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Frances Baldwin

Centre Manager

Hi, I’m Frances, the Centre Manager. I’ve been working in the early childhood sector for the past 10 years. Prior to ECE, I hold a Bachelor’s Degree of International Business. It was after having my own children that I became inspired and decided to pursue a change in career.

The experiences I‘ve gained, from working with children of all age groups, have been priceless and irreplaceable. Not only because I had the chance to learn and grow alongside the children but I also watched them grow into competent and confident learners. Not to mention the beautiful relationships that different parents and I have established together.

My teaching philosophy encompasses empowerment and encouragement which I see as the two most important elements in building up a child’s self-esteem as the stepping stone to his/her future success.

I welcome you and your family to our City Preschool community and am feeling privileged to be able to become part of your child’s learning journey.

 

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Irene Kent

Teacher

Hi, my name is Irene and I have worked as an early childcare practitioner for over twenty years and I am very passionate about my chosen profession.  I am married with three children who are all experiencing the wonderful journey of parenthood. 

I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. I strive to promote an environment that creates, inspires and supports children to think, to wonder and be challenged, to investigate and to research their working theories around them. 

I am passionate about laying the foundations of learning to prepare children for the transition to school. I empower children to take responsibility for their learning and engage them in meaningful learning experiences which allow them the freedom to explore and make new discoveries. 

I feel privileged working with young children supporting and guiding them to meet their dreams and aspirations.

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Bridgette Grace

Infant and Toddlers Teacher

Through my teaching I aspire to create a loving, happy, healthy environment that nurtures and protects children’s growth, development and autonomy. I am a Reggio Emilia inspired teacher who understands the importance of the relationships we share with the tamariki, whānau and the environment. I feel that teaching children works best when it is meaningful, child centered, reflective and done with passion.

I have just recently finished a Bachelor of Teaching and am now working towards becoming a fully registered teacher. I am a mother of two and have 5 years experience in this wonderful and important profession. 

I look forward to each day exploring the environment with new eyes and discovering with children the fun and exciting world we live in.

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Margaret Lokeni

Teacher/Chef

Fakalofa lahi atu! My name is Margaret Lokeni and I am one of the newest additions to City Preschool. Having been in the early childhood industry for 6 years it is not only a joy to be here, but also a joy to be able to share my early childhood passion alongside an experienced teaching team.
I am a proud mother of 3 beautiful children, Brianna 13, Lokkie 3 and my wee boy Kanzus who has recently turned two. My children have not only inspired me as a mother, but also as an educator which leads to my philosophy of providing a safe, loving, caring, nurturing learning environment for children to thrive and flourish in.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, outdoors and traveling. I love exploring new places and enjoy spending time with loved ones.

I am of niuean decent and I am very proud of my culture and heritage and enjoy sharing this with the teachers, children and families.  I love learning about and embracing all cultures within the centre.
I look forward to meeting you all and becoming a part of your children’s lives.

Aroha nui. Aroha mai.

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Evanna Payne

Infant and Toddlers Teacher

Kia ora! My name is Evanna,

I come from a large whanau and I have a 4 year old daughter whom I love spending time with. I am of Maori and Tongan decent which I value and enjoy sharing within my practice. 

I have recently graduated as a kaiako (teacher) in Early Childhood Education at Unitec and I am working towards my full registration. I have had 6 years of experience in this rewarding profession and I am excited to have just begun my new journey with the amazing team at City Preschool. I am passionate about working alongside young tamariki(children) and as a kaiako I believe that relationships with whanau (family) and children are crucial. I aspire to create a warm, calm and happy environment to support the learning and development  of our tamariki to reach their fullest potential. I  appreciate that every child has their own wealth of knowledge and I feel priveleged to be a part of their learning journey. 

Arohanui 
Evanna Payne.