Baby & Toddler Centre Staff

Libby Ellery – Owner/ Manager

Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Teacher Registration
Person Responsible, -Monday – Friday

I began working at Gail's Childcare in 2001 and also started my training with Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa in the same year.  After qualifying with my Diploma in Teaching ECE, I gained my full registration and then, when the upgrade to a Bachelor of Teaching opened, enrolled and qualified a year later.  My husband Wayne and I purcheased Gail's Chidlcare eight years ago jfrom Gail and Kelvin Ellery.  as you can see the childcare is a family business and our vision reflects our strong family values.

I am passionate about children's learning and development and see the fostering of their sense of identity, self esteem and mana as one of our most important roles.  I am immensely proud of our centre, having a like-minded team of professional and passionate teachers, superb facilities, spacious grounds and a strong philosophy and curriculum driven by children's interests and needs.

Helan Laing - Team Leader

Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Teacher Registration
Person Responsible, Monday- Friday

Kia ora ko Helan toku ingoa, I have been part of Gail's Childcare whanau since 1998.  I studied through Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa (Te Rito Mioha), gaining a Diploma of Teaching (ECE).  Over the years I have enjoyed working with all age groups and am currently team leader at the Baby and Toddler centre.  In my spare time I keep myself busy outdoors, riding my bike and in the garden.  I bring my love of the outdoors back to the centre as sustainability is one of my passions and I am really enjoying our Enviroschools journey to date.  Our animals are another one of my passions and getting the children involved in taking responsibility for our extended animal whanau

Jazman Ellery – Curriculum Leader

- Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Provisional Teacher Registration
- Person Responsible, Monday - Friday

Kia ora Whanau, I was born and raised in Feilding.  I began teaching at Gail's Baby and Toddler centre in 2010 after leaving Feilding High School and worked towards my Bachelor Teaching (ECE) at Te Rito Mioha which I completed in 2014.  I am currently the Baby and Toddler centre Curriculum Leader.  

In my spare time I train my 3 working dogs in Agility and Obedience.  I also instruct at the Feilding Dog Training Club

I believe children are capable and competent learners.  It is our job as Kaiako to boost their mana, mauri and wairua through a range of experiencs and an environment which challenges them and encourages opportunities to extend their own learning

Rachel Key – Teacher

- Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Teacher Registration
- Person Responsible, Monday- Friday

Kia ora.  I started my teaching journey back in 2007 in Hamilton, at Wintec  (Waikato Institue of Technology), gaining a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).  I moved to Feidling in 2012 and started at Gail's Childcare at the beginning of the following year.

Since before I started in primary school, I knew I wasnted to work alongside young children.  As I devleoped as a Kiaako, I have found that my passion is in supporting babys and toddlers to learn.  Helping them discover our world, challenging their abilities and celebrating their uniqueness  I thrive on all the little moments during each day with our tamariki which put a smile on my face!

Stacey Kerrison - Teacher

- Diploma of Teaching ECE - Provisional registration
- Person Responsible, Tuesday - Friday

Kia ora koutou, I currently live in Feilding with my two chlidren.  I started working at Gail's Childcare in 2008 and completed my Diploma of Teaching (ECE) in 2011 through Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa (Te Rito Mioha).

I have had the pleasure of working with all ages of children under the age of 5 but my passion is with babies and toddlers.  I enjoy all aspects of working with children and feel my strengths are incorporating te reo Maori thoughout my interactions with children, collaborating with whanau and providing a fun and stimulating learning environment.

 

Carolynn Harper - Teacher

- Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Teacher Registration
- Person Responsible Monday - Friday

Kia ora, I grew up in Rangitikei and have spent most of my life in the Manawatu area.  I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  In my spare time I enjoy bush walks, camping, solving puzzles, reading, beach visits and time with my family.  I was a teacher aide for many years before gaining a Bachelor of Education at Massey University.  I have been at Gail's for nearly ten years now.  I am passionate about children and their specific needs and enjoy seeing them grow and develop their own special interests as well as friendships.  I believe my job is to support them to become confident and competent learners with respect for each other, the environment as well as the cultures and heritage which we are immersed in.

Sarah Payne - Teacher

- Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Provisional Registration
- Person Responsible, Monday - Friday

Kia ora, I live with  my son in Feilding and have worked at Gail's Childcare since 2011.  I completed my Bachelor of Teaching ECE in 2014, studying through Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa (Te Rito Mioha).  

Throughout my teaching journey I have developed a passion for creating a sustainable environment and instilling Kaitiakitanga in our chldren.  I believe children are never too young to appreciate the natural world

Amelia White - Relieving Teacher

"I thank you for the wonderful care you have taken of my baby"

"you have a fantastic centre and wonderful team!"