Rachelle Van Dyk
Head Teacher of Infant and Toddler Room
I have a passion for infant and toddlers and enjoy watching them grow and develop while in our care.
Infant and Toddler Room
My husband and I have 3 beautiful children. I previously have been involved with playcentre where I thoroughly enjoyed being part of my children’s learning. I believe children learn best in an environment where their emotional wellbeing is nurtured and I love getting to know children and watching them grow and learn.
I have been working in early childhood for about 10 years. I graduated with a Diploma in ECE in 2012 having done my training through the Open Polytechnic of NZ.
I am married to Mark and we have two beautiful daughters. Georgia is 13 and attends JPC in Rotorua and Amber is 10 and attends St Mary’s school here in Putaruru.
I take an active role in their school and after school activities.
I am a new member to the Owlets team and I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and being a part of your childs/children’s learning journey.
We love the small community spirit and have felt welcomed in every aspect. I began my career in the year 2000, in Rotorua, whilst working with Special Needs Children for the Ministry of Education. I felt I needed something more out of my career and began my Diploma of Early Childhood Education in 2007, graduating in 2010.
I feel honoured to be part of the team at Owlets Forest Early Learning Centre and being able to walk your child’s early education journey with them.
Kia ora, I am excited to be a part of the teaching team here at Owlets Forest Learning Centre. My husband and I have lived in Putaruru most of our life’s and we have a daughter together. I am a qualified teacher with 12 years teaching experience and I am still a big believer that the early years should be magical with lots of adventures, wonders, discoveries and imaginative play.
I am passionate about imaginative play and providing an environment that enhances tamariki love for learning, learning should be fun and I strive for the tamariki in my care to become lifelong learners.
Parent partnerships and community involvement are important to me so I am looking forward to getting to know you and your whānau.