Kindergarten & Care



Ko Ruahine tōku Maunga

Ko Tuktukii tōku Awa

Ko Waipukurau tōku Kainga

Ko Hamish tōku tāne

Ko Jake rāua ko Cole āku tamariki

Ko Paterson tōku ingoa whānau

Ko Gaylene Hulena tōku ingoa


My name is Gaylene Hulena and I hold a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and full teacher’s registration. My journey in early childhood education began in 1996 when I started at Scallywaggs Childcare Centre now known as Scallywaggs Kindergarten and Care.  Over the last 18 years I have obtained experience in working with children from birth to five as well as working with primary school aged children.  During this time I have gained experience in various roles, taken on increased responsibilities as well as holding a position of Head Kaiako. This has enabled me to develop a strong knowledge of the early childhood curriculum, programme and planning, as well as the early childhood regulations.

 My role as the Head Kaiako in Tots & Toddlers will allow me the opportunity  to continue to  further develop the passion that I have not only working with infants and young children but also with and alongside parents and whānau in developing strong relationships.  You can email me at


Amy is returning  from maternity leave on the 14th June, 2021.  We look forward to having her back.



Ko Te Mata te maunga

Ko Tukituki te awa

No Havelock North ahau

Kei Waipukurau tōku kainga

Ko Todd Painter tōku Matua

Ko Kate Painter tōku Whaea

Ko Nicholas White tōku tane

He kaiako ahau

Ko Amy Painter tōku ingoa


No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. 



Kia ora, my name is Amy Painter I am 25 years old and was recently living and working in Havelock North. I have now moved to Waipukurau to live with my partner Nick, I graduated from Te Rito Maioha in the middle of 2018 with my Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). I have been working in ECE for the past 7 years and discovered I had a passion to work and learn alongside infants and toddlers. My weekends consist of being at dog shows or with my friends and family.

As a kaiako here in the Tots and Toddlers room I am committed to building strong and respectful relationships with the tamariki and their whanau and providing high quality care through setting up a rich and meaningful learning environment, where the tamariki feel free to explore and discover new interest and develop and grow in an environment that is welcoming, nurturing and understanding to their individual needs.





Hi my name is Shari Fletcher and I have lived in Waipukurau my whole life.  I have two children Shayden & Leigha.

I am passionate about children being given the means and opportunity to explore and learn in a safe environment as they grow.

I believe a positive relationship between parents and teachers is paramount to the development of the child.

I look forward to continue my learning as part of the Tots & Toddlers team.




Ko Te Mata te Maunga

Ko Tuki Tuki te Awa

Nō Havelock North ahau

Kei Waipawa tōku kainga

Ko Dereck tōku Pāpā

Ko Andrea tōku Māmā

Ko Vanessa tōku tuakana

Ko Jena tōku teina

Ko Daniel tōku Tungāne

Ko Caitlin tōku ingoa


Kia ora whānau

My name is Caitlin Gregory, I have recently moved to Waipawa from Havelock North.  I am currently in my final year of study towards a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).  The last 3 years I was working in a centre in Napier. I found my passion for working with Infants and Toddlers and being an important part of their development and assisting them along their learning journey. I believe that having strong and respectful relationships with whānau is crucial. It helps the tamariki settle into their room and for myself and other kaiako to follow their interests/routines at home.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing squash both socially and competitively.

I look forward to getting to know you and your child/children.




Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Ruahine ranges tōku/te Maunga

Ko Tukituki tōku/te Awa.

Ko Pourere beach tōku/te Moana

Nō Ongaonga, Central Hawkes Bay  ahau

Ko Geoff Beachen tōku Matua/Pāpā.

Ko Jo Beachen tōku Whaea/Māmā.

Ko Milla toku tamāhine

Ko Cohan toku tama

Ko Claire Beachen tōku ingoa.

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


My name is Claire Beachen and I am excited to be joining the team at Tots Scallywags on June 1st.
I gained a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) in 2010 and as an early childhood professional I have worked with a range of age groups in a variety of settings school, kindergarten, playcentre, mixed aged, birth to two and two to three.  However over the past six years I have been specialising in infant and toddler care in a variety of centres throughout the Hawkes Bay. I have a passion for infant and toddler care and am dedicated to providing the best care for our little ones that is based on their cues,  needs and interests.

I have two of my own children Milla who is five and attends school and Cohan is three is has just started at Waipawa Kindergarten.

I am looking forward to working with a great group of teachers and building relationships with the tamariki and whanau here in the Tots. 



Claire Beachen