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Wisia Gaul - Dip ECE Registered Teacher 

Wisia GaulWhen people see my name for the first time it is quite understandable for them not to know how it is pronounced.  Wisia is a Polish name (I have a Polish father and French mother ) and "Veesha" is the way it is pronounced.  I emigrated to New Zealand from England in 1975 and apart from a brief sojourn to the South Island, I have lived on the Hibiscus Coast since then and I consider myself a "Coastie". I am married with three children and all my children have been educated on the Hibiscus Coast. 

I first became interested in Early Childhood education when I used to do mother help at Kindy and it was from the encouragement of the kindy teachers that I decided to train in early childhood education.  In the beginning I completed a Nanny course at the Ashton Warner Nanny Academy which gave me the confidence to work in some early childhood centres as a reliever.  While working at the Happy Rainbow creche at the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre here on the Hibiscus Coast the opportunity came up to purchase the centre which my husband and I did.  I found owning and working at the creche the most rewarding learning experience of my life.  We owned and operated the creche for five years and then we decided on a lifestyle change to move to Central Otago where we built and ran a very successful mini golf, which was another challenging and rewarding experience.

On returning to the Hibiscus Coast I continued to work in many of the early childhood centres again as a reliever when five years ago I was given the opportunity to work as a Visiting Teacher for a Home based company in Whangaparaoa. It was from there that I discovered the values of Home based early childhood education and how it fits with my own personal philosophy of children learning in warm, secure, caring learning environments. I am absolutely passionate about the benefits of homebased education and love and enjoy working with our Educarers, the children and their families and I feel that it is a real privilege to be part of their lives and their learning journey.