Loading...

Teaching Team

Little Treehouse Kindergarten has a warm and friendly team of passionate teachers who show ongoing commitment to the kindergarten, it’s families and the community. High teacher to child ratios ensure quality interaction and engagement between teachers and your child. 

Teaching practices reflect current theories of learning and development and teachers participate in ongoing professional development. This ensures we deliver a consistently high quality of care and education to achieve the best learning outcomes for your child. 

We believe children learn and develop best when they experience an environment where they are nurtured, encouraged and listened to by teachers who are responsive to the child’s enquiring mind and provoke an interest in the world around them.

 

'Teachers engage responsively in their interactions with children.  Thoughtfully designed play experiences are enhanced by excursions and resources.'  ERO Report October 2017

Allanah Attwood
Allanah Attwood
Centre Manager

Allanah is the owner and licensee of Little Treehouse Kindergarten. She is involved actively in the centre on a day-to-day basis as the Centre Manager. 

“It is a privilege to be a part of the lives of children every day and to watch them on their journey of discovery. As a Mum, I know just how precious these preschool years are and I am honoured to be a part of each child’s journey. My wish is that every child at Little Treehouse Kindergarten has a magical experience that will set the foundations for a lifetime of learning.”

Sammy Hughes
Sammy Hughes
Head Teacher - Bachelor of Teacher, Early Childhood, Full Registration

Sammy is our Head Teacher and enjoys working collaboratively within a team to ensure positive learning outcomes for our children.  Sammy joined Little Treehouse Kindergarten with twelve years teaching experience, five of those in leadership and management in the Kindergarten model.

“I value respectful, unhurried interactions with children, using my passions for language and literacy to connect and build meaningful relationships that support the child as an individual.  I believe my role, as a teacher is to provide an environment that promotes inquiry for learning. Creating a space that empowers the child to take risks creatively, socially and physically through encouraging independence and trusting their own judgment in a safe, warm and supportive environment.

As a community I hope to work collaboratively together, harnessing the wealth of knowledge you bring about your child to ensure the best outcomes for the children - 'It takes a village'.”

Karen Millar
Karen Millar
Teacher - Bachelor of Education ECE, Full Registration

Karen joined the team at Little Treehouse Kindergarten after spending more than 10 years working as an early childhood educator in Australia. She has a passion for music and enjoys teaching children new songs. 

"I am so very excited to be working in a New Zealand kindergarten with such dedicated teachers, in a centre which promotes child-based learning opportunities. I enjoy being part of the learning journeys, not just of the children but the teachers and families too."

Ellie Gulbransen
Ellie Gulbransen
Teacher - Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Provisional Registration

Ellie has many years of experience in early childhood and joined our teaching team after spending two years working in the social services sector supporting high priority families. She is passionate about health and wellbeing and is currently studying natural medicine on a part time basis.    

"I’m passionate about brain development and believe children thrive best in an environment where they feel safe and respected. I believe being kind and having empathy are skills which will help children throughout life and aim to scaffold children in developing awareness of how others are feeling as well as recognising their own emotions. I thoroughly enjoy the New Zealand Early Childhood curriculums main philosophy of ‘learning through play’ and believe it is the best way for children to learn to the best of their potential." 

Sebastian Dymanski
Sebastian Dymanski
Teacher - Bachelor of Education, Provisional Registration

Sebastian spent his childhood in Poland and has a passion for supporting children to build the skills necessary to become confident, healthy and positive members of society. He is also a keen musician and writer, and these creative talents are a great asset to our kindergarten community.   

"To me, education should support children in growing into adults who are fulfilled and are able to thrive in their communities. Social skills underpin every aspect of our life and our ability to coexist and cooperate is the biggest contributor to our success and wellbeing. 

Children learn these through practice – or, as we usually call it, play. I’m here to support that and help them make the most out of it.”

Sarah Myburg
Sarah Myburg
Unqualified Teacher

Sarah is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree of Primary School Teaching and works part time supporting our team of qualified teachers. She is passionate about children and her passion and enthusiasm shines through in her caring and nurturing interactions with our children. 

“The world/environment is a natural ‘teacher’ and I believe in using this to foster the creativity that children hold within them and provide them with a sense of intrigue and wonder of the world around them.”

Rose Bloem
Rose Bloem
Unqualified Teacher

Rose works part time supporting our team of qualified teachers. She has a genuine love of children and has spent many years working with children and supporting families with newborn babies. Rose has a calm and gentle disposition and enjoys spending time with children, truly listening to them and supporting their learning in positive ways.  

"I am very much a nurturer and love the challenge of discovering children’s different personalities through observation and interaction and consequently finding that special way to connect with them on an individual level. A child should feel safe to express themselves and to discover who they are."

Esther Hensby-Bennett
Esther Hensby-Bennett
Relief Teacher - Teaching Diploma (Primary), Full Registration

Esther has been part of our teaching team since 2002, where she has been dedicated to supporting and preparing our children for school. She retired in October 2017 and now supports our team on a relieving basis. 

"I enjoy supporting children to become confident and independent, ready for the next stage of their life long journey."