The Learning Centre

Because Every Child Flourishes With TLC

The Learning Centre in Ponsonby, also known as TLC, is a full day childcare centre, which provides the highest quality of care, with small group sizes, the best teacher to child ratios, and caring, dedicated and qualified teachers. In a villa in Ponsonby, the emphasis is on providing a homely, natural environment with healthy food, and genuinely caring caregiving. 

The Management Team


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Kia ora, my name is Marie Hindle and I am the licensee of TLC. TLC is a family affair, owned by myself, my husband Chris Barrett, and the Hindle Family Trust (my father Liam Hindle, my mother Pauline Hindle, and my sister Kate Vusoniwailala). 

I am originally from an IT background, and TLC came into being as the result of my search for childcare for my children Zach and Annelise, who are both TLC Alumni, and are now at school. What has grown into the TLC philosophy is the result of the kind of loving care that I wanted for my children. I have attended the RIE Foundations Intensive Training and am fully committed to seeing TLC align as closely as possible Magda Gerber's Educaring® Approach. 


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Elena Marouchos  - Upstairs Mentor Teacher.

Kia Ora , my name is Elena and I hail from South Africa but have made New Zealand my home.  Becoming an ECE teacher was my dream but prior to this I had a rich and rewarding career as a systems analyst and business consultant.  My education as diverse as my career which afforded me the opportunity to work in various positions which I constantly draw upon.  My primary degree is in Psychology, Public Administration and Personnel managment with a few others collected along the way.  

My passion for working with infants and toddlers began when I visited TLC on a practicum and never left!  My image of children and notions of what quality childcare looks like forever changed and thus began another journey fueled by a desire to know more about the works of Magda Gerber and Dr Emmi Pikler.   I completed the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood from Auckland University in 2010.   have attended the Pikler intensive summer course in Budapest, completed the RIE foundations course, RIE practicum and currently busy with my RIE internship with Polly Elam



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Ania Wojciklowski - Downstairs Mentor Teacher.

Ania is a qualified and fully certificated teacher. Ania has attended the RIE foundations Intensive training, and is part way through the RIE centre based practicum (sometimes referred to RIE II). Ania has also been to the Pikler Summer School. Ania is on the board for the New Zealand Infant and Toddler Consortium (NZITC), a charitable trust. Ania moved downstairs to work with the Kea and then the Tui children as part of a continuity of care. Ania is one of the mentoring teachers for our teacher certification programme using the Educative Mentoring approach. 

Ania has a son Zachary, who is also a TLC alumni and is now at school, and Manawa who is currently at TLC.


The Upstairs Team


Janine Brooker  is currently a Weka key caregiver. Janine is a qualified and fully certificated teacher, who has completed the RIE Foundations training and attended the RIE Conference in Los Angeles. 

I am a mother of 3 children and have lived in  the beautiful Waitakere area for over 35 yrs.  I found my passion for working with young children  15yrs ago when I worked in homebased care. I enjoyed meeting the wonderful families and loved the diversity of my community. I was also a passionate playcentre mum and was able to see the benefits of free play for young children, and how adults could support them. I began my formal qualifications in 2005 and gained my diploma in ECE in 2010.  I worked with infants and toddlers in a large centre for 4yrs and it was there, I discovered Magda Gerber's RIE philosophy and Emmi Piklers revolutionary beliefs about how infants learn and develop.  It was a life changing moment and shaped my teaching practice, personal beliefs and values from then on. In my practice I also worked alongside young children and  found magical moments, suprises, challenges and inspiration in each age group. Teaching children under the RIE philosophy just made sense to me, and as I learned more, it answered many questions. It became a way of understanding infants, toddlers and young children as unique individuals and seeing relationships as an integral part of teaching young children.  As my learning journey continued I was honoured to be a part of the RIE foundations course and eventually my biggest wish came true when I got a job at TLC. I am excited to be part of this learning journey and to meet amazing children and their families.  My goal is to continue to learn and grow as a RIE inspired teacher and to feel the joy, working alongside  unique, capable and confident children who teach me something new everyday.

 


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Amy Heslop - Is a qualified and fully certificated teacher and has a little girl Ivy with her partner Tom, who is at TLC. Amy has moved back upstairs to start another continuity of care cycle.

I am originally from York, England and have been living in New Zealand for 10 years now. My own educational philosophy is inspired by the values, beliefs and principles of the Pikler and Magda Gerber philosophies, which focus on the child, and the importance of relationships that develop through respectful interactions between educator and child. Young children are individual, independent, competent and confident young learners, who are of course part of a valued family and a wider community. I believe building strong positive relationships with children and their families as this creates a sense of trust and self-esteem, which enriches all learning environments. I am very honored and proud to be part of the TLC Whānau.


Trupti Vadke - is a qualified and fully certificated teacher with 10 years of experience teaching infants and toddlers. Trupti has attended the RIE Foundations Intensive training. Trupti is mum to two adult girls. 

 


The Downstairs Team

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Tamaki Saito - Kea Key Caregiver is a qualified and fully certificated teacher . Tamaki has attended the RIE Foundations Intensive training and has worked in our Kākano, Weka and Kea groups following her continuity cohort. 

Tamaki is a passionate proponent of Magda Gerber's Educaring approach.


Vera Yang - is a qualified teacher. Vera worked for TLC previously for three and a half years, learning all about our philosophy under Katherine Bussey, when we head hunted Vera to return to our team. 

Vera is mother to Goldwyn, who is a TLC Alumni and now at school. 

 


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Josie Liu - is a qualified and fully certificated teacher, who has completed the RIE Foundations training. 

Josie worked for TLC for six years before taking some time out to be with her two daughters Lexi and Chloe last year. Josie has returned to work at TLC with our Tui children. 


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Mia Tang - Is a qualified teacher. Originally from China, Mia came to New Zealand to study Early Childhood Education.

Mia came to TLC to do her practicum while studying, and we liked her so much we invited her back as a reliever, and when a full time teaching position became available, we offered her the position.  


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Nikki Grazier - Is a qualified and fully certificated teacher. Nikki has returned to TLC to work part time with the downstairs team. 

Nikki has done the RIE Foundations training, and has many years of experience teaching in early childhood Niki is also a curriculum champion for the new version of the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki. 

Nikki is mum to Jacob, who is a TLC alumni.


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Kylie Gorringe - has completed the RIE foundations training. Kylie has returned to TLC with her baby girl Vayda-Lee. Kylie has 5 years of TLC experience, and has done a full continuity of care cycle and has worked with every age group at TLC. Kylie is currently working part time with our older Tui children. 


Support Team


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Sanna Cooke is a qualified and fully certificated teacher. Sanna has attended the RIE Foundations intensive training.

I have a little girl, Minna who is a TLC alumni, and who is now at school, a little boy, Moe, who is at TLC, and my third child Suski who is also at TLC.

I am committed to, and passionate about, the philosophy of free movement and respectful interaction. I am a dedicated Early Childhood Professional with diverse industry experience working alongside teachers and families from varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. With over 13 years experience in early childhood education and development, I have a strong background in teaching with the Pikler approach.


Helen Holmes - is our wonderful cook. Helen is a long time Ponsonby resident. Helen is also an artist and jeweller. 


Plonie Hill - Is our Office Manager. Plonie manages our enrolment system, and the documentation required by the Ministry of Education. Plonie has worked at TLC for the last seven years, and is an essential part of our community. 

96 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland.                                                              Phone: 09 376 6857