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.
Since beginning my career as an Early Childhood teacher in 1993 I have experienced a great deal of diversity as I have been employed in both the state operated and private sectors here in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
These experiences have included beginning my teaching career as a Kindergarten Teacher in Greymouth, before progressing onto an early role as a Relieving Head Teacher at a Kids First Kindergarten during my years based in Rangiora.
I have always been fascinated with other cultures, beliefs and values so in 2002 I moved to Japan for a year, where I worked at Tokuyama Country Club as a Golf Caddie. I became quickly immersed in both learning a new language as well as taking up every opportunity to explore in an amazing culture and its people.
In 2003, after a short period of time in New Zealand where I was employed as a Relieving Supervisor in a privately owned centre, I fulfilled an ambition to move to London. While living in London I maintained a healthy balance of employment while upholding my personal goals of travel. I worked both in the private and public sectors; beginning as a Deputy Nursery Manager in a franchised private setting, later becoming a supply Teacher where I worked in a variety of settings before being employed as a Reception Class teacher in a primary school where many attending children and their families were either immigrants or refugees. I subsequently became promoted to the role as Head of the Early Years team at the same school.
I then competed a sabbatical of 14 months with my now husband as we travelled around the world before coming home to get married in New Zealand. This was such a fantastic experience where every day was a new opportunity and we explored many societies and cultures during this time.
In September 2008 upon returning to the United Kingdom I was head hunted into a role as a Specialist Early Years Teacher working with an amazing team of in-house professionals in a private setting. Together we worked with SEN children (and their families) whom have a variety of speech and language disorders. I worked at this setting until December 2011 when I decided to return to New Zealand in preparation for the birth of my son.
I was fortunate to able to take a year off work to enjoy a new role of being a full time Mum to my first child and as such I now have a full appreciation for all that this fantastic role entails.
I moved back into a teaching role in 2013 at Lake Terrace Preschool before being asked to take on a head teacher’s role within the over 3-year old’s classroom. After a second maternity leave, I was asked to come back to work at the centre as a manager. I held this position until 2017.
I was then invited to take up a role as Curriculum Manager at Bottle Lake Preschool where I led the staff team through many documentational, professionalism and cultural responsiveness changes for two years. Since the beginning of 2020 I have been the role as Manager at the fantastic Bottle Lake Preschool. I can’t wait to work with you and your family; I look forward to meeting you.
Preschool | Nursery | Kindergarten