For the Love of Learning

Pebbles Preschool Sumner

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Belinda Slade

Owner

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 husband, my two children Lulu and Frankie and our beloved dog, Millie. At the moment my favourite things to do are enjoying the beautiful trails in the Port Hills, getting into a good book, or working on our house build. 

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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 Jusitice at University but quickly decided that teaching was where my true passion lay and completed a Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching, which lead me to where I am today.

 

My partner and I have recently completed the challenge of renovating the inside of our house and now we face the challenge of renovating the outdoor area!

I enjoy learning and growing alongside the great team of teachers on the floor, as well as the children, and I look forward to building my relationships with our families and whanau here at Pebbles.

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Tracie Millar

 

Assistant Manager

Kia ora, my name is Tracie

I have been teaching in the Early Childhood Sector for over 10 years. I am excited that I have joined the Pebbles Preschool family where I can continue my passion for teaching the younger children here at Pebbles. I have a Diploma in Teaching ECE and I am a fully registered teacher. I live withmy husband and have 3 children who are young adults. When at home I like to spend time with the family and the many pets that we have. I moved here from Invercargill 2 years ago and it has been great getting out and exploring what Christchurch has to offer. 

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Millie Allan

Kaiako

Kia ora my name is Millie

 

I am really enjoying being a part of the team here at Pebbles. In 2020 I completed my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Over the past ten years I have worked as a Nanny in the UK as well as a teacher here in Christchurch. I enjoy the outdoors and I'm often off on adventures in my spare time. Creating a safe, fun loving environment with strong connections is key to my teaching practice.

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Roseanne Taurima

 Kaiako

 

 

Kia ora, my name is Roseanne

I have had many interesting jobs working with children such as on a television show and as an atelierista. I have now been working within the education
sector for five years and I have recently received my qualification for a Bachelor of Teaching (early childhood education). My teaching philosophy views children as masters of their own learning and I see my role, as a teacher, as a facilitator of a vehicle for learning. In my spare time I enjoy shopping for second-hand treasures, crafting up a storm and tramping in the wilderness.

 

 

 

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Tom McNulty

Kaiako

Kia ora, my name is Tom

I have worked as a preschool teacher since 2010 after gaining a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I am passionate about teaching children based on a culture of respect, and love learning alongside them.

I have lived in Christchurch my whole life and am excited to be joining the Pebbles team and being so close to the beach!

Outside of early childhood I enjoy live music, travelling, getting outside in the sunshine and spending time with my friends, family.

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Bei Mei

Student

Kia ora my name is Bei Mei. 

I am currently studying in order to achieve a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education with New Zealand Tertiary College. I am enjoying supporting the Kea Room and learning from the teaching team as well as the tamariki. 

I am passionate about early childhood education and I believe that children learn through experiences. I am looking forward to sharing some experiences with the children based on their interests and our classroom focus. My hobbies include singing, dancing, hiking, reading and travelling.

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Katherine Robb

Kaiako

Kia ora, my name is Katherine

I have been teaching in Early Childhood Centres for over twenty years. I have a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I have loved teaching at Pebbles since it opened in 2010 and have especially enjoyed watching the children develop over the years and seeing their siblings coming along - this is very special. I live in Sumner with my husband and have three daughters Annie, Molly and Katie. In my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening, reading and Pilates.

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Anna Mackinnon

Kaiako

Kia ora, my name is Anna 

I have enjoyed being a part of Pebbles Preschool when it opened in 2010. I live in Sumner with my husband and 2 children Marcel and Skye. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. Privately as a nanny for 15 years and as a part time teacher at Pebbles. I hold a Foundation Certificate of Teaching ECE.

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Lisa Lawn

Kaiako

Kia ora, my name is Lisa

I am a trained Primary and Montessori teacher and am passionate about the Montessori philosophy. My strengths are in supporting and extending children with their learning and actively ensuring the transition to school is a positive and successful experience for everyone. I live in Sumner with my husband and two children, and I  enjoy stand up paddle boarding, camping and being part of our special  community.

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Pip Smith

Kaiako

Kia ora, my name is Pip

I have been teaching in the Early Childhood Sector for over 35 years in the role of owner, manager and as a teacher. I am passionate about the Montessori Philosophy and how it enriches a child's life. It is a joy to see children flourish in a positive, holistic, environment and I feel very privileged to be a part of it here at Pebbles Preschool Nayland St.  

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