Our Teachers

Our Teachers

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

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

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

Our day care 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. Our aim is to help our children become confident and successful adults.

Our teachers

Haifa Shakib – Centre Director

HaifaHaifa has been involved in early childhood education for 10 years. She believes 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 day care centre as a home away from home for all the children and their families,” says Haifa.

Alma Parco – Teamleader

AlmaAlma 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 day care 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.

 Nan – Under Two’s Headteacher

NanNan 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.

Michelle Waring – Yoga Instructor

MichelleMichelle is a registered High School teacher who loves working with kids of all ages. She has taught Music and Spanish in schools and now currently teaches Yoga and Music. She also taught in a kindergarten in Vienna. She has an NZQA level 5 Diploma in Yoga and a Teachers Certificate from ‘Rainbow kids Yoga’ for kids and family Yoga.

What Michelle loves about teaching Yoga to kids is that she knows they are improving their brains and bodies in fun ways that give them confidence and energy. They are also learning to focus and to calm themselves down with simple breathing and postures.

Feel free to visit Michelle’s website:  www.bodyrhythmyoga.co.nz

Tracy Jensen – Teacher

TracyTracy 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 then 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.

Tracy Chen – Teacher

Tracy ChenTracy has a bachelor of teaching ( Early Childhood Education) from New Zealand Tertiary Collage. Tracy believes that each child is unique and that children learn in different ways. She believes in hands-on learning experiences and learning through play. Tracy is very interested in art, history and science: her interests have a big influence on her teaching practice and her teaching style.

Emma Gray – Teacher

Emma GrayEmma enjoys working with children and supporting them to establish themselves as individuals. She believes it is important to recognise the unique individuality of each child that passes through her care and work alongside them to help them reach their full potential. “It is such a joy to learn alongside children as they grow” Emma says.

Joanne Jensen – Teacher

Joanne JensenJo 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 together. Jo also enjoys supporting and encouraging children to develop and learn in their own unique way.

Irish – Teacher

IrishIrish 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.