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Eduplay Westgate Team

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Centre Director

Hi my name is Sarah and I am the Head Teacher here at Eduplay Westgate. I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2003 and I am qualified in both Early Childhood and Primary Teaching and have two children of my own. I have worked with many age groups, lead teaching teams and worked as a centre manager and curriculum advisor. I am really looking forward to building a great teaching team and serving your families and our community here at Eduplay Westgate.

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Hi, I’m Michaela, my role is the administrator for the centre. I have many years’ experience in customer service, administration and data entry.

I am excited to learn, meet new people and am looking forward to a new adventure. My husband and I welcomed our son in 2022, he also attends Eduplay and we have a cat named Oreo. I enjoy travelling and spending time with friends/family.

Don’t be afraid to approach me for anything at all, I am more than happy to assist!

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Hi my name is Stacey, I am mum to 5 amazing kids – 3 sons (21yrs, 18yrs & 2yrs) and 2 daughters (13yrs & 10yrs).I am already loving getting to know your little ones and looking forward to watching them grow and change. In my spare time I like to go to stockcars or have a weekend away at the beach.I look forward to meeting those that I have not yet.

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Hi, I'm Olivia, I have 2 kids and I was a hairdresser for over 20 years.

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Room Leader

Kia Ora, Fakalofa Atu, Hello, I’m Lacean (pronounced Lay-Ken) and I’m the room leader of the Parakai and Te Henga Rooms. I am a fully registered teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood and have been teaching since 2013. My whanau includes my husband, two daughters, who both attend Eduplay, and three cats. I have a strong passion for sensory exploration, which basically means I love mess! (so pack extra clothes) and cultural identity. I want each child to know and feel that they have a place within our environment and to be able to share and explore the different cultures within our rooms. I can’t wait to meet you all and welcome you to Eduplay.



Room Leader

Kiaora, I’m Toni. I am the room leader of the Muriwai room. I have a strong passion for under threes have a big focus on ensuring they feel a sense of belonging here at Eduplay. I love being a part of their journey watching them learn and grow as they make sense of the world around them. I love to set up experiences that provoke the children’s thinking and extend on their knowledge and enhance their curiosity. I am passionate at viewing each child individually and working together with whānau to uphold the goals and aspirations for their children. My partner and I live locally and have done for many years. When I’m not here at Eduplay you will find me socialising with friend and whānau or out fishing and exploring the beautiful place we call Aotearoa.

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Room Leader

Hi I’m Verity but you can call me Vee. I am the room leader for the Piha room, I have a bachelor of Early Childhood Education, am a fully registered teacher and hold a current first aid certificate. I started my teaching journey back in 2008 and have loved every step of the way. I have teaching experience in both home-based and centre- based educational settings and have a passion for supporting children during their own individual and educational journeys. My family and I live locally, my daughter Luna also attends Eduplay and we love being a part of the Eduplay team. I look forward to building relationships with you and your
whānau too.

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Room Leader

Hello my name is Zoe and I am a fully registered teacher with a Bachelor of Education. I have been teaching for five years now and I have a passion for working with over 3’s. I am a creative, kind hearted and fun teacher who enjoys science and art experiences.


I am all about helping young children develop their social competence skills and increasing their sense of agency. In my spare time I enjoy playing netball, spending time with friends and family and being out on the water doing anything boating related. I am looking forward to getting to know all your children and putting a smile on their faces. 

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Kia Ora! My name is Almira. I was born in the Philippines, my family and I moved her to Aoteaora many years ago. I have a daughter, Aila who also attends Eduplay.

I am a register and qualified ECE teacher, I have been teaching for more than 5 years. I value respectful teaching practices as well as building trusting relationships with tamariki and their whanau.

I look forward to welcoming you at Eduplay!




Kia Ora. My name is Dan!
I am a qualified teacher with Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching. I love interacting with children and catering for all their needs. My teaching philosophy is based on learning through play . A day without laughter is a day wasted!
Can't wait to meet you and your beautiful pepi.

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Hi my name is Karina, I have been working in early childhood for over 20 years now. I have worked with all ages from babies to 5year olds and love all the different ages and stages for different reasons.

I have 2 children of my own. My daughter Haddley who is 5 years old and my son Evan who is 12 years old. I live in Woodhill and have for the past 13 years. I love being surrounded by nature so I don’t think I’ll be moving anytime soon. I am passionate about teaching young children and love watching them grow and learn new skills. I can’t wait to get to know you all.

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Hello, I'm Kristal and I am a mother of two boys and have only just begun my journey as an unqualified early childcare teacher. I have always been very passionate about working with children and encouraging each child’s individual personalities to grow as well as their interests. My hobbies include baking, going to the beach and trying out different bush walks with my family. I am looking forward to meeting all the families here at Eduplay.

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My name is Kaitlin and I am currently studying towards my bachelor of ECE. I am very passionate about children and ensuring that their individuals needs are being met, as well as supporting them to recognise themselves as the strong and competent learners that they are. If I’m not studying you’ll often find me with my friends/family or at the beach with a book in hand. I look forward to meeting you all and building a great relationship with you and your child.

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Kia orana Ko Lydia toku ingoa! I am of Cook Island descent, and have recently started my early childcare journey as an unqualified teacher. I have always loved working with our rangatahi through kura and babysitting for whānau and have loved meeting all of you and your tamariki so far. Some hobbies of mine include playing sports, exploring the outdoors, I thrive on new challenges and learning new skills. I am looking forward to helping develop and grow self-confidence in our tamariki here at Eduplay, I can’t wait to meet those of you that I haven’t already!




Kia Ora my name is Hayley, my family and I moved to New Zealand from South Africa when I was three.I have my Bachelor od Early Childhood education and have been working as a teacher for 8 years now.My passion is learning through exploration and play based activities. My hobbies are photography, travelling and being outdoors at the beach. I look forward to meeting you all.

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Kia Ora I’m Jess!

I wanted to become a teacher because I love being able to help Tamariki learn, explore and discover everything possible.

I enjoy learning through play-based activities. I love going to the beach and travelling. I love challenging myself to learn new things and try different activities as well.


Can’t wait to meet you all!

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Hi I’m Lydia, this is my first time working in early childhood and I’m really interested in studying to be an ECE teacher.

I love out at Muriwai and spend mostly all year round exploring our beautiful beach.

I’m looking forward to meeting all the children and their families so come over and say hi when you see me.

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Hey I’m Mandy, I’m a fully registered teacher with a bachelor in early childhood education. I have been teaching for over ten years and still thoroughly enjoy working along children and whanau, watching them learn and grow into the unique capable individuals they are, with an abundance of messy play added in. I am teaching in the Muriwai Room and when I’m not working, I’m spending time with my own three children exploring the outdoors or relaxing at home. I can’t wait to welcome you to Eduplay.

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Hey there! my name is Romey, this is my first experience working in early childhood and I can’t wait to be apart of shaping the lives of our future generation. I have always wanted to be in a line of work where what I do makes a difference and what better than helping these little minds grow as they explore the very beginning of their lives.


I personally love to get out doors exploring the country with my family and go fishing at the beach! I am so glad to be apart of the Edu play team and look forward to meeting you all and creating a positive relationship with you and your little ones!

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Kia ora, my name is Kim!

I'm currently studying towards my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I've always been passionate about kids and love seeing them thrive and grow but it was my son who inspired me to pursue a career in early childhood education. He also attends Eduplay. I have a passion for dance  and music which I love to share with the children. In my spare time you will find me outdoors by the water either fishing, swimming or spending quality time with family. 

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Hey everyone, my name is Chelsea. I have completed my Graduate Diploma in ECE. My hobbies include cooking, music and going hiking with my family and friends on weekends. I am passionate about learning and progressing with children from different cultural backgrounds and do my best to encourage tamariki to discover their strengths and interests. I look forward to meeting you at Eduplay.

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Hi my name is Hope, I am a student teacher working towards a Bachelor of Teaching. I came into ECE from being an infant/toddler swim teacher and a mum to a 2 year old who also attends Eduplay. I love building individual relationships with the children and supporting them to follow their curiosities as well as build self-confidence.

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Hey! My name is Laine and I am part of the amazing Piha team! I am currently in my final year of my bachelors degree which has been such a valuable and enjoyable experience for me. I have had experience across all age groups but have definitely found my passion teaching in the preschool age group. Before starting my teaching journey, I gained lots of experience working with children through babysitting and working as a live in au-pair. I moved here to New Zealand in 2017 from Brisbane where I was born and raised, and started my ECE journey in 2020 after finishing high school in 2019. I live in Hobsonville Point with my partner and our 3 cats. 

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This is my first time working in an early childhood centre and I am also interested in studying to become a qualified ECE teacher. I have always enjoyed teaching and looking after children when I have the opportunity.

In my spare time you will find me in the outdoors, I really love going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.

I am really enjoying getting to know all the teachers and children at Eduplay especially in the Piha Room and I am looking forward to meeting more families. I am looking forward to meeting those of you I haven’t come across yet, never be shy to say hi.

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Kia Ora! Call me JoJo. I am an unqualified teacher and have just begun working towards a Bachelor of Teaching in ECE. As I have a lot of nieces and nephews, you'll find me hanging out with and looking after them as much as I can. I really love being the "favourite aunty."

A personal endeavour of mine is to make sure that every child I come into contact with feels safe, seen, heard and loved. I look forward to meeting you and your little one(s) and the adventures that await us!

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Kia ora! My 'about me' will be uploaded to our website soon!

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