Meet our Teachers

We are lucky to have four well loved and experienced teachers who encourage, inspire and excite the children with learning and fun every day.

All our teaching staff are ECE qualified and registered and hold current First Aid certificates.

Cherie Underwood (Dip ECE)

Head Teacher

Welcome to our website! Do I have the greatest job in the world? One word: YES!

I love the children and families that give their time, energy and feelings to us every day. The greatest gift I hope to give your children is the sheer enjoyment of learning. Experiencing something new every day and extending them to reach their full potential in all areas. I love teaching, but I am also passionate about my three children and grandchildren. I love walking, the bush and extending myself daily too.


Andrea Gutteridge (Dip ECE)


I originally come from Yorkshire in the UK, but NZ has been home for my husband and 2 children for the past 17 years. I have worked at Woodlands Park Kindy for 6 happy years, and have the pleasure of meeting lots of wonderful children and their families. When not teaching I enjoy art, gardening and walking my 2 fox terriers.


Carolyn Read (Dip ECE)


I decided later in life to train as a teacher and after initially qualifying as a Primary School Teacher I took on further study and qualified as an Early Childhood Teacher. I have been teaching in Early Childhood since 2007 in various centres and enjoy that no day is the same. I love the spontaneity and joy of working with pre school children. I live in Piha with my husband David and have 3 grown up children and am also a Grandmother.



Brooke Payne (Dip ECE)


Kia Ora Whanau,

I have been in ECE for around 15 years now and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I have a blended family of four children, three cats and a puppy and have recently moved out west.

To see the world through the eyes of our tamariki is pure joy and I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the precious moments of our tamariki. I teach from my heart and I am passionate about being connected with Papatūānuku and immersing our tamariki in the curriculum of life!

“"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Angela Schwindt.


We also offer opportunities for trainee teachers to complete their practicum with us. Please contact Head Teacher Cherie Underwood for further information.