Kia ora, I’m Tess and I provide full time home-based childcare, for children aged six months to five years in Golden Bay.
Besides being ‘Tess the Clown’ at community events and children’s parties for nearly 20 years, I’m also a trained secondary school teacher and previously I’ve tutored in inclusive education (with a focus on young children with special needs) at Canterbury University. I’ve also enjoyed working as a nanny and a babysitter to many families in my younger years, and recently doing relieving at Golden Kids Early Learning Centre and Golden Bay Kindergarten.
Prior to starting home-based childcare in November 2017, I worked in conservation for 11 years in Takaka and love sharing my knowledge about nature and local special places with our future kaitiaki/guardians of the environment. I also plan to further my own learning by completing the Level 4 Certificate in Early Childhood Practice.
I own a sunny, quiet and fenced property with a big backyard near Takaka Primary School. The children and I enjoy doing local walks and trips in the car to places such as Rototai beach, the Lake Killarney ducks, the new town playground, the library, ‘Te Ngahere’/The Community Gardens ‘forest’ with the kindergarten children, the Labyrinth and Action Songs for Preschoolers. At home the children go between the inside and outside areas to play in the sandpit, the water-play station, the swings etc, and then the lego, dolls houses and other toys inside. There is lots of imaginative play that happens and new activities to keep everyone happy and learning.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, tramping, being creative in different ways and catching up with friends. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your childcare needs and to explore some try-out visits if you’d like.
Tess has been amazing! As working parents, we are very grateful for her flexibility. She is always able to accommodate our needs and our daughter loves being with her. (Britta)
Tess you are an incredible carer and an asset to Golden Bay families. We thank you and so appreciate your caring nature and enthusiasm. (Casey)
My kids love being with Tess, and it’s fantastic knowing that they are happy and having heaps of fun. She really cares about their well- being and has developed fabulous relationships with them. I’m so glad my kids have Tess time. (Abbie)