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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.”

Rachel Clayton
Rachel Clayton
Head Teacher - Diploma in ECE, Full Registration

Rachel is our Head Teacher and she values relationships and is committed to building reciprocal, responsive and meaningful relationships with children, their families/whānau and teachers at Little Treehouse Kindergarten.  

“Creating an environment that is welcoming, caring and supportive, caters for the emotional needs of tamariki as it is through a sense of security and belonging that social development and independence occurs. I believe my role as your child’s teacher is to allow them the freedom to make their own learning choices, problem solve, observe and explore at their own pace. Whilst at the same time support them as they make sense of the world alongside their peers.

I am passionate about learning in Early Childhood believing that it helps children become curious and confident about the world as they learn valuable skills and knowledge in readiness for school.”

Ashling Reidy
Ashling Reidy
Teacher - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education (Ireland), Provisional Registration

Ashling was born in Ireland and has spent time teaching in Ireland and UK before fulfilling a lifelong dream of living in New Zealand. Ashling has a calm and gentle approach to teaching.  She enjoys engaging with children and understanding what truly interests them to support them to learn, grow and flourish.

 “Teachers can make an important contribution to a child’s growth and achievements.  I value learning through play and believe that it is important to support children to thrive to the best of their abilities.  Supporting children’s interests empowers them to grow in all areas of development.  It is important to provide opportunities for children to make their thinking visible and then foster further learning and engagement.”  

Rachel Dudley
Rachel Dudley
Teacher - Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Full Registration

Rachel joined the teaching team at Little Treehouse Kindergarten after moving to Auckland, having spent 5 years living and working in Wellington. She subsequently spent a year teaching in Sydney before returning to Little Treehouse Kindergarten. She is passionate about building respectful relationships with children and ensuring that our teachers and environment support children in developing their interests and exploring the world around them.

“I believe in quality care and respectful practices, treating children with respect and providing warm and loving interactions. I believe that children should be taught how to think, not what to think. I aim to provide children with a safe, fun and stimulating environment in which they can learn new skills and develop their interests”.

Camille Saw
Camille Saw
Teacher - Bachelor Arts, Major in Humanities, Provisional Registration

Camille immigrated to NZ and joined Little Treehouse Kindergarten after spending more than ten years living and working in Singapore. She is passionate about building respectful relationships with children, brings many creative talents to our teaching team as well as a knowledge of Filipino and Chinese (Hookien and Mandarin) language.

"It is vital for children to be surrounded by warm, supportive relationships and interactions from adults and other children during their formative years.  I believe that building a positive and safe environment where learning is fun can inspire and motivate children to be lifelong learners.  My primary role as an educator is to understand and know each child individually to encourage and promote their interests, values and aspirations.”

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.”

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."