Our People

Monisha Harjee, Centre Manager

Kia ora Families

My name is Monisha and I am the Center Manager here at Active Explorers. My journey into the world of Early Childhood started 14 years ago and I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey being with children and to be a contributing factor in shaping futures and building a strong base for so many tamariki, who I have facilitated in the past.

I have always believed of the wonders this age group of children between the ages of 0-5yrs can do and as a Kaiako, this becomes our prime responsibility to be able to recognise those needs and respond to the learning in an appropriate manner.
Having my own children and watching them develop and grow in the same childcare as I would work, has been my main motivation behind being so passionate about this profession. We are a family of 4, which includes my Husband and our 2 beautiful boys.

I am passionate about influencing teachers to create warm and nurturing environment where the children and families can feel comfortable and confident. Ultimately, what drives this passion is my belief that every child deserves to feel safe, validated, and valued for everything that makes up who they are. I am honoured to belong to a team of professionals that ensure every child graduates from our premises with a collection of beautiful memories of their childhood; and the hopefulness that no matter what obstacles the future brings them, they can overcome because they have been steeped in all the aroha their community showered on them in the most critical years of their lives!

Jane Dawson, Centre Administrator

Hi I am Jane and I am the administrator at the centre. I have two adult children and a beautiful young granddaughter. I enjoy going to the movies with my daughter and also catching up with my family. 

Addy Collins, Centre Chef

Hi I am Addy and a mother of two girls and a childhood carer. I have always had a passion in helping nurture young minds. I combine my own love with food and cooking making sure all our children have delicious and nutritious food and meals  while they are here each day. I enjoy being active and playing sports especially tennis.  

Vicky , Head Teacher - Tui Room

Kia Ora, my name is Vicky. I am the head teacher of the preschool tui room.

A little about me, I was born in China and have moved to New Zealand since 2007. I am an NZ fully registered teacher with a bachelor degree from NZTC. I have been working in Early Childhood field for over 10 years. I think it is a gift to be part of this lovely team and to share the learning journey with our beautiful tamariki (children) and their whanau (family).

I am extremely passionate about Early childhood education. I just love watching the children explore the world around them, it is so amazing to see joy spark in their eyes as they discover something new. I believe all children should be respected and valued as socially and emotionally competent and confident learners.

Aroha nui - much love. 

Kylie, Teacher - Tui Room

My name is Kylie. I have worked in early childhood education for the last 23 years, 20 years as a qualified teacher. I trained with the New Zealand Childcare association graduating in the year 2001.

I really enjoy working with the Pre School children as I love to watch them learn. I also love developing close relationships with the children, families and other team members I work with. I believe it is important for teachers to develop strong trusting relationships with each other and this is the foundation of my personal teaching philosophy. I also believe that children learn the most when they are happy and supported. I feel that the curriculum should be tailored to the children’s unique interests in order for it to have a maximum benefit to them.

I love working at Active Explorers because of the wonderful team dynamic we have. And of course, I adore all the children and families. I also love the lay out of both the Pre School room and the outside area. I feel it’s large enough for the children to have lots of space to play but not too big that it feels like a safety risk with such a large area to supervise.

My favourite time of the year at our centre is Christmas time. It’s so wonderful to see all the joy and anticipation on the children’s faces as we complete our Christmas activities and of course it is wonderful to have a big get together with our parents and extended families.

Mariette, Teacher - Fantail Room

Kia ora Whanau

I wanted to be a part of young children's learning journeys and making all children feel included. I have worked as a qualified ECE teacher for eleven years including two years teaching in Australia. I enjoy working with all age groups and watching them develop into confident learners and building strong relationships with their teachers and friends. My favourite time of year is spring and summer. It's a wonderful time for new growth and the beginning of lots of outdoor fun.

Tracey, Teacher - Kiwi Room

My name is Tracey I have been working with children for several years and i have been lucky enough to work with all age groups throughout the centre, I am currently working with the Infants and i absolutely love it.

As an early childhood educator i have developed many great relationships with parents/whanau and the children  and i am looking forward to developing more. I am also a mum of two teenage daughters so most of my spare time is spent with them and extended family  going to the movies, beach and nice places to eat.