Early Learning 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 became available, enrolled and qualified a year later.  My husband Wayne and I purchased Gail's Childcare eight years ago from 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

Amey Lewer – Team Leader

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

I live in Feilding with my two fantastic daughters and my wonderful husband.  We also have two dogs, four birds and some goldfish.

We really enjoy spending time with our extended whanau and friends and exporing new places together.

I have worked at Gail's Childcare for approximately eight years now.  I started in a part-time administration role at the beginning of 2012 and now have a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and am one of the Team Leaders at the Early Learning Centre

I absolutlely love my job and feel very privileged to be involved in the lives of the children who attend Gail's Childcare.  I believe our role as teachers is to give children the best experiences, opportunities, care and support we can!

I look forward to working with you to create a fantastic environment for your child to grow and develop 

Kaylah Hill – Team Leader

- Bachelor of Teaching ECE
- Monday - Friday

Kia ora everyone I am Feilding born and raised.  I started working at Gail's Childcare in 2010, while studying at Massey University under a different qualification, before enroling in the Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education programme with NZTC.  I am currently a joint Team Leader with Amey Lewwer at the Early Learning Centre. 

In my spare time I like to keep myself active and busy.  I am heavily involved with the local dog training club, training my own dogs and instucting others (this takes up a lot of time!). I also love taking on projects and often have somethign on the go.

Working at Gail's has enabled me to grow and develop both as an educator and as an individual. The centre implements concepts I am passionate about and love be a part of.  These incorporate pets and animals as part of the curriculum, being an Enviroschool, sustainability and science!  I believe learning is a process which never stops and we should promote, inspire and encourage children to develop a thirst for knowledge and information.  

Elaine Kaveao - Teacher

  • Diploma of teaching, Teacher Registration
  • Monday - Thursday

I gew up in Feilding and continue to live in this amazing community with my husband, three children  and my intellectually handicapped sister.  I have a Diploma of Teaching ECE and have been at Gail's for many years.  Over this time I have seen several generations of children coming through the Centre.

My passion is working collaboratively with tamariki and their whanau to form strong relationships.  I strongly support the whanau role as the child's primary caregiver and through partnerships, I believe our centre offers an extension of home.

Lesley Warburton - Teacher

- Bachelor of Education Primary, Post Grad. - Diploma of Teaching ECE, Teacher Registration
- Person Responsible, Monday - Thursday

I live in Plamerston North with my husband and we have two grown up daughters.  I started working at Gail's Childcare in 2010 while studying, then completing a post graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.  When not at work I like to catch up with my family and friends, keep active an busy through; swimming, walking, playing tennis and also gardening and cooking.  I find it rewarding watching our tamariki grow and develop in all curriculum areas as they gain new sikills and experiences which help them to become confident and competent learnings on their life-long journey.  

Chimere Bignall - Teacher

- Bachelor of Teaching ECE - Provisional Registraion

- Person Responsible, Tuesday - Friday

I currently live here in Feilding.  I started my teaching journey with Gail's Childcare in 2012.  I work with children over 2 but enjoy all aspects of working with tamariki.

I studied with Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa (Te Rito Mioha) completing my Bachelor of Teaching in 2015.  Studying ECE through Te Tari Puna has further cemented my own funds of knowledge and value for Te reo Maori me nga tikanga relationships, while also extending and challenging me to continue to grow and devleop as an individual

I believe forming strong relationships with tamariki play a huge role in the learning journey they take and feel the relatsionships I build with the tamariki and whanau are strongly reflected throughout my practice.  I love being an earliy childhood teacher and being part of the journey our yound learners take

I love playing all sports and being outside spending loads of time with my whanau and friends

Jacqui Creek - Teacher

- Bachelor of Teaching ECE - Provisional Registration

- Person Responsible, Monday - Friday

Kia ora Whanau!  I completed my Bachelor of Early Childhood teaching extramurally with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand while raising my young man Joey who is now four and has joined me here at Gail's.  I moved to Feilding at the beginning of the year when I started my teaching journey at Gail's and love it!  I have a passion for te reo me nga Tikanga Maori and strongly believe as early childhood teachers we have a repsonsibliltiy to do our best to foster bicultural learning environments for out tamariki which honour the promises for bicultural paretnershps as outlined in the 1840's treaty of Waitangi.  I am currently in my second year of studying towards a degree in Maori language (Te ara reo Maori) with Te Wananga O Aotearoa in Papaioea.  I throughly enjoy being an early childhood educator and feel it is a very important role as we have such an active part in the learning journey of many tamariki.  In my spare time I enjoy getting outdoors, doing bushwalks and spending time with my son and partner.

Jessica Scott

- Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Provisional Teacher Registration

- Person Responsible, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

I live in Feilding with my partner and four year old daughter Maddison.  I began working at Gail's Childcare Centre in 2012 and completed my Bachelor ofTeaching (ECE) at the end of 2014 through Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa (Te Rito Mioha).  I have worked with all age groups (up to five years) however my passion is with the 2 - 5 year olds.  I love to be creative and have a growing interest in the natural environment.  

I strongly believe relationships are at the heart of children's learning and by working collaboratively with parents and whanau, we are able to provide a more holistic approacth to each child's devleopment and learning experiences.

Emma Gunn - Teacher

- In training towards Teaching Diploma ECE

- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Kia ora, I live in Feilding and have lived here my whole life.  I am currently studying towards my Diploma in Early Childhood Education teaching through NZTC.  I enjoy reading in my spare time.

I am passionate about promoting children's wellbeing and believe it is important children have a sense of belonging and feel safe and secure within their early childhood environment

Kathy White – Teacher/Resources

- Monday- Friday

Kia ora everyone, I first started working at Gail's Childcare assisting those with special requirements 21 years ago.  In 2001 I became a permanent staff memeber and a part time reliever.

I am Feilding born and bred and got married in 1981.  I have three adult daughters and two grand-daughters with one of the way.  Family and friends are a huge part of my life and I enjoy being there for them.

I enjoy working at Gail's, seeing and being a part of the achievements the children make towards their futures.  I also enjoy being part of the education team working with and supporting each other

Joanne Wainscott - Cook

- Monday- Friday

I started working for Gail's Childcare in April 2005.  I really enjoy being part of a team contributing to and supporting children's learning and development.  I particularaly enjoy watching the children grow into interesting and creative individuals.

I am married and have four adult children.  In my spare time I enjoy taking little breaks away to travel around New Zealand in our motorhome.

Amelia White - Reliever

Nicole- Reliever

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

"you have a fantastic centre and wonderful team!"