All human beings are creative and in every child there is an artist. At The Nest we allow children to unfold their innate creative gifts. For this unfolding, children need the right environment both emotionally and physically. We are committed to providing children with the best raw materials, time and peaceful spaces and pace to explore this.
We provide this through a beautiful natural outdoor environment that is designed for use in all weather to ensure that children live and learn in the fresh air. Much of what we need to learn as human beings can be learnt from nature. Most of our resources are sourced from nature and we are committed to using recyclable items that encourage children's creativity, imagination and thought.
We are committed to consciously growing respectful and loving relationships for all. The relationship we build with your child is the most important part of our work. When your child feels known, appreciated and secure in their relationships here with us, they are what we call ‘emotionally satisfied’. That means that your child is then ready to engage in quality play, which results in quality learning.
We believe that the children in our care need to develop a trusting relationship with the teachers in order for them to confidently engage in play and develop social relationships with other children.
When a child is emotionally satisfied, they are not needy. They are in the right state to play alongside other children and grow their skills for getting along with others. This is the easiest age to learn social skills, and we believe that the skills for getting along with others, in all sorts of situations, will be the most valuable skills your child can learn with us.
We believe it is essential for each child to have a healthy sense of who they are, to grow to see themselves as valued members of society.
Your child is a free and equal human being, and equal human beings work in partnership together. At The Nest we consciously grow the skills for working together in cooperation.
We are committed to preparing an environment of beauty where children can explore freely, and unfold embraced in Nature. The play resources we provide have been carefully chosen to harmonise with the natural environment. Most are sourced from Nature. We are also committed to using recycled items that encourage children’s creativity and imagination, their thinking and experimenting.
The outdoor environment and outdoor play are pivotal to the development of a healthy body, mind and spirit. The door is never shut: children are free to play outside, at any time, in all weathers. Your child needs clothing suitable for the weather. There is also a large area of The Nest that is designed for use in all weathers so your child can be outside playing and learning in the fresh air.
In our beautiful rural setting, children can connect with Nature in our specially landscaped outdoor play areas, with our animals, organic gardens, and trees. The children will be active participants in all the routines, rituals and regular events involved in running our ‘little slice of heaven’. We believe that Nature has a perfect plan for human beings and that the use of artificial teaching aids to ‘speed up’ development is unnecessary.
We are committed to caring for our environment in an ecologically sound way. Along with the children, we respect and care for the natural resources in our community and wider world. Children will learn to respect and care for the natural resources in our community.
We believe it is very important that each child unfolds as the artist and creator they were born to be. We provide the best raw materials, time and peaceful spaces to support this unfolding.
Our team is the pilar of the authentic relationships and the diverse activities, experiences and events of the day at The Nest. It’s the teacher who has the task to prepare and provide a rich and optimal learning environment for our children to grow and thrive. Read on to meet our team.
All our teachers are carefully chosen, ensuring they have the special qualities needed to nurture and care for children while facilitating learning. They are early childhood trained, qualified and registered teachers with many years of experience.
The Nest teachers are one of a kind. They model peaceful communication and create a calm, loving place to grow. They support each child's unfolding interests and passions believing that the child is the initiator of their own learning. With a strong team and coherent philosophy and set of beliefs wrapped in love and peace we create a harmonious environment for the children.
Julie initially trained as a primary teacher in England. When she moved to New Zealand she retrained in early childhood education. Now, as a teacher at The Nest, she is able to combine her love of working with young children and her belief in respectful practice through authentic and loving relationships. Julie also facilitates Heart to Heart Parent Infant classes which focus on respectful relationships between caregiver and child.
Lesley has been involved in child care since 1996 but her journey to understanding how children learn and grow began with the birth of her own children, now adults. Having dreamed aloud many times with Kimberley of the perfect place for children, it was a highlight in Lesley’s career when the idea for The Nest was hatched. This lead to an intense time of creation, learning and growing and now she considers herself very privileged indeed to be a part of the lives of the children at The Nest… A place to Grow.
Dana has worked in a variety of early childhood settings over the past 25 years. Now at The Nest she feels like she has come home. She feels privileged to be working with a team of inspiring and passionate teachers who love what they do and share the same core beliefs. She is especially excited to be working with a teaching team who share her love of nature and the outdoors and all the wonder, awe and magic it brings. Dana teaches from the heart and loves to inject aroha and care into everyday.
Kimberley has been involved in child care and education since 1995. She has followed her passion for children’s well-being in a number of different roles. She has studied at different levels at the Emmi Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary. Kimberley is also a well sought after professional development facilitator, raising the bar of early childhood education in New Zealand. Kimberley's vision: a place to grow – not only for children, but for parents, families and teachers, is manifested in The Nest.
Maree has been an early childhood teacher since 2009, after completing a Graduate Teaching Diploma in ECE. Prior to this she was a Midwife. Maree moved to Hawkes Bay with her husband and daughter in late 2010 and fortunately met Kimberley Crisp; her journey at The Nest in Clive began. Maree loves being a part of The Nest which she believes is the best place to teach. All are all like-minded and all believe that children should be able to be children, play, imagine and unfold naturally as nature intended. Maree couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!
Sassy our cat
Hi my name is Sassy. Kimberley and Lesley really wanted me to join the team at The Nest so they decided to appoint me chef mouser in 2008. I am quite a good mouser and occasional rabbit catcher but mostly I spend my day on the couch offering emotional support and comfort to the children. One of my favourite things is when a child lays their head on my tummy. About 7 years ago I was shot by a possum hunter. I was very poorly for a while but the love of the children, teachers and The Nest vet nursed me back to health. Every morning I attend The Nest morning tea Ritual. I sit (usually patiently) and wait for a little slice of cheese. Sometimes I am very hungry and jump on to the teachers knee to remind them I am waiting.
Nicole’s journey began at the Nest as a teenager when she volunteered at the Nest one day a week. She then completed a ’Nanny Certificate’. When she started her early childhood education degree The Nest was her ‘home centre’ for the three years while she was studying. Nicole is now a fully registered and qualified teachers and feels very lucky to still be at the Nest, working alongside such knowledgeable and passionate teachers. She believes in children learning within a natural and peaceful environment. Nicole truly understands that the relationship is all, a matter of life to the child and places great importance on building relationships with both the children and their families.
Casey feels blessed to be working has been a student at the Nest for over a year now and has two beautiful children that have attended The Nest. She is currently studying a bachelor’s degree and about to embark on her final year of study. She feels very lucky that she gets to learn and grow alongside a team of beautiful professional teachers that hold the same core beliefs as her. Casey believes children learn best in this environment where their play and imagination is nurtured in a natural heartfelt way.
An environment that values beauty makes a clear statement. It tells our children and our families that we care. “We care enough about you to offer you a beautiful environment.” It’s a sign of respect to prepare a beautiful environment for the children. Children soak in everything in their environment. At The Nest we want them to be soaking in beauty and order, homeliness and full attention.