PAUA (Preschoolers At-home Uniquely Achieving) was born out of a desire to provide a quality home based early childhood education service that would reflect our personal Christian values. Our charter with the Ministry of Education said:
PAUA Early Childhood Home Based Care Service is based on Christian philosophy and will reflect those principles and values. It will seek to provide a quality early childhood service to all families/Educators, a service to any family where a need is identified and where the requirements of the Education Home Based Care Order are able to be fulfilled.
PAUA Early Childhood Home Based Care Service will take particular account of individual family culture and ethics in all aspects of its programme and will seek to eliminate any barriers to enrolment in its service.
17th November 2003 is when PAUA was born in Whanganui, though the first children we enrolled were in Taupō (not part of the original plan… but obviously part of God’s!). There has been lots happen in the last nearly 16 years… here are some of our roadmarks:
- November 3003 – PAUA was chartered by the Ministry of Education and Raewyn was our Visiting Teacher!
- 2005 – started networks in Manawatū and Taupō
- 2007 – started networks in Hawkes Bay and Pahiatua
- 2008 – started in Kāpiti Coast, Taranki and Taihape/Central Plateau
- 2009 – started in Christchurch
- 2012 – entered the Auckland Market, buying what is now PAUA Poppetts Nanny Recruitment and Babysitting which also has a home based ECE network.
Currently we have 12 active networks throughout Aotearoa with Angel Gerrard and Carron Crawford working in Palmerston North/Horowhenua region; Katie Mawson and Katey Craig are covering the Taupō/Turangi and Bay of Plenty Region; Brenda Cooper, Karen Gorton, Sarah Dench, Kelly Maugatai and Karen Stewart look after the Educators from Hawkes Bay down to Featherston on that side of the North Island; Sarah Hargreaves covers Kāpiti Coast/Wellington. Over the Taranaki side we now have Paula Williams and Petrina Broughton, in Whanganui now is Sandra Watson and Leanne Chapman, with Cassie Evaroa covering up to Taihape/Central Plateau. Our Christchurch Visiting Teachers are now Lea Gardner and Tracy Reed.
Up in Auckland PAUA Poppetts, our Auckland-based nanny and babysitting service, is now looked after by Andrea Farmer and Annie O. They are also Visiting Teachers there along with Liz Lam Sam. Further north is Brooke Jackson who covers Northland.
All the way through the journey of PAUA Early Childhood, Raewyn’s passion for quality resources has meant the sourcing of high quality products has been really important to her. Educators and parents started asking to buy these resources for their families. This led to our first “Christmas Buying Evenings” being held throughout the PAUA world in 2008. A PAUA Toy Shop opened in Whanganui in 2009 and it’s now situated at 9 Park Place. You can also find it online at www.pauaproducts.co.nz so that more Kiwi children can enjoy the educational benefits of these high quality toys and resources.
So where to next? We aren’t 100% sure, but one thing we do know…. God does and He’ll let us in on the secret in due course!!