For the Love of Learning

Pebbles Sumner Montessori

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Belinda Slade


Kia ora, my name is Belinda

I am a trained early childhood teacher and primary  teacher with special needs experience. I have always aspired to owning a very unique and special preschool and am thrilled that there are now three Pebbles Preschools in the Christchurch area! I moved from England to Christchurch in 2000 with my husband and two children, Sam and Daisy. I enjoy being on the teaching floor, walking my labradoodle dogs, reading and swimming.

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Amanda Kidman

Office Administrator

Kia ora, my name is Amanda 

I am trained in Early Childhood Education and have a back round in working in both Early Childhood Centres and Home Based Care within the sector in New Zealand. For the past five years I have lived in Australia where I attained a Diploma in Human Resources and enjoyed working in the Not for Profit Sector. 

In my spare time I love spending time with my family, getting into a good book and being outdoors.​

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Daisy Slade

Centre Manager

Kia ora, my name is Daisy and I am the Centre Manager here at Pebbles Preschool. I also manage Pebbles Montessori Sumner on Campbell St and I have been in that role for two years. I love being on the floor with the tamariki, as well as organising the office and making sure paperwork is up to date! I started off gaining a Bachelor of Criminal Justice at University but quickly decided that teaching was where my true passion lay and completed a Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching, which led me to where I am today.

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Megan Sloan

Assistant Manager

Kia ora, my name is Megan and I joined the Pebbles Montessori team in December 2020. I have 11 years worth of teaching experience and I am passionate about providing a safe learning environment to ensure the children have space to grow and thrive as individuals. I was introduced to the Montessori method when teaching at a Montessori School in Ireland. I have recently attained an Aperfield Montessori Diploma and I am thoroughly enjoying putting my new knowledge into practice and teaching at Pebbles Montessori.

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Joanna Beadle


Kia ora, my name is Joanna and I am excited to be a part of the Pebbles Montessori team as a key teacher. I have 15 years' experience in early childhood education including five years in a Montessori Preschool. I have 2 grown up daughters who live in Dunedin and work in the hospital there; one as a sonographer and the other as a registered nurse. They are both graduates from a Montessori Preschool and I believe the wonderful foundation of learning they experienced at a young age, set them on their respective successful pathways. I am a firm advocate for the Montessori approach to education and I am delighted to be a part of your child's learning journey as we work through the beautifully prepared environment at Pebbles Montessori together.