Bringing a different kind of light to Mana
Kunjal Kansara, Kavita Tyagi and Papu Subramaniam lived worlds apart in their home country of India.
Now the three Indian Porse educators have united in Mana and developed a special relationship – all three bringing a little taste of India to early childhood education.
Porse is a New Zealand-born inhome childcare programme.
Subramaniam came to New Zealand 14 years ago. She was a kindergarten teacher in India.
‘‘After raising my own children I wanted to stay at home and look after other children, so I became a Porse educator,’’ she said.
Subramaniam said the childcare system in India was different because children started compulsory junior kindergarten when they were 31⁄
Kansara came to New Zealand in 2001 and started her career with Porse when her son was 1. She is now a professional educator and said she looked after children from various cultures.
‘‘We don’t have any of our family here so I have become very attached to my Porse families,’’ she said.
‘‘We only have one child, so my son loves playing with the other children and building relationships. They have become like his younger brothers and sisters.’’
She looks after six children part-time, including Grayson Morris, 7 months, Alisa Ros, 3, Mason Stutter, 3, Eva Abdullatif Mohammed, 3, Benson, 3, and Harvey Garett-Watson, 21 months.
Tyagi said becoming an in-home educator was the perfect career choice when she came to New Zealand 11 years ago.
‘‘ My daughter was just 18 months old when we left India, so it was great to be able to work from home in New Zealand and be there for my own two children,’’ she said.
‘‘I also enjoy running my own business and being my own boss.’’
Both Kansara and Tyagi got together at the end of last year and shared some of their culture with other Porse educators and children. They organised a Diwali Day, a Hindu festival.
‘‘Everyone got involved and we had a wonderful celebration. We made the tea lights, candle holders and Indian food and dressed up in saris,’’ Kansara said.
‘‘ The children loved all the colour and enjoyed experiencing something a bit different. ’’
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In-home education: Porse educator Kunjal Kansara with two of the children she looks after, Mason Stutter, left, and Alisa Ros.