Kindergarten & Care



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 eighteen 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 Teacher. 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 Teacher 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



Hi, my name is Sarah Richards, I was born and raised in Napier but recently moved to Waipukurau to live with my partner Hayden.  I graduated from EIT at the end of 2014 with my Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).

My interests include, family, geocaching, driving my vintage go kart as well as keeping active.  I am very passionate about working with children, and have wanted to do so since I left kindergarten myself.  Before my degree I completed The New Zealand Certificate in Nanny Education which showed me how much I wanted to work and learn alongside children which lead me to further my studies.

As a teacher I am commited to providing a high quality learning environment that sparks children's curiosity as they explore in a safe and challenging setting, nurturing them to learn and grow as independently as possible.  One of my passions is creating a space where children are able to explore freely, choosing what they want to do with which ever objects they desire.

I believe that it is essential to form respectful partnerships with children and their families so they are able to develop their full potential as a lifelong learner.

I am looking forward to working here at Tots & Toddlers Kindergarten and getting to know everyone.


My name is Lynne Hastings.  I have three children, Mathew, Jessica and Kieran and one granddaughter Mia.

I have a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood).  I have worked in Early Childhood for a number of years and have a strong belief that I am not only a teacher but a learner also.  I also believe that children are both teachers and learners.  With respectful relationships between both children and their families I can help develop children into confident learners and communicators that will enable them to make a valuable contribution to society.




Tēna Koutou, Tēna Koutou, Tēna Koutou

Ko Ruahine tōku pae maunga, Ko Ohara tōku awa iti

Ko Tainui tōku waka, Ko Ngāti Maniapoto tōku iwi

Nō Kereru ahau

Ko Tracey Spencer tōku ingoa

Nō reira, Tēna Koutou, Tēna Koutou, Tēna Koutou tātou katoa

Kia ora and greetings to you all.  Tracey Spencer is my name and I have just moved to Waipawa to be with my partner.  I have spent a great part of my life growing up and living in the farming community of the Kereru District.  However, I have lived the last 8 years in Taradale.  I have 5 precious tamariki, 3 daughters and 2 sons ranging in age from 17-23.  Outside of my work I love to spend quality time with my family and friends, enjoy heading to the beach and walking.

I am a fully qualified and registered teacher and I love working with children and have taught and learnt alongside all the different preschool ages.  My passion is with infants and toddlers where I believe high quality education and care is critical in this important time of the child’s development.  I believe learning begins with the relationships and interactions between teachers and infants/toddlers (and their parents and whānau).  These nurture their well-being and support the development of mana or a self-concept of their worth, and value in the world.  I have a particular interest in te reo and tikanga Māori and like to incorporate this into my teaching.  In my opinion Manaakitanga (an important principle in Māori culture) can work well alongside the Pikler approach bringing respect, kindness, aroha and nurturing to our infants and toddlers.

I feel very privileged to be working with and alongside you and your tamariki on our learning journey and look forward to getting to know you all.

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa

The child - the Heart of the Matter


Nā mihi nui, Tēna Koutou, Tēna Koutou, Tēna Koutou tātou katoa






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.




Hi, my name is Kathy Cruickshank.  I have recently moved to Waipukurau from Kaitaia.  I have three children who have all flown the nest to pursue their own careers.

I have always been passionate about children and their learning that occurs through play.

I am enjoying my time at Tots & Toddlers where there is lots of love and laughter.