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We are proud of our team of dedicated teachers and support staff who are all passionate about teaching and learning.

Our Teaching Team

Nickie Hodgkinson

Centre Manager

I have been the Manager at Country Kids for over 18 years. I really enjoy teaching in a rural community centre and I am very passionate about children’s learning and development. I value family in its many forms and believe it’s important that the whole family has a sense of belonging at Country Kids. Having fun, laughter and spontaneous learning is paramount in early childhood.

I live with my partner in Motueka and have 3 sons, 2 daughter in-laws and 5 grandchildren. My happy place is spending time with them all.

Diploma Teaching (ECE). Fully certificated Teacher.

Marg Honey

Curriculum Leader & Just4Kids Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Marg.  I have worked in J4K for a long time – 20 years in fact!  My partner Bob and I live in Tasman within the great Moutere Cluster.  We have a grownup son who started at Country Kids just before I did! I love living and working locally – it is such a great community to be part of. I passionately believe in Community Centres supporting families and the developmental needs of our children. It is a real privilege to see so many of our young children growing up with wonderfully capable and competent skills. Country Kids rocks!

Bachelor Teaching (ECE). Fully certificated Teacher.

Lorraine Boyd

Just4Kids Teacher

Lorraine is another much loved, long serving teacher at Country Kids.  Lorraine lives in Wakefield, but still loves the Moutere.

Diploma Teaching (ECE). Fully Certificated Teacher.

Aimee Thomas

Ngā Whetū Teacher

Hey, I’m Aimee or Amz.   I have worked at Country Kids for 17 years. I love nature and the little critters that live in it.  I weave this into my teaching.  Another love is music and laughter, which I share with our toddlers throughout the day!  I live rurally out in Dovedale with my beautiful fur baby Inkah.

Diploma Teaching (ECE). Fully certificated Teacher.

Kylie Binns

Piko Piko Teacher

Kia Ora! My name is Kylie. I have been involved within Country Kids for around 19 years. I live in Brooklyn with my husband who managers an orchard. We have a son, AJ who is 22 and a daughter, Tori who is 19. Family is very important to me and I look forward to getting to know you and your whanau as well.

Bachelor Teaching (ECE). Certificated Teacher (STC).

Pippi Gamby

Piko Piko Teacher

Pippi has worked with Country Kids over the years and for many years.  She just can’t get enough of the place!

Bachelor Teaching (ECE). Fully certificated Teacher.

Our Support Staff

Keith Best

Finance Officer

Country Kids has been a huge part of my life for the past 22 years, beginning as Finance administrator in 1999 and later going on to be Licensee and Management Team member for many years.
I have recently stepped down from most of my roles to enjoy more time on the road with my wife in our recently purchased campervan.
My highlight has been the time spent with the children either as a volunteer in the garden or as a relief Teacher aid. I will always treasure being bestowed the title of “Farmer Best”

Anne Best

Administration/Receptionist

Anne handles the weekly enrolments for families, amongst a wide variety of other administrative tasks. At Country Kids we pride ourselves on being as flexible as possible. Anne’s here to help you, so please just ask!

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