Heath Finlay, Centre Director, Palmerston North, Ruapehu Drive
After more than two decades as a constable in the police force, Heath Finlay has given up the handcuffs and pepper spray to take up a new challenge – one that allows him to help shape the lives of young New Zealanders in a very direct and rewarding role. During his time with the New Zealand Police, Heath spent 10 years as a dog handler and a further 11 years in the Armed Offenders Squad. His experience in these challenging roles has given him valuable communication and public relations skills that are a huge asset within the centre. Heath’s friendly and approachable personality is welcomed by the centre’s parents who are always able to discuss any aspect of their child’s care or development with him.
“The rewards of working with young children are endless, it’s an absolute privilege to be a part of their lives as their enquiring minds begin to develop a fascination for the world around them.”
Peta Southee, Centre Supervisor, Palmerston North, Ruapehu Drive
Working with children and watching them grown into life-long learners is something that Centre Supervisor, Peta Southee considers a privilege. Approachable and friendly, Peta is always available for parents who wish to discuss any aspect of their children’s care and development. With a young family of her own, Peta understands the stresses of family life and the importance of quality early childcare. Peta holds a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and has also continued her professional development by undertaking assessments in Te Whariki - Kei Tua o te Pae. Combined with her previous early childhood education experience, Peta’s skills within the centre are a huge asset and of great value to the staff, parents, and children. Peta
“I love working alongside children as they develop their self confidence and esteem through learning and discovery. It’s very satisfying to be working within a positive team that shares the goal of ensuring that our centre is operating at its fullest potential.”