John has developed concept plans and worked as a landscape contractor of our kindergarten playgrounds since April 2003, contributing to 33 of our 108 kindergarten landscapes throughout the Auckland region.
The role has involved working with a diversity of local communities that embody each individual kindergarten and with the teachers and committees - listening to their ideas, capturing their visions and creating designs that sit comfortably within the philosophy, ambience and uniqueness of each kindergarten. Each design having the ability to be installed progressively as funding permits.
John is passionate about the natural environment and has supported the need for the enviro-schools programme to be integrated into the kindergarten curriculum. He has developed a 'natural water-play' area that gives the children the opportunity to interact with water in a more authentic setting; he has also promoted the use of food crops and compost and other permaculture principals. He believes that children and teachers are content in beautiful surroundings and has used this as a basis for his designs.
John as added creative and visually stimulating elements to those playgrounds he has been involved with and has revitalised outdoor play areas in innovative and interesting ways.
We have had the privilege of John's experience as a teacher and designer (he has worked as a tutor for our teacher-training programme), and we have valued and appreciated the enormous energy he has contributed to our kindergarten playground upgrades to date.