Kiwi/Pukeko Room  |  2 - 3.5 years

The Pukeko room is for children aged approximately 2 years up to around 3.5 years old.

At this age children begin to play more interactively with their peers. We focus on developing advanced social play skills, such as sharing and turn-taking. The children learn best when they play, explore and discover according to their interests. We create an environment where your child feels loved and safe to explore.

Meet the Teachers


  • Gladys   / Team leader

    Hi! I’m Gladys.

    Working in early childcare is a ‘dream come true’ for me. After a fulfilling and interesting nursing career, both in South Africa and New Zealand, I opted for a career change and completed a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2013. I joined the Small Fries team mid-2012 and worked in the Piwakawaka Room with the babies. The beginning of 2015 I accepted the team leader position in the Pukeko Room (2-3½ year olds). In August 2017 (with Small Fries 2 opening) we started a new 2-3½ year group in the Kiwi & Pukeko Rooms. It’s such a blessing to work with an enthusiastic and positive team as we daily share ‘life’ with each child in our care.

    Children have always had a very special place in my heart and I am constantly intrigued by these exceptional Masterpieces of God. My prayer is that each child will learn to know and love the Lord Jesus and grow up to be the exact person God intended each one to be.

    I’ve been blessed with an amazing, supportive and loving family – husband Daniel, Tobie & wife Jess with little Bjorn, Esmari & husband Jan with their two darling little girls - Ninke and Lisa-Mari and Elmar & wife Ane. I’m involved with our church worship team where I play the piano. I also do a bit of oil painting, love being in nature and spending time with family and friends. Life is SUCH a gift!

  • Christine

    My name is Christine and I have three children, 2 girls and 1 boy. I asked God to show me what He wanted me to do. I totally trusted and believed He would. A good friend said 'what makes you happy?'and straight away I smiled and said children, especially preschoolers. 'then unexpectedly God opened the door and here I am! I feel so blessed to be here with such an awesome team to work with and fantastic children. God bless

  • Sharmini

    My name is Sharmini and I am Malaysia but been in New Zealand since 1996. I am a fully registered, full-time teacher with a Diploma of Teaching in ECE and have been teaching for 20 years. I am passionate about teaching and working with children. I am married with two children. We are Christians and our faith is important to us. We enjoy attending church together and spending time together as a family. My passion out of work are; going for walks along the beach, photography and I have an interest in food and nutrition. I have a Certificate in Food and Nutrition from the Open Polytechnic New Zealand. Working with children is a real blessing and i hope to continue to stay inspired. 

  • Tina

    Hi my name is Tina Bradley I am Married to Iain Bradley and we attend Windsor park Baptist Church. I have 3 young adult children Joshua, Mitchell and Aimee. Before Small Fries I worked in a volunteer capacity at Windsor park Baptist as the craft coordinator of M.O.P.S. (mothers of preschoolers) teaching mum's how to make a home on budget. I also taught craft to many different age groups in church. I love nurturing, teaching and having fun with young children. This is were I feel God has lead me at this time.