Kutai4 - 5's

Kūtai Room (3.5 to 6 years)

The Senior preschool is down the other end of the building and has the biggest outdoor space of the centre.

A permanent play structure outside, sandpit, water play, bikes and a veggie garden are on offer. Once again for continuity of care the environment is set up in a similar way to the junior preschool, everything is simply more age appropriate and the routines throughout the day differ.

Our transition to school programme has been put together through extensive consultation with families, the local primary schools and our teachers of whom 2 are qualified primary school teachers. The entire programme that is run in the classroom is designed to prepare children for the next step to “big school”, with key competencies and expectations from parents and primary schools woven through everything we do in a day.

Our routines are flexible and allow for plenty of child initiated exploration and learning through play whilst still providing time for specific daily routines structured around meal times and group learning opportunities.

Meet the Kutai staff

Pat - Teacher

Teacher Hello everyone, my name is Pat.  In my spare time I enjoy riding my mountain bike, being outdoors and sleeping!  In 2020 I did a course in conservation operations down in Toi Ohomai.  I look forward to getting to know you and your child.

Jacqui - Qualified Teacher

Qualified Teacher Kia Ora, my name is Jacqui! I am a qualified teacher who started my journey in childcare back in 2006. I am new to the Teaching team at Jojo's, although they do feel like family already as my 2 eldest boys had previously been in their amazing care. My partner and I have lived in Huapai for the last 5 yrs and have 3 gorgeous wee boys who are our world! Working with children is my passion and I look forward to getting to know you all!

Georgia - Teacher

Teacher Hi everyone!  My name is Georgia and I have just finished high school at St Mary's College. Although born in London, I grew up on Auckland's North Shore however I currently reside in Muriwai, and am loving the beach! I enjoy and have played a number of sports and also ride and compete horses in my spare time. My work has always involved children and I was the head coach of the Nippers program within my Surf Lifesaving Club and was last year awarded the Volunteer Surf Lifeguard of the year in the Coromandel. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your children.

Pam - Teacher

Teacher Kia ora Kotou! Ko Pamela taku ingoa, nau mai haere mai ki taku ruma. I am currently on my journey as an unqualified teacher here at Jojo's after recently graduating with a Bachelor in Performing Arts. majoring in Contemporary dance.  In my spare time, I love being around my family and exploring the outdoors of our beautiful country, Aotearoa. Another of my big passions is playing rugby league or union. Feel free to come and say hello anytime, I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your whānau!


rTeacher Kia Ora and Talofa lava! My name is Fa’asu, better known around the center as Asu and I have been lucky enough to be a reliever at Jojo’s since 2016! (Sometimes in the kitchen too!). I am also a dance/performance artist, recently graduating from Unitec with a Bachelors of performing and screen arts, majoring in contemporary dance. I love integrating my art forms with my teaching and doing movement with all the tamariki If you see me around feel free to come say hey! I’m usually dancing around somewhere 🙂

Antony - Teacher


Michelle - Qualified Teacher

Bachelor of Education ECE Hi, I'm Michelle. I am a qualified teacher with my full teacher registration. I started working in childcare in 2001 and have been here at Jojo’s Childcare since October 2015. My partner and I have two children who attend Huapai School. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family swimming and exploring at the beach. I’m a keen baker and love to go out for dinner or just stay home to watch a movie. I am passionate about books/literacy, photography, art and teaching children self help skills. I look forward to working alongside you and your whānau.