Our Kindergartens

When connected to our community and the whenua, we are ready for learning and ready for life.

Picton Teachers

Joanna Huntley - Head Teacher (Dip T. (ECE))

Tena koutou katoa, as an early childhood educator I want to provide tamariki with experiences that are fun and meaningful and inspire exploration and expression. My role is to sensitively nurture their confidence, co-operation and empathy. I facilitate literacy, mathematics and science based learning through their play and have a passion for promoting te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi (the Māori language and practices of our local tribe). I am a Picton local and  work closely with whānau and the community to create a learning environment beyond the kindergarten walls, therefore children can form relationships with people, landmarks and our natural treasures.


Jennifer Huntley - Teacher (BTchg (ECE))

I live in Picton with my whānau and believe my upbringing, lifestyle and work experiences have assisted me in discovering how important the pre-school years are for children and how I can contribute to supporting children through this time. My whānau have also influenced my passion for te ao Māori, my commitment to the Picton community and the relationships and connections that I have established over the years assist the quality teaching I provide. My role is to promote a collaborative, inclusive and supportive learning environment for the children, their families and the teaching team. Having attended the ‘Incredible Years Programme’ social competency has become a strength of mine and feel I am bringing my knowledge and experiences to the day to day running of the programme.


Rose Gillespie - (Dip T. (ECE))

I am passionate about the health and well-being of our tamariki and whanau and I believe that this is intrinsically tied to the health of our whenua. I hope to share my interest in sustainability, gardening organically and cooking as I believe that knowledge and skills in these areas are essential for nurturing happy resilient tamariki in our fast changing world.

In addition to these interests I am enthusiastic about providing opportunities for tamariki to be adventurous and to find pleasure in the arts – painting, crafts, storytelling and music.

Trust, honesty and empathy for others are values which I respect and see as the foundations for establishing and maintaining respectful partnerships with tamariki, whanau and colleagues.


Michelle Overend – Administrator

I enjoy the small supportive community within our centre. I am able to develop meaningful relationships with staff, children and their parents.

My passions include children’s physical development and movement, health and nutrition and an affinity for the natural world around us. I endeavour to inspire children to develop and explore their own understanding and abilities in these areas via my interactions within the sessions.