Staff

We recognise staff as our greatest asset, and we make every effort to recruit and retain the best possible early childhood staff to care for and educate your child.

Staff are provided with training opportunities throughout their employment to enhance their skills and keep up to date with current knowledge of best practice in early childhood.

Our team of staff work in partnership with families to provide a service that meets the needs of the children, parents and the teaching team.

Staff numbers are based on the number of children booked to attend. We pride ourselves on maintaining very high staff to child ratios, allowing children to always receive ample quality one to one attention.

 

Centre Director

Kia Ora Whanau, my name is Rhiannon and I am the Centre Director of Castor Bay Infant Care Centre. After completing my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, I spent many years in a preschool setting, before becoming the head teacher here at CBICC. I found my passion is not only working with children, but supporting teachers, teams and families in understanding and implementing best practice for early childhood education. After moving up North, I was so pleased to be able to continue working for the same owners, becoming the Centre Manager of BeforeSix in Mangawhai. With Castor Bay having such a special place in my heart, I am excited to continue my work with this magnificent team, supporting the centre with their governance and management, as well as providing pedagogical leadership.

 

Head Teacher

Hi everyone, my name is Natasha. I completed my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) in 2014. My husband is also an early childhood educator and we are lucky to share the same zeal for teaching. Before moving to New Zealand, I was a part of a non-government organisation called ‘Teach for India’ where I worked alongside children of diverse age groups from low income settings. This was where I realised the importance of early childhood education and decided to pursue it. I believe that each child has been placed in my life for a purpose and as a teacher I strive to discover it. For me learning is a never ending journey and I feel blessed to support this journey of the children under my care by encouraging their ideas and understanding their views of the world around them.

 

Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Vivien. I came to New Zealand in 2009 after I completed my Diploma of Nursing in China. I graduated from NZTC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and have been working in early childhood education for 4 years. I am passionate about young children because I believe these first few years in a child's life are so crucial. I believe every child is an artist and children have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves. Building close and strong relationships with teachers, children and whanau is important to me. I feel lucky to be a part of this wonderful team and I look forward to getting to know all the children and whanau here at Castor Bay Infant Care Centre.

 

Teacher

Kia Ora hello everyone, my name is Sara and I am really happy to be a part of Castor Bay Infant Care Centre. I began my career as an environmental scientist and while working with community groups I realised I also loved working with children. I have a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) and find learning new things each day keeps life very interesting! I have been a primary school teacher in Auckland and London and have also worked in early childhood education in Wellsford. I enjoy supporting children while they discover the world around them. Each child is so precious, I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and seeing the children grow.

 

Teacher

Hi, my name is Joanne (‘Joey’). I have completed the NZ national nanny certificate and was a nanny for 7 years, including 18 months in Switzerland. I have just returned to work after having time off to have my own children. I look forward to sharing my days with the children and guiding them through new and exciting experiences every day.

 

 

 

Teacher

Hi, my name is Kristen. I am currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Teaching - Early Childhood Education at Auckland University. I was born in New Zealand to Dutch parents and I originally completed a Bachelor of Design - Graphic Design at Massey University before moving to Korea and teaching English to primary school students for two years. Whist there I discovered how much I love teaching and working with young children. I am motivated and passionate about the profession of teaching young children. I believe it is my role to support children’s learning and wellbeing so that they are confident and happy in themselves and their learning. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and spending time in the outdoors as well as having quality time with friends and my (ever expanding) family.