About Us

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About us 

We are a privately owned centre based in Chartwell, Hamilton. We are small, homely centre with a tightknit community. We pride ourselves in our passion for quality care, child development, strong relationships and having fun. We allow children to play freely by providing learning experiences that are beneficial for each stage in their early education. 

He taonga te mokopuna, kia whaangaia, kia tpiu, kia rea.

A child is a treasure, to be nurtured, to grow, to flourish.

-Te Whariki (2017)

Meet the Team

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Caroline

Centre Manager

Preschool Teacher 

Kia Ora whaanau,

I graduated with my Bachelor in Teaching (ECE) in 2014 and have been working with whaanau across Hamilton since. I enjoy working with tamariki as we share laughs, stories and adventures each day. 

Ngaa mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

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Lauren

Babies Head Teacher

I have worked at River Kids for 3 years now, I started in preschool and moved to Babies about a year after I started. I am qualified and registered. I enjoy being creative and spending time with my friends and whanau. I enjoy teaching and nurturing the tamariki that come through River Kids by ensuring we have strong and respectful relationships.

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Kavita

Babies Teacher

Namaste. My name is Kavita. I am originally from Fiji, living here nearly 12 years. I have completed a Diploma in Early Childhood . I am married and have two beautiful children (5 year boy and 9 year girl). I have been working in the early childhood sector for last 6 years and that time, I have become extremely passionate about working with infants and toddlers age group. I feel so privileged to be able to be such a special part in each individual child's learning journey and I love watching as they grow and learn throughout their time here with us. In my spare time, I love to get outdoors and spend time with my family.

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Shavonne

Preschool Teacher

I am a fully qualified and registered teacher. I have been teaching for the past 15 years and have had many opportunities in those years to grow in learning and leadership, which I bring to to my pedagogy everyday. I am also a country singer and realase music globally. Family is important to very me.

Nga mihi nui

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Fiona

Preschool Teacher

I am a fully qualified ECE teacher.  I started in ECE 19 years ago when my oldest was a toddler because I didn't want to leave him. I absolutely love engaging with tamariki and being apart of their learning and growth. 

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Linda

Permanent Reliever 

Linda is our regular reliever we ask to come in and cover when one of the permanent staff is absent.  She is a great asset to our team and the tamariki love her.