Early Learning Centre

Our People

Our people are our best asset and will make a world of difference in your child’s care and education

Deepa

Deepa

Kia Ora. I am the Centre Manager at Daystar. I have completed the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education from University of Auckland and the Post Graduate Diploma in Business from Unitec. I am originally from India, have lived in several countries, and now call New Zealand home.

In my role, I equally enjoy teaching children and mentoring teachers. My teaching philosophy involves forming strong and trusting relationships in order to create a rich learning environment.

I am huge believer in the concept of ako, where I not only teach, but also learn from the ākonga/student. In my leisure time, I enjoy travelling, watching movies and spending time with my family.

Jennifer

Jennifer

I have graduated with a Bachelor in Teaching (ECE). Being a head teacher and having many years of experience in the leadership role have allowed me to gain knowledge and skills to be a supportive, bicultural and flexible leader. I believe it is important to empower everyone within the center (colleagues, children, families) and to work alongside with our children.


My teaching philosophy is drawn from various theorists and philosophies around the world. I believe that children learn and develop in an environment where the teacher has a respectful image of the child. The teachers’ role is to be a co-researcher and co-constructor in the learning process, which allows children time and space to discover their own working theories, explore, problem solve, question and reflect. I recognise that children’s innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. Children are rich with wonder and knowledge and they have their own individual identity and ways of learning. Therefore, I draw upon different approaches to teaching and learning, so that I demonstrate an understanding of children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual well being, as well as their cognitive aspects of learning.

In my leisure time, I am an avid gamer, enjoy reading books and spending time with my family.

Ringi

Ringi

Kia Ora. Teaching in Early Childhood is my passion and I have been part of the teaching staff at Daystar since its inception in 1981.

I am a Cook Island Maori, and can understand and korero in Maori, especially in the Ngapuhi dialect.

I enjoy Gardening and Cook Island quilting in my spare time.

Margarita

Margarita

Privet, Kia ora and Hello! My name is Margarita. I am originally from Russia, where I studied to become a Primary Teacher. However, when I arrived to New Zealand in 2007, I realised that my passion was to work with little children. I studied at Auckland University in 2014 and have a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. My previous teaching experience was in the private sector of early childhood and I am so grateful to be now working in Daystar, which has a very homely feel to it.

My personal philosophy is based on mutual respect and open trusting communication with the children, parents and teachers. I strongly believe in giving each child an equal opportunity to learn, grow and develop into confident and competent individuals. I hope to combine my knowledge of the Reggio philosophy and Te Whaariki curriculum to support children’s learning journey at Daystar. I am passionate about enhancing children’s curiosity and their sense of wonder in a stimulating and positive environment.

In my leisure time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, watching movies and reading fiction books.



Min

Min

Kia Ora.

I am originally from China but now call New Zealand home.

I believe that the first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development and I am passionate about children participating in learning experiences that allow them to explore, discover and build social, emotional and language development. I love the honest enthusiasm that children bring to life and love being part of their development.

In my leisure time, I enjoy reading fiction books, listening to music and spending time with my family.