"Hi I’m Rosie and I just celebrated my 21st!
I went to Otumoetai College and now work in Marketing at Metro Marketing.
When we (my two brothers and I) were little, Shona from HGK looked after us. She was the best, I remember that we did kiss/hug/hongi every time we saw her in the morning and at the end of the day. We used to go to the Oropi swimming pools and would often make play-doh – it’s funny the things that you remember! I also remember being really sad when she stopped looking after us as we moved onto school.
It’s hard to remember everything we did from all those years ago, there were so many memories. I know that our regular activities included swings, games, school, walks, animal trips, beach days and HGK days - where all the nannies and families would come together. I fondly remember playing memory a lot, lots of other card games and Stacey the 'toy library lady' [then Coordinator, now Co-owner] visiting us, that was always a great day.
We still keep in contact with Shona, we call her aunty Shonz. HGK definitely made a difference to my life, even now. I often tease Mum that Shonz did all the legwork for her, but she really was so integral to our upbringing. I go and see her boy Jake now and catch up as much as we can. She really is like an aunty to us."
Michelle's Story (Rosie's Mum)
"Shona was the glue for our family's lifestyle, and she played a critical role in our ability to both return to work with true 'peace of mind' that the children were in excellent care and a nurturing environment.
Not only was she a wonderful friend to us, she was a friend and mentor to Rosie, Sam and Matt and it gives me great satisfaction to see that they have retained a special friendship with her to this day.
Over and above this, I can't speak highly enough of the team at Home Grown Kids and the support they gave us all - with activities, toys, resources and employment processing support. It was a win/win/win relationship on steroids really. Twenty out of ten!"