Our Team

Debbie Kingsford-Tinling & Terry Tinling

Management

Kiwikidz Educare At the Beach is independently owned and operated by Debbie Kingsford-Tinling and Terry Tinling. Kiwikidz Educare was established in 2005 and has successfully gained an excellent reputation locally as a provider of excellent preschool education and care.

Debbie: I’m the licensee of Kiwikidz At the Beach and a fully registered qualified teacher and have been teaching in early childhood for 25 years. I’m passionate about sustainability and creating beautiful environments for children and families to enjoy.

Terry: My role is property maintenance manager and environment design and builder. I also have a regular day that I spend working alongside children at the centre. The children just love ‘tool time with Terry’, where we work on carpentry and outdoor projects together.

ERO: “ The owner/manager is providing clear direction and visionary leadership for teachers and the centre community. The service is committed to employing well- qualified personnel and supporting teachers in training.”

Debbie and Terry were nominated and awarded ‘Best Service Business’ at the Waihi Beach and Katikati Community Business Awards.

>Debbie Kingsford-Tinling & Terry Tinling

Donna Mayor

Lead Teacher / Supervisor

Ko Donna Mayor toku ingoa
No Waihi ahou
Kia ora.

I am a fully registered teacher with a Diploma of Teaching (ECE). My interest in early childhood education began with my involvement in Playcentre. I spent over 20 years in various roles at Waihi Beach Playcentre while raising my six children. I was supervisor for 5 years and awarded life membership.

For ten years I worked at Kiwikidz Educare in Waihi with older children as well as our infants and toddlers before embracing the position of Supervisor/lead teacher at Kiwikidz Educare at the Beach 2 years ago.

The Pikler Philosophy which underpins our practice in the under twos has become embedded in my practice with all children. I really value slowing the pace down and taking time to observe and really notice what individual children are doing. I highly value parents/whānau as first teachers and I am passionate about building strong relationships with tamariki and their whānau, built on respect and trust, over time.

I love being part of those magical moments when a child achieves something for the first time, makes a discovery or responds with awe and wonderment at the natural world. My long summer holidays at Whangamata beach as a child left a lasting love of the sea and nature, which I love to share with children. I also take a special interest in language development and music.

ERO: “The supervisor and head teacher provide high quality collaborative leadership for the teaching team. They are very good role models and share up to date and relevant knowledge of current theory and best practice. They empower teachers to use their strengths and take on leadership roles.”

>Donna Mayor

Sue Lowe

Office Manager

I’m the welcoming voice you hear when you contact our centre. I manage our centre administration duties such as enrolments, waiting lists, invoicing, changes to bookings and whānau enquiries. I’m always more than happy to help out with any questions or support families that are moving into the area and wanting to co-ordinate visits and the enrolment process.

ERO: “Children and families are warmly welcomed into an inclusive and supportive environment. Strong reciprocal relationships with children and their whānau encourage active engagement across all areas of centre programmes, and nurture a strong sense of belonging.  Whanaungatanga is an integral part of centre life, and the knowledge that children and whānau bring with them is highly valued by teachers. Children are respected as unique learners and are accepted and celebrated for who they are.” 

>Sue Lowe

Team Culture

At kiwikidz we pride ourselves on having a creative, fun and supportive team culture. We have a passionate teaching team who bring individual strengths and expertise to our centre and programme, these include art, mosaic skills, music, science and technology, sustainability practices, and passion for infant and toddler research and developments.

Our team is made up of 90% qualified registered teachers. We support and mentor student teachers through their training and practicums. We are a social team and value the importance of professional development and team building opportunities and events. These events are organised annually and strengthen our professional practice, knowledge and team relationships.