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.


Shelley Ash: B Tchg (Primary)

I love teaching because I want to help inspire others with a love for learning. The early years of education is where my passion lies as starting school is a crucial time for a child and their families. I want to be part of their journey; delivering a positive and enriching  start to school.

Our tamariki are our future leaders and I strive to support them holistically, academically and socially through an enriching learning environment. A favourite quote of mine is; “There are two things we can give children. One is roots. The other is wings.” Hodding Carter