Michelle Fouche (Dip ECE)
Kia ora, my name is Michelle, and I am honoured to be the Head Kaiako at this wonderful kindergarten. This is my twentieth year in the ECE sector. My passion is to support and teach tamariki to be the best they can be. I believe tamariki thrive when they have respectful and reciprocal relationships in an environment that inspires them to engage and learn through play. Tamariki make sense of the world around them in their own unique way and uninterrupted play gives tamariki the opportunity to develop their working theories, problem solve and develop a passion for lifelong learning.
I live in Woodlands Park with my two amazing daughters and love to spend time with family and friends.
Nikki Grazier (Dip ECE)
I have had over 30 years’ experience teaching, managing, leading, and mentoring in a range of mainstream early childhood services. As well as my three days at the kindy, I am an Early Years Facilitator supporting early years kaiako across Tāmaki Makaurau. I’m passionate about all aspects of early childhood care and education with respectful relationships at the core of what I do.
I live in Woodlands Park on a bush block with my husband, son (14) and two dogs. In my spare time I love walking in the bush and the beaches, and painting.
Tessa Taurere (BTchg ECE)
I have been an ECE kaiako for around 7 years. In this time, I have been in a mixture of teaching and Head Kaiako roles. I have mentored kaiako through their own professional growth journeys, as well as enjoying many days on the floor supporting tamariki in their learning experiences.
I strongly believe in heart centered practice, ensuring tamariki’s emotional wellbeing is nurtured and supported throughout their learning journey. I also love getting outdoors and seeing tamariki thrive by getting in touch with nature.
Respectful relationships remain at the forefront of all that I do, whether being with tamariki, colleagues, whanau, or the community.
I am passionate about creating a nurturing environment for our young tamariki and supporting them to develop a lifelong love of learning. It takes a village to raise a child, and I look forward to being a part of your village.
I live in Huia with my partner Warren and two children Malachi (12) and Aria (9), and one cat, two budgies, one pet mouse and seven chickens.
I love gardening, crafts, reading, singing and sustainability.
I am a mother of two energetic and happy children, who went to Woodlands Park Kindy and are now at Woodlands Park School. I feel very fortunate to live and work in this beautiful community, surrounded by bush and bird song. I am passionate about environmental sustainability and believe that if children's foundations are laid with healthy, informed, sustainable habits now, they will reap the benefits of a healthier brighter future.
It is the unstructured, unhurried, spontaneous learning that occurs through play, which is at the heart of my philosophy. I believe that through fostering a sense of well-being, acceptance and wonder, tmariki will establish a solid foundation for life, secure in themselves, their ideas and their place in the world.
We also offer opportunities for trainee kaiako to complete their practicum with us. Please contact Head Kaiako Michelle Fouche for further information.