About Us

Vision and Values

To empower your child to learn and grow through their own curiosity and sense of wonder.

Our People

Amber

Kia ora koutou Child’s Wonder whānau,

I moved to the Bay of Plenty at the start of 2022 with my partner and our young daughter. We were looking for a change of lifestyle near the beach, where we could take up hobbies such as surfing.

I have been working in the ECE sector since 2016 and I completed my bachelor’s degree of teaching at the end of 2021. I remember when I started on my teaching journey, I had a plan to eventually become a primary school teacher, within a year of working with two to five-year-olds I realised that ECE is where my passion lies.

I have a passion to support children to reach their full potential and help them to develop positive relationships with learning. I like to recognise that we are all on our own learning journey, for myself my biggest learning journey started when my daughter Isla was born in 2020. I remember thinking that I should kind of know what I’m doing since I have worked with children for so long, but it is ever changing and adjusting to the needs of the child.

I am absolutely fascinated with brain development and understanding the different ages and stages of children. I enjoy finding new ways to scaffold their learning and to incorporate their interests. I value being a kaitiaki of learning and empowering children to guide their learning journey.

Ngā mihi,

Amber

Angel

Hi, my name is Angel and I work in the preschool. I work full time here at Child’s Wonder I have been working here for 4 years now and I absolutely love it.

I come from a big family of eight, 4 sisters and 1 brother and my mum and dad. I have always loved children and wanted to be an early childhood teacher and I look forward to starting my training soon alongside while I work. I have a passion for working with pre-schoolers and building strong respectful relationships.

In my spare time I like to go to the beach with my friends and family. I also like to spend time in Napier where I grew up.

Ashley

Kia Ora, my name is Ashley and I am the Team Leader in the infant room! I completed my post graduate studies in 2020 and I also have a degree in Sport and Exercise which is my other passion/hobby. I have always been passionate about working with children and particularly love the routines and care moments when working with babies. I enjoy watching them develop life skills and being a part of their learning journey.

I moved back to Tauranga in 2018 after spending six years in Palmerston North while my partner was in the military. I spent most of my younger years living in Tauranga but also lived in Canada for 8 years with my parents and older sister. I am the youngest in my family and have one older sister and 3 older step sisters!

In my spare time you will find me at the beach with my partner Rikki and my dog Bentley, relaxing at home or hanging out with friends and family!

Campbell

Kia ora! My name is Campbell and I am a full time teacher in the nursery. I am currently in my first year of the Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood. I absolutely love working with children of all ages and am very excited to have begun my career in 2021. 

I love spending time at the beach with my dog Harley, and have a passion for all things creative! On the weekends I am  usually spending time with friends, baking delicious treats or relaxing at home with my family.

Cathy

Kia Ora, my name is Cathy, and I am a Teacher in the Nursery room. I gained my bachelor’s degree in 2009 and completed my full teacher registration in 2012. I really enjoy working with children and have had a lot of experience working in preschool/mixed aged settings. I am looking forward to working in the Nursery again. I love to set up experiences for children to explore, gain knowledge/learning and understanding as they get involved.

 

I recently moved to Papamoa (January 2022) to be closer to family and for my children to see their Grandparents. I have two children attending Child’s Wonder, Finlay (almost 5 years old) and Isla (almost 2.5 years in February), my husband is working at Body in Motion as a Hand Therapist. I also have 3 older brothers. In my spare time I enjoy baking, chilling out and spending time with family and friends. I did Ballet as a child and have done an adults Ballet based jazz class for quite a few years, I hope to get back into that soon. Since we are new to the area, we have begun exploring walks, parks, and other fun things the Bay of Plenty has to offer.

Dayna

Tenā Koutou,

Kia ora whānau

I gained my Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) back in 2008, and last year I completed a teacher refresher program. My daughter, also attends Child’s Wonder.

I consider myself an advocate for our young tamariki and I whole heartily believe that the Te Ao Māori concept ‘Whanaungatanga’ should guide my practice indefinitely. I endeavor to collaborate, learn alongside you, your wider whānau and tamariki.

Kate

Kia ora, my name is Kate Wallis. I have worked full time at Child’s Wonder for the last eight years, first as the Preschool Head Teacher and since 2019 as Centre Manager. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood and am fully registered.

My husband Matt and I have two beautiful daughters, Remi and Braedi who have grown up at Child’s Wonder and now attend Papamoa Primary School. Rugby plays a big part in our family life, on Saturday’s you will find the girls playing and then cheering on their Dad.

As a teacher the values of trust, respect, kindness, and joy are important to me. I believe each child is special and their uniqueness should be celebrated. At Child’s Wonder we have created an environment where everybody belongs, feels safe, is respected, and valued. I love being part of the Child’s Wonder team because we are whānau.

Tracy

Kia ora, my name is Tracy and I am privileged to be working in the preschool 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday as the Team leader. I started with Child’s Wonder in 2013. I am a passionate, bubbly, nurturing, energetic person who relishes the interactions with children and families. I find the early years to be such an exciting time in families lives and I enjoy sharing the many trials and triumphs that we experience as teachers and parents each day. On the weekends you’ll most likely find us at the beach or doing a variety of outdoor activities. We love spending time together and making memories as a family. My husband Steve has his own Audio-Visual company called AV Logic and we have two grown daughters, Aimee an Accountant and Summah a Microbiologist.