Big Kids Staff

March 9, 2014


My name is Ranuka Lata Sharma, but I am known as Renu at Preschool. I am the centre manager responsible for the day to day running of preschool

I worked as a Primary Teacher in Fiji for 13 1/2 years before I moved to New Zealand. I am married and have two daughters who are both currently at University.

I completed my ECE studies while working at preschool and have been here for ten years working with big kids. I enjoy our big outdoor environment and believe that it stimulates children’s learning.



Kia ora, ko Michelle ahau
Hello, my name is Michelle.

I have been working in early childhood education for almost 2 years. In 2013 I completed a Bachelor in Primary Teaching and in 2015 I completed a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
I am extremely passionate about early childhood education and being a part of the Newstead Country Preschool team. I am also really excited to work at a Preschool that provides children with authentic learning experiences.

I consider myself a bit of an explorer so most weekends I am out and about either climbing a mountain or going on a nature walk. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking as well as having a go at amateur cake decorating. I also really enjoy any form of exercise, on weeknights you will find me at the gym or in a group fitness class such as; boxing or spin.

I hope to utilise my interests, skills and talents at Newstead Country Preschool to help inspire the children to become lifelong learners.



My name is Aurelia. I am originally from France but I have lived in New Zealand for about 11 years now. I have two lovely girls.

I started at preschool as a relief teacher about 10 years ago and as a full time teacher over six years ago. There are no boring days here! I love our preschool philosophy and am passionate about working with your children.


Kia ora.

My name is Rose and I have a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching in early childhood education from Waikato University

Prior to joining the team at Newstead Country Preschool I worked as a Kindergarten teacher for 17 years.

I enjoy working alongside children to provide a safe environment for young children to learn, where individual needs are met with understanding, patience and fairness.

I love working at NCP where we have a great team, and environment to support children’s learning, independence, and development


(currently on maternity leave)

Kia ora.

My name is Monica and I have a BTchg in early childhood education.

I grew up on a lifestyle block with my parents and younger sister and developed a love for the rural lifestyle where I enjoyed looking after my sheep, calf, chickens, cats and riding my horse.

I enjoy being outdoors, gardening, cooking and crafts. I highly value children and I am committed to developing the skills and knowledge necessary to assist each child in reaching their full potential. I love working at preschool and seeing the children learn and develop in a spacious, rural environment with quality teacher to child ratios which allows for responsive and meaningful relationships between the teachers, children and their whanau.