Pipi Room  |  0 - 2 years

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 Pipi 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.

  • Emma

    Hi, my name is Emma,

    I live on the stunning Hibiscus Coast with my husband. We have 3 adult-children. I am passionate about quality care and education for children and this has driven me to pursue a variety of roles within the context of early childhood education, including lecturing in ece, centre management and home-based childcare. Most recently my passion led my husband and I into fostering, and over a period of 6 years we were privileged to share God's love with more than 60 children/youth within the foster care system.

    I am excited to be returning to the classroom, and especially to be working in a centre that promotes quality care and education. I am delighted to also be part of a Christian team that engages with and supports the community.



  • joy

    Hi, my name is Joy (Jiyoung). I am from Korea, I have been living in New Zealand since 2011. I joined the Pipi 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.

  • 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.

  • Dani

    Hi, My name is Dani. 


    I was born in New Zealand but growing up I lived in Thailand with my family. They worked closely along side orphanages in central and northern parts of Thailand as well as in China. I became so passionate about children and wanting to care for them, and in such a way they know they are safe and loved and that they have such a significant place in this world.

    I strongly believe in collaborative, reciprocal, respectful relationships alongside children and their whanau and families and believe that in a calm loving environment children are encouraged and empowered to grow and learn at their own pace. I studied a Bachelor of Education specialising in Early Childhood and have now worked alongside infants and toddlers for over 3 years.

  • cecilia

    My name is Cecilia Ho. I am from Taiwan and moved to New Zealand in 1996. I graduated from AUT with bachelor of Spatial Design degree; and started my career in early childhood education for five more years while I lived and worked in Australia. I also completed my study of Certificate in Children's Services for the role that I have been teaching as an assistant there. I enjoy work with children so much. I have got experience with all age groups of children. I am looking forward to getting to know all the children and families in Small Fries and work alongside them in the future. 

  • Debbie

    Hi, my name is Debbie. I was born in England and grew up in New York. I am passionate about babies and pre-schoolers and followed that passion to Canada as a Nanny. Back in New Zealand I have spent time in childcare Centre  and did Home based Care while I raised my own two children.