their own culture.

I believe relationships are the cornerstone of our practice, good relationships with tamariki and their whanau leads to better learning environments and opportunities.

I am excited to be joining the BCP family and get to know the wonderful community.


BTchLn – Teacher

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I have been with BCP since 2017 as part of the nursery team. I graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2007 with a Bachelor Teaching and Learning in ECE.

I am passionate about working alongside infants and toddlers as they explore and make discoveries about the world around them, and delight in the privilege of being a part of enriching their early experiences through caring, responsive and reciprocal interactions.

I believe that forming close relationships with children, their whanau and the community are integral to providing the best foundation to allow children to reach their potential. When I’m not focused on your babies I am a Mum to 4 year old James and him, my husband and I live in the Bishopdale area- so you may have seen us walking our labrador Shadow!



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