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, hello my name is Chris Johnson

As a fully registered and qualified Early Childhood Teacher I am passionate about ensuring that all children are provided with equitable and meaningful opportunities to grow as competent and capable life-long learners.  Safe in the knowledge that they too are able to realise their true potential through learning experiences that are reflective of their cultural identity, interests, strengths and needs.  This is achieved by working in partnership with their whānau, teachers, key stake holders and the wider community.

The ultimate goal for me as a teacher is knowing that I have played an important role by helping to lay down the foundation where children will be empowered to grow and make valued and meaningful contributions to their whānau, community and society throughout their lives.





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!