Our Staff

Our dedicated team at Children First is what makes our Early Childhood Centre the place that it is.  We have created a caring and nurturing environment for your child to ensure that they are able to grow and develop at their own pace

Lisa October

I am a qualified registered teacher in ECE.  My passion for Early Childhood Education came from working with children and their families and seeing the role we play as teachers in their lives.  We play an important role in building children’s pro-social skills and developing their love of learning for life.  I enjoy the relationships we build with children and their families and I enjoy thinking of ways that we can provide a learning environment that fosters their curiosity for learning.  Over the time that I have worked in Early Childhood Education I have developed knowledge about working with children and families and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with teachers and learning from others as well.

My husband Enrico and I have two daughters, Ariana and Raniesha and one son, Matteo we live in Upper Hutt with our dog Bruno.  I love spending time with family and friends making memories and eating together.  I also enjoy watching movies, reading books and having a good dance.

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Born and bred in Upper Hutt, I now live in Normandale, but still have many family members living/working in Upper Hutt.  I am the eldest of many siblings and so always had young family members and found a natural ability in being able to get along with them and others of a young age.  I got into ECE after I lost my own child at Starship.  I had wanted to do ECE out of school, but joined the workforce for 10 years before losing Alessandra, which was a life changing moment to push me to my dream job.  Outside of work I love sports and games and supporting the Hurricanes, Lions, All Blacks, Phoenix, Liverpool, All Whites, Warriors, Black Caps and Firebirds.  I play football socially on Sundays and enjoy listening to records with a few beers on a Friday with mates.

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Kia Ora, 
My name is Isa. I am from Germany. I have lived in New Zealand for the past 10 years. Most of this time I have worked in early childhood education. I live with my husband Chris and our daughter Maggie in Upper Hutt.
I am currently studying towards my Diploma in Early Childhood Education  (ECE) and want to continue studying towards the Bachelor of teaching in ECE. I love to help children reach their goals and show them different ways to accomplish these goals. I am a very creative person, I like imaginative play and exploring the World around us.
I am looking forward to teaching and learning alongside your children and meeting you, the parents!


I gained a diploma of teaching in Early Childhood after becoming a mother of 5. I always had a passion for working with children. Through my qualifications and on-going learning I have continued to gain so much knowledge about children and their development/learning.

I have also learned so much about myself and why I work in Early Childhood. I love providing extra support for our children and families as they settle into preschool, I love providing hands on learning experiences for children that are meaningful. Working with different age groups and learning how to best support their learning needs.

I enjoy the conversations and stories children and families share with me, then sharing these and my knowledge with the teaching team. I feel privileged to work with children and their families in this important part of their lives.

I am married to Paul and we have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy gardening in posts, mixed media art, reading and research work.

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Kia ora, I am a qualified, experienced teacher and have worked with all age groups over the years. I originally qualified as a primary teacher before retraining in 2004 for preschool. I have a grown-up family and both my children are also involved in teaching of some sort. I love music and play ukulele and do Scottish country dancing.

Some of you may have met me when I was working with the over two children at 414. I have been with Children first for nearly six years now and love my work here. With changes of staff in the Ave, I have come to be part of the new team here. I am loving getting to know you all and building relationships with the children as we play and learn together. It is a privilege to be a part of their learning journey.


Kia ora


I'm Annemarie and I'm from South Africa. Me, my husband Willem and our two children Nadia and Adriaan arrived on 25 Dec 2019 in Wellington. I have a diploma in grade r teaching, it is equivalent to new entrants. During my studies I've learned about children age 0 to 9 years old. I did a few weeks practicum in primary school and few weeks in preschool. I wanted to become an ece teacher since I was 5 years old. My previous work was at an ece centre for children with Autism, Spina Befida and Cerebral palsy.  I'm looking forward to this new adventure. 

Hi, I am Noelene I have worked in early childcare for twenty years and the last eleven years I have worked at Children First, cooking and teaching.  I have two wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren, who I love spending time with.  I enjoy watching and playing sports.

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Malo e lelei and Kia ora to you all. I prefer calling me, SINI, for short. I am a Post Graduate Diploma Early Childhood Teacher for 17 years, but before that, I was a Diploma Primary Teacher for 25 years. The combination of my Primary and Early Childhood experiences I am so confident to look after all ages from new born to twelve year old children.

I have been working in a few centers before I work here at Children First, and I am happy to meet each and every family at the center everyday. Wish you all the best as we work hand in hand to bring up our children in a safe and secure environment, and become competent and confident learners.

Nga mihi, 'Ofa atu.

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Hello everyone, my name is Zoe & I am very excited to be joining the Ave team! I moved to Upper Hutt 2 years ago, when my partner Kyle & I brought our first home. We also have an English Staffy called Cosmo.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family & friends, along with walking the dog Cosmo, going on roadtrips & working on my small business "K9 Cookies" where I make dog treats, pupcakes & dog birthday cakes- you may see me at local markets!

I have come from another center where I worked in the babies room for 5 years. I decided it was time to move on from there, as was looking for a smaller center and a new adventure.

I am a fully qualified and registered teacher & am looking forward to continuing to meet you all and help your child along their learning journey with love and care.

Feel free to say hello if you see me around!