Tui Room  |  2 - 3.5 years

The Tui 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


  • 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.  

  • Maurina

    Hi, my name is Maurina du Plessis. We are a family of 4 and moved from South Africa to New Zealand early 2017. I completed a 3 year course in Public Relations. Before we came to NZ, I worked at Pam Golding Properties as a PA and prior to that I worked at an ACE Christian school which our children attended during their younger years. I am very blessed to be part of the Small Fries family and being part of such young children is an honour.  I have a passion for little ones and it makes me happy if I can touch their hearts even in the smallest and most positive way. I believe in Proverbs 22:6 saying: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.