Kea  |  3.5 - 5 years

The Kea room is for children aged 3.5 years until they go to school at 5 years old.

Our preschool program is planned to give your child all the opportunities to develop their skills to be ready for school. When you come for a visit our teachers will answer all your questions regarding the details of this preschool program.

meet the teachers

  • Tuesday / Team leader

    Kia Ora, My name is Tuesday Chamberlain, I am the Team leader in the Kea Classroom.

    I have a Diploma in early childhood education and am fully registered, I have 10 years’ experience and to further develop in my teaching practice this year, I have taken on further study to upgrade my qualification to the Degree in early childhood education

    I grew up in Whangaparaoa peninsula

    My journey started at Small Fries when it opened in 2012, been a founding staff member gave me absolute joy to have partner with an incredible early childhood centre and the wider community where I truly felt a sense of Belonging. Later in 2014 I had an incredible opportunity to manage and lead a small centre located in the stunning Queenstown. Where I got to develop the leader within me, to dream, carry vision and share my experience and love for children.  Returning to Small Fries in April 2017 with new knowledge and skills to take on the team leading position.

    As a teacher in the Kea classroom, I bring an enormous passion for children and celebrate their unique talents and ability. My ability to inspire extend and encourage children’s learning and personal growth by providing an exciting and challenging environment. Alongside a united team.

    Let the learning and FUN begin….                              

  • Kate

    Hi, my name is Kate and I've been working as a part of Kea room since August 2017. I'm originally from South Korea and I've studied Bachelor of Chinese language and Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I've been working as an ECE teacher since 2012 and I love working with children and families. My passion and motivation in ECE is rooted upon my faith as a Christian. I went on 3 mission trips to Vanuatu and Cambodia and I helped the local churches by teaching bible to young children. Throughout the mission trips, I released how valuable it is to teach young children with biblical values. It is a rewarding experience to be part of children's growth and learning. I've been married since 2017 and enjoy sewing and reading books on my spare time. 

  • Seung

    Kia ora. My name is Seung Yeon and I am Originally from Korea. I have completed my training at AUT with Bachelor of ECE and holding a registration. I have student teaching experiences in various areas with a wide range of age groups such as young child with special needs, teenagers and adults. As an immigrant, I have opened-mind in various cultures which allowed me to love learning new languages and cultures from all the members of the communities. My strong interests in teaching and learning are multiculturalism and interrelating this to outdoor learning environment. I have two beautiful children with my husband, Jonathan and a cheeky dag, Polo. In my spare time,I love to spend time with my Family, watching movies, cooking , and taking Polo for a walk.