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Team Leader:

Cheryl has been with us at Kowhai Childcare for over six years. Cheryl is a qualified ECE teacher and is also participating in her Steiner training. Cheryl has two adult daughters who also are ECE teachers (both with us). Cheryl has a grandson also who attends Kowhai. Cheryl is very passionate about this place and loves caring for the children attending



Laura has worked as a Qualified Teacher at Kowhai and Tui for over 6 years and has been teaching for 13 years. She is married and has two children one in which attends our centre. She is a wonderfully reverent teacher who knew that she wanted to be a part of early childhood education that protects childhood and fully embraces the child holistically.



Genine has been with us at Kowhai for three years and has been teaching for 8 years. She has 2 sons and two grandsons. Genine loves the atmosphere of our centres and the natural environment. She adores being Nana to the children and really enjoys the lightness that children bring each day. We appreciate Genine in the role she plays stepping into rooms wherever we need her on the day!



Rebecca took over as Manager for Kowhai and Tui in 2018. She has three children who all went through Kowhai and Tui and are all now at our Waldorf School in Classes 2, 5 and 8. Rebecca was a mainstream Primary Teacher but knew she wanted something more for her children. She has worked in the community as Manager in ECE, on Trust Boards & the Parents Association over the last 12 years. And also has her own coaching business.



Victoria is another of our wonderful teachers in Kowhai Whare caring for our youngest treasures alongside Cheryl. Victoria has been with us two years and was previously the Manager of a Retail Store. She is a cheerful and friendly teacher who is always looking to learn something new and take on a challenge!



Justine has been with us over ten years as our beloved and quirky chef! She enjoys cooking for the children. Justine enjoys maintaining our veggie gardens too! She is amazing at organising our Food stall at the community Medieval Carnival and is also supplies a selection of chutneys, lemon honey and hummus. She has two daughters and a grandson.


Stephanie has returned to us in 2018 after a wee break away while she got married and prior to that was with us for 6 years. She works with Brooke in Tui Whare and is ECE qualified and in the process of becoming fully registered. Stephanie is an enthusiastic and loving person who absolutely adores our children and their families.

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