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


Teacher I love rugby, I love kids and I love Jojo's!


Teacher in training
I am currently studying Early Childhood Education at Unitec. I love engaging in play with children and forming relationships with them and their whanau.

Emma – Team Leader

Bachelor of Education ECE
I have been teaching for a little over 7 years now. I found my passion for teaching through a love of engaging in play and helping them learning through play, to also form sold reciprocal relationships with them and their whanau. I love children, I love seeing the look of proudness on their face when they can do what they said they couldn't! I hope to see you around.


Bachelor of Education ECE


I am the youngest of 4 girls including my twin sister Maddy. I've always had a passion for children from when I was little and playing with dolls to now where I have three nephews whom I adore! I'm looking forward to starting my tertiary study to become a qualified teacher.