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Emily Pettett

Center Manager & Service Nominated Supervisor
​Advanced Diploma of Children's Services.

I have had the pleasure of working in the Early Childhood Education sector for over 15 years and I couldn’t imagine a more purposeful and fulfilling career path.

After attending the Reggio Emilia study tour in Italy, I found a more specific style of education that I now advocate very strongly for - all tightly based around the United Nations Convention of The Rights Of A Child, the image of the child and the 100 languages of children. 


There are many skills and attributes that Early Childhood Education professionals must uphold. To me, I feel that transparency is vital it creates trust and strong connections between children, families, educators and the community.

“Your image of the child is where teaching begins.” Loris Malaguzzi 


Hayley Ash 

2 IC & Educator Pre Kindy & Kindy

Diploma Children's Services

Hi, my name is Hayley and I am the outdoor educator here at Kindulili. 

I have been working here for 6 years and I have just the same amount of energy and love to give as when I first started. 

I love coming here every day as it is also some new to learn and discovery each day. 

You will always find me outside either pottering and growing in the gardens, exploring the shed or getting busy down in the loose parts area. I believe that all children learn differently and I love trying new things to cater for all learning styles, but most of all I love having the ability to get down and messy in the natural environment that we provide! 

As an educator, I hope to be able to pass down my love and passion for the outdoors and the ability to stop and find the magic in every little thing, especially the nature provided around us through the art of play based learning and exploring. 


Tiff Theo

Educational Leader
​Advanced Diploma of Children's Services.

My name is Tiffany and I have 14 years of experience in the childcare industry. I began my career as a trainee right after completing high-school, and I quickly discovered that providing meaningful education to all is my true calling. I am passionate about educating, caring for, and nurturing children. I am also excited to share my knowledge and skills with other educators as I am pursuing my training and assessment journey.  As a mother of two daughters and two beloved pets, I find my greatest joy in my family. We share a love for the outdoors and enjoy exploring nature together. Whether we are traveling in our camper or boat, hiking mountains, or cooking and singing in the kitchen, we cherish these moments as a family. I firmly believe in “It takes a village to raise a child.” This philosophy guides my approach to childcare and education, as I recognised the importance of collaboration and support in nurturing and growth and development of children.


Sylvia Earl

Early Childhood Teacher
Bachelor or Early Years. 

Hello, My name is Sylvia and I am really excited to be joining your children and the incredible educators at Kindulili.

Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Educator, I wear all these hats with pride and affection.

I’m originally from NZ and have had many years experience in the early childhood sector, both in management and teaching in long daycare. Until recently I ran my own family daycare which was registered with Peace of Mind FDC.

I have been given an exciting opportunity to join the Kindulili community and whole heartedly embrace the holistic approach to learning and teaching. I look forward to meeting you all very soon!


Naomi Cloake 
Educator Pre Kindy and Kindy
Studying Bachelor of Education

My name is Naomi. I am a mother of 7 amazingly beautiful children and 5 precious grandchildren. My family and I thoroughly enjoy playing in the outdoors. We take every opportunity to adventure outdoors swimming, boating, motorbike and mountain bike riding, fishing and camping.

I have been working in Early Childhood for 30 years and my passion and commitment continues to grow as my knowledge, understanding and experience develops through the years. 

I love sharing the outdoors with children as they explore the natural environment, promoting their natural curiosity and challenging their physical capabilities while experiencing a healthier lifestyle. 

I am sincerely dedicated to advocating for quality care and education for children and their families and look forward to developing and maintaining strong and trusting relationships with the children and families and Kindulili and within their community.

I believe the quality of the early relationships developed through Early Childhood plays a significant role in the value and strength of relationships the child goes on to have later in life. It is the reality of this foundational responsibility that continually inspires me to work in Early Childhood, promoting and growing strong, capable and kind children.


Cassanda Dawson 

Educator Jr Kindy

Diploma Children's Services

My name is Cassie! I love Kindulili and was attracted by the open spaces, homely feel and the pride of children’s individualism.

I started late in the year of 2021, grateful to be closer to my son, Max, as he continues his schooling. Being a mother has taught me in more ways then I could’ve imagined. I have more patience then I could ever imagine, more love to give and more excitement for each day.

I have been in childcare for almost 12 years, starting in high school and multitasking with other industries, study and providing respite care. Throughout this time, I have worked with ages from Nursery to Kindy, following groups and staying with children for multiple years. I pride myself on strong relationships with the children and their families, and always willing to open my heart to another little friend.
I look forward to meeting you and your family.



Essie Cox

Educator Pre Kindy and Kindy 

Cert lll Early Childhood Education

Hi, my name is Essie. I first fell in love with Early Childhood Education at school where I completed my certificate 3 and joined the Kindulili team in 2021 for my placement. I have now graduated and am loving every day at Kindulili. I love the outdoors as well as getting messy. Our Kindulili team is welcoming and fun. I enjoy helping our little people grow and explore new things. Having a good relationship with children, families and staff is something I feel strongly about as I believe it brings out the best in everyone.

I look forward to meeting you all.


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Emily Ash 

Educator Jr Kindy, Pre Kindy and Kindy 

Studying Diploma Early Childhood Education

My name is Emily Ash, I currently hold my Certificate 3 in Children's services and am completing my Diploma in Early Childhood Education this year.
I enjoy bringing out a child’s creative side and engaging in a variety of arts while also getting messy.
Working with children teaches you to learn how to live in the moment and enjoy the smaller things in life.


Rachel Jensen

Educator Pre Kindy/Kindy 

 Diploma Early Childhood Education

I am an Mum of 3 beautiful children, proud New Zealander who lives to share my essence of love, respect and integrity.
In my 20 years of educating children I have valued every child’s capabilities and I enhance their growth through play and interest based learning.
With the children I love to build and get crafty with natural resources. In my spare time, I like hiking and spending time with family and friends.



Leesa Brown

Educator Jr Kindy 

Certificate III Early Childhood Education

Hi! I am Leesa, I have 3 beautiful boys and I have a passion for integrating my indigenous heritage through the program at Kindulili. I am learning alongside the children and educators to authentically celebrate and acknowledge the traditional land owners. 

I enjoy seeing children engage in risky play and really test the boundaries of their bodies. 

I look forward to meeting you and your "jarjums" (children).     

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Rachel Adelholm

Educator Jr Kindy 

Advanced Diploma Early Childhood Education


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