Pam Kupe, Centre Manager
Why did you decide to pursue a career in ECE?
I was inspired to come into ECE after having my younger children later in life and wanting to better understand how I could fully engage in their early years and support their education. I started working at Lollipops in 2007 as I student teacher and then worked my way up to programme manager and now centre manager.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love making a difference no matter how big or small, from supporting a child to find their bag, make friends, or feel safe through to sending them off to school happy and confident. As well as supporting their whanau with their journey too. I have a passion for ensuring all tamariki have equal rights to learn and grow, whilst delivering the best possible learning outcomes.
What sets Lollipops Bell Block apart?
Our fantastic outdoor space with real grass, our high quality teachers and well equipped resources, not to mention being located in the very heart of our community.
What do you do when you are not at work?
I have four children and four grandchildren. We are a very close whānau and when I am not working, we simply enjoy spending quality time together.
Diploma in ECE.