The centre is well equipped with resources and this helps to support our greatest asset which is our trained teachers and support staff, many of whom have been teaching at the centres for a number of years. The teachers show constant enjoyment in their work and build strong relationships with the children. We pride ourselves on our strong professional relationship’s with whanau and tamariki this was commended in our current ERO Review.
Our learning communities consists of a nursery, preschool and kindergarten. The children and families of our communities experience an environment where their needs and aspirations are valued.
We believe that children learn through play and experience; teachers are facilitators of this learning, but the children are the leaders.
Creating inspiring environments for children and teachers alike, we maintain a long
term serving staff at our nurserys, preschools and kindergartens in Christchurch.
Each staff member enjoys their work immensely and has great fun to getting to
know each child. Our teachers have a deep understanding of child development
which is reflected in the children’s portfolios.
Karen Byrne (Owner)
I have been involved in Early Childhood Education since I graduated from Christchurch Teachers College in 1991. I went straight from college to work as an Early Intervention Teacher for NZCCS. My work at NZCCS was an amazing experience where I had the opportunity to work alongside a very experienced multidisciplinary team which included Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Therapists, Physical Therapist and a Social Worker. In this role I worked closely with many families both in their homes and at preschools all over Christchurch.
I took on the role as Manager for a large not for profit company and managed their five preschools in the wider Canterbury and West coast region for two years. Then I took on a role as a tutor for young people in a pre-Early Childhood Teaching course before going back to NZCCS as the Early Intervention Coordinator.
In 2002 I started my own business developing Lake Terrace Preschool and extending this to purchase Bottle Lake Preschool in November 2014.
All of these roles gave me a unique opportunity to work closely with families, staff and young people. I value all of these learning experiences. They have helped me clearly define my own Early Childhood and life philosophy which is based on supporting families in the best way that I can, by providing a quality friendly service that gives their children the best opportunities we are able to provide.
One of the many pleasures I get from working in ECE is being able to support and see teachers continue to grow and develop their own teaching styles and skills. Both the managers of the centres and myself have worked hard to establish teams that have a high skill set, care about their work with the children and understand the importance of involving the families in their child’s experiences.
Lindsay Byrne (Owner)
Lindsay has worked in the electrical industry for over 30 years as a manager and trainer he has recently semi-retired.
You will see him around the centres regularly doing gardening and general Mr Fix it jobs. The children all know Lindsay well and enjoy helping him with some of these jobs. I have been told by a teacher that the children have been known to throw toys on the roof and then asked the teachers to, “Call Lindsay with his ladder to get them down”!
Rachel Allan (Manager at Bottle Lake)
I have been involved in the childcare industry for approximately 23 years.
Initially I worked closely with different families as a full time nanny and care giver to a range of ages of children. In my early 20’s I moved to Australia where I also worked as a nanny on a casual basis and as well in a reception/office administration job.
From Australia I moved to London where I travelled extensively and learnt about the world. This amazing experience was enabled through my continued work as a private nanny for a busy London based family.
I returned to New Zealand and began my training as a primary school teacher and got a third of the way through my degree when my first child Ruby was born. After a short break I knew that my passion was centred in the care and education of young children and so returned to study for two further years to gain my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education.
I began working for Kids & Co Ltd while studying as a reliever and then took a short break after the birth of my son Spencer. I returned as a senior teacher in the newly established kindergarten at Lake Terrace Preschool. My role quickly grew and I was soon asked to step into the Manager’s role. A few earthquakes and the purchase of a new centre saw me make the shift in 2015 to become the centre manager of Bottle Lake Preschool. I am committed to ensuring quality care and education of young children, especially while in the preschool environment. I understand that there are many facets’ to this outcome, and so building relationships is at the top of my list to achieve this goal.
I look forward to meeting you soon
Nga mihi nui
Preschool | Nursery | Kindergarten