Kia Koutou, My name is Bobbie and I am the Centre Leader at Fundamentals Preschool Merivale.
I began as a student at Fundamentals at the beginning of 2015 and have been very lucky to work here throughout my teaching training, and now as a registered teacher. My previous experience in business management, book keeping and primary education has given me some of the tools to support the amazing teaching team that we have here at Fundamentals.  I work closely alongside our owner and all of our teachers to provide quality education, care and growth to the teachers and children within our centre.
The philosophy of Fundamental movements for children, as well as our onsite gym room, inspires me to help your children develop many new skills. I’m also very passionate about helping New Zealand’s children become confident, independent explorers who feel secure in their strong connections with others.
I enjoy creativity: crafts, painting and up-cycling, as well as learning new languages and teaching these to your children.
I have one daughter, now in primary school, and we enjoy travelling within New Zealand and overseas.


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 followup 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.


Kia ora, My name is Jill and I am the Team Leader in the Preschool room. I have Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE) and have worked at FUNdamentals Merivale since 2016. I enjoy working at FUNdamentals as we have a “home away from home” feel to our environment and we have a philosophy that encompasses respect, fun, love of learning and team work. We have a strong team who provide each child with a warm, nurturing environment where they feel safe. I look forward to being part of your of child’s preschool journey. 

Kiaora Whanau! Ngā tamariki call me Dahllia,  Dala or Lala
I am really passionate about teaching children of all ages about independence, self love, friendship, the joy of learning new things etc. I adore teaching and learning through exploration of artistic mediums, excursions to new places, outdoor spaces, messy play and quiet spaces.
I have two adorable kittens that I am spending a lot of my time training (or attempting to train) at the moment. I love reading a really good book, and exploring new places. Family means everything to me so whatever I do with my spare time usually involves a family member. I’m also a huge movie buff, I love a good superhero movie!
I chose ECE teaching:as a career is because I adore learning new things, and have a passion for the learning new things. I feel that my love of learning came from a mix of some amazing teachers and my family. I felt that going into teaching I could hopefully help children to develop a love of learning and a confidence in themselves that they can learn or achieve anything that they wish to then I can have a small part in helping children achieve their dreams as well as fostering a love, power and pride within themselves. I have always had a huge passion for early intervention teaching and the ideas that support it, in the next few years I plan on doing a post-graduate qualification in early intervention teaching as i would love to learn more. During my previous job I had to work very closely with early intervention teachers and speech language therapists, among other specialists, and I learnt so much from them, which had given me an urge to get this qualification for more knowledge in this area.
My focus here at Fundamentals is all about relationships, I want to build trust between myself and the tamariki as well as the whānau within the centre, so please come up and say hello!
Hola, my name is Ana and I’m one of the nursery teachers at Fundamentals.
I’m originally from Mexico City but I came to New Zealand in 2010 and I proudly became a New Zealand citizen last year. I’m a mother of two beautiful boys, a 5 year old and a 2 year old who is in the transition room at Fundamentals.
I started my teaching journey back in 2017 but I’ve always been passionate about young children that’s why I decided to embark on the adventure of becoming an Early Childhood Educator. I’m currently studying third year of the Bachelor of Teaching and learning and I feel very fortunate to be part of this amazing team of passionate teachers and also part of the children’s lives, my teaching philosophy is based on genuine and meaningful relationships with children and their whanau  so that we all can work together towards the same goal. I’m looking forward to meeting you and be part of your child’s learning journey.

Ko Rākaumangamanga tōku maunga
Ko Hokianga tōku awa
Ko Ngāpuhi tōku iwi
Ko Tāmaki Makaurau
Kei Ōtautahi tōku kāinga ināianei
Ko Nolan tōku matua
Ko Lea tōku whāea
Ko Courtney-Paige tōku teina
Ko Savannah-Joelle tōku ingoa
Nā reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katou

Kia ora!
My Name is Savannah-Joelle (often referred to as Sav) and I am the Transition Room Leader.
I first came to FUNdamental’s as a first year teaching student and loved it so much I came back 5 years later. Working with toddlers as always been my favourite age group and I am fascinated by the development and personalities that shine during this time. In my teaching practice I am incredibly passionate about forming genuine relationships with ngā tamariki and whānau, positive guidance and bicultural practices.
I look forward to meeting you and becoming part of your child’s learning journey!

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Kiaora, my name is Stacey, In teaching I am passionate about forming relationships with everyone. I like to use these relationships to support tamariki and their Whānau feel a sense of belonging, as well as supporting their wellbeing, culture, and identity. I am passionate about tamariki experiencing all kinds of play such as messy, water, and physical play. I aim to create an inclusive environment to support all tamariki to achieve educational success.
My hobbies include spending time with loved ones, sports, and camping/the outdoors.

I am passionate about Early Childhood because I have always loved being around young children and really want to make a positive difference in their lives. I also have a love of learning and so this job helps me to extend on this knowledge and share it with others.
I’m very much looking forward to working alongside you and your Whanau to provide high quality outcomes for our Tamariki :)


 Kia ora my name is Laura Hammond and I have worked with the Fundamentals team since November 2017. I work part time in the nursery alongside studying towards a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood). When I am not studying or working I am heavily involved with Canterbury water polo coaching U12, U14 girls and running different competitions. I am really enjoying working at Fundamentals alongside some really experienced teachers and gaining practical experience. I am passionate about working in the nursery and feel it’s important to build respectful and responsive relationships with all the Tamariki and Whanau. 



Kia Ora koutou, ko Bekki toku ingoa. I am the Nursery Team Leader at FUNdamentals Merivale. I started my teaching journey here in 2018 after returning from my OE in London where I was a nanny. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in 2014. I love working with children, learning alongside them in their play and forming trusting and respectful relationships with them and their families. I believe in taking a calm approach to my teaching, offering assistance when children need and fostering their independence. I love being a part of our FUNdies family, and can’t wait to welcome you here.

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Tēnā koutou katoa.​Ko Laura Kamminga ahau.​

Greetings to you all. My name is Laura Kamminga.

I am working part time at the Fundamentals Merivale while I am studding towards my Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) at the University of Canterbury. My passion is working and spending time with children. I learn a lot from the teachers, children, and their families at preschool.

I enjoy supporting children, learning, and developing in a respectful, fun, empowering and positive environment. In my spare time I like to go ice skating, rock climbing, learn Latin dancing and reading books.

I look forward to getting to know you and your children :)

Kia Ora, My name is Lizzy and I work in the Pre School room at Fundamentals Merivale. I also support the Nursery sometimes.  I am an Australian living here in New Zealand with my partner Mike and my dog Marley.
I have been working in the early childhood sector for seven years, having completed my Australian Recognised Diploma of Children’s Services in 2018. I have always enjoyed being involved with children and the development of watching them grow and learn through play and investigation. I strongly believe in building and maintaining respectful relationships with children and their families. 

I am looking forward to being involved in supporting you and your child’s development here at our wonderful Preschool. 


Hi, I’m Ruby! I’m a reliever for both the Marshlands and Merivale centers. I discovered my love for working with children at the age of 13, I decided to act upon this so I volunteered in centers after school for a couple of years, then moved into a support teacher position which I was extremely grateful for. I have a strong passion for seeing children learn, achieve and most of all have lots of fun! My hobbies include hiking, going to the gym and traveling. My main goal is to provide the best care for your children, feel free to always come and say hello.

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Kia ora, Nga Tamaraki call me: Katie and I work at Fundamentals Merivale!I am passionate about exploration through solo play and play with peers, I enjoy supporting the moment tamariki make a connection between new and existing knowledge, witnessing and promoting their success.
I am studying full-time through the University of Canterbury and also have two other jobs, so when I am at home I love to relax by cozying up with a book or play sudoku as I catch up on the newest movies and TV shows.
I love spending time in the centre just observing the interactions the tamariki have with each other, and find it so special that I get to be a part of their learning journey! It warms my heart when I see the tamariki taking on carer roles for their peers, helping each other put on shoes or giving big pushes on the swings.
I chose ECE because I loved my own early childhood learning experience, and my mum still tells me about how I kept asking to go back once I started primary school because I enjoyed it so much! I want to provide tamariki with the same love and memories that I had for my centre, and have a hand in nurturing them to be the best learners that they can be!
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Kia ora koutou, ko Natalie (Nat) toku ingoa.

In 2010 I graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) and since then have completed Montessori teaching diplomas for both the 0-3 years and 3-6 years age groups.  I have worked at a number of different sized preschools here in Christchurch, in both teaching and management roles. 

Respect is at the heart of my teaching practice, and I role model this through my interactions with colleagues, whanau, tamariki and the environment.  Every day I spend with your beautiful children I’m in awe of their capabilities and feel so privileged to be able to walk alongside them on this chapter of their lifelong learning story.

When I’m not teaching at Fundies Merivale you’ll find me and my husband Brendan working on our historic cottage in Arthur’s Pass, playing music or visiting our only daughter Sian, who is a secondary school teacher in Auckland

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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.