Our People

Tracy Rowe
Centre Manager

My name is Tracy Rowe and I am the Manager at Lollipops Waikato Hospital.

I am married with 3 wonderful boys.

I have a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood and full registration.

Over my 30 years so far in ECE I have been a teacher, owner of a childcare centre for 16 years, a mentor and in various management roles.

I am a very committed, passionate person when it comes to children and their families and I like to develop meaningful relationships as this helps to gather important information for children’s learning and development.

I have an ‘open door policy’ so please come and see me if you wish to discuss ideas, thoughts or concerns you may have.

It is important to me to provide a safe, nurturing and fun environment for children and teachers.

Childcare is such a rewarding journey to watch children develop, make friendships, hear their laughter and watch them have fun in their learning environment.

I am looking forward to being a part of your child’s preschool journey.

Noelene Michelle
Head Teacher in the Preschool room

Noelene has over 20 years’ experience in the early childhood sector and has experience working with all age groups. She gets immense pleasure out of supporting and enhancing young children’s own chosen interests, and builds the Koru Room programme around these. She finds it important to build relationships with all of our children’s whanau and include them in the Lollipops family. Our programme focuses on learning through play, and included in this is literacy, numeracy, science and creative opportunities, which all come from the wonderful social environment we endeavour to provide. Family is the most important thing to Noelene, and her weekends are spent enjoying time with her 4 daughters, grandchildren and extended family.

Team leader in the Kowhaiwhai Room

Hi my name is Dawn. I am the team leader in the Kowhaiwhai Room.

I am a mother and grandmother of many children and have spent the last 20+ years working in the ECE sector. I love my profession on a daily basis as we are included in the lives of the children we teach. We are privileged to have front row seats to all their milestones, developments and accomplishments– Those memories we treasure and capture to share with family and whānau.

I believe it takes a village to raise a child, and the reason I teach in early childhood  is so I can be a part of the village that provides access to an environment which lets children explore, learn and discover in a safe nurturing and caring setting.

 It is my goal as a teacher to deliver quality education to all our children and to encourage parent/whanau involvement in this process. 

I believe that as teachers we should also work in partnership with our families as they are a part of the child’s village and support system.

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