Andy & Carolyn Cameron
We are excited to begin a new journey with the team here at Oxford Kindy. We have lived in Oxford for over 20 years with three grown children and three grandchildren. Andy works shift work in Christchurch and Carolyn has worked at Oxford Early Learning Centre, Oxford Area and View Hill Schools. She also drives a rural school bus for View Hill school. Having studied early learning at Massey University, it has been our long term dream to own our own centre. We are passionate about the community in Oxford and want to create strong support networks around our families and help wherever we can.
I am excited to eb team leader here at Oxford Kindy. I have worked with children and families here in Oxford for the last ten years and lived in the community for the past 12 years, I know the community well. My three children have grown up here, moving onto their adult lives. I like reading, gardening and walking my dog, Rosie in my spare time. I love teaching the 2-5 age group and feel it is a privilege to be involved in their early education. I have been teaching for nearly 20 years and there is never a dull day! My own teaching philosophy centres around learning through play, following children's individual interests and having high expectations for all children to reach their full potential. I also value the importance of environmental education and sustainability, believing children thrive in the outdoor environment. my hope is for children to become life long learners, always inquisitive and questioning and developing empathy and kindness for others.
I have been teaching in Early Childhood Centres over the last 9 years. I moved to New Zealand in 2003 from the UK and have lived in Oxford for 13 years. I have two children of my own; Evie and Amelia.I believe that all children should have the chance to participate in quality early education. Children learn through play and from the environment around them; we as adults have the opportunity to help teach children new skills and vice versa, adults learn new and interesting skills from children. I believe that, given the resources, time and space, children will become confident, competent life long lovers of learning. I believe that our natural world plays an important part in our children's future and I really enjoy using natural resources and equipment in my teaching.
Long time locals, Marianne and her husband raised there 5 children in the Oxford surrounds. Mother, Grandmother, ECE Teacher, and now part-time builder as she and Tony are in the process of building their own home.
I studied at the University of Canterbury a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in both Primary and Early Childhood Education. My husband and I have two girls and were both born and raised in North Canterbury. We are a bee-keeping family and enjoy doing our bees together as a family.
After completing one of her practicums here at Kindy in 2021, she now joins the team as a qualified teacher. Melissa and her partner and daughter live here in Oxford.
I am currently a teacher in training here at Oxford Kindy. I have been an Oxford local for 16 years and love that I can raise my two boys in such a fantastic community. I love a good book, gardening, riding my horse and walking my dogs.
Rebecca joined the Kindy team in 2022 as a Teaching Assistant having worked as a reliever at other ECE centres and at OSCAR After School Programme. Rebecca loves gardening and her cat.
After working here at Kindy for 2 years, Katrina has moved on to pursue her ‘other’ career in Child Counselling but continues to keep in close contact with Kindy and relieves from time to time.