Kindergarten & Care



I te taha ō tōku pāpā

Ko Piripiri tōku Maunga

Ko waitohi tōku Awa

Ko Waitohi tōku Waka

Ko Waikawa tōku Marae

Ko Te Atiawa tōku iwi

Nō Upper Hutt Ahau

Kei Tikokino Tōku Kainga

Ko Darren Myles Tōku Pāpā

Ko Elizabeth  Mansell tōku Māmā

Ko Gracie Myles tōku Tamaiti

Ko Rachelle Petch tōku ingoa

My name is Rachelle Petch (Myles) and I live in Tikokino with my husband and daughter. We live on a dairy farm that my husband is employed at. I’ve been teaching for over 10 years and have been qualified since 2013 (Bachelor of Teaching ECE) and am fully registered.

I have been teaching in Hastings for the past 10 years but have moved closer to home to spend more time with my beautiful daughter, Gracie, who started school in 2018.

I am passionate about art and often do this as a hobby in my spare time. I share my knowledge with the children and give opportunities for them to explore new experiences.



Tēnā koutou kātoa,
Ko Ruahine te Pae Maunga
Ko Manawatu tōku/te Awa
Nō Maharahara aha.
Kei Waipukurau tōku kainga
Ko Budge Short tōku Pāpā
Ko Josephine Bradley tōku Māmā
Ko Jo Bourke tōku ingoa.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa


Kia ora, my name is Jo Bourke. 

I am from Maharahara in Dannevirke.  I live on a lifestyle block in Lindsay Road with my partner.  My teaching career began with my involvement in Playcentre when I came to live in CHB and from there trained with Massey College at an outpost in Napier where I completed my Diploma Of Teaching.

My passion is building strong, authentic relationships as the key to knowing families and their children and in building a sense of belonging. 

  I have a love of science, art, physical education, animals and nature.  I love to challenge children’s thinking through my teaching, their physical development and build on their wonder and awe of learning.  Through this engagement I  work at building a life-long love  of learning and  citizenship.



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











My name is Gilli Morris, and I am very happy to be part of all the teams.

I moved from Auckland five years ago and have been working part time as session support at Playcentre for the last 3.5 years as well as being nanny for a local family. After working in a community centre crèche and a full day care centre in Auckland

I have three adult children, 2 boys and a girl and 2 granddaughters.

I live at Ashcott on 2.5 acres, with my partner, 3 large dogs, one small grey cat and 5 chickens. I am an avid gardener, knitter, sewer, felter, cook, enjoy puzzles with a cup of coffee and walking the dogs along the river.

I feel privileged to be a part of your children’s learning adventures.

Sharing time, knowledge and skills, and building trusting consistent relationships are important to me. As they explore their interests, ensuring they have access to the resources that enable them to extend these are also important. I enjoy projects ‘over time’ providing opportunities for a child to slow down and take time, to know that they don’t have to do it all in ten minutes that it will be there to work on again tomorrow.

I look forward to getting to know you all and collaborating with you on your child’s learning journey.