Erin's ethos is in harmony with that of Old MacDonalds. Erin finds joy in extending a child’s own ideas and supporting free play. Don’t let the words unqualified teacher fool you, Erin has done play centre courses and is a fully qualified nanny with 8 years experience caring f or children. Erin is currently in her first year studying Early Childhood Education.
Crisp autumn days where the sky is a brilliant blue are Erin’s favourite. Erin also loves Elephants because they are a family orientated animal and are very clever. As a child Erin aspired to care for elephants. Erin grew up in the city but is a farm girl at heart. As a youngster she would spend weekends and school holidays on her God Parent’s farm. Now Erin is back from the big O.E in London. She still enjoys helping out on the farm and spending time with her family whenever she can.
Shinae - Seedlings Kaiako
Shinae is a true child magnet who deeply believes in our philosophy as she is immensely connected to nature.
Her calm and grounding nature makes her an ideal addition to the Seedlings team. Shinae has been working in childcare for the last few years and she takes after her mum who is a part of our Saplings Kaiako Team.
Shinae has not long returned from her overseas adventure in Europe where she rediscovered her passion and decided that Old MacDonalds is where she wants to be.
Shinaes whole heart and sense of self makes her easily approachable and easy to connect with. Her passion for infants shines and she is a natural, grounded child advocate.
When you meet Shinae, you will instantly feel warm as she radiates kindness and embodies the Old MacDonalds heart.
Rachel - Seedlings Kaiako
Animated and engaging, Rachel infuses each moment with extra magic, meaning and discovery to make childhood memories that really count.
Whether she is c r e e p i n g and BELLOWING! Through storytelling or creating unique learning experiences to expand and explore little minds, hearts and bodies, Rachel always shares, encourages and supports individuality and self-expression.
Rachel delights in the insight and hilarity of having daily access to the secret lives of children. Through entering this hidden world, she is able to recognise and help provide the personal skill set each child needs to thrive as they grow into active members of society.
Having worked with children for over 10 years, including as a nanny and childcare coordinator, Rachel has no intention of ever leaving the secret world of children and will become a registered ECE teacher in 2018.
At home, she makes meaningful memories every day with husband Mark and daughter Milla, who says her magical Mum is "a star"!
Ella - Shoots Kaiako
Ella grew up on a dairy farm, climbing trees and roaming the paddocks with her sisters. As the youngest of three, Ella is lucky enough to have both of her nephews attend Old Macs as well!
Ella likes how carefree, innocent and adventurous children are, and is continually amazed by the individuality of each child and the knowledge that our tamariki have so young! Ella is working in the shoots room as a kaiako with Grace, Lisa and Erin! Ella’s favourite children’s book is “A Proper Little Lady” as she feels she resonates with the main characters adventurous side and admires her individuality as a young girl, as well as rocking the same wild ginger hair Ella had at that age!
Kierley - Seedlings Kaiako
Our Kierley, full of passion and love , has been working with our Old MacDonald’s Whānau since February 2018. Fiancé to Isaiah and amazing mother to Noah (6yo) and Jireh (4m)
Kierley is nearing the end of her first year studying a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education, as well as her level 2 certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori. Kierley is a real lover of the beautiful Te Reo Māori, often incorporating words into her tamariki’s everyday learning! Kierley sees great importance in encouraging tamariki to realise their full potential, as well as supporting them in building a strong foundation for later learning. Kierley is rewarded everyday at Old MacDonalds, by being a part of our tamariki’s lives and having the opportunity to help them grow to their full potential.
Lia - Saplings Kaiako
Lia is a real family girl, taking pride in each of her family members, as well as the values she grew up with, with a special place in her heart for Te Ao Māori. If Lia’s not holding yoga sessions or running alongside our tamariki in the front paddock, she’s filling the classroom with laughter and joy. Lia lives each day to the fullest, like the time she kayaked beside a pod of Orcas in the Raglan harbour, or as a six year old abseiling off the Bridal Veil Falls.
Lia loves the way children see the world and feels that she learns just as much from them as they do from her. Lia loves the many wanderings of children, all the ‘why’ questions, the honesty, curiosity and the privilege of being a part of a child’s first few years of life! Lia is a deep thinker, incredibly in touch with her own emotions, and is always available for our tamariki to snuggle under her wing.
Simone - Seedlings Kaiako
Simone is a cheerful, smiling face in our seedlings classroom. Her warming eyes and genuine love and care for our tamariki make her an admirable part of our Old Macs Whaanau.
With her hospitality background, Simone knows how to hit the deck running and ensure that the room is ticking along.
Simone loves to spend time with her whaanau in her spare time, especially her nephew Beau, surfing and watching the sunset with her fiance.
Simone is the perfect addition to our diverse team.
Craig - Saplings and Bush School Kaiako
Craig…. the outdoor enthusiast here at Old Mac’s! There’s not such thing as too much rain with Craig’s hut building and knot tying abilities. Craig’s outdoor education knowledge and experience makes him the perfect mix in our diverse team.
Craig works closely alongside our Old Mac’s Exploring Nature Programme and our Ngahere Programme. This means that he is the man on the job when it comes to campfires, knot tying lessons and tree climbing.
Craig is also currently studying his Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Waikato aswell.
Thank you for being all that you are and all that you bring to Old Macs, Craig!
Georgia - Swimming Kaiako
Georgia is our swimming Kaiako here at Old MacDonald’s… Georgia’s infectious, bubbly and uplifting personality makes swimming lessons fun and exciting for our tamariki.
In her spare time, Georgia loves to get back on the farm at her parents place and get stuck in! - She truly does have a big Old Macs heart!
Georgia has had extensive training at Hilton Brown and she is also nearly a fully qualified teacher aswell, which is an amazing asset to our centre.
Watch this space for some exciting photos and videos of Georgia and the children getting stuck into lessons for another term when the weather heats up!
Kirsty - Saplings Kaiako
Warm-hearted, holistic care is the foundation of Kirsty’s teaching philosophy. Kirsty’s gentle touch and inviting presence makes her the ‘go-to’ for a cuddle.
Kirsty teaches from the heart, gets ‘stuck in’ with the tamariki & isn’t afraid to get out there in the mud … a true resemblance of the Old Mac’s philosophy.
Kirsty has two sons herself, who are both at primary school and she is also juggling full time study and work - dedication is her middle name!
We are so delighted to have Kirsty apart of our Old Mac’s Whaanau.
Kate - Horse Riding Instructor
Kate is our adoring Horse-Riding Instructor that immerses herself with nature and her love for animals. Kate’s nurturing and gentle presence makes her the perfect person to teach our Tamariki the importance of caring for animals.
Kate moved to New Zealand at the start of 2018 after being born and raised in the English countryside. Kate has had extensive experience with animals and has been working with horses for most of her adult life.
We are so excited to welcome Kate to our Old MacDonalds family and love the relationships that she is creating with our children and horses.