Our People

Holly Murray, Centre Manager

You’ve been working in early childhood for 16 years now, what inspired you to start in this sector?

A passion for working with children, and watching them grow and learn.

What do you love most about what you do?

Connecting with children and whanau and becoming a part of their wider community.

What are some of the things that make your centre so special?

Our children and whanau, our wonderful dedicated team, and our vison of giving our children an environment where they feel loved and motivated to strive for great things.

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre?

Christmas because there is always so much going on and lots of families coming together, and all the children get very excited.

What is your personal ECE philosophy?

Children need respect, nurturing, kindness, equality, love, patience, good role models and a positive environment to flourish in.

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

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Julie Hamilton, Head Teacher Preschool 1

Hi my name is Julie I am the Head Teacher in Preschool 1 room. I have grown up in West Auckland and love how culturally diverse our area is. I have a three beautiful grown children and one grandson. I have a passion for developing lifelong learners, who strive to become independent, follow lines of inquiry and enjoy learning. I have worked in Early Childhood for 18 years and I have a diploma is Early childhood and I am full registered.

Racheal Burns, Team Leader, Toddler 2 Room

Kia Ora, my name is Racheal and I am the Team Leader of our Toddler 2 room.

I am a mum of four amazing children and I first started my journey at Active Explorers at the beginning of 2018. I am motivated and a real go getter. I am very passionate about working with young children.

Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education

Jenny Yarldey, Assistant Manager, Team Leader Preschool 2 and 3

Hello, my name is Jenny and I am the assistant manager of Active Explorers Henderson and also team leader of Preschool 2 and 3. I began my teaching career many years ago and gained my Diploma in 2004 then my Bachelors in 2013 and have had the privilege of gaining lots of experience in many ECE settings. I am a mother of two children, and  love to support all children in their learning and development.

Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education

Georgia Cooper, Team Leader, Nursery/Toddler 1

Kia Ora, my name is Georgia. I am a fully registered and qualified teacher and I am trained in both early childhood and primary school education. I  am very passionate about working with young children and supporting them along their journey as competent and confident learners. Fostering ones' holistic development and establishing a love for learning is something I strongly value.