About - Our Team
Puffing Billy’s is staffed by a team of dedicated, highly qualified teachers who will nurture and support your child through their learning journey. Our team will provide an environment which is safe, fun and educational.
We value our parents and whanau because we acknowledge that parents are the most important teachers in their children’s learning journey. We encourage each and every child to reach their highest potential.
By working together we share the responsibility and pride of having our children become competent and capable learners.
Head Teacher Carriages Room
Team Leader Caboose Room
Caboose Room Teacher
Engine Room Teacher
Carriages Room Teacher
We take pride in New Zealand’s heritage and recognise the multi-cultural nature of Aotearoa. We incorporate the principles of the Ministry of Education’s five strands of learning and development into our daily practices:
1. Well-being – Mana Atua
The health and well-being of the child is protected and nurtured. Their health is promoted, their emotional well-being is nurtured, they are kept safe from harm.
2. Belonging – Mana Whenua
Children and their families feel a sense of belonging. Links with the family and wider world are affirmed and extended, they know that they have a place.
3. Contribution – Mana Tangata
Each child’s contribution is valued and there are equitable opportunities for learning, irrespective of gender, ability, age, ethnicity, or background. Children are affirmed as individuals, they are encouraged to learn with and alongside others.
4. Communication – Mana Reo
The languages and symbols of their own and other cultures are promoted and protected. They develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills. They experience the stories and symbols of their own and other cultures, they discover and develop different ways to be creative and expressive.
5. Exploration – Mana Aotūroa
Children’s play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognised, they gain confidence in and control of their bodies, they learn strategies for active exploration, thinking, and reasoning, they develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical, and material worlds.