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. 



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Kia Ora FUNdies families, my name is Katie and I am a qualified and certified Early Childhood Teacher. I have been involved in ECE since high school and I completed my Bachelor of Teaching in 2015. I have worked with a variety of age groups through relieving work and most recently have been working in a nursery. I am going to be mainly working with the toddlers here at Fundamentals. 

I am excited to continue my Teaching journey at Fundamentals and I look forward to getting to know tamariki, whānau and kaiako better.

I have two daughters, Cassidy and Luna who I love spending time with, along with the rest of my family.

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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! 


E noho ana ahau 

Ki raro i te maru o Aoraki maunga
I tipu ake ahau ki Ōtautahi 
Ko Nola-May taku tamahine 
Ko Rose tōku ingoa 
Kia ora e te whānau! I am so excited to be joining the FUNdamentals whānau and joining your tamariki on their learning journey. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to build beautiful relationships with you all and to help your tamariki grow and discover themselves. 
I have grown up surrounded by education and have graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2020 with my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary). I have had the joy of raising my daughter at home in 2021, and can’t wait to continue my experience helping young minds develop and blossom. Something that I value deeply is relationships and character. I believe that relationships are the seeds that help to develop young, free minds that can have the confidence to explore and try new adventures. I hope to instil this kaupapa within your tamariki and help them learn the tools they need to become their own leaders one day!
Something I am passionate about is Te Reo Māori and kinaesthetic learning. I hope to further develop my mātauranga Māori with your tamariki so that we can grow together and learn from each other. I hope to create an environment where whanaungatanga, wānanga and ako help lead our learning journey. I am excited to start my journey as a kaiako with your tamariki, and thrilled my daughter gets to join the FUNdamentals whānau. I look forward to meeting you and creating many wonderful new memories. 
Ehara tāku toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini. My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective.



 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.


Hi there, My name is Bree and I am excited to join the Fundamentals family. I work three days per week alongside the teaching team.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your whanau 


Kiaora, My name is Lexi and I work Casually here at Fundamentals Marshlands, covering leave non contact when needed. I look forward to getting to know you and your family :) 



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Kia Ora, My name is Anna and I have been working teaching since 2016.
I have a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Education and sociology from
Otago University then a postgraduate diploma in Early Childhood

My son is my world, he is confident and eager to learn about the world
around him. I encourage him to learn to figure things out on his own
with support from myself and his whanau. This is something I believe
is crucial for child development and hold closely to my teaching

I believe the most important part of teaching is building close
relationships with children and whanau while setting up the
foundations for lifelong learners.

My passion is diverse needs within tamariki and collaborating with
each unique individual to support them to love to learn and grow
within themselves.

Ako ki te puāwai ka riro i a koe te ao – learn to flourish and the
world is yours

I’m excited to get to know you all and work together to have the best
environment for your tamariki to flourish.