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 

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Hikurangi te maunga

Ko Teraparapa te awa

Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi

Ko Ngāti Hine te hapū

Ko Matawaia te marae

Ko Caroline ahau.

Kia ora e te whānau, I graduated with my Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) in 2014 and have been teaching in Hamilton since. I have 3 of my own tamariki and my youngest is with me at River Kids. I look forward to working with you as we support and guide your tamariki through their own learning journey here at River Kids.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

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Dena

Baby Teacher

Kia ora whānau!

Ko Aotea tōku waka

Ko Taranaki tōku maunga

Ko Waingongoro tōku awa

Ko Ngaa Ruahine tōku iwi

Ko Ōkahu tōku hapū

Ko Aotea tōku Marae

Ko Dena ahau.

I am a māmā of 2 little girls. I have a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and a wide range of experience, including Kōhanga reo and special education. I am very passionate about respectful practice with our tamariki and fostering Te Ao Māori.

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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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Chantal

Preschool Teacher

Kia ora whaanau, I graduated from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and finished my studies in 2021. I am extremely passionate about sports, outdoors, exploration and adventures!

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your tamariki.

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Yulin

Preschool Teacher

Ni Hao, My name is Yulin Wang. I am from South China. I have been in New Zealand for nearly 20 years now. I gained my Bachelor of Music degree in Violin performance and graduated with my Diploma in Early Childhood Education at the University of Waikato. I love my job as I enjoy the dynamic and exciting teaching opportunities that the children bring. I have learnt so much from their investment in exploration and i am committed to supporting and growing with them.

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Jordan

Reliever/Student Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Jordan and I am very excited to be teaching here at River Kids. I am almost entering my third and final year of study and am looking forward to completing my degree. I love to work with tamariki and enjoy seeing them have their "ah-hah" moments. 

I look forward to getting to know you all as we work together to proved a rich learning environment for your tamariki.