Here at Kids at Play we recognise quality Staff as our Key Resource. We believe in providing our team with ongoing professional development, both personally and collectively, this is done both internally and externally.

Our staffing team is lead by our a Centre Manager and 2 Area Supervisors. We have a Cook, an Administrator and 11 teachers which include our part time staff. 

Tania Swann, Centre Manager Kia ora, Talofa lava, Hello. I live in Riverhead, in West Auckland with my partner and two children on 3.5 acres.  I have worked at Kids at Play since October 2001 and in 2015 I celebrated 20 yrs. service in ECE (early childhood education).  I am passionate in providing children a safe, fun, active environment where they can grow and develop the skills in readiness for life. I strive to provide a learning environment that ensures excellent education and care by working in partnership with families/whanau and educators in helping to raise resilient children. 

Tania Swann, Centre Manager

Kia ora, Talofa lava, Hello. I live in Riverhead, in West Auckland with my partner and two children on 3.5 acres. 

I have worked at Kids at Play since October 2001 and in 2015 I celebrated 20 yrs. service in ECE (early childhood education). 

I am passionate in providing children a safe, fun, active environment where they can grow and develop the skills in readiness for life. I strive to provide a learning environment that ensures excellent education and care by working in partnership with families/whanau and educators in helping to raise resilient children. 

Louna Iti, Area Supervisor Kia ora. 2017 marks my 17th year in ECE and all of which I have served here at Kids at Play. I have always found working alongside young children very rewarding and in regards to the curriculum and child development, I am most interested in guiding communication and social skills, in an environment that encourages children to be confident, capable and interested learners. As part to the Under 2’s (U2’s) teaching team, I aim to provide a fun, respectful and challenging environment for our littlest learners. 

Louna Iti, Area Supervisor

Kia ora. 2017 marks my 17th year in ECE and all of which I have served here at Kids at Play.

I have always found working alongside young children very rewarding and in regards to the curriculum and child development,

I am most interested in guiding communication and social skills, in an environment that encourages children to be confident, capable and interested learners.

As part to the Under 2’s (U2’s) teaching team, I aim to provide a fun, respectful and challenging environment for our littlest learners. 

Danella Sionetali, Area Supervisor Kia ora. I am of Niuean/Cook Island heritage, but born and bred in NZ.  I am part of the original team from 2001. I believe early education epitomises an optimal start for children in their younger years.  We've all heard of that phrase "A child is like a sponge" they are constantly absorbing every aspect of what they do, see, feel, hear, touch & taste!  I aim to ensure these are all deemed as learning opportunities with respect, nurture, guidance and positivity.  In the long term, I can only hope I'm supporting children to develop their confidence, independence, resilience, a thirst for continued learning, and social competence.

Danella Sionetali, Area Supervisor

Kia ora. I am of Niuean/Cook Island heritage, but born and bred in NZ.  I am part of the original team from 2001.

I believe early education epitomises an optimal start for children in their younger years.  We've all heard of that phrase "A child is like a sponge" they are constantly absorbing every aspect of what they do, see, feel, hear, touch & taste!  I aim to ensure these are all deemed as learning opportunities with respect, nurture, guidance and positivity.  In the long term, I can only hope I'm supporting children to develop their confidence, independence, resilience, a thirst for continued learning, and social competence.

 
Gerlie Salcedo, Financial Administrator Mabuhay! I am Gerlie Salcedo, the Financial Administrator of Kids At Play Childcare Centre. I’m a mother of 2 children. My husband & I, together with our daughter migrated in NZ in 2003. My son was born here in NZ in 2004. I was born and gained my bachelor’s degree in Accounting in the Philippines. I also lived and worked for 7 years in Papua New Guinea as a financial controller before coming here in NZ.  I have been the Financial Administrator in Kids at Play since 2003. 

Gerlie Salcedo, Financial Administrator

Mabuhay! I am Gerlie Salcedo, the Financial Administrator of Kids At Play Childcare Centre. I’m a mother of 2 children. My husband & I, together with our daughter migrated in NZ in 2003. My son was born here in NZ in 2004.

I was born and gained my bachelor’s degree in Accounting in the Philippines. I also lived and worked for 7 years in Papua New Guinea as a financial controller before coming here in NZ. 

I have been the Financial Administrator in Kids at Play since 2003. 

Anne Robinson, Professional Practice Facilitalor I am a mother of 2 school aged girls who loved their time at Kids at Play.   I believe it is important that children have the opportunity to develop, grow and learn in a supportive, respectful and engaging environment. Every child is unique and therefore as teachers we need to ensure that our teaching strategies are flexible enough for every child to benefit. Developing relationships with our children and families are essential in this process to best develop a child’s sense of belonging and nurture their innate curiosity. 

Anne Robinson, Professional Practice Facilitalor

I am a mother of 2 school aged girls who loved their time at Kids at Play.  

I believe it is important that children have the opportunity to develop, grow and learn in a supportive, respectful and engaging environment.

Every child is unique and therefore as teachers we need to ensure that our teaching strategies are flexible enough for every child to benefit. Developing relationships with our children and families are essential in this process to best develop a child’s sense of belonging and nurture their innate curiosity. 

Ashleigh Curtain, Certificated ECE Teacher Kia Ora my name is Ashleigh Curtain – I was born and raised here in Auckland.  My passion is working alongside children and watching them grow and develop into their own person. I feel it is important to build trusting relationships with children and meeting their needs to enable them to grow as competent learners. Also, to create a nurturing, warm and positive environment for our children to enjoy and feel a sense of belonging and well-being. 

Ashleigh Curtain, Certificated ECE Teacher

Kia Ora my name is Ashleigh Curtain – I was born and raised here in Auckland. 

My passion is working alongside children and watching them grow and develop into their own person. I feel it is important to build trusting relationships with children and meeting their needs to enable them to grow as competent learners. Also, to create a nurturing, warm and positive environment for our children to enjoy and feel a sense of belonging and well-being. 

 
Unna Balasubramanian, Certificated ECE Teacher I come from South India. I migrated to NZ in 2003 with my family. I have done Bachelors in English.  I believe that children should be respected and treated equally as adults. When children develop trust they develop confidence and independence and enhance their sense of self-worth and identity. I value curriculum of Reggio Emilia approach which aims at child initiated and led activities full of fun and challenges. I foresee to accomplish this curriculum in my practice.  

Unna Balasubramanian, Certificated ECE Teacher

I come from South India. I migrated to NZ in 2003 with my family. I have done Bachelors in English. 

I believe that children should be respected and treated equally as adults. When children develop trust they develop confidence and independence and enhance their sense of self-worth and identity.

I value curriculum of Reggio Emilia approach which aims at child initiated and led activities full of fun and challenges. I foresee to accomplish this curriculum in my practice.

 

Maria Prue, Certificated ECE Teacher I grew up in a little town Called Waimate south of Timaru. I joined KAP at the start of 2014 and have been teaching for the past 13 years. ECE is extremely important to me as I believe we set the foundation for future learning opportunities and begin to develop the skills for later in life. Personally I feel a sense of achievement when we are able to work with a child from a young age and being able to watch them develop into a child who is ready to explore their school years.   

Maria Prue, Certificated ECE Teacher

I grew up in a little town Called Waimate south of Timaru. I joined KAP at the start of 2014 and have been teaching for the past 13 years.

ECE is extremely important to me as I believe we set the foundation for future learning opportunities and begin to develop the skills for later in life. Personally I feel a sense of achievement when we are able to work with a child from a young age and being able to watch them develop into a child who is ready to explore their school years. 

 

Lan Zhou,Certificated ECE Teacher I am Lan, Originally from China, I have been in Auckland for 3 years. I speak both Chinese and English. I joined Kids at Play at the beginning of 2017.    I believe that respect and empowerment are most important in early childhood education. I will show my respect to the children, families and colleagues. I will respect children’s rights and support them through love, communication and empowerment. I will strive to create an environment that is calm and peaceful.

Lan Zhou,Certificated ECE Teacher

I am Lan, Originally from China, I have been in Auckland for 3 years. I speak both Chinese and English. I joined Kids at Play at the beginning of 2017. 
 
I believe that respect and empowerment are most important in early childhood education. I will show my respect to the children, families and colleagues. I will respect children’s rights and support them through love, communication and empowerment. I will strive to create an environment that is calm and peaceful.

 
Karen Wen, Certificated ECE Teacher  I originally from China, I can speak both Cantonese and Mandarin. I have been relieving for 3 years, while I Completed my ECE Study. From January 2018 I officially join the Kids at Play teaching team. I am passionate about learning and teaching. I love getting to know children in order to extend their learning by working with their interests. I strongly believe that building reciprocal relationships with children and their whanau is the key to teaching because their values and information can help us work together to gain the best learning outcomes for the children.  

Karen Wen, Certificated ECE Teacher 

I originally from China, I can speak both Cantonese and Mandarin.

I have been relieving for 3 years, while I Completed my ECE Study. From January 2018 I officially join the Kids at Play teaching team.

I am passionate about learning and teaching. I love getting to know children in order to extend their learning by working with their interests. I strongly believe that building reciprocal relationships with children and their whanau is the key to teaching because their values and information can help us work together to gain the best learning outcomes for the children.

 

Nadzha Dias, Certificated ECE Teacher Kia Ora, my name is Nadzha, pronounced ‘Naad-za’. The name’s Russian, but I’m of Portuguese Indian descent. I believe relationships are the single most important thing in ECE, as it provides insight into who each child is, builds trust and helps kaiako tailor teaching practice to accommodate each child. I also believe in a teaching philosophy that is founded on respect for children as competent learners, while fostering curiosity and empowerment.

Nadzha Dias, Certificated ECE Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Nadzha, pronounced ‘Naad-za’. The name’s Russian, but I’m of Portuguese Indian descent.

I believe relationships are the single most important thing in ECE, as it provides insight into who each child is, builds trust and helps kaiako tailor teaching practice to accommodate each child.

I also believe in a teaching philosophy that is founded on respect for children as competent learners, while fostering curiosity and empowerment.

Sean Cruz,  Teacher in Training

Mabuhay (Hello) My family and I are originally from the Philippines and we moved to New Zealand in 2009.

I joined Kids at Play in June 2016. I have been given the opportunity to work a full-time as a support teacher. I am enrolled to commence my training towards gaining a Bachlour of Teaching ECE in 2018.

I have passion for children and I enjoy my time working/learning alongside of them. In fact, I am also a teacher aid volunteer in Sunday school at our church. It is a great privilege to be a part of the Kids at Play.

 
May Yee, Centre Cook I’m Chinese and was born in Fiji. I migrated to NZ in March 1987. I joined Kids at Play in June 2003 as the centre’s cook. I believe nutritious healthy meals for children from an early stage help them to establish good eating habits and creates happy active children.  

May Yee, Centre Cook

I’m Chinese and was born in Fiji. I migrated to NZ in March 1987.

I joined Kids at Play in June 2003 as the centre’s cook.

I believe nutritious healthy meals for children from an early stage help them to establish good eating habits and creates happy active children.

 

Anisha Patel, Relief Teacher I am kiwi / Indian, I was born and raised in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand. I have BFA in Painting and studied for a certificate in early childhood Montessori assistance training. I joined Kids at Play in September 2009. I feel it’s important that we support each child's unique interests and qualities and that children are given the opportunity to explore and investigate through provided activities and creative play, allowing their imaginations to ignite and fill up with innate curiosity. 

Anisha Patel, Relief Teacher

I am kiwi / Indian, I was born and raised in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand. I have BFA in Painting and studied for a certificate in early childhood Montessori assistance training. I joined Kids at Play in September 2009.

I feel it’s important that we support each child's unique interests and qualities and that children are given the opportunity to explore and investigate through provided activities and creative play, allowing their imaginations to ignite and fill up with innate curiosity.