Our People

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Pania, Centre Manager

Pania, tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in Waikanae Beach with my husband, three kids, chickens, a cat and a dog. I have been working with children since leaving high school over 15 years ago. I started nannying and then moved into education, following study at Victoria University in Wellington, I then moved into a team leader role and now my current role in management.

What do you most love about working in early childhood?

I enjoy working with so many people, sharing my knowledge and experience especially through mentoring staff, knowing that I am making a difference with both parents and teachers. Helping prepare the teachers for their future is my passion.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

When I am not at Lollipops, you will find me on the rugby sidelines, BMX race tracks, ballet and dance competitions or with friends and family making the most of the great outdoors. 

Bachelor of Education - Full 324854

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Amanda, Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching - Full 311559

Kia ōra tatou
Ko Amanda toku ingoa
Kei Waikanae Beach ahau e noho ana
Nō Kapiti ahau
Ko tōku tahi tamaiti, Ko Evie ahau.
Tena kotou katoa

Hi my name is Amanda and I’m a teacher in the preschool. I’m also a pedagogical leader which means I help develop how we use and practice the principles of Te Whariki (ECE curriculum) in the preschool (3-5 years), with the support of the other teachers. I grew up on the Kapiti coast, and now live in Waikanae Beach with my husband, our daughter Evie, 2 dogs and a cat. I studied in Wellington at Victoria University and I have now been teaching and involved in leadership roles for over ten years.  I love watching children grow and develop and being in the preschool gives me the opportunity to see children progress through the centre. I love helping them prepare them for their future! I enjoy making the most of my family time in the weekends. In the summer time you will find us at the beach, and winter hitting the snow.

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Becca, Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching - Provisional 359649

Kia ora Koutou
Ko Becca toku ingoa
Kei Kāpiti ahau, e noho ana
No Ingarangi (Portsmouth, England) ahau
Tena kotou katoa

Hi Everyone, my name is Becca, I am a teacher in the under 3’s I have spent time in the fantail and the kiwi rooms. I am also the pedagogical leader for the under 3’s, which means I get to develop how we practice the principles of Te whariki (ECE curriculum) in the unders’ classrooms (0-3 years) with the support of the other teachers. I have been working with the 0-3 age group for over 5 years, graduating with my Bachelor of Teaching in 2016. As a teacher of our youngest tamariki, I believe in nurturing a child’s individuality and encouraging them to learn in a way which they enjoy. I believe that relationships are at the heart of learning and feel that it is important for the child to be comfortable, settled and have a place of belonging. I was born in Portsmouth, England and moved to New Zealand with my whanau in 2005. I now live on the Kapiti coast, where I live with my husband and our BIG dogs. I spend most of my free time catching up with family and friends as whanau is very important to me.

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Tori, Head Teacher

Ko Tori (Victoria) toku ingoa
Ko Paraparaumu beach ahau
No te whanganui a tara ahau
Tena kotou katoa

Kia ora my name is Tori (Victoria), I am the head teacher here at Lollipops, I was born and raised in New Zealand but as my family originates from both Holland and Italy, these cultures play a strong role in my everyday life. I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and I am working towards completing my full registration. I bring over 8 years of teaching experience to the nursery, this has helped me develop a set of beliefs about how I can best teach and support young children to learn and grow. I believe in a respectful, warm and calm teaching approach that demonstrates nurture and trust.  I enjoy building strong relationships with children, whanau and staff, and I strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can feel safe and secure while growing, thriving and exploring the world around them. I have been living in the Kapiti Coast since 2017 but have spent most of my time within the Wellington Region. In my spare time you will find me ….