Kindergarten & Care

Hi my name is Michelle Mullins and I am the Head Teacher of the Senior Kindergarten.  I originate from Dannevirke and recently moved to Waipukurau with my three children.

My teaching career began in 2002 where I completed a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).  Before returning to Waipukurau I gained further teaching experience in an early childhood centre in Perth, Australia.

I believe that education should be a fun experience whereby children learn lifelong skills through their play in a safe and secure environment.

I strive to foster children's well-being and achieve this by building strong, reciprocal relationships with parents and whanau.



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.




Kia ora my name is Rebecca Lochhead

(B.Ed) 0-8

In 2015, while still living in Hamilton, I began my teaching career as an Under Two teacher. In 2016 my family; husband Keiran and children Ciara and Regan moved to Waipawa.

My philosophy when working with children and their whānau is based around the values of respect and acceptance (acknowledging that everyone is different and valuing these differences as part of what makes a person unique). Creating positive, caring and respectful relationships between myself, the children and their whānau, and the staff, is vitally important to me.

I am very much looking forward to continuing my growth and development as a teacher in this fantastic learning environment that is Scallywaggs Senior Kindergarten.




Hi my name is Kelsy Mudgway. I was inspired to do this job working with children as I enjoy their company and learn from them as much as they learn from me.

In 2013 I completed The New Zealand Certificate in Nanny Education NCEA level five. I have been caring for children growing up as a teenager, and also travelled to Vietnam with a youth tour group as a volunteer caring for children in orphanages.

I grew up on a dairy farm in Pahiatua and I am as passionate about animals and country life as I am for childcare and whānau.

I enjoy working at Scallywaggs because it is a kind, caring, comfortable environment where we are a big family!