Our People

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Tia Duffy, Centre Manager

What do you love most about what you do?

Watching children reach their milestones developmentally, emotionally and academically. There is no better moment than the look on a child’s face when they have achieved a milestone that they have been persevering to achieve!

What makes Lollipops Orewa special?

The relationships we have with each other, the children and our families. The experiences we provide through our programme with all curriculum areas available each day. 

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre?

Summer, the children are always keen to get outside and make the most of our Kiwi lifestyle. I also love the big events we run annually for our families including mid-winter Christmas dinner, weekend open days, Halloween spooky walk through, and our end of year celebration.

What is your personal ECE philosophy?

I believe that every child is unique, and we are here to support them individually to gain the foundations to meet their full potential. Relationships are at the centre of everything we do, and every decision made is for the children’s best interests. We are bringing up the future generation and so it is crucial for us to provide them with everything they need to succeed in this ever changing world, and to adapt themselves to every situation they encounter.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work?

In my free time I am with my family enjoying every moment I get with my young son. We like to travel, spend time at the beach and socialise with family and friends. I also love music concerts and festivals.

Where are your qualifications?

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), full teacher registration.