We have a strong emphasis on building quality teaching teams. Many of our staff have joined Puddleducks’ through referrals from existing staff and through recognition of the emphasis on experience, qualifications or commitment to training. New staff are incorporated into a team where experience, skills and personalities are blended to provide an effective teaching environment.
We focus on having quality Professional Growth and Development programmes for our team and have a well developed internal programme in place for all our provisionally certified teachers. Our leadership team are a team of dedicated professional leaders who are experienced teachers and all hold full teacher certification. We believe in providing an environment for all staff to develop as leaders and distribute leadership responsibilities within our team. Our team has an exceptionally high level of retention, we exceed 100% of the regulated ratios of qualified teachers and have a fantastic support team.
We have a Teacher Enrichment Day on an annual basis. All our centres close for this day and spend the day as a team covering a wide range of activities including workshops run by our own team members, external facilitators, guest speakers and team building activities.
We value professional learning and development for all members of our team; the centres are members of Early Childhood Council and MANZ (Montessori Association of NZ). Teachers regularly attend national conferences, conventions and run in-house workshops. In addition our teams are involved with Education Council of NZ and Childspace Institute. Members of our team completed an 18 month “Appraisal Project” that enabled the development of a successful programme for Professional Growth and Development for all teachers within our team.
Interested in joining our team? If you are a motivated and flexible un-trained, in-training teacher or certified teacher then you may be interested in joining our relief teacher team. Ability to work across infants, toddlers, preschool and after school age groups is an advantage.