Our People

Danielle Robinson, Centre Manager

My name is Danielle and I am the Centre Manager at Little Wonders Glendowie.

I have one daughter who is 6 months old. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, enjoy the sun at the beach and am an avid Rugby League supporter in the weekends.

I have worked in the Early Childhood Sector for the past 12 years and have recently relocated from Hamilton to Auckland. I grew up around south/east Auckland so its amazing to be back here again creating new memories with my family. I believe ECE is the foundation of learning where we as teachers/educators plant the seeds for eternal learning. I believe strongly in the importance of loving relationships and the importance of learning through play. I pride myself on providing a fun, loving, knowledge-enriched environment for our Tamariki and Kaiako.

Sieva Douglas, Infant & Toddler Team Leader

Bachelor of Education, First Aid Qualified, Fully Registered.

Fakaalofa lahi atu,

I am from Niue and have lived in New Zealand most of my life. I have two lovely grown up sons, David and Solomon, and an equally lovely baby grandson, Che.

My interest in becoming an Early Childhood teacher was inspired by my children and late mother who was a school teacher and passionate about teaching young children. Since then, I have grown to enjoy working in the Early Childhood industry both with the infants and toddlers, and the over two’s groups.

As a parent, grandparent and teacher, I believe that children will feel safe and secure in their learning and development when they are nurtured in a safe, inclusive and caring environment. It is a joy and privilege for me to learn with and alongside your children, seeing them achieve each milestone in their own unique way.

Outside or work, I love being with my family (and my cat, Jupiter), listening to music and being involved in my church and community group.

Cathy, Infants and Toddlers Teacher

I have always wanted to work with children from a young age, which developed into a career after my own children had grown up.

I worked at an English Preschool in Cairo Egypt and when I came back to New Zealand I completed an Early Childhood course. I really do enjoy the environment and creations that happen in everyday life at Little Wonders.

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Joshana , Infants and Toddlers Teacher

My name is Joshana Pillay, I am from South Africa. I have been working in Early Childhood for the last 15 years. I am very passionate about children and their development, as well as interacting with all the different personalities whom I get to meet. Teaching is a passion, not just a job which I love doing on a daily basis.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and going for walks on the beach. I have 2 pets – a cat named Flluffy, and a dog named Bella, that lives in South Africa whom I miss dearly.

Aena, Infants and Toddlers Teacher

My name is Aena. I am from Thailand. I have lived in New Zealand for a long time. I am a mother and have one child of my own.

I am very passtionate about working with children. I love to encourage children to face challenges and build their confidence.

I believe that children learn through active exploration of their environment.

I joined Little Wonders in 2019. I am enjoying working at Little Wonders and happy to be part of the team 😊

Lucy , Pre School Teacher

My name is Lucy, I have just received a Bachelor of Teaching in early childhood education and am a provisionally registered teacher.

I am a New Zealander with a European heritage.

I have been working at Little Wonders for just over 3 years and love it. I want the children that come here to have a great experience, learn, grow, have fun and leave ready for their next adventure.

Manisha , Pre School Teacher

My name is Manisha Chauhan. I'm from India and that is where I have done Bachelor of Arts(B. A) +Master in Science (M. Sc) and Teacher training (B. Ed). Teaching isn't only my profession, it's my passion also. I love to spend time with children. They give me positive vibes and we learn lots of traits from them. They laugh over the silliest things and ask cutest questions.

Nicky, Centre Cook

Hello, my name is Nicky. I was born in Somerset England.

I came to New Zealand 20 years ago and love it. I first worked at this centre 15 years ago as the cook; this is where my love for the little ones began.

I went on to do in-home care with Porse which was great fun and nannying for Kiwi Oz Nannies.

It is great to be back here. I have a real passion for babies and it is lovely to get to know them all and their families.

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Kathy, Pre-School Team Leader

Kia Ora,

My name is Kathy. I have been a fully qualified registered Kaiako (teacher) since 1999.

Originally born Whangarei northland, I have lived predominately in the Auckland region and held various positions within the early childhood industry gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge over the years.

I enjoy establishing relationships and working alongside other Kaiako, tamariki and whanau sharing knowledge and support as we strive together towards providing best quality outcomes for all Akonga.

My teaching philosophy is based around the principles of  NZ Curriculum Te Whariki holistic development goals, and learning outcomes. To promote and support an environment which enables  tamariki to be confident capable thinkers and learners.

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Sharlene, Qualified and Registered Teacher.