Piwakawaka Room

The Piwakawaka room is for infants starting from 3 months. The room has lots of space to accommodate for the developmental stages of rolling, crawling and walking. The environment is designed to help the children explore and develop at their own pace. We work alongside parents and whanau to help build consistent routines so it is an easy transition from home to Small Fries. We have a wonderful team of teachers who provide love, respect and quality care for all who come through our doors.

Meet the Teachers


  • Mihee  |  team leader

    Hi, my name is Mihee and I am a teacher in the Piwakawaka room, I am originally from South Korea.  I have been working at Small Fries since May 2015 and am pleased to be a part of the family.


    I have been working with children for several years. I completed my Graduate Diploma in ECE Teaching and am a full registered teacher. I love working and learning with children, I am passionate about realising the uniqueness of each child, stimulating and supporting the children to extend their ideas. I am also passionate about teaching children with Christian world view.


    When I am not working, I love spending time with family and friends and travelling around.

  • Rachel

    Kia Ora, my name is Rachel. I grew up in India and lived there until I turned 18. While I was still at school, I volunteered a lot of my free time in a creche where I realised how important it was to me to see children succeed.


    When I moved to New Zealand, I started volunteering at Small Fries as a student teacher in 2012 while training for a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education. I graduated in April 2015 where I now hold a role as a teacher in the Piwakawaka room. I love doing lots of messy play and art activities and look forward to having lots of fun in this room.

  • joy

    Hi, my name is Joy (Jiyoung). I am from Korea, I have been living in New Zealand since 2011. I joined the Piwakawaka team in January 2016.  I am grateful for beginning my career at Small Fries, I am very passionate about my work and I really love children, I love sharing my day with them. I am also very happy that I can help them grow and develop.  In my spare time I enjoy watching movies, walking on the beach and swimming with my husband.

  • Hayley

    Kia ora, my name is Hayley and I am a Teacher in the Piwakawaka room. I am really happy to be working here. I have been teaching in Early Childhood since 2010 and love teaching and learning with the children as each day bring new experiences. Outside of work I enjoy playing touch rugby, running/walking with friends and spending time outside. i look forward to getting to know you and your family and spending time with you at Small Fries. 

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  • Ingrid

    Ni Hao! My name is Ying (Ingrid). I came from China and have been living in New Zealand since 2005. I have a 2 year old daughter Olivia. We are very glad to becoming part of Small Fries. I am a registered teacher.I Have been working with under 2's for several years and worked as a visiting teacher in a home-base program. I am excited to come back to working with children's learning journey and supporting the children to becoming the best they can be.