Kia ora whānau, my name is Rachel Hughes and I am the Head Teacher at All Saints Church Community Crèche. I joined the crèche in October 2014, having led large early childhood centres and also being involved in initial and ongoing teacher education. I have worked in the sector for more than 25 years, working both in New Zealand and overseas. I have witnessed much change in the sector, but one thing that remains constant in my practice is a commitment to the value of love in education.
Children thrive when they know they are loved, both at home and at their educational setting. When children receive a firm foundation of love they are then able to go on to achieve higher level learning; this was a key focus of my Master of Education research.
At All Saints Crèche we endeavour to provide an inclusive environment where children’s well-being is catered for and where children feel they can take safe risks in their play and learn from their experiences. Early childhood is a time where social skills are put to the test and foundations for life are built. The team aims to ensure that children experience a wide variety of holistic learning experiences. We look forward to welcoming your family to our special community crèche.
Kia Ora my name is Maxine. I have a bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of Auckland. I finished at the end of 2013.I have been working in Early childhood education for a number of years with all different ages, However I know my passion lies with children under five, there is never a dull moment.
As a creative person I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. I believe children learn through exploration and within an arts based curriculum they are provided with the time and resources to explore their thoughts and ideas.
Outside the centre I like to swim, go to the gym and hang with friends. I also love to travel and see as much of New Zealand as possible. My partner and I own a campervan and use it as much as possible to see all the special places New Zealand has to offer. I have two stepchildren who live in Tauranga we therefore spend a bit of time between the two cities catching up, eating and fishing.
Kia ora, my name is Melissa Carlos. I grew up in Mumbai, India. I earned my degree in Arts, but my passion to work with children led me to complete my Bachelor in Education from Mumbai University. I soon obtained a role as a primary teacher and then got an opportunity to teach secondary schools students. I moved to Auckland in 2011 with my family. My desire to do something different helped me complete my Diploma in Early Childhood Education from New Zealand Tertiary College. Since then I have worked with many different centres and Kindergartens around Auckland.
I believe children need a strong sense of belonging built through warm and respectful relationships with teachers, whānau and community. My aim is to foster children’s innate fascination for new discoveries and make learning a positive and enjoyable experience.
My life revolves around my two wonderful daughters and my husband. I love cooking and during my leisure time I enjoy reading a good book. I like travelling and look forward to school term breaks for new travel adventures.