As Centre Director & part-owner, I have a background in national Government,
corporate and small business and come to childcare
with a strong belief in the social and educational opportunities it provides to our tamariki, who thrive by learning through play. I have two older children who both excelled in the early childhood environment and as a parent and Manager, can offer experience, a strong sounding board and a unique insight to ensure the best start for Little Moa’s children and their whanau.
I have been part of the Little Moa’s team for 9 years. I believe educators are the motivators and inspirers for children. Each child is an individual with unique strengths, interest, and abilities. In their own time, every child will achieve milestones in their learning and development. With each day emerges new and interesting discoveries in the lives of our young learners. Being able to share these moments with children is such a privilege. I thoroughly enjoy supporting and guiding our Little Moa’s children in their explorations and discoveries; and endeavour to provide real life, engaging, experiences for them to learn and develop.
Kia Ora! Ko Ngati Porou Whanau A Apanui
I have been working with children for 30 years, have taught at Little Moa’s for 12 years and have been qualified for more than 10. My passion is the tamariki – watching them grow and all the fun experiences I can give to develop their learning to a never ending journey ahead. Working in partnership with everyone at Little Moa’s, I provide a safe, fun, social environment for all our tamariki to flourish.
Hi! It’s great to meet you all! My name is Jess and I have been here at Little Moa’s in the baby room since May 2015 and I love it!I moved to Auckland from Wellington in March 2015 after my partner got a job here in Mt Eden. We brought our first home in October 2015 and we are slowly renovating!I have been teaching since 2011 and my passion is for infants. I enjoy watching them grow and helping them to achieve those special milestones.I look forward to getting to know you and your children more!
I have been teaching in Early Childhood for over 10 years and have been at Little Moa’s for 8 of those. I am very passionate about the work I do, and help our children learnthrough being a good role model. It is a wonderful journey to watch them become confident, independent little learners.
Kia ora everyone,
My name is Manisha Lal and I have a Bachelor of Education (ECE) that I am completed last year and I am currently working towards my full teacher registration. I have been part of the Little Moa’s family for the past four years. I have a passion for teaching and strongly believe in building positive relationships with children and their whanau.
Kia Ora ko Eva Reriti toku ingoa
Ko Ngati mutanga ki wharekauri toku iwi (I am from the Chatham Islands)
I am a qualified registered teacher with eleven years teaching experience, 4 of them at Little Moa’s. I have a huge passion working with children and alongside them and my peers. Teaching is an on-going tool of learning and development. Having three children myself gives me the motivation to endeavour in planning and implementing on going experiences for endless possibilities! It is a journey of a lifetime! Working together, we can make a brighter future for our children.
Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa
My name is Elle and I have been working at Little Moa’s since June 2015. I have completed by Bachelor of Education and Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and I have four children who are now adults.I believe in providing a homely, nurturing and safe environment where the children can explore freely and learn at their own pace. I also enjoy arranging activities based on the child’s individual interest as this goes a long way in their development and growth.I enjoy arts and craft activities with children and watching create and learn new things every day.
My name is Xiaohua / Linda, and I am from China. I have a passion for working with young children and helping them to reach their potential. I have worked in ECE for fourteen years and have a Bachelor of Education (ECE). My teaching philosophy tends to be more child-centred and I believe that young children are innate and active explorers/learners. They are all individuals and each child is unique, learning best in an environment that is peaceful and cultivates their interests.My hobbies are reading, music/singing, dance, drama and as well as swimming, gymnastics & yoga.
My name is Lisa and I have been an Educator at Little Moa’s for the past 8 years. In that time I have moved from being a student through to now, where I am now a fully qualified, registered teacher to our fabulous pre-schoolers. I lead our Transition to School Programme, working with our team to ensure that our tamariki are ready to make that next step on their education journey.
My name is Nira and I have been part of the Little Moa’s team for the past 5 years. I love providing an environment where children feel happy to come each day, and my passion is sitting alongside our tamariki, helping them to grow and learn in a fun and nurturing environment where they can reach their incredible potential and discover a world of amazing new skills.One of the best aspects of working in Early Childhood, is the opportunity to meet parents and whanau of such a wide range of cultural backgrounds, and working alongside them, to discover their aspirations for their tamariki.
Every family is unique and individual. I have been part of the Little Moa’s Family for many years now and my goal is provide the best possible service to our extended Whanau by meeting you and your child’s needs. With an extensive background in administration and the Early Childhood Sector, and as a parent myself to a wonderful 10 year old boy, it is my pleasure to assist each family with every step of the early childhood education experience, from their enrolment through to our Little Moa’s getting their wings and heading off to school. In my downtime, I am a part time taxi driver to my son’s many sporting activities, but it is another job I wouldn’t change for the world!
What the parents are saying...
5 reasons why we chose Little Moa’s: 1. They were the only day care that answered the phone when we were searching around. All others went to voicemail or requested to send an email. My immediate thought was that they were all understaffed and that if I wanted to know how my daughter was doing during the day, Little Moa’s would be the only one to reassure me. 2. Since our first visit, there wasn’t one time we stepped in there that we weren’t made to feel special. All educators are warm and the ratio exceeds expectations. They have great ERO reviews too as I did my homework before enrolling. 3. They have a great online system where they privately post photos and stories of our daughter. I’m a foreigner so for my family in Brazil to be able to see what she’s up to is just a great plus! 4. They were the only day care in the neighbourhood that had a flexible rate for everyday part time. All the others had day rates only, doesn’t matter how many hours you keep your child in there. 5. And finally, the strongest reason why we stuck with them: our daughter is 12 months and is now grabbing her jacket in the morning to run to the door because she just can’t wait to get to Little Moa’s and play with her friends. She’s always beaming with happiness when she’s there and this makes me so comfortable and secure. Thank you Little Moa’s for the outstanding service so far!”
“Our daughter started at Little Moa’s when she was 4 months old, 2 days a week. We had looked at quite a few centres in the area (brand new ones, well-established ones) but decided Little Moa’s was the best fit for us. The fact that they had a dedicated baby room and baby teacher was a huge selling point for us. Our daughter’s teachers were amazing. She was well looked after, well loved, allowed to explore and learn at her own pace and given opportunities to try lots of new things. Communication from the Centre was awesome as well, both from the teachers and from the office staff. Everything they do is for the benefit of the children and we felt that our daughter absolutely thrived in this environment. We loved receiving stories via Educa (online) and this was even more important for us as we have family around NZ and overseas who were able to follow our daughter’s progress. We would laugh and feel very proud at all the stories we read. If we were still living in Auckland, we would definitely still be at Little Moa’s. It was with great sadness that we had to leave when we moved to Wellington. Our daughter and all of our family were part of the Little Moa’s family. We are struggling now to find a daycare that lives up to the same standards as Little Moa’s! Putting our child in daycare was one of the hardest decisions we had to make, but Little Moa’s made it one of the best we ever made for our daughter. We cannot recommend the centre and all the amazing staff enough!!
“Before I enrolled my then four month old into daycare I visited a few centres in the area and I picked Little Moas. The centre is intimate. The staff are warm, friendly and reassuring. We also fell in love with Jess, the teacher in the baby’s room (aka baby whisperer!) I know my daughter is in good hands and she loves it there.”- Elaine Correia
“Our son Daniel attended Little Moa’s for three years. He has grown into a happy and confident child whose transition to school went very smoothly. We found the Little Moa’s team to be friendly and helpful, and were impressed with all that Daniel learnt during his time there. He also enjoyed Prabina’s lunches very much!”- Jean Todd
“It was very important for me when choosing the right daycare for my son as I was returning to work full time. Prior to choosing Little Moa’s, my son and I visited 7 daycares around the area so we could both get a feel for each. When I visited Little Moa’s I instantly felt they were the right daycare to look after my son. It felt like my son and I were part of the Little Moa’s family from day one. They were very welcoming, took time to understand my son’s needs and he has gained so much knowledge! He surprises me with the things he has been taught that I have to google the information to see what he is saying is true (haha)!
My son has been with Little Moa’s since he was 8 months old and will continue to be with Little Moa’s until he reaches school age.
What I like about Little Moa’s the most are the stories and photos they post online about what my son has been doing for the day. My son absolutely loves the Centre Manager Nira as he is always talking about her and runs to give her a hug each time he sees her.” – Name Private