Our People

Anne Valeli, Centre Manager

How long have you been involved in early childhood?

I’ve been teaching for over 20 years – in fact I’ve taught children that are now teachers themselves! We plant the seeds that get children ready for the next phase of their learning journey – going off to primary school. We give them confidence and build their capabilities, so they are able to conquer this world and be proud of who they are.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love coming to work and seeing all the smiles on the children’s faces. They know me and trust me which makes me feel happy.

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre, and why?

There’s no particular time of the year that I enjoy most – I love it all!  We always have a reason to celebrate at our centre that makes our time special.

What is your ECE philosophy?

Children come here and it’s their place to learn and grow without interruptions and we are here to guide them and lead them.

Diploma in Teaching - ECE

Emalata Scott-Pritchard, Fantail Team Leader and Assistant Manager

Malo e lelei, my name is Emalata and I am Tongan. I have two gorgeous girls named Faith and Peyton. I come from a typical big Tongan family and I was fortunate enough to follow other family members into a career in education. My late grandfather was a teacher, my late aunt was a teacher, my mum is a teacher and now, my sister and I are both teachers. I have eight years of experience within ECE, and still counting! I love being a teacher and enjoy the fact that I am always learning alongside our tamariki. I have an open door policy, so please haere mai and let’s chat about the future of your child.

Bachelor of Teaching - ECE