Paua3 - 4's

The Pāua Room (3 to 4 year olds)

Our Junior preschool have a huge space at one end of the building. The outdoor environment has a fixed play structure, sandpit, space for water play, messy play, riding bikes whilst the inside space is large and open with areas for art, blocks, family play, reading, music and various theme spaces that change regularly depending on the focus of the current learning topic.

We like to think of this as our “inbetweenies” room. Young children that are no longer baby/toddlers but are not preschoolers, they are still developing their communication skills and physical capabilities and needs a programme that provides for constant change and development, stimulation and exploration.

The large double play space has bi-fold doors that enables children that still an afternoon sleep to have a quiet space whilst the children that do not can play without the constant need to be quiet or cautious which is a real bonus of the centre design. One child said they were in “the big kids room, before you go to the big big kids room”.

Knowing for these children that they have a place that is perfect for their age group and needs is very important to the teachers in that room and in line with our holistic philosophy.

Meet the Paua Staff

Linda - Qualified Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) Hi I'm Linda.  I have 6 children and 14 grandchildren. I am a qualified and registered teacher and have been at Jojo's since August 2020.  My passion is working with children and getting to know them and their whānau.  I believe children learn best through play while having fun.  Building relationships with children is important to me to help them feel safe and secure in their environment.  I look forward to getting to know you and your children.  


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 🙂

Natalie - Team Leader

Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Health Science Majoring in Midwifery Kia ora, I have worked in early childhood since 2005.  I love working with children and families and both my jobs (I'm also a midwife) allow me to do this. I am passionate about play based and child led learning.  Working with under 3's is definitely where I feel at home and where I have the most to offer, although I have experience with all ages. I have two children of my own who keep me busy and on my toes!  I look forward to getting to know you and your children.

Karina - Teacher

Teacher Hi, I'm Karina. I have been teaching in early childhood since 2002 and am passionate about children having the freedom to learn in their own time, surrounded by loving and attentive teachers. I have 2 children of my own and they both attended Jojo's as well. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.