Our People

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Marama Morehu-Batiyaka , Centre Manager

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?

Having a beautiful teacher as a child inspired me to become a teacher myself.

How long have you been working in this sector?
I have been an educator in the early childhood sector for fifteen years.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love engaging with children and sharing magical moments of accomplishment with them. I love creating an environment that is inspiring for everyone. I love the relationship with the whole centre whanau including children, families and team.

What are three things that make your centre special?

1-The team

2- The outdoor environment

3- Our philosophy

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

I love Matariki for the inclusion of Maori culture, language and tikanga.

What is your philosophy in regards to ECE?

I believe in working together for the benefit of the entire centre community.

I believe Maori culture must be acknowledged and implemented into daily practise.

I believe the environment is the third teacher and promotes learning, therefore we need look after it and all those who share it.

What relevant qualifications do you have?

I have a diploma in early childhood education, first aid and two years of te reo Maori.

Etana Novata, Head Teacher Infant Room - He Kakano

Working with children, particularly infants, has always been a passion of mine. I have been a qualified teacher in Early Childhood Education for 7 years now and love it. I believe an engaging environment where children are seen as unique individuals and are given the opportunity to learn through play is paramount.  I also believe respectful relationships with tamariki, kaiako and whanau are key foundations to learning.

“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.”

Luanne Scheen, Preschool Head Team/Team Leader

Hello, my name is Luanne Scheen, I am a fully qualified teacher (Bachelor of Education). I have a passion for working with preschool children and am driven and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. I am fascinated by the uniqueness, interests and individuality of all children and love the wonderful theories and knowledge that they surprise the world with. I see all children as strong, capable and resilient with a deep curiosity and the potential to change the world.

“Life and learning are like a meandering river, they have a long amazing journey with no end in sight.”