Our Teachers

We have two very passionate and highly experienced teachers, both of whom are fully qualified and New Zealand registered teachers.  Our staff are committed to providing your child with a wonderful and warm environment to learn and play within each day.  We recognise that in these early years the foundations of your child’s learning ability, attitude and character are built, and we are here to help bring out their best qualities during their time at Headstart.


Jess Van Weerd: Grad Dip of Tchg (ECE)

I have been fortunate to have been the head teacher at Headstart since the beginning of 2015.  I believe that children are creative and competent learners who bring to the world their unique ideas, talents and personalities.  Each child meets developmental milestones and understands experiences at their own pace and special way of understanding.

I believe in setting and developing reciprocal relationships through mutual trust and respect, which can be gained through high quality adult: child interactions.  For these interactions to occur, I need to be aware of each family’s values, beliefs and culture, as well as each child’s strengths and interests.  I strive to protect, nurture and keep every child in my care safe from harm.


Abi Frame: Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma of Teaching & Learning

I am very excited to be teaching at Headstart.  I have developed a passion for education and teaching, during my years studying in Wellington, through my job and voluntary roles.  Seeing the growth (no matter what that looks like) in a child or person, is the greatest reward for me, as they discover new things, learn about themselves, gain new friends and make a difference in their communities.

Being a past student of Springbank School, I know how very important it is to be in a caring and positive learning environment – and to never take it for granted!  The team and students at Springbank School, always portray excellence, in all that they do!  This is the place I want to be!