Support Staff

April 3, 2014

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!


Lesley – Mid Day Support Staff

Lesley 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 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.

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 16 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.




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.



Taylor – On Call Reliever

Taylor is in her second year of a bachelor of ECE at Waikato University. Taylor works for us as an on call reliever while she completes her studies.

Anne – On Call Reliever


Anne is an on call reliever, she has an academic background in Arts, Social sciences and Te Reo Maori and experience as a primary school language teacher, ECE reliever and playgroup facilitator. Anne has previously worked at NCP before she returned to University to complete her academic studies.

Richard – Special Projects

Richard is our special projects guy. Richard is a software engineer with PhD in Computer science. He’s also pretty good at design and build and small engine repair, so a handy fella to have around! Richard helps us out on his day off from his real job, with the redevelopment of our playground and bush walks (and the odd bit of IT support if we ask really nicely).

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.