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GLEN EDEN
GLENDALE ROAD (09) 818 9913 | MATAKI WAY (09) 218 6407
GLENDENE
BEAZLEY PLACE (09) 836 6495
ONEHUNGA
CHURCH STREET (09) 636 1395

OUR TEAM

Our staff are selected for their knowledge of early childhood, their expertise in providing appropriate educational programmes, their compassion for children and their philosophy of education and early childhood development. Our teachers are qualified early childhood educators and undertake regular professional development to keep them abreast of the current trends in our field.

Our teachers participate in a yearly appraisal programme where management and teachers can reflect on strengths, weaknesses and goals and plan for the following year.

All qualified teachers are expected to maintain current Teacher Registration and first aid certification. Registration ensures that teachers go on to participate in professional development throughout their careers and that satisfactory teaching and knowledge standards are maintained. We undertake a series of safety checking steps when appointing all staff at this centre.

Emma Parangi, Head Teacher & Centre Manager at Our Kids Early Learning Glen Eden.

Emma Parangi

Centre Manager/Head Teacher

I have been teaching for over ten years around Aotearoa, as well as for two years in the UK. As an educator I am always learning, so I have pursued further study options during that time. I completed my Masters in Education this year, focussing on cultural identity development. This kaupapa reflects my passion for creating a learning community which embraces, uplifts and celebrates the cultures present in it.

My heritage as Māori and NZ Pākehā, is an important part of my own cultural identity. This informs my belief in working towards an authentic bicultural learning environment fro tamariki, whānau and kaiako, through culturally inclusive and responsive teaching and learning.

I love the unique mixed age setting of Our Kids as it promotes whānaungatanga for each member of our community. Our tamariki practice manaakitanga each day as they share learning experiences with peers of different ages.

I value autonomy for young children and believe my job as an educator is to support them as they grow and develop into lifelong learners with a strong sense of who they are and how they fit into the world. I am looking forward to building connections with the Glen Eden community to create meaningful learning opportunities to support this growth for our tamariki.

Katerina Longo, ECE teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glen Eden

Katerina Longo

ECE Teacher

Laura Price, Assistant Head Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glen Eden.

Laura Price

ECE Teacher

Maureen Donovan, cook at Our Kids Early Learning Glen Eden

Maureen Donovan

Chef

Sarah Small ECE Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glen Eden

Sarah Small

ECE Teacher

Shimeah Tulisi, ECE teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glen Eden

Shimeah Tulisi

ECE Teacher

Teresa Ransom ECE Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glen Eden

Teresa Ransom

ECE Teacher

Joanne Phillips, Head Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Mataki Way.

Joanne Phillips

Head Teacher

I’m Jo Phillips and I’m head teacher here at Mataki Way, I feel blessed to be part of the dedicated hardworking and passionate teaching team here.

I have twenty years Early Childhood teaching experiences so you could say that teaching is my passion and it is definitely, not just a job. I love every minute of my day exploring and learning with these young children.

I am also blessed to share my life with my husband of 27 years Reg and our three now adult children – Selina, Konrad and Paul. When they were younger, I found it incredible watching them learn , explore and create new understandings and their world and the wider world of their Samoan heritage and culture.

Being with them enabled me to emphasize and understand the challenges and issues that face the whanau in our centre’s and some of the needs and aspirations they may have for their children too. I therefore love sharing and engaging with whanau especially regarding their child’s valued learning and what happens here each day and to understand the experiences children have at home that may be similar.

I believe we are all lifelong learners and learning can be not only challenging but also fun and I truly enjoy working alongside children as their curiosity, creativity and confidence grows. We can explore together and communicate ideas and working theories, whilst making discoveries about the world around us.

Chynelle Pereira, Over 2s Team Leader at Our Kids Early Learning Mataki Way

Chynelle Pereira

Over 2s Team Leader

Kia ora and hello! I Chynelle hail from India, the land of festivals. New Zealand became home to me in 2014 when I arrived here to complete my graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education from New Zealand Tertiary College. Back home in India, I completed my Bachelors in Sociology and History and my first year of Masters in History.

The passion for teaching emerged as I have grown up in a family filled with a majority of teachers. Watching them day in and day out inspired me to take it up as a profession. I’m glad to say that I enjoy and love every bit of it. I feel privileged to be part of an amazing team here at Our Kids, Mataki Way.

My philosophy and practice is moulded around a famous children’s advocate Magda Gerber where strong emphasis is given to respectful practice. I believe it aligns well with my beliefs of providing a stimulating, challenging yet safe and fun environment where children can naturally unfold their strengths and interests. I aim to nurture, encourage and support the children and families in the best way possible.

Eleele Afoa, Under 2s teacher at Our Kids Mataki Way

Eleele Afoa

Under 2s Teacher

Fei, under 2s teacher at our kids mataki way glen eden

Fei Li

Under 2s Teacher

Samantha Faytaren ECE Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Mataki Way

Samantha Faytaren

Under 2s Teacher

Sarah Barry, Under 2s Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Mataki Way

Sarah Barry

Under 2s Teacher

Agnes Juhasz, Over 2s teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Mataki Way

Agnes Juhasz

Over 2s Teacher

Akesa Beratabua, under 2s teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Mataki Way.

Akesa Beratabua

Over 2s Teacher

Atiqa Tariq

Over 2s Teacher

Jessie Tucker, Over 2s teacher at Our Kids Mataki Way

Jessie Tucker

Over 2s Teacher

Nancy Bhayana over 2s teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Mataki Way

Nancy Bhayana

Over 2s Teacher

Talaat Yehia, Chef at Our Kids Early Learning Mataki Way

Talaat Yehia

Chef

Sarah O'Regan, Head Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glendene.

Sarah O'Regan

Head Teacher

Kia ora koutau, my name is Sarah O’Regan and I graduated from The New Zealand Career College with a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) in early 2019, however I have been working here at Our Kids Early Learning Centre Glendene for over 5 years. From a very young age I have had a passion for working alongside young children, and my interest in pursuing this career was truly reinforced after the birth of my own two children.

I am extremely passionate about teaching within a mixed age setting as I strongly believe that the meaningful interactions between younger and older children provide many different social, cognitive, physical and emotional learning experiences, which can be particularly beneficial for children of both ages.

I also strongly believe it is fundamental to work in partnership with parents and whanau, acknowledging their cultural values, needs and aspirations, in order to achieve the best possible care and education for their children. My personal philosophy is based on love, kindness and compassion and I strive to provide a learning environment that allows children to feel safe, secure and loved, knowing that they are a valued member of the Our Kids Whanau.

Rochelle Cole, Assistant Head Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glendene.

Rochelle Cole

Assistant Head Teacher

I graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Education in Primary / Intermediate teaching. I absolutely love working with children of all ages and I believe in exploring and enhancing students’ curiosity and personal interests in safe and creative environments, where all voices, perspectives, interests, and values are acknowledged and celebrated, and where children can safely take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them.

To me, childcare is all about preparing children for encounters when they start school in terms of intrapersonal / interpersonal relationships, enthusiasm and curiosity towards learning. I am creative and have many passions and interests such as sports, social science, music, dance, drama, reading, art and writing. Oh, and I also love to socialise!

“I absolutely love working with children of all ages and I believe in exploring and enhancing students’ curiosity.”

Ashley Fortes, ECE teacher at Our Kids Glendene

Ashley Fortes

ECE Teacher

Emma Gill, ECE teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glendene.

Emma Hutchings

ECE Teacher

Michaela Dovey, ECE teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glendene.

Michaela Dovey

ECE Teacher

Sushil Sharma, ECE teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Glendene.

Sushil Sharma

ECE Teacher

Divya Chand Over 2s Head Teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Centre Onehunga

Divya Chand

Over 2s Head Teacher

I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. I completed my degree through Manukau Institute of Technology. I have a passion for early childhood education and have thoroughly enjoyed my 3 years of training. I previously worked in various customer service roles for 5 years and worked as a support worker for an year, until I decided to follow my passion for education. I believe that every child should be given every opportunity to grow into happy, healthy, confident individuals. I am very passionate about working with children and being part of their little world. I believe that there is a lot to learn from children itself and that is something I really love about this job. Working as a support worker previously, I have gained great knowledge and experience of working with children and adults with mental and physical disabilities which is has sparked deep interest in me to care for children with special needs.

I look forward to working closely with the children, parents/whanau of Our Kids.

Sue Lydamore Under 2s head teacher at Our Kids Early Learning Centre Onehunga

Sue Lydamore

Under 2s Head Teacher

My name is Sue and I am the Head Teacher in our Nursery here at Our Kids. My life purpose is to support, inspire and motivate other to achieve their own aspirations for themselves. I feel privileged to be involved and a part of the changes that take place as children develop and learn as they grow. I love working with children, parents and whanau.

It is paramount for me to create and be part of an environment which has and shows aroha (love), warmth, friendliness, respect, and is safe and stimulating for children. I believe this is what nurtures and supports children’s growth, development and learning. My approach to teaching is to enhance and enrich children’s learning and development through positive guidance and support. I value and am committed to learning and think it is vital for me to continue ongoing professional development and to always keep an open mind.

Outside of the centre my hobbies include; the gym, walking and hiking.

Anna Mcleod ECE teacher at Our Kids Onehunga Childcare Centre

Anna Mcleod

ECE Teacher

Jenny Hoe-Oon ECE Teacher at Our Kids Onehunga Childcare

Jenny Hoe-Oon

ECE Teacher

Juliana Feyter ECE Teacher at Our Kids Onehunga Childcare

Juliana Feyter

ECE Teacher

Jennifer Block Chef at Our Kids Onehunga Day Care Centre

Jennifer Block

Chef

Simone Gavin Administrator at Our Kids Onehunga Daycare

Simone Gavin

Administrator

Solene Sigley

ECE Teacher

A highly responsive and respectful curriculum supports the development of children's dispositions for learning. Children confidently explore the centre, leading their own learning through play. They engage enthusiastically with stimulating and open-ended resources. Teachers skilfully extend their learning, creativity and problem solving. Relationships of support are strongly evident between children.
- ERO Report 2019, Beazley Place, Glendene
Teaching is responsive to individual children's needs and teachers make links to children's experiences outside of the centre. Teachers are increasing their knowledge of te ao Māori perspectives by participating in professional development. As a result, they are continuing to strengthen bicultural aspects of the curriculum.
- ERO Report 2018, Glendale Road, Glen Eden