Kindergarten & Care


Heather Berge, Head Kaiako 


Kia ora whānau

Ko Tararua tōku te Maunga

Ko Manawatu tōku to Awa

Nō Palmerston North ahau

Kei Pourerere beach tōku kainga

Ko William Streater tōku pāpā 

Ko Margaret Henderson tōku māmā 

Ko Craig  hoa rangatira

Ko Tyler, Ko Kristin tōku tamāhine

Ko Heather  tōku ingoa

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou,

Tēnā tātou katoa.

I am married to Craig and we have two wonderful teenage girls; Tyler & Kristin who are now ready to leave the nest and find their own way in life.

We have recenlty moved to Central Hawke's Bay as it has always been a dream of ours and now is the perfect time to embark on a new adventure.

I am a qualified Early Childhood Kaiako with a Bachelor of Education (ECE) and have worked in this sector since 2005.  My recent position was a co-ordinator for Sprouts In Home Childcare, Palmerston North.  I have also worked in Kindergarten and Early Childhood Centres.

My passion is teaching and learning with and alongside tamariki and their whanau.  This will provide them with opportunities to develop and grow in an environment that is welcoming, nurturing and understanding.  I believe that together as whanau we can ensure our tamariki are given the love, respect and understanding that they need to succeed in society.

E kaha ana tatou

Together we are strong

I am looking forward to getting to know you all and working with you and your tamariki.

Nga mihi nui







Ko Rimutaka te pae Maunga manawanui

Ko Heretaunga te Awa

Ko Strathmore me ko Sunderland ōku Waka

Ko Brockman-Palmer me Wansbrough ōku ingoa whānau

Nō Waipukurau ahau

Ko Aidan Cudby tōku hoa rangatira

Ko Tia rātou ko Joshua, ko Caleb, ko Cassidy, ko Paige ōku tamariki

Ko Sarah Brockman-Palmer tōku ingoa

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katou


Hi there, my name is Sarah Cudby and I have recently returned to Scallywaggs as a teacher in training where I was part of the team 16 years ago when I left to embark upon my own journey of raising a family. My husband, Aidan and I have 5 beautiful tamariki and live in Waipukurau.

One of my tamariki was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3.  He has taught me so much and opened my eyes to the true meaning of teaching and learning alongside tamariki, reciprocally and holistically. Letting go of preconceived ideas to think outside the box and look at things through the lens of the child that may be wonderfully multicoloured, this resonate’s strongly with Scallywaggs core values of being “committed to build and foster a sense of community that is inclusive and welcoming and respectful of the values, beliefs and practices of all cultures and backgrounds”.

I’m currently studying towards gaining the Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and are motivated and inspired to work alongside the teachers (kaiako), tamariki and whanau in a role where I am fortunate to be in a position that nurtures the early care, education, development, behaviour and potential of all children. I strongly believe that the support networks provided by the teachers and caregivers in the Early Childhood Education setting create positive differences and significant contributions in the lives of both children and whanau, this, ultimately is what I aspire to achieve most, to make a difference in the everyday lives of extraordinary children.

I look forward to continuing this journey with you all

Nga mihi nui




Kia ora whānau

Ko Mataruahou tōku maunga

Ko Tutaekuri tōku awa

Nō Ahuriri ahau

Ko Waipukurau tōku kāinga ināianei

Ko EIT tōku kura

Ko Beere tōku whānau

Ko Rick Toner tōku matua

Ko Sara Beere tōku whāea

Ko Hannah Beere toku tamahine

Ko Stephanie Beere tōku ingoa

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa


Hello, my name is Steph Beere. I was born in Napier but moved to Waipukurau recently with my family so we could purchase our first home.

In 2019 I completed my Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education through EIT and am now in the process of becoming a fully registered teacher and settling into my role as Kaiako at Scallywaggs.

Before my degree I was a playcentre parent for four years, volunteered at my daughter’s kindergarten and worked in an after-school care programme for three years with children aged 5 – 14 years. More recently I have been relieving at Waiapu Kids Abbotsford in Waipawa while I continued my study.

Ensuring the children understand they can come to me when they need to feel secure or safe is vital for their wellbeing which is why I believe all children have the right to be treated with respect. To me this means there is a focus on relationships, invitation, WITH not TO and embracing the child with love for who they are and what they bring.

I hope to offer the children regular opportunities to engage with nature or be in natural environments as this supports their overall health and wellbeing, encourages free play and offers the children a sense of kaitiakitanga, guardianship with the land.




Tēnā koutou katoa


Ko Magaliesberg tōku Maunga.

Ko Indian tōku Moana.

Ko Jukskei tōku Awa.

Ko Vaal Dam tōku Roto.

Ko Knysna tōku Ngāhere.


Ko LKo Reijer, Dromedaris, Goede Hoop tōku Waka.

Ko whare Kwaggafontein tōku Marae.

Ko Dreyer/Boeyens tōku Iwi.

Nō Alberton South Africa ahau.

Denmark & England ahau.

Kei Waipawa tōku kainga.

Ko Oupa Tex, Oupa Laurens, Oupa Heinlein tōku Koro.

Ko Ouma Daleen, Ouma Hanna, Ouma Ina tōku Kuia.

Ko Pieter tōku Pāpā.

Ko Debbie tōku Māmā.

Ko Lanha tōku teina.ouwrens, Ko Heinrich tōku tungāne.

Ko Bianca Danielle Dreyer tōku ingoa.


Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa


Kia ora, my name is Bianca Dreyer, I am 32 years old and originally from South Africa.  My husband, and I moved to New Zealand in 2019 with our son Hunter, and we currently live in Waipawa.


I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Movement Science from the University of the North West as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Senior Phase and Further Education and Training from the University of South Africa.


Having worked within the education environment for more than eight years, I have extensive experience and a great passion for working with tamariki as a kaiako. I love to be able to utilize my skills, experience and knowledge regarding

Education, Psychology and Human Movement Science to achieve the holistic development of all the tamariki in my care.


I strongly believe in learning through play, I love to encourage the tamariki in my care to think creatively and explore through their natural curiosity which in turn leads to discovery and learning, accompanied by a sense of accomplishment. I strive to create an atmosphere where tamariki can live up to their full potential, where they can express themselves, celebrate their uniqueness and embrace the diversity of others in an environment that stimulates them to grow holistically: physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. My goal is that the tamariki feel safe, to create a feeling of whānau, where they feel free to speak their mind, blossom and grow and at the same time nurture a strong and respectful relationship with their whanau.


I love being a teacher, my professional goal has always been to make learning fun. I try my best to use innovative methods to keep students engaged and to encourage critical thinking. I like to implement inquiry learning to promote student agency whenever I can. I aim to provide an environment that is inclusive, welcoming and respectful where students can set realistic but challenging goals and are supported through this process, to become confident problem solvers. 


As a kaiako in Junior Kindergarten I look forward to developing and nurturing strong and respectful relationships with each tamariki and their whanau and sharing in their learning adventure.  







Kia ora whānau

Ko Takeke tōku to Awa

Nō Hokianga ahau

Kei Waipawa tōku kainga

Ko Alan Mayes tōku pāpā 

Ko Lynnette Gillard tōku māmā 

Ko David tōku hoa rangatira

Ko Theo, Ko Teah tōku tamāhine

Ko Eryn tōku ingoa

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou,

Tēnā tātou katoa



My name is Eryn Reinicans.  My Husband Dave and I have two children at Waipawa Primary School.  We moved from Auckland in 2015 to Maraekakaho, we bought our first home in Waipawa in 2018 and are loving life in Central Hawkes Bay.

My childcare experience includes being a Playcentre Mum for 6 years, a Nanny for 10 years and a Teachers Assistant in a private Kindergarten for 3 years.

My hobbies include camping with family, creating things in my workshop from recycled wood, upcycling furniture, and gardening just to name a few.

My strengths are nature play, carpentry, messy play, facepainting, crafts, water play and cuddles.




Kia ora whānau

Ko Waitaki te awa

Nō Aoraki te maunga

Ko Raymond tōku papa

No Heretaunga ia

Ko Jane tōku mama

Nō Ingarangi ia

Ko Ngai Tahi te iwi

Nō Te Upoko  Te Ika ahau

Ko Alexandra taku ingoa

Tena kotou katoa


Kia ora, my name is Alexandra Russell.  I am 27 years old and I am currently residing in Waipukurau.  I moved home after 3.5 years living in Manawatu on a dairy farm.

I hold a certificate in Youth Work which I completed with Career Force.

I have always had an interest in working with children and wanting to “give back” in a sense.  My weekends consist of spending time with my family and friends, and enjoying some relaxation time.

I look forward to building strong support networks with the Junior Kindergarten team and tamariki, providing a positive experience and creating a safe space for children to be creative and free.

I am looking forward to the Scallywaggs journey with everyone here.