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26 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 www.times.co.nz Proud to be associated with Bellyful East Auckland Eileen Sables GP Simon Russell GP Richard Mercer GP Denis Lee GP Ken Chin GP Lorraine McKinstry GP Bushra Kadhim GP Barbara Schafer GP Paul Beveridge GP Teresa Booth GP Dedicated Medical Professionals Caring For All Your Healthcare Needs You c annowboo ky ou r appoin t men t ando r de r p r e scr ip t ion s wi t hu s online126149 PHYSIOTHERAPY, PHARMACY & LAB ONSITE 17 William Roberts Rd, Pakuranga Ph 09 950 7351 www.pakurangamedical.co.nz OPENING HOURS: Mon-Thurs 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm PH 536 7103 www.stemsfromhome.co.nz To join the Stems FROM HOME team and open doors to a rewarding and fulfilling career, call: Emma McAlister, phone 021 852 425 firstname.lastname@example.org Stephany Wofinden, phone 027 366 2540 email@example.com Quality Childcare Stems FROM HOME STEMS IS PROUD TO SUPPORT BELLYFUL AND WISH THEM A HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY! Just as little ones grow, grown-ups, too, need to adapt to changes and keep up with the times. As a result, home-based childcare and early childhood organisation, Stems FROM HOME, is always on the lookout for ways of improving in order to deliver the very best to the children under their care. Now in its fourth year, the well-established Edu- cator network has continued to thrive by introducing some brilliant new benefits: launched which is open to the community swimming lessons on the programme blog so parents can keep up to date on www.stemsfromhome.co.nz learning and development programme planning and execution Heavily involved in the community, Stems FROM HOME is also the main sponsor of the east Auck- land Bellyful operation, a charity supplying home cooked food to families in need. Founders and New Zealand-trained and quali- fied teachers, Stephany and Emma (from which the name Stems is derived) are great believers in enriching the lives of children, their families and their Educators. Educators are carefully selected by Stephany and Emma who look for the “X-factor” and are capable of meeting the high standards at Stems. Suitable for those with teaching or nannying expe- rience, or an overall love for children, Stems FROM HOME assists home-based Educators in setting up their own business and introducing them to fami- lies. “We have Educators from all walks of life, with diverse group who all have the same passion for children,” says Stephany. Once an Educator has come on board, a relation- ship is formed between the children, the families and the Stems team. “When the Educators are happy, the children are happy and so are their families – and the children are at the heart of everything we do,” says Emma who sits on the board of the New Zealand Home- Based Care Association. In fact, a report from the national Education consistency and dedication to children. Stems FROM HOME invests abundant time and resources in its team. Welcome kits are handed out from the start, and Educators receive free ini- tial nursery equipment for the first few months if required. In addition, there are weekly playgroups, music groups, community outings, evening training work- shops as well as public liability and statutory liability insurances – all FREE for Educators. “We also plan and run fun social get-togethers for our Educators which are very popular!” says Emma. has an Educator Rewards Club in place, awarding points to those who take the initiative to attend on- are then translated into financial bonuses at the end of the year. Right now, Stems is offering a FREE pre-school play-pack to all children beginning care with Stems before August 30, 2014 – so call today to find out more about the best possible care for your child! Making a match Stems FROM HOME provides quality home- based childcare services to families in the east Auckland area as well as paves a career path for aspiring Educators through a profes- sional network. It selects and supports Educators and matches them with potential families. Educators are inter- viewed to ensure they have relevant backgrounds and a passion for caring for children and fami- lies are interviewed to find out their needs and ensure the right fit. All Educators have a first aid certificate and homes are also thoroughly assessed on an on- going basis to ensure they meet health and safety standards and Ministry of Education licensing requirements. Licensed and funded by the Ministry, Stems charges no placement fees or on-going charges. Families pay their Educator directly for their ser- vices at a rate negotiated between the family and the Educator. Once the match is made, Stems FROM HOME then continues to manage the relationship between Educators and their families, encourag- ing its network of Educators and overseeing pro- fessional development, training, weekly group activities as well as providing resources. Stems FROM HOME directors Emma McAlis- ter, left, and Stephany Wofinden. 126150 EAST AUCKLAND Birthdays call for presents and for Bellyful East Auckland, the best present is witnessing the joy of the hundreds of families it has fed. The east Auckland arm of the nationwide Bellyful charity recently celebrated its first birthday at Shamrock Cottage in Howick with a cake made by one of its volunteers from Sugarcrafts in Panmure. Co-founder Maree Adam says it’s been a great year of serving the community by providing meals for local families with newborns or those struggling with illness. “We now have 25 active volunteers who help out with delivering meals, cooking, fundraising and spreading the word about what we do.” Every month, this loyal base of volunteers gathers at the Salvation Army Kitchen in Howick for a two- hour cookathon to produce 70 meals which go out to the Howick, Pakuranga and Botany areas. But there’s always the need for more, says Maree. “We want to grow further and expand our horizons into the wider east Auckland area and are always looking for people who can help with volunteering or referrals.” The goal is to boost the Bellyful profile so it becomes a name Bellyful marks ■ Bellyful team at Z Energy Highbrook being recognised in the Good in the Hood project.
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