Tui Room  |  2 - 3.5 years

The Tui room is for children aged approximately 2 years up to around 3.5 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.

Meet the Teachers


  • Ingrid  |  team leader

    Kia Ora Ni Hao! My name is Ingrid Wang. I have been a registered teacher since 2012. i love working at Small Fries, I feel like this is my home away from home. I would like to make you and your child feel this place is more than a childcare Centre for you as well. i believe in relationship based teaching. In achieving this, I value the partnership between teachers and parents. o look forward to meeting and working with you

  • Erica

    Hi, my name is Erica. I came from Chengdu, an ancient city in China. I’m one of the teachers in the Tui room. I feel grateful to work with our awesome teachers and beautiful Children at Small Fries.

    I love working with the two to three-year-old children. Currently, I’m doing a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education). I’m passionate about releasing children’s potential to achieve their learning and development success. I respect and value children’s differences and follow their interests to support their learning journey.

    I live with my husband Hao and my son Gordon, who goes to primary school now. I love being in nature. In my spare time, I love spending time at the beach or beside a waterfall with my family.

  • Gail

    Hi, my name is Gail. I have a degree in social work and worked as a social worker since 2009. During this time I realised that my true calling was to work with children. I am now working as a teacher at Small Fries. I feel so blessed to be part of the team and to be involved in these children's educational and personal development. I am married and have three children and two gorgeous grandchildren, I love spending fun times with my family when I am not working.

  • Joo Young

    Hello. I am Joo Young Kim. I have always wanted to be part of Small Fries and I am very pleased to be here. I am Korean. I was born in Korea and lived until i was 10 years old. I have been to Philippines for 3 years and came to New Zealand in 2008 for my education. I am very pleased to work in an environment where I can support children's development along with the great truth. I would like to love children how God loves me. I am looking forward to continuously developing myself as a professional teacher and building an intimate relationship with God as His children in Small Fries.  

  • Maurina

    Hi, my name is Maurina du Plessis and I am from South Africa. We immigrated to NZ during 2017.  I hold a 3-year Diploma in Public Relations and was mostly working in the administration industry.  I was privileged to also work as a teacher at a Christian ACE school in SA which my children attended.

    I have a passion for children and it is great to see them develop and succeeding in the small things in life.  Most of all I love to be a part of their spiritual journey and teaching them Christian values.  I am grateful for my lovely team at Small Fries.

    Aside from work, I love New Zealand and I love spending family time with my husband and two children.  I also enjoy the outdoors and running.