Our teachers

Our teachers at Ellerslie day care

Adventureland daycare centre is a purpose-built daycare in Ellerslie designed by a professional architect working with early childhood teachers. Come see!

Our daycare centre in Ellerslie is purpose-built. It is designed to maximize nature and light through bi-fold doors and windows, which offer a view to the outside world. The result is a lovely daycare centre with easy movement between all indoor and outdoor areas. There is a skylight providing natural light inside.

The daycare centre has a large, private outdoor area designed for fun. There are many activities, and we’ve paid special regard to safety.

Adventureland is 100% family-owned and operated since it was established in 2009. Our daycare centre is staffed with highly qualified, professional teachers. We enjoy encouraging children to extend their imagination and creativity. We help build their confidence and character. And we set them on a path of development. We aim to help our children become confident and successful adults.

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Our Teachers - Adventureland's Ellerslie staff

Haifa Shakib


Haifa has been involved in early childhood education for 15 years. She believes in the first 5 years of a child’s life are the most important in their development. Nurturing children with love and respect ensures a sound foundation for their future success. Each child is special and unique and when encouraged to unfold their full potential, Haifa says their blossoming is a joy to see.

“I love being with young children, it is so rewarding. I see Adventureland daycare centre as a home away from home for all the children and their families,” says Haifa.

Our Teachers - Adventureland's Ellerslie staff

Zina Shakib

Managing Director

Zina holds two degrees, the first one is Bachelor of Business from AUT and the second one is Graduate Diploma in Early Child from NZTC. Zina has more than 10 years in the early childhood education sector.

“Our children are our future’” this is what Zina believes. She believes that we must let our children grow into their own unique personality through exploration and the discovery of their own strengths and challenges.

Zina enjoys connecting and working along with whanau/families. She is committed to ensuring every child and family feels valued and included.

Our Teachers - Adventureland's Ellerslie staff

Alma Parco

Team leader

Alma graduated with a BS in Education from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. Then she enjoyed 10 years of pre-school teaching in her country before moving to New Zealand. Here she gained the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care from the Australasian Institute of Applied Studies. Alma completed her full registration in 2015.

Alma has a real passion for teaching children and says it’s a pleasure to work at Adventureland daycare centre. She’s able to use her talent for singing and playing the guitar to build a great relationship with the children. These self-expressive activities are also educational.

Alma believes in creating a fun, safe, engaging, and exciting environment for the children to learn and enjoy their time here.

Our Teachers - Adventureland's Ellerslie staff


Under two's head teacher

Nan is our under two’s team leader. Nan is a fully registered qualified teacher with more than 9 years of experience working with children. She completed her Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in 2009, gained her full teacher registration in 2012, and started mentoring students studying education in different NZ universities.

Nan likes to bring love, laughter, passion, and meaningful experience into children’s life. It’s her pleasure to work with you, your children, and your family along with all the awesome teachers at Adventureland Early Learning Centre.

Our Teachers - Adventureland's Ellerslie staff

Tracey Jenson

Senior teacher

Tracy has been working in ECE centres for six years as a cook. She decided to change her career as she seemed to enjoy being more around the children than she did cooking. Tracy works with the babies and she really looks forward to getting to know your children and making connections during her time here at Adventureland. Tracy really enjoys children’s enthusiasm for learning and love being part of helping them grow and develop.

Our Teachers - Adventureland's Ellerslie staff

Joanne Jenson


Jo is married with two children. The wonderful journey she shared with her two girls as they grew is what has inspired her to become involved in early childhood learning. Jo really enjoys her days with the children especially the daily interactions and conversation they share. Jo also enjoys supporting and encouraging children to develop and learn in their own unique way.

Our Teachers - Adventureland's Ellerslie staff



Irish holds a Bachelor of Education from the Philippines and she worked as a teacher for more than 5 years before she moved to New Zealand.

Irish believes it is a fun and exciting experience to be with children. She also believes that children are entrusted to us and in knowing that, she considers them as her own, teaching them good values and loving them equally.