Welcome to Huapai Centre
The Just Kidz Huapai centre operates from a beautifully designed 3 room centre located at 335 Main Road, Huapai. The centre caters for up to 45 children from birth to 6 years. We are open from 7am – 6pm and offer half day sessions, ‘school’ days or full days on either a full-time or part time attendance.
Our team have a wealth of experience and provide a warm, nurturing environment in which children thrive. Because we are a small, boutique preschool, your child will receive quality interactions with teachers that are passionate about learning and development.
Huapai is a unique community and we understand the importance of family and whanau as an integral part of the child’s learning journey. We are focused on embracing cultural diversity, and we acknowledge and respect the contributions our families make.
Our teachers value an environment which inspires curiosity and exploration, which in turn develops deep and meaningful relationships based on mutual respect.As a team we are committed to supporting each individual child’s passion, skills and needs. We value each child’s holistic development and encourage their aspirations, creativity, confidence, and provide them with a genuine sense of belonging.
I went to collect my grandson from JustKidz Huapai and was very impressed with their environments and the staff. As an ex school teacher I have high expectations. I loved the natural wooden furniture, creative spaces and interactive activities encouraging imaginative play. Very friendly connections with staff and other children. No wonder my grandson loves being there, and my daughter has such confidence in the centre.
My 2 year old daughter attends Just Kidz Huapai and absolutely loves it, she cheers “Daycare” every morning we pull in, which is a big deal for our little mummies girl. I really appreciate the warm, friendly and interactive environment she gets to be a part of.”
“Love “Just Kidz” Huapai – Beautiful new centre and amazing staff who take a real personal interest in getting to know you and your children – Perfect fit for Remy – Thank you :)”
As educators we believe that by providing a stimulating environment and opportunities for children to build on their strengths and interests, they will become competent, confident, lifelong learners. Learners who are independent, capable and resilient, full of wonder and knowledge.
Our online and classroom portfolios provide a platform to connect home and preschool interests and experiences. Our parents are informed and productive members of a collaborative educational team. We aim to foster a developmentally appropriate programme designed to help each child reach their full potential. Our Reggio-inspired curriculum encompasses a positive learning environment where children can blossom and grow alongside each other.
We promote an open-door policy and communication processes that are transparent. We encourage our parents/whanau/caregivers to feel a sense of belonging within our environment, and to talk to us at any time about their child’s learning, wellbeing and development. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information regarding our centre or if you would like to come and visit.
Meet Our Team
你好 – Nĭ hăo, Kia Ora and Welcome to our beautiful centre.
My name is Serena and I am the proud owner of Just Kidz Huapai.
I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2013, now I am doing a part time masters at AUT. I live in Remuera with my husband Cobe-Guo and our two beautiful children Ryan and Freya.
When I met the Just Kidz team, I knew this was exactly what I wanted. I am passionate about the Early Childhood industry and I want to provide quality care and education for tamariki. I also strive to provide the best environment for children and our teachers. As a mum, I love to hear children laughing each morning and watching them grow and learn as my goal is to provide the best childcare locally.
Kia Ora, Ko Kiribati (Kitty-bus) toku ingoa.
I am so excited to part of the Just Kidz Whānau as the Centre Manager here at our beautiful centre in the heart of Huapai. I love the close knit community and home away from home feel.
I have been teaching in ECE for over ten years and I have a Bachelor in Education (Primary) and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE). I am passionate about working alongside children and watching their creativity and confidence grow as they explore and communicate their ideas, working theories and make their own discoveries about the world around them. It is wonderful when children are enthusiastic to share what exciting adventures they have had at home or in the playground and I am always eager to see where this learning journey will go. I look forward to talking about the aspirations you have for your child.
I live locally with my husband Sunny and our beautiful daughter Eliana. We love listening to music and exploring the local eateries, beach and playgrounds with our friends and family. I like to read and watch YouTube video clips to inspire myself and hopefully others. I am also interested in taking photos to capture special moments. I have the travel bug and love to explore New Zealand and other cultures.
Our hand-picked, professional, fun, nurturing and loving team look forward to working alongside you and your children as they continue their learning journey here at our amazing centre. We have an open door policy so please feel free to pop in to have a look around and discuss your childcare needs.
Kia ora, my name is Chelsea and I am so excited to be a kaiako in the Pohutukawa room.
I am passionate about providing a loving and nurturing environment in which strong relationships can form and grow so I look forward to working alongside you and your child.
Here are a few fun facts about me:
- I have lived in Massey my whole life.
- I graduated from Unitec in 2019, with a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.
- I have been working in Early Childhood for five years
- I love hanging out with my friends and family and going to Speedway mostly at Waikaraka Park.
- I have been trying expand my knowledge of sign language.
Kia ora, my name is Daryl and I am a teacher in the Kowhai room.
I began my teaching career in 2016. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember and I have always enjoyed working with young children. I am passionate about quality care and love that each day brings something new and different. I have a passion for te reo Māori and try to incorporate the language into my daily practice with our tamariki. I love building relationships with not only the tamariki but the whānau too and it is extremely important to me to provide your child with a home away from home.
My home is in Taranaki and I try my best to go down a couple of times a year to see my whānau. Whānau and friends are very important to me and I spend a lot of my time with them. I love music and getting out and about during the weekend.
Kia ora whānau, my name is Melissa and I am a teacher in our wonderful toddler room. I come from Te Atatu Peninsula and I am engaged to my wonderful fiancé Allen. We have recently become a parents to our beautiful boy Mario. I started my journey in early childhood eight years ago and graduated with a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education in 2015. I am passionate about building respectful and nurturing relationships with our children. I also believe that strong relationships with our parents, whanau and the community are fundamental to our children thriving in their learning environment. I feel very lucky to be a part of this great community and our children’s learning journeys.
Kia Ora, my name is Simona and I am so happy to be a kaiako in the Pāua room here at Just Kidz Huapai.
I am from Romania where I worked as a Kindergarten teacher for more than 21 years. My husband, daughter and I moved to New Zealand in November 2007 after my husband got a job offer. I started working as an Early Childhood Teacher in New Zealand in 2011 and have loved every moment.
I love working with children, every day is different and there are always so many wonderful things to learn and explore. It is said that if you make your most enjoyable activity your job, you get to play every day. I enjoy spending time with the tamariki and teaching so I am thankful that I have chosen this career where I get to play every day.
I love cooking, baking, reading a good book or watching a movie. Walking on the beach with my husband and watching the sunrise and sunset is so relaxing and this is my favorite thing to do especially during weekends.
Hello, my name is Hayley and I am one of the teachers in our Pohutakawa room. My love for teaching began when my eldest son was young and has grown into a lifelong passion. Building meaningful relationships between myself, our children and their whanau is at the heart of everything that I do. I firmly believe we create the perfect environment for our children to grow and thrive when we all work in partnership. Celebrating the uniqueness of each child and being there to inspire, guide and support them through these important early years is the most wonderful and rewarding part of my job. I look forward to meeting you and your family as we go on this journey together.
Kia Ora, My name is Piata and I am a kaiako in our Pohutukawa room. My teaching journey has only recently began, I am currently working toward my Bachelor of Education at Te Rito Maioha. I am very passionate about building strong relationships with your tamariki and being part of making a difference in their development. I have a passion for Te reo Māori and do my best to incorporate the language with our tamariki. I look forward to meeting you and your whānau on this special journey together.
I am Māori and New Zealand European. My whānau and friends are such an important part of my life, so I love spending my spare time with them. I enjoy new adventures with my partner and snowboarding, I use to compete competitively and received a few national gold medals.
Kia Ora, my name is Rose and I am so excited to be an unqualified kaiako here at Just Kidz. You will mostly see me working alongside your tamariki in the Kowhai room. One of my favourite things about working here at Just Kidz Huapai is watching the tamariki grow and learn new things each day.
A few things you should know about me:
- I am a water baby and have lived at Muriwai beach my whole life.
- I have a fur baby named Kash
- I love art so I always enjoy doing painting or different types of art with the tamariki.
I look forward to studying in the near future so I can become a qualified teacher!
Hi everyone, my name is Sarah and I am a relieving teacher here at Just Kidz Huapai. My teaching journey began 10 years ago when I graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Education and became a fully registered teacher. I always knew my passion was helping children discover their love for learning, in an environment that encourages playfulness, wonder, and excitement. I believe in supporting children to become confident, capable lifelong learners providing experiences that will encourage determination, resilience, courage and responsibility, while building genuine relationships with families and whanau.
When I am not at JustKidz I love spending time with my amazing family. I have two girls with my fiancé, Freya and Elyse who are both little princesses. We love spending our free time outside letting the girls run off their energy and making memories we will treasure forever.
Kia ora, my name is Sineah. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology while working part-time as an unqualified reliever teacher at Just Kidz Huapai. I have around 5 years’ experience working with children including being a nanny, working at other early childhood centres, and teaching swimming.
I love to travel and have travelled to America where I did Camp America and also to South Africa to volunteer with large cats including lions, cheetahs and hyenas. In my weekends I love to socialize with friends and get out and about as much as I can. Also in my spare time I like to do photography, macramé art and spend time with my animals.
I am passionate about helping children learn and grow each day. I enjoy working at Just Kidz and forming a bond with not only the children but their families as well. I look forward to meeting you and your whānau.
Talofa, my name is Diane and I am so excited to be the Centre Chef here at Just Kidz Huapai. You will mostly see me working in the kitchen, updating the menu white board in the foyer or when I drop off and pick up my daughter in Pāua room.
I love to provide exciting and nourishing meals for your children. I am currently working on ensuring our meals are not only delicious but also nutritious as I have applied for “The Healthy Heart Award.”
I live in Henderson with my husband Ina, our beautiful children Lucas, Bailee and Kylie-Rose. We have two dogs Charlee and Lincoln.
A few fun facts about me:
- I did an apprenticeship at Novotel from 2010-2013.
- As a family we love to go fishing.
- My children love to help me with cooking and baking at home.