Centre Director and owner
I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 20 years and hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). My true journey towards understanding how, what and why children need a certain type of environment to truly fly began with the birth of my own 4 children. I believe in teaching from the heart and I believe in the importance of authentic, respectful and loving relationships.
I have always imagined the perfect place for children and that dream now comes to life at A Childs Place. It’s a place where children have uninterrupted time to freely explore and test their working theories. It’s a place where their voice is heard and understood. It is also a place where the family are heard and supported in their journey too.
I look forward to meeting the families in our new community and joining in you and your child’s journey with us.
Centre Director and owner
With over 20 years’ experience in the Early Childhood Sector, I have a wealth of valuable knowledge, skills and experience. I am totally committed to ensuring we provide the type of environment that children feel happy to come to each day and that our Centre lives up to its philosophy.
I love seeing children explore, develop and grow in a safe and stimulating environment. “I believe children need long periods of uninterrupted play that is initiated, guided and directed by them”.
As a mother, myself I can identify and relate to the challenges parents face today. My warm, caring and friendly nature is welcomed and appreciated by whanau, colleagues and children who find me approachable at any time, and willing to go the extra mile. I look forward in having the privilege to be a part of you and your child's learning journey at A Child's Place.
I have a Diploma of Education (ECE) and a Bachelor of Education (ECE).
Team Leader - Tawa
My name is Rita and I am the team leader for the Tawa room. I have over 10 years experience working with toddlers and I am very passionate about their learning.
I believe that warm, open relationships in which we all feel valued, respected and loved, form the foundation for deep and meaningful learning. Warm, trusting, reciprocal relationships promote joyful moments, inspire collaboration and build respect for new and different ways of seeing and doing.
It is my goal to create an environment for toddlers, where positive relationships can flourish between children, teachers, whanau and the community. This will create a safe place where our toddlers will feel confident to take risks, explore and test their theories about the world around them.
To be entrusted with laying the foundation for your little ones development is a privilege and I am looking forward to working with you.
Teacher - Tawa
Kia Ora, my name is Jamie and I'll be joining Rita in the Tawa Room. My teaching journey began ten years ago and as my passion for working with infants and toddlers grew, I embarked on a learning journey myself by obtaining a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.
I believe that a toddlers’ learning journey benefits from positive, trustworthy and respectful relationships. Through these relationships they begin to gain a sense of trust, well-being and belonging, giving them the confidence to express their minds and emotions freely. Toddlers are unique and capable individuals that are natural explorers, therefore I strive to provide a safe environment that allows them to be confident and capable and discover things for themselves without limitations. I look forward to creating strong and long-lasting partnerships with each family and their precious little ones here at A Child's Place.
Teacher - Titoki
Kia ora, my name is Lala Aghdassi and I have lived in NZ for 15 years. I am a mother of two sons ages 13 and 9. I have always been passionate about working with children. I see children as beautiful, capable and competent human beings. I value respectful relationships, discovering each child’s uniqueness and building trust, security, understanding and care through collaboration with families and team members. Teaching has always been something that I felt I wanted to do from a very young age and I feel that teaching is “who I am”. I’m excited to offer my skills and abilities to a centre that supports a warm and loving learning environment.
My family is a big part of my life. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends. Also, I’m passionate about learning new languages; I can speak English, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Russian and some Persian.
I look forward to being a part of your child’s journey within ECE.
Teacher - Totara
My name is Klaudia and I am originally from Poland. I have lived in Aotearoa for nearly 15 years with my kiwi husband. We have a 5-year-old daughter Kalia who attends Huapai school. I am an outgoing, caring person with a strong sense of humour, a motivated teacher and a strong team player. I enjoy creative dancing, dramatic arts, cooking, gardening, walks on the beach and summer BBQs with my family and friends. I also have a soft spot for small animals, especially kittens.
I am a fully qualified and registered teacher with nearly 8 years of working experience. Teaching, however, has been my passion for almost twenty years.
I believe creating, maintaining and nurturing authentic, reciprocal relationships based on mutual trust is the fundamental part of learning. I also strongly believe that everyone should be empowered to direct their own journey through life and I see children as capable learners who can competently do exactly that through child-led learning. Each child is unique and needs to be provided with a secure, caring and stimulating environment where he can develop the intelligence of a true self in order to bring out his individuality and to mature emotionally, physically and socially.
I look forward to meeting all children and their families and I am excited to be a part of the journey at A Child's Place.