Hi my name is Jazz. I am the Centre Leader here at Fundamentals Marshlands. I have been working in Early Childhood for over 12 years now. I spent 8 years in Sydney both teaching and nannying, before making the move back to NZ to have my daughter. Being a Mum has taken me to a whole new level in my teaching, showing me a different perspective of supporting children holistically.
I am passionate about the care and development of children from birth to five and the impact this has on their entire life. I believe in empowering children to be the best versions of themselves everyday and love being able to be part of their early childhood journey. I am an ECE Qualified and Registered teacher with the NZ Teachers Council and am constantly learning and growing. 
I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your child’s time at Fundamentals Marshlands.

Kia Ora, my name is Tamara and I have been working in Early Childhood Education for 8 years and have a wide range of experience. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as spending time in or near the water. 

I am the Curriculum Leader at Fundamentals Marshlands and choose to work here as the vision and philosophy resonates with me and what I believe. I am passionate about developing trusting relationships and partnerships with both the children in my care and their parents. I believe that these relationships enable children to grow and reach their full potential. I view all children as capable, and see them as an active partner in their own learning. This means empowering them to be independent, giving them time and space to explore, giving them freedom to make and explore their own choices. I have an affinity to children with additional education needs and am currently developing my knowledge and skills in this area as I study towards my Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Early Intervention).

I look forward to forming relationships with you all and being a part of your child’s learning journey.

Ko te ahurei o te tamati arahia o tatou mahi
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.


Kiaora my name is Di, I am the Director of Fundamentals ECE.

I am an Early Childhood Qualified and Registered teacher who is extremely passionate about children being able to receive high quality education and care within our preschool without any barriers. I have over 17 years experience in leading teams, driving high quality outcomes for children and fostering emergent leadership within a team.

My team mean everything to me and I strive to appoint teachers who have a strong passion and drive for positively influencing our learners. I am extremely proud of my teaching team and love working alongside them each day.  I teach at our Marshlands centre 2-3 days working alongside my team. 

I currently am the Secretary of  the New Zealand Early Childhood Council, an organisation that provides advice, guidance and support to more than 1600 ECE providers across New Zealand. I work alongside 9 other owners and operators throughout NZ to provide effective governance to this outstanding organisation. I thrive being able to share my knowledge and skills with other like minded professionals for the benefit of our sector.

Apart from working with my superstar team and our beautiful children everyday, My husband, Darren and I I have 2 school aged children who are very busy and active. We love exploring our beautiful country as often as we can, camping, biking and walking throughout rural and remote parts of NZ is a passion of ours.

I love what I do so much, and look forward to working alongside our team to offer a relationship focused ECE setting to our Whanau and community. 


Tēnā koutou katoa, ko Sinead tōku ingoa.

Kia ora e hoa ma, e te whanau!

Hello to all friends and family of the beautiful tamariki of today! 

My name is Sinead, and I am blessed to be part of the FUNdamentals Marshlands team and to assist the growth of your children.

I graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2020 with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary). Watching tamariki grow cognitively and emotionally to me is the most rewarding opportunity, and I am fortunate enough to witness this growth first-hand. 

My teaching philosophy is based on a holistic approach, focusing on the children’s mind, body and soul. Intertwining these three components, I feel empowers each child to become self-confident learners. By encouraging and challenging children to express themselves and their emotions, I believe that I am assisting the tamariki to develop a sense of manaakitanga, resilience and individuality. Providing freedom for children to become confident enough express who they are, what they need and who they aspire to be.

I look forward to experiencing the continuous development of your children and empower them to become the most successful generation of the future!

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. 

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

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Kia Ora Koutou family and whānau of Fundamentals, my name is Isla and I have been working here at Fundamentals Marshlands since October 2020. I work full time as a teacher in training and I am currently completing my second year of my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education at New Zealand Tertiary College. From when I started to think about what I wanted to pursue as a career I knew that I wanted to work alongside children.  Since beginning my career with the Fundamentals team I have grown very passionate about quality care and education for children, I have been learning what quality care and education looks like with the help of my amazing colleagues. Working here at Fundies doesn’t feel like work at all and I look forward to coming in and learning new things everyday. I look forward to working alongside you and your Whanau. 



Kia ora, my name is Helen. I have been working at Fundamentals since 2017. Inspired by kaiako at
this centre I began my journey of working towards a Bachelor of Teaching Degree in Early Childhood
in 2019. Currently, I am a teacher in training in my 2nd year studying online with the Open
Polytechnic in Wellington with a blending learning program inclusive of workshops, tutorials, and
I enjoy all sorts of crafts in my spare time and enjoy catching up with friends and whānau. I am a
Board Member as a parent representative at my son’s primary school in North Canterbury. I also
have a teenage daughter who loves to shop! In the winter I head out with my son and husband to
early morning Football games all over Canterbury. Inheriting the green thumb from my Nana, my
favourite season in the garden is Spring when all the new growth and array of colours emerge after
I love working at Fundamentals Marshlands, with its smaller licence and massive outdoor area that
can be utilised in the rain, we are so lucky! Tamariki will enjoy the warmth of the environment
esteeming from the caring and nurturing kaiako. It is our passion that drives us to follow tamariki
interests as they learn through play. Alongside this, it is lovely to form collaborative and respectful
relationships with diverse cultures, tamariki and whānau at Fundamentals preschool.
I am inspired by the kaiako that I work alongside planning programs that enrich individual learning
outcomes. I am drawn to the creative arts, such as how a painting, music and reading can increase
tamariki language development and how tamariki begin to understand the world around them
through everyday play, learning activities and social interactions with their peers.
Most of all I like to ensure everyone at FUNdamentals has fun!

Hi my name is Colleen and I have been working part time at Fundamentals Marshlands since 2018. I work approximately 10 hours per week over 3-4 days covering lunch breaks and occasionally longer shifts as needed.

I am a mother to 4 adult children, a Nana to 10 grandbabies, and a great nana to one beautiful little boy. My family is so important to me and I love spending time with them and watching them grow up. 

I enjoy working at Fundamentals because of all of the gorgeous faces I work with everyday, the smiles that our children have are just beautiful and I enjoy being a part of a fun and strong community. 

I am a believer that spending time with children keeps you young, and working with these wonderful children is certainly living proof! 

 In my spare time I enjoy relaxing in the comforts of my home.

I look forward to meeting you and your family soon! 


Kia ora, my name is Lucas and I have worked with the Fundamentals team since July 2020. I work part-time across both centres while studying towards my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at the New Zealand Tertiary College. 

Teaching for me is the most rewarding career and after working as a guitar teacher with young children and teenagers back in China, I have decided to explore more in early childhood education. I have been enjoying my time at Fundamentals alongside other amazing teachers and of course, all the cute little ones! I am passionate about building genuine relationships with children and whānau, encouraging playfulness and adventures, as well as inspiring tamariki with music and art. I look forward to seeing you at the center and growing together with your child. 

 Kia ora my name is Debra and I have worked at FUNdamentals since January 2017.  I work part time as Administrator and Teacher Support based at Merivale but I do visit Marshlands, usually at the end of each week to follow up with anything required from an administrative aspect.  I am a wife to Dale, mum of two adult children, Chloe and Caleb and Nana to Addison who is 7 years old.  The Vision and Philosophy of FUNdamentals aligns with how I love being part of preschoolers lives to encourage them to learn while being able to play.  As a Nana, my nurturing side comes out often to be of assistance to the Team however I can.   I am also involved with the Community outside work with a group who annually have a Pay it Forward Day to help others less fortunate than ourselves.  I am also a Justice of the Peace and have volunteered previously with Citizens Advice Bureau.  Helping others and particularly, young children in an environment where you can impart a positive environment is of high importance to me and FUNdamentals is where I can share what I have learned through life experiences.