nga-tamariki.pngAbout Te Rito- Te Whare for Nga Tamariki @MYPLC & SPELC

Te Whare Te Rito is the new shoot at the centre of the harakeke (flax).   For us it signifies the young child and also all learners,  with limitless potential, embarking on a journey of growth.


Te Whare Te Rito is a mixed age group centre which provides care and education for up to 30 children aged from eighteen months to three and a half years.  It is a community centre with some of the children's parents attending the Murihiku Young Parents Learning Centre, (MYPLC) next door. 

A strong sense of belonging and well being is enhanced through whanau time and shared kai time.  We welcome whanau to spend time with us.  We work to support parents in a non -judgemental way.  Children have easy access to an environment that is well resourced and encourages exploration. Teachers actively seek and respond to parents' wishes for their children through conversations and documentation.

Te Whare Te Rito Staff
Claire (Team Leader)
Kia Ora my name is Claire; I have been teaching for the last 15 years and I have a Bachelor of Teaching. During this time I have been both a teacher and a preschool manager for many years. I have been here since October 2018 and am loving the opportunity to be the Team Leader of the Te Rito team.
I have 2 children Charlotte and Harrison who are at primary school and we love to get away camping and crafting activities.
Kia Ora, my name is Maria. I have been teaching at Surrey Park since 1994, taking time off to have my two amazing children Thomas and Renee. I am married to Shane and we have a small lifestyle block near winton. As a family we love to travel and have family caravanning holidays. In my spare time I enjoy reading and baking and do my gardening under duress. I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and find my career in Early Childhood fun, exciting and challenging!!
Kia ora, my name is Tracy-lee I have worked at Surrey Park since 2011. I have a Bachelor of Teaching degree and taught for 9 years in Christchurch before moving here. I love my career of teaching children; watching them grow and develop is exciting. I have 3 children Hayden, Phoebe and Jaxson. In my spare time I enjoy reading and taking the children on trips and holidays.
Hi my name is Pippa. I have two amazing children. I love spending time with my family and also enjoy camping holidays, summer sun and time with friends. I am passionate about working with children and enjoy my time and experiences with your children in Te Rito.
Hi my name is Donna. I have been at Surrey Park since 2002. I am married with two adult children. I like spending time with family in my spare time.

Hi I’m Jude and I have been a regular reliever at Surrey Park during the last few years. I have recently become a permanent staff member, I am passionate about Early Childhood education and am looking forward to my time in the Te Rito room. I have a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.
My son Aidan and I enjoy travelling, camping and spending time with family and friends. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking and watching TV
Kia ora, Ko Michelle toku ingoa. I first started at Surrey Park Early Learning Centre Inc in 2006 and have completed my bachelor’s in early childhood education. My interests include Health and Well-Being, Music and just getting together with loved ones. I have a partner Craig and a cheeky son Eli, who was born in 2017. We enjoy talking our dog, Ned for walks during the weekends and just getting out and about when possible. I look forward to getting to know you and your whānau throughout your time at Surrey Park.