Kindergarten & Care



Hi my name is Lee-Anne Gilby and I am the Head Teacher of the Graduation Kindergarten.  I have been working at Scallywaggs Kindergarten & Care for the past six years with the last two years having been spent in the Middle Kindergarten.

I have a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and I am full registered.

I am passionate about the social side of children’s play and actively encourage children to learn about social strategies, especially how to make friends.  I thoroughly enjoy working with children and I am constantly amazed by what they know and what they are capable of.




Hi, my name is Sophie Bland and I have a Bachelor of Education in Early Years (0-8) which has given me experience in both Early Childhood Education and Primary School programmes.  This has greatly influenced my philosophy about how children learn and the best ways to ensure a smooth transition from Early Childhood to school.

I am looking forward to my time in the Graudation Kindergarten and working with your children and meetings the families.



Hi my name is Kathleen Ballinger and I am a qualified and registered teacher and have 20 years experience working in Early Childhood care and Education. I have spent a lot of that time with preschool age children and facilitating transition to school programs. I have found that children learn best by doing and use a wide variety of teaching strategies to engage children in their interests and experiences, making learning fun.  I believe relationships are core for our tamariki and developing close links with teachers and the wider learning community is a focus of mine. I look forward to working together and seeing children grow and learn.