Our People

Layla Esau, Centre Manager

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?

My belief that learning is a lifelong endeavour, a passion for the teaching and learning process, and the amazing ways that young children engage in this process is at the core of what inspires me to teach.

How long have you been working in this sector?

Five and a half years.

What do you love most about what you do?

Connecting with people, children (and their adults), and helping to create a place that they feel is their own.

What are three things that make your centre special?

  1. the wonderful culture of respect and inclusion – teachers, children and parents know they have a place here
  2. our beautiful environments
  3. our location makes us feel like we are on top of the world

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

Summertime - because we get to explore and nurture our awesome outdoor environment to its  fullest.

What is your personal ECE philosophy?

I am inspired by the RIE and Reggio philosophies.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to read, hike in the rainforest and visit different beaches in and around Auckland (mostly in the summer!)

Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood Teaching