waihopai.jpgAbout Te Whare Waihopai

The name Waihopai was selected by our team as it signifies the learning journey: starting with a trickle in a stream, it expands into a mighty river, ending up in the ocean of knowledge, such is the learning journey of our children.

Te Whare Waihopai offers an environment that caters for the unique and specific needs of children from two years to three and a half years of age.   Parents' and whanau's  aspirations for their children are sought and responded to.  Qualified EC teachers ensure the programme responds to the interests of each child. We work alongside and with each child to support their growing sense of themselves as competent and confident learners.

Our friendly teaching team forms strong relationships with each child and their whanau.  These relationships are the foundation upon which each child's learning and development is constructed.

Te Whare Waihopai Staff
Tracey L
Kia ora and hello. Ko Tracey toku ingoa. I started here just after the centre opened in 1986 and was here for 10 years until the arrival of my first child in 1994. I returned in 2002 and been here ever since. I had a second son in 2007. I am the Team leader in Te Whare Te Rito and enjoy going on the learning journey with the children/ākonga in my room. Every day is different and full of discovery whai haere.
Shelley
Kia ora, I am Shelley McDougall. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and have been teaching at Surrey Park Early Learning Centre Inc since 2005. My interests include Latin Dance especially Salsa and Bachata. When I am not Teaching, or Dancing I enjoy, home DIY, traveling or spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to walking through this learning journey with you.
Trudy
Hi I am Trudy and I have been teaching at Surrey Park Early Learning Centre Inc. both full time and part-time since 2000. I have a Bachelor of Education in early childhood and enjoy teaching young children about the world around them. I have a passion for the living world and love all animals. I feel this helps me in my career because young children also have strong interests in the animals they see in their world. I look forward to getting to know all the children/parents/whanau in Te Whare Waihopai and look forward to working with you on your learning journey
Susie
Kia ora, I am Susie and I have a degree in education (teaching). I have a beautiful daughter and a crazy dog and they are my joy. My special interests revolve around art, dance and music. I am known as the crazy teacher due to my wacky hair styles and flashing shoes! It is my belief to support children to become keen explorers and learners. I look forward to coming to work every day as it is always fun and filled with great learning opportunities both for me and the children. In my spare time (if I really have any) I go to Zumba and Hip Hop dance classes along with taking my daughter to hers. I am also an avid reader.
Nicky D
Kia ora. Hello. My name is Nicky. I am married to Dwight and we have two children, Rose and Aden. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood, and before completing my Diploma I was a nanny here and overseas for over 10 years. Family and friends are a big part of my life and I have many interests.
Annie T
Hi my name is Annie. I live in Isabella Street in Invercargill and I moved here in 2012 and love my little house. It’s just across the road from Surrey Park Early Learning Centre making it easy to get to work. My interests included gardening, biking, walking and painting my house. I also enjoy going out with friends, rock and roll, and catching up with my grandkids. My favourite animals are cats, birds and penguins. My favourite food is fish ’n’ chips, Chinese and a good lamb roast. I am the oldest twin.