Tracy – Owner and Administrator
Tracy is our administrator and relief teacher so our all day teaching staff can have release time to plan and write up learning stories.
Tracy has had 15 years working as a professional Engineer and has had quite a career change coming into education. Both her (now teenage) children attended Newstead Country Preschool and she worked part time in the centre when they were preschoolers. So if the construction in the sandpit or the train set layout gets a bit ambitious, it might have had a bit of input from Tracy!
Mary – On Call Reliever
Mary is a fully registered teacher. Between helping look after her own grandchildren she has been teaching and relieving on and off at preschool for over 13 years. Currently Mary is our regular on call reliever.
Mary almost always brings something or someone interesting (pets) to preschool when she comes and the children love the anticipation of what will hop, crawl, or be carried out of Mary’s car today.
Viv – Mid Day Support Staff
Viv helps during the middle of the day.
She supports the staff by setting out the beds for nap time and helping with the lunchtime routines and mid day cleaning. She also assists us sometimes over lunchtime by helping to look after the children.
Carol – Reliever
Hi, kia ora
No tawahi ahau, no Ingarangi
Ko Cader Idris te maunga
Ko Te Severn te awa
Ko Ngati Kiritea te iwi
Tokomaru, tetahi wakarererangi o Aotearoa, toku waka.
Kirikriroa toku kainga naianei
Hi I’m Carol, and I have been an early childhood teacher for over thirty years. I have two daughters, three grandchildren and one fur child (large black Labrador) My hobbies are tramping, photography, reading, and dancing.
I really enjoy working at Newstead because we are like a big family. We look out for each other, adults and children alike. Our quality ratios mean that we can take time to be with each child and not have to worry about being somewhere else. We have plenty of room for the tamariki to run around and burn off some energy whilst being involved in quality play, out in the environment, with their friends. We are well resourced for inside play and art and craft, with the children having free access to make their choice. Stepping into the IT world with educa was a big learning curve and it’s great to have the immediate interaction between parents and staff.
Nicky – Reliever
Hi, my name is Nicky.
I am married to Eddie and we have 3 lovely girls who keep our lives interesting and busy! I was bought up in Auckland and moved to the Waikato about 8 years ago. My background is in the café industry where I have enjoyed serving food and making coffee for my customers. I love spending time with my family, gardening, reading and keeping active.
I have loved seeing all my girls come through Newstead Country Preschool. I really enjoy the family and outdoors philosophy at Newstead and believe my girls have thrived and gained confidence while being here. I am now working towards a career with children and am excited to learn and grow in this area.
Harley is a qualified Primary School Teacher with a strong interest in outdoor education. Harley worked as primary school teacher in Canada for many years before returning to New Zealand where he has continued to work with primary aged children in the education sector.
Now semi retired, Harley supports our full time teachers with the school readiness program and is helping to extend our use of the environment in our curriculum.
Peter – Facilities Manager
Peter is our facilities manager. Peter is a retired dairy farmer and preschool grandad.
Peter is in charge of the grounds maintenance at preschool as well as on the farm. He makes sure the farm gates swing properly, the thistles get grubbed, and all manner of other “to do” jobs get done.
He’s also got a bit of a fan club with his granddaughter in our toddler family.