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Our educators are passionate about teaching your children. We love to discover your child's interests and extend them through offering a stimulating and challenging learning environment. Te Whariki is our guiding document and is central within our daily practices.

Centre Manager - Clare Druitt

Kia Ora. My name is Clare.

I am a proud mum of two beautiful girls aged 17 and 23. I've been teaching in ECE for over 20 years with all ages and l love my job, I get to spend my days with fascinating, challenging, rewarding little individuals supporting them to be themselves. 

Tuis Room head Kaiako - Janine

I am a provisionally registered teacher with 3 years teaching experience  in South Africa where I obtained my BEd degree. I started my ECE journey at a centre in New Market. I am also a mother of two young boys. I am a family person and love spending time with my loved ones. We love the outdoors. My hobbies include arts and crafts and having a movie marathon. I love to get to know new people and places. My motto in life is to live every day as if it were my last and you are never to old to learn something new. 

Keas Room Head Kaiako - Yan

Kia ora koutou katoa

My name is Yan. I have two children Scott & Olivia who inspired my passion for ECE teaching.

I love to cook and to play sports in my spare time. I look forward to get to know you and work alongside the lovely children at Urban Explorers. 

Fantails Room head Kaiako - Michelle

Kia Ora whanau, my name is Michelle Brougham and I am so excited to be a part of the urban explorers whanau in the Fantails room. I am of Maori and European descent and was born and raised in Otara, South Auckland. My family and I have recently moved to Pokeno and we are loving it so far. I have been teaching for 7 years now and hold a bachelor of teaching (ECE- Pasifika). I find children such a joy and they are what wakes me up in the morning. I believe that teaching is an act of the heart. It is important that children are provided with a unique and special place to grow. I truly believe that children deserve quality care and education which is founded through the concepts of love and respect. It is my hope that I can provide a space where children can be the best version of themselves.

Nga mihi.

Michelle Brougham

Centre Administrator Robyn

Kia Ora. My name is Robyn. I’m originally from Durban, South Africa but moved to east Auckland when I was 21, and moved down to beautiful Pokeno in 2019. I have a little boy called Jaxon who attends Urban Explorers and loves it here and has made lots of new little friends.

In my spare time I paint, draw children's’ illustrations along with lots of  outdoor adventures with our Jax.
I’m really enjoying working here and getting to know all of the children & their families & being part of such a special team :) 

Centre Chef - Rowan

Hello, my name is Rowan and I am the Centre Chef for Urban Explorers. I have come from a large centre in Auckland central and it’s great to be in a smaller rural setting.

I live on a lifestyle block with my partner and 2 dogs. My two adult children both live overseas. I love catching up with family & friends and pottering on the land, and doing crosswords in my downtime.

I am passionate about ECE and the early years of our children and have been working in the sector for many years, knowing their tummies are full feeds the brain.

Please come and introduce yourselves & let me know if I can help in any way.    

Ngā mihi.

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