Geoffrey Richards

Geof is a fully registered and qualified ECE teacher who is enjoying the opportunity to teach alongside the kaiako at Kilbirnie Early Learners, and helping all the tamariki, whānau, and kaiako to create wonderful learning journeys together.

Geof’s personal philosophy on teaching children, is one of respect for the child and their culture, to listen and engage thoughtfully, be responsive to their learning needs whilst at the same time supporting them to become independent learners with a sense of empowerment, self-awareness and achievement.

Throughout his teaching career, Geof has brought his own interests, Art, Science, Physics, Music, into the learning environment.

He also has a young daughter whom he spent a year with at Playcentre in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast, and from there onwards, his own journey began as an early childhood teacher.