Rachel Paki, Centre Manager
What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?
I’ve always had a passion for children and have always wanted to ensure all children are given equal opportunities.
How long have you been working in this sector?
I’ve been working in ECE for eight years – four years teaching and managing for four years.
What do you love most about what you do?
Seeing children and teachers reach their potential and being actively involved with families, whanau and the community.
What sets your centre apart?
Children have whanau rooms that are age and developmentally appropriate, but they also have the opportunity to build relationships through mixed age play in our fantastic large outdoor areas. This is the concept of tuakana/teina. We’re also becoming more sustainable through recycling and are developing a community garden with fruit trees, vegetable gardens, composting and a worm farm.
What’s your favourite time of the year at the centre?
I particularly enjoy summer, as we can make the most of our great outdoor spaces and I love watching the children develop and learn about planting and caring for our vegetable gardens.
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), Fully registered teacher
Adele Bromley, Assistant Manager
I have been working in early childhood for seven years. I am passionate about teaching all ages, supporting our tamariki to be happy, confident learners, individuals and friends.
I believe the key to nurturing and caring for our tamariki comes from working closely alongside the parents/whanau to understand the needs, values and cultures of our tamariki so we are able to cater for each child.
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)