Meet our Kiwi Room teachers

The Kiwi room is for children aged approximately 2 years up to around 3½ years old. At this age, children begin to play more interactively with their peers. We focus on developing advanced social play skills, such as sharing and turn-taking. The children learn best when they play, explore and discover according to their interests. We create an environment where your child feels loved and safe to explore!

  • Iris | Team Leader

    Kia Ora. My name is Iris Li. I have been teaching in Early Childhood since 2014 when I completed my Graduate Diploma in ECE. I have a strong interest in education and enjoy researching and learning about new developments in all aspects of education. My passion is Early Childhood Education and I love being part of children's growth, development and achievements. I am also a mother of two lovely girls aged between six and 11 months old. I enjoy going for walks, reading, baking, gardening, and spending time with my family and friends. 

  • Marifel

    Kia Ora! My name is Marifel. I am a qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a full teacher registration. I have been an ECE teacher in New Zealand since 2010 with children of different age groups. I can say that teaching has been my passion and vocation since I was a child. I consider every moment a very significant one because every day has its own story to tell. I believe that every child is unique and endowed with different talents. As a teacher, I am here to motivate and inspire our children to be able to maximize their potential and become confident and competent learners. I am very privileged to be working here at Small Fries, and I am so excited to meet your lovely children and family!

  • Georgia

    Kia Ora, my name is Georgia Oosthuizen. I have just moved up from Tauranga with my husband Nick. We have been married for just over a year now. My hobbies involve hiking, cooking, travel, essential oils and meeting people and making connections. In Tauranga, I taught at an ECE Centre for the past 3 years. I am excited to be joining the team at Small Fries, and I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know you and your child!  Aroha nui - much love. May God bless you.

  • Bonnie

    Kia Ora, my name is Bonnie. I have been working alongside children since 2012 and I've really enjoyed every single moment of it! I believe that children are the most precious gift for all families. I have a beautiful boy, Nelson, who gives my husband and I the greatest joy in our life. I am very passionate about learning and providing children with different experiences that will teach them skills in order to become competent and confident, lifelong learners. In my leisure time I love spending time with my family, having a walk on the beach and park, baking or playing some games with my boy.