Chris Gardner-Bowles

Chris Gardner-Bowles
AreaChurchill Farm, Green Island (5 min from St Clair)

Chris has a Diploma of Teaching(ECE) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Education). She has over 8 years of centre-based teaching experience and a further 10+ years as a home-based educator. Chris loves teaching in the home environment and believes the opportunities for teaching and learning are plentiful, particularly with the fantastic teacher-child ratio.

Chris’ home-based environment is a unique one, based on a small lifestyle block in Green Island. The children are able to experience horses, sheep, cats and dogs, as well as explore around the farm, which includes a small area of forestry.

Chris provides a programme that is responsive to children’s interests and needs so, while endeavouring to maintain consistency of routines and daily rhythms, her programme is also evolving and changing. She offers farm excursions, art experiences, books, messy play, pretend play, physical challenges, and a focus on the wider world around us (life-cycles, seasons, our city, etc).  Chris also loves getting out and about with the children on nature walks, to gym, playgroup, the library and Pioneers outings.

Some of her teaching strengths and passions include mathematics, creating a love for books, physical experiences and supporting children to be confident individuals who see themselves as capable of achieving anything. Relationships are at the heart of Chris’ programme. She values the importance of good relationships between parent, teacher and child.

With all this in place Chris’ environment is a stable, nurturing, stimulating and fun environment for children to grow and prosper in.


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