Our Structure

Our classrooms are fun-filled and create opportunities for all children to explore,  develop and thrive. Our curriculum is child centered, with learning experiences created in response to children's interest.  Through acknowledging and supporting children's interests the foundation is built for a life long love of learning.  

We have five classrooms and group the children according to age.

Pipi (Under 2 years old) - click here to meet the teachers

Tui (2 - 3.5 years old) - click here to meet the teachers

Kiwi  (2 - 3.5 years old) - click here to meet the teachers

Kea (3.5 - 5 years old) - click here to meet the teachers

Kakapo (3.5 - 5years) - click here to meet the teachers

In order to keep class sizes small we have a larger number of them than you may see at other Centres.

Meet our office Team

  • Verdette | Centre manager

    Kia Ora, I am Verdette. I have been part of the Small Fries journey since its doors opened. My passion is to continue to develop Small Fries as an early childhood centre where children develop a lifelong love for learning and feeling 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. Small Fries whanau(family) is a great place to call home. 

    I am married to Schalk, we have two adult children Etienne and Wiane. In my spare time I enjoy walking and playing scrabble with friends. 

  • 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 and 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 our teachers (especially our registered teachers) observing,  giving feedback and ensuring that our wonderful teachers are supported in order 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  |  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 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. I love interacting with all our Small Fries families everyday.


    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, and now I am working full-time in administration.  

  • Josie |  cook

    Hi, I'm Josie the cook at Small Fries. I am fortunate to be able to cook for these wonderful children. Cooking has been a part of my life.  It is interesting putting all my cooking skills into practice and I am loving every minute of being part of the Small Fries family.