Emma Carton

I am originally from Hawkes Bay and studied a Bachelor of Teaching – Primary years, through Massy University. I graduated in 2009 and since then I have taught range of ages in New Zealand, England, Asia and Australia. I started teaching in the early childhood setting at the beginning of this year when I joined the team at Buttercups as a pre-school teacher.

One of the things I love about Buttercups, apart from the children of course, is the way the centre embodies the Reggio Emilia approach to education. I believe that the principles of Reggio Emilia provide a great framework for children's early learning and development by encouraging them and allowing them to make discoveries and develop their own theories through play. I am also a strong believer that heart of teaching and learning comes from effective learning relationships between children and their whanau.

I try my best to create a safe learning environment where children feel a sense of belonging, feel free to express their ideas, give activities a go without fear of being judged and develop the confidence to make mistakes and learn from them.

As teachers, we have the responsibility to set the children up to become lifelong learners. In order to do this we need to instil a passion for learning in every child. I try to do this by keeping learning fun, interesting and relevant. I try my hardest to do this in my everyday practice and make Buttercups a fun place of learning that children are excited to come to everyday!