Our People

Toni Thorne, Centre Manager

How long have you worked in the early childhood sector?

Sixteen years.

What do you love most about what you do?

I thrive off working alongside our tamariki, their minds are continuously making sense of the world and I love being able to support that sense of wonder and awe. I LOVE seeing the journey each and every child is on when gaining knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

What are three things that make Lollipops Papamoa special?

The children, the whanau, and the teachers.

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

Christmas has always been my favourite time of year, where we all come together as a whanau and share kai, a laugh and watch how much delight this time of year brings to others.

What is your personal ECE philosophy?

My philosophy surrounds every child having an equal opportunity to learn and develop, to be loved and have FUN!

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