Our People

Selina Hargreaves, Centre Manager and Fully Registered Teacher

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?

I have always wanted to be an early childhood teacher as I have always had a love and passion for the education of young children.  I was inspired by my mother who trained as a playcentre mum, so used to always provide us with fun, educational experiences growing up. I’ve been working in this sector for 20 years.

What do you love most about what you do?

Inspiring and watching the positive growth of young children, their families and teachers to become the best that they can be.

What are three things that make Active Explorers Mayfair special?

Small group sizes, passionate key teachers, and a homely environment that is specifically designed to meet the age and stage of each child.

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre, and why?

Christmas time, as it is a time when we all come together and celebrate the year that has been, have even more fun, and spend some time with our families and friends.  It is a magical time of the year for children, so delightful to be a part of.

What is your personal ECE philosophy?

I am passionate about respectful and inclusive practices for all tamariki, families and staff.  I believe in being a positive, motivating and inspirational leader, to ensure happy teams, and therefore happy children and families.  I value nature/papatuanuku in centres, and beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, challenging and creative environments.  I am committed to the principles inherent in Te Tiriti O Waitangi and believe in engaging all learners in lifelong learning, continuing to offer them challenges to learn and grow. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to travel the world, spend time with my partner and two teenage children, read, listen to music, shop, go for walks and bike rides, entertain and spend time with friends and family.

Diploma of Teaching (ECE), fully registered  teacher, current first aid certificate

Steph Holmes, Provisionally Registered Teacher in the Big House

Ko Ōtatara te maunga

Ko Tutaikuri te awa

Ko Endeavour te waka

Ko Waipatiki te Moana

Kia ora, my name is Steph Holmes.

I’m a fully qualified and provisionally registered early childhood teacher here at Active Explorers Mayfair.  My passion is working with the toddler age group and supporting them in their learning journey’s.  I am passional about te reo Māori and bicultural practice.

Liz Bassett, Fully Registered Reliever

Mihi mihi

Tena Koutou katoa

Ko Elizabeth Bassett

Ko Manawatu te awa. The Manawatu is my river.

Ko Ruahine te Maunga. The Ruahine ranges are my mountain.

Hi my name is.Liz and I am a teacher here at Active Explorers. I have been teaching in all the different rooms and at Nurtured. I am a fully Qualified Educator and am Fully Registered. I have been teaching in Early Childhood Education for 45yrs. I have 4 Adult children and 10 grandchildren. I am passionate about providing Quality Education and care for all children. I have strengths in music and drama and have been involved in musical theatre both on and off stage for many years. I have successfully directed several children's pantomimes at Aubyn Live Theatre. I am fun loving, honest, hard working (pukumahi) and reliable. I love singing, dancing, waiata and storytelling. I also have strengths in carpentry and enjoy watching the children learning new skills. I enjoy the outdoors and exploring new and different things and places. I love the beach and trips away to new and exciting places.

I look forward to sharing your child's journey here at Active Explorers Mayfair with you and your Whanau. I value all your comments and hope you will share your aspirations and expectations for your child with me. 

Crystal Tinkler-Marr, Teacher in the Baby House

Kia Ora,

Ko Crystal Toku Ingoa

Ko Bluff Hill te Maunga

Ko Takitimu te Waka

Ko Tutaekuri te Awa

Ko Ahuriri toku Papa Kainga

Ko Awatoto te Moana

Kia Ora, my name is Crystal Tinkler-Marr.

I am currently an unqualified kaiako here at Active Explorers Mayfair. I work with all of the children in the centre from the babies all the way through to the 4 year olds at Nurtured. Soon I will become a student, studying for my Bachelor of Teaching to become a qualified early childhood teacher. My passion and how I love to express myself is through arts and creations and as I further my career at Active Explorers Mayfair, I will be honoured to be able to share and teach my passion for creations and art with all the tamariki within our centre.