Our People

Harshika Narayan, Centre Manager

What inspired you to become an early childhood teacher?

When I fell pregnant, I decided to do a degree in ECE because I wanted to learn everything I could about children to help me with motherhood. I fell in love with the programme and decided to become an ECE teacher. That was 13 years ago!

What do you love most about what you do?

Meeting the new children and learning from them each day and seeing them learn. It’s a two way street – we learn from each other.

What makes Learning Adventures Takanini so special?
We have a big stable team, a welcoming environment and we are an accepting/non-judgemental safe place for the children to come.

What is your favourite time of the year at the centre?

Christmas time! Everybody is excited to celebrate the festive season and the mood is very uplifting.  Everybody is happy.

What is your personal ECE philosophy?

I believe everyone is unique and they bring their own special personality to the centre and we all work together to celebrate and develop that uniqueness.

Bachelor of ECE

Paegin Thickpenny, Head Teacher

I believe that my role as a teacher is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that nurtures and develops children’s social, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. I also believe in providing an environment that enables children to become effective and independent leaners such as they become confident in all aspects of their lives. I really enjoy involving the children in activities based around music, songs, creative dance and movement and art and crafts.

Sabana Azmeen Ali, Head Teacher

My name is Sabana Azmeen Ali. I am Fiji born Indian. I am married with two sons. I am qualified and fully registered teacher; I have seventeen years’ of experience working with children. My philosophy as an ECE teacher is to provide relaxed, friendly, loving, caring, safe and stimulating environments for children where they are able to learn in meaningful contexts.  My role as a teacher is to nurture and develop children’s abilities particularly socially, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.  I believe that play should be the base of learning since children learn best by action and expressing their feelings and actions. I feel as an ECE teacher, I am committed in making sure that each child’s need is met and that every child is given space and the opportunity to grow and learn to become confident and competent learner. I enjoy learning and implementing multi-cultural awareness among children, teachers, parents and whānaua each child has his/her own language and cultural understanding. I believe every child should be encouraged to respect and understand the different cultures that make up our society.