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

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.

Asu - Teacher

Teacher 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 🙂

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.