We are blessed to have such an incredible team of staff who help make Small Fries the wonderful place that it is! Meet our behind-the-scenes superstars who oversee the management, administration, development and cooking side of Small Fries below, or scroll down to meet our wonderful teachers.
Meet our team
Verdette | Windsor Park Centre Manager
Kia Ora, I am Verdette. I have been part of the Small Fries journey since our doors first opened. My passion is to continue to build Small Fries as an early childhood centre where children develop a lifelong love for learning, and where they feel that they are loved and a valued part of the greater community. Supporting you as parents on this journey is just as important to me. Our Small Fries whānau (family) is a great place to call home! I am married to Schalk, we have two adult children Etienne and Wiané. In my spare time, I enjoy walking & playing scrabble with friends.
Amore | Beachlands Centre Manager
Kia Ora, my name is Amore. I moved to New Zealand from South Africa in September 2019. I grew up as the daughter of a teacher and can remember lining my dolls and teddies up in front of my little chalk board to teach to them.
After completing a BCom degree and spending a few years working in the commerce industry I decided to pursue my passion to become a teacher. I re-graduated with a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and started teaching in 2014.
My teaching journey has led me to very interesting and exciting opportunities and I find it so rewarding being able to learn something new every day while teaching young minds. I have mostly worked with pre-schoolers and really enjoy viewing and experiencing the world through the eyes of a child. I enjoy creating a fun learning environment where learning forms part of play and spontaneous discovery. I am excited to be a part of the Small Fries team and to live my Christian values through teaching. When I’m not in the classroom teaching, I enjoy spending time in nature having adventures.
Kate | Staff Development Manager
Kia Ora! My name is Kate and I have been working at Small Fries since it opened in 2012. I have been working in the ECE sector for over 15 years and have spent time in all the age groups. Over the past few years at Small Fries I have been the Team Leader of the Tui room working with 2 & 3 year olds. This year I am excited to move into the role of Teacher Development Manager. This role sees me working closely with all of our teachers observing, giving feedback and ensuring that our wonderful teachers are supported to create the best learning outcomes for all the children and their families. I am also working closely with the Centre Manager Verdette to support and help her in any way I can.
Debbie | Windsor Park Administrator
Hi, my name is Debbie. I worked for Windsor Park Baptist Church for 12 years as the Senior Pastor's PA, and soon after Small Fries opened I transferred across to become the Administrator/Receptionist. I love interacting with all our Small Fries families everyday! I am married to John and have two adult sons and two delightful grandsons. I enjoy watching sports and spending time with my family out on our boat cruising the Hauraki Gulf, visiting our favourite fishing spots.
Isabel | Windsor Park Administration Assistant
Hi I'm Isabel. I moved to New Zealand in 2014 with my husband and two children. I have been relieving at Small Fries since 2015 and have worked throughout the centre in all the age groups, as well as in the kitchen. I am working full-time in Administration.
Mari | Beachlands Administration
Kia Ora, I am Mari. I moved to New Zealand in 2018 with my wonderful husband Donovan, and our 2 children. For the last 12 years of living in South Africa I worked for a welfare organization, FAMSA Upington (Families South-Africa Upington), where I was Project Manager over Child and Youth Care workers. This is where my passion for working with children started and escalated. During my last 6 years with FAMSA I also took on the Financial Officer and Administration Role. On arrival in New Zealand I wanted to continue working with children and started working in the ECE Sector in the baby room and over 2’s room. During this time the opportunity came across my road to join a Christian Childcare Centre and I have been part of Small Fries Beachlands since October 2020 - it is a blessing working with the most amazing team. I am the Administrator and I am also working closely with the Centre Manager Amore, to support and help her in any way that I can. The best part is that I get to work with the children as well. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the centre each day. I believe that I owe it to the children, as well as the community, to bring consistency, diligence, and warmth to my job in the hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage such traits in the children as well.
Josie | Windsor Park Cook
Hi, I'm Josie, the Cook at Small Fries Windsor Park. Cooking has always been a part of my life, and I am fortunate to be able to cook yummy, nutritional meals for these wonderful children. It's been interesting putting all of my cooking skills into practice and I am loving every minute of being part of the Small Fries family.
Meet our teachers
We have such an amazing team of teachers who love to nurture, educate, explore and have fun with your little ones! Our teachers are qualified (or training to be), multi-cultural, caring people who's goal is to see your child thriving in their development, and growing together. Click on the links below to meet our teachers for each classroom at both our Windsor Park and Beachlands centres:
BEACHLANDS TEACHERS WINDSOR PARK TEACHERS