We employ a high percentage of qualified and experienced ECE teachers and are currently operating with 93% qualified staff.

Our team is led by Sue Bennett, the Director of Campus Creche who has worked in different sectors of early childhood for nearly four decades - kindergarten, play centre, and education and care.

Each of our centres has Head Teachers who make up part of our Management Team.

Sue Bennett

Director

Diploma of ECE

I came to Campus in 1996 where I began as a teacher in Preschool. Over the years I have worked as the Assistant Director and have been the Director since 2002.

I am passionate about my work with young children and believe it is such an important time for them as they are developing so quickly in their formative years. My commitment as an early childhood teacher is to give children all sorts of rich experiences that will help them gain the knowledge and skills to build strong foundations they will use for the rest of their lives.

I live in the country with my husband, Wayne (of several decades) and our pets. We have a family of three grown children. I am a grandmother of five beautiful grandchildren who give me so much pleasure. My interests include: being family orientated, being a hands on ‘Grannie’, gardening, photographic scrapbooking, walking, exploring the natural world and travelling.

Melanie McFarlane

Centre Manager @ Fraser

Graduate Diploma in ECE and Primary Education along with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I am a mother of five children, the oldest is 19 and the youngest is 11. I am married to Brian and he and I own a Gym in Frankton called Fit Figures Gym. We enjoy keeping fit and active so we can do things with our children.

I am passionate about children's learning in the early years and believe that children learn best through play, encouraging children to think for themselves, challenge themselves, and explore their environment without adult fears interfering. Always with a mind to safety and facilitating further learning.

Leona Bunce

Head Teacher Whekī

Diploma of Teaching ECE

 

Dobry Den, Hello and Kia Ora!

I am originally from the Czech Republic, and I have been living in Hamilton, New Zealand, since 2000. I have been teaching in ECE since 2001 and have a strong passion for nurturing infants and toddlers.  I believe teaching from the heart encourages strong relationships with children and whānau, giving children a sense of belonging to feel safe and loved.    

Outside teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, skiing, going to the beach and practising yoga.

Rangi Tapara

Head Teacher Maire

Diploma of ECE

Kia ora

Ko Taupiri toku maunga

Ko Waikato toku awa

Ko Tainui toku waka

Ko Te Awamarahi toku marae

Ko Ngati Amatu toku hapu

Ko Tainui toku iwi

Ko Rangi Tapara taku ingoa 

 

Kia ora, my name is Rangi Tapara and I came to Campus Creche in 1995.  I have three boys who have been through Campus Creche.

I believe that the tamariki come to us, not as individuals but as the taonga of their whānau.  They carry with them the mana of their whānau, tupuna, hapu and iwi.  Providing an environment where tamariki can feel safe and nutured is a passion for me.  Then and only then, will tamariki be able to fly and reach their full potential.

Nga mihi 

 

Priscilla Kerapa-Broughton

Head Teacher Kōwhai

Diploma of ECE

Kia ora

 

Ko Pirongia tooku maunga

Ko Waikato tooku awa

Ko Tainui tooku waka

Ko Tainui tooku iwi

Ko Ngati Mahuta tooku hapu

No Kawhia ahau

Ko Priscilla Kerapa Broughton taku ingoa

 

I am a wife and a mother of four children, one who has been through Campus Creche and my youngest, who is with Creche now.  I love it when our tamariki find joy in the most simple things.  I hope to offer your child a fun and safe environment where they can explore their interests and build wonderful relationships with others.

Tim Bennett

Head Teacher Kauri

Diploma of ECE

Kia ora

I have worked as an early childhood teacher for almost ten years now, working in diverse communities in Hamilton, Auckland and London.

My passion is for nature based education programmes and environmental sustainability. Throughout the years I have been involved in various research projects in conjunction with the University of Waikato focusing on conversations with children, learning through the medium of digital technologies and children’s dispositional changes in a nature based education programme.