Kindergarten & Care



Hi my name is Rebecca Thomson and I am the Head Teacher of the Graduation Kindergarten.  I am married to Tony and we have two children Jonty and Mackenzie.  I have a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).  I enjoy working with and alongside our tamariki and their whānau.  Every day is rewarding as I love the natural curiosity, innocence and spontaneity of our children as they take on different developmental challenges.  I believe that the learning environment is made up of strong foundations for our children.  These foundations start from the relationships, respect that we as teachers have for our families and children.  Relationships and respect is an important factor for our children, to feel safe and happy which encourages learning and curiosity.







My name is Demelza Stevenson.  I am from Gisborne and am married to a local man, Brett Stevenson and together we have two boys, Ethan and Korban.

I have a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).  Through my teaching career I have come to believe that respectful, caring bonds with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful early childhood experience.  As your child’s teacher I share with parents/whānau and caregivers the responsibility for teaching your child.

I want children to be active learners, creative thinkers: to learn to make good choices, to work cooperatively and to be kind and responsible.  To achieve these attributes I believe emotional engagement is the key to all powerful learning.  That is why I bring love, laughter, passion, and meaningful experiences to my practice, valuing and celebrating your child’s love of learning.




Hi my name is Lee-Anne Gilby.  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 fully 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.