Our teachers have a long history with our childcare centres.
Teachers keep up to date with current practice through well chosen professional development, keeping our teaching practices up to a very high standard.
Fiona is the owner/manager of both Arohanui and Harinui. She opened Arohanui in 2001 and Harinui 2005.
“I believe in providing high quality education and care for children based in nature. Where children can grow in a supportive, enriched environment surrounded by amazing teachers. We love to host social functions where tamariki and whānau can come together and socialise. I have a strong focus on providing our families with a beautiful environment where tamariki can flourish. I want children to build lifetime memories. It is a privilege to be involved with our tamariki and whānau.”
Fiona has completed her Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education through University of Waikato and is a fully registered Teacher.
Pam is the supervisor of Harinui and she works full time.
“I am passionate about our children’s future and feel my role is to support their growth and nurture their hearts to enable them to grow into amazing, caring and confident adults.
I love working with young children, they totally inspire me to do my best every day. I am particularly passionate about allowing young children to find their own way in their own time without any pressure to do things quickly, time to grow.”
Pam has a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and is a fully registered teacher.
Emma is a senior teacher and with toddlers and infants.
“My teaching philosophy is based on the importance of relationships. I believe in building strong and genuine interpersonal relationships with children and whānau. I believe in a holistic and inclusive environment where every member of the learning community is valued and allowed to experiment with roles and responsibilities. My passion is in creating projects and storytelling. I love nature and believe in the importance of allowing children to experience the freedom and wholeness of this world. I believe in having fun and I learn something new every day.”
Emma has her Diploma in Teaching in Early Childhood Education and is a fully registered teacher. She also has a Bachelor Degree of International Communications.
Sarah works with our infants, four days a week.
“I am passionate about early childhood education as it is such a significant stage in every person’s life. For a child to learn and develop they must feel secure and confident and I believe that it is through loving, respectful and responsive relationships with our tamariki and their whānau that we learn and grow together.”
Sarah has worked with children for 20 years, including as a teacher aide. Sarah has completed a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching through Victoria University and is a provisionally registered teacher.
Elysha works with the toddlers and young children.
“I love being involved and being a part of the amazing world that your tamariki live in – extending their learning, nuturing their mana, and watching and supporting them grow and develop into amazing individuals and positive members of society. And all while having fun!”
Elysha has a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and is a fully registered teacher.
Nicole works with the toddlers and young children.
“I believe building respectful and meanningful relationships with children and their whānau is a key foundation to helping nuture little minds. I also believe children learn through play, exploration, and being able to take risks and explore boundaries. It is my role as an educator to ensure it is done in a positive and safe environment.”
Nicole has a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and is a fully registered teacher.
Liz works with the toddlers and young children.
“It is such a privilege to work with children of this age. I am passionate about building trusting relationships with the children, supporting children and learning alongside children and their families in a loving environment.”
Liz has gained a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education through Massey University. She also has a Bachelor of Health Science. She is a provisionally registered teacher.
Scott works with the toddlers.
“I believe in utilising our outdoor enviroment to provide a fun and inclusive environment for our children to explore and grow in. It will be exciting to get to know you and your family.”
Scott is undertaking his Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education through Te Rito Maioha.