Tui Room

Our Tui Room is home to our toddlers.  It is set up for the children to actively explore.  Every day the children are able to take part in fun learning experiences.  The children can choose from a variety of activities, such as painting and messy play, car and bike riding, posting, bubbles, singing and a whole lot more.  The teachers also take time to get know the children and their families and plan activities based on their interests and needs.  We follow a daily routine that promotes security and stability.

Meet the Teachers


  • kate  |  team leader

    Kia ora, I have been at Small Fries since it opened in February 2012. I have been working in early childhood education for several years and love what I do! I have worked with a range of age groups throughout my career but I am passionate about ensuring that infants and toddlers receive the highest quality love and care, and I love working with a team of teachers that feel the same way!


    Outside of work I am a big sports fan, I love rugby, cricket and netball. I enjoy running and walking, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Nancy

    Hi, I am a teacher in the Tui room. Working with children is my passion. It took me a long time to find out what I really enjoy doing as a profession. Being able to support each child in their different developmental areas is my ultimate goal. I find it fascinating how different and unique each child is and how I learn from them every day. I wish that God blesses me with good health to be able to continue being his instrument to bring up great human beings. I'm very proud of my achievement getting a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and I look forward to growing professionally and as a person to give my best to the best.

  • Gail

    Hi, my name is Gail. I have a degree in social work and worked as a social worker since 2009. During this time I realised that my true calling was to work with children. I am now working as a teacher at Small Fries. I feel so blessed to be part of the team and to be involved in these children's educational and personal development. I am married and have three children, I love spending fun times with my family when I am not working.

  • Joo Young

    Hello. I am Joo Young Kim. I have always wanted to be part of Small Fries and I am very pleased to be here. I am Korean. I was born in Korea and lived until i was 10 years old. I have been to Philippines for 3 years and came to New Zealand in 2008 for my education. I am very please to work in an environment where i could support children's development along with the great truth. I would like to love children how God loves me. I am looking forward to continuously developing myself as a professional teacher and build intimate relationship with God as His child in Small Fries.  

  • Alina

    Kia Ora, My name is Alina and I am from  Romania. I come to New Zealand with my family in 2005 and I have been here ever since. I went to One Tree Hill College and after that I started Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) I volunteered as a student teacher at different centers and in 2014 I started full time work as a Qualified Teacher. I am very thankful for having the opportunity to work at Small Fries and I cannot wait to get to know all the families and children.