A centre that nurtures children and families is the new vision for Wise Owl Early Learning Centre. Owner Anette Blair took over the Pukekohe centre at the end of January and has already seen positive changes in the month she has owned the facility.
“We want it to be family orientated, with mixed ages, just like a family,” she said.
The centre, located close to Samuel Miller Reserve, on John Street, was bought by Anette who has been an Early Childhood educator for 20 years.
“I believe teachers should own preschools,” she said. “They know what happens on the ground. When it’s a business focus, it takes the quality away from the preschool. I wanted to have a centre that’s quality from the top down.”
She said she hopes to bring back old fashioned values and respectful interactions across the board. “This includes exchanges from me to my staff, the teachers to each other, and between the kids and families,” she said. Anette said this has become visible in such a short time. “There has been good feedback so far.”
She said she wants the centre to, “continue to be a happy, welcoming place, where people want to spend time.”
At her last job, she worked with the team to gain that facility a four from the Education Review Office (ERO). “It takes time to build a big achievement like that.”
Anette hopes to do the same thing with her new centre. “What’s ahead is going to be exciting.”