We are open from 7:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday and only close on statutory holidays.
In our daily programme you will see teachers working closely with family and whanau to ensure we are providing the best possible service to meet the individual needs of our taonga, our children. We value learning as a life long journey, where children will reach their own milestones and achievements in their own way and in their own time. We aim to offer a non-hurried environment that is not overprescribed with teacher led programs. Where the value of open ended play and discovery will hold the highest importance in our day. With careful planning and consideration to the lay out of our environment, as well as utilising the skills of our teaching team and that of our wider community, we will endeavour to meet and support each child’s individual learning.
Little Sparks was first established in 2008. In October 2017, Michelle Davies and Jo Ah Ling took over ownership and operation of the centre. Jo has over 15 years of early childhood teaching experience and Michelle has over 15 years of operational and business management experience.
Michelle and Jo are both mums with three young children, so understand the value and importance of quality education and care first hand. It is from their passion and desire to make a difference, whilst supporting parents and whanau, that owning and operating a childcare centre came to fruition.
Meet the Team
We believe in the term ‘AKO’ that we are both educators and students and that we are on an exciting journey of becoming lifelong learners.
Jo Ah Ling Centre Manager
Jo spent her formative years growing up in Taranaki, she graduated from Massey University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Education 0-8years Degree. Throughout her teaching career Jo has been fortunate to teach in Australia, England and rural parts of New Zealand. She believes children learn best in fun safe and loving environments where they are encouraged to take risks and be creative. Jo has a vision of becoming more sustainable and working hard to help Little Sparks become so. She is enjoying this journey with the children to grow our environments in a more purposeful way.
Jo has 3 young children who fill her weekends exploring all the wonderful outdoor spaces Auckland and its surrounds have to offer! She looks forward to meeting you all and building lasting relationships with your child and whanau.
Abbott Heka Support Teacher
Abbott is the second oldest in his family with five siblings and is New Zealand born, growing up in Manurewa. Before joining Little Sparks, he was an after-school care teacher and has remained a Youth Leader. His passion is to inspire any child to reach their heights, “I can’t” is never the answer, anything is possible. Soon Abbott will be heading off to complete his studies to obtain a Degree in Early Childhood. He is looking forward to the adventure and putting his new knowledge and skills into practise with our tamariki at Little Sparks.
Heather Watson Head Teacher
Heather graduated from Dunedin College of Education in 2003 with a Bachelor of Education 0-8 Years and has been fortunate to work with children from infancy to 8year olds.
Heather believes that children work best in an environment where they feel comfortable and secure. Building relationships with each child and their whanau, enables them to make the best of their learning journey. She loves having conversations with the children and finds it’s a great way to interact and get to know each child individually.
Heather grew up in small town in Manawatu and has lived and worked all over the country. She has resided in Pukekohe now for the 14 years. Heather joined us as our Head teacher in December 2018.
Fusi Kaisa Cook and Support Teacher
Fusi is currently on Maternity Leave until June 2019
Fusi is our cook as well as support teacher. She is extremely passionate in her work and gives 100% to all her tasks. Fusi’s next goal is to further her studies to become a qualified Early Childhood Teacher.
Kelly Thompson Infant and Toddler Teacher
Kelly grew up on Auckland’s North Shore and graduated from AUT in 2015 with a Bachelor of Education(ECE). Prior to that she studied nannying at the Ashton Warner Nanny Academy and nannied for 4 years. She was also a relief teacher at Early Childhood Centres across Auckland.
Kelly believes children learn best and thrive in a warm loving environment where they can take risks, try new things and have fun with kaiako and friends. She loves providing nga pepe and tamariki with new experiences. Water and messy play are a specialty of Kelly’s!
Kelly’s home-life life is a busy one, she loves animals, she has a parrot, two cats and two dogs. Kelly loves exploring New Zealand with family and creating memories.
Marinica Ah Lung Infant and Toddler Teacher
Marinica grew up in Otara, Auckland, and graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) based in Manukau in 2017 with a Bachelor of Pasifika (Early Childhood Teaching). Marinica has just begun her journey as an early childhood educator. She believes children’s inclusive learning is important and they need to have a sense of self-belonging and self-worth, ensuring they feel comfortable around her is a big part of her philosophy. Marinica loves to incorporate physical play activities into her day, the children love the energy and enthusiasm Marinica brings to Little Sparks.
Sunila Devi Support Teacher
Sunila was born in Fiji and moved to New Zealand when she was 14 years old. She studied at Kelston Girls High School and after finishing College got married and began her working career in customer service. Sunila joined Little Sparks in September 2016. Taking on new challenges and trying new things is a passion of hers and she said that this change in career has been her greatest experience so far!
Sunila believes children learn best by having fun whilst learning at the same time in a loving environment. She has two children who fill her life with fun and laughter, whilst teaching her something new every day. Sunila looks forward to meeting you all and hopes to build a lasting relationship with your child and your family.
Tracey Musson Preschool Teacher
Tracey has a Bachelor of Education – Early Years degree. Tracey brings an abundance of energy with her and is excited to play and learn alongside your child/ren. Tracey loves gardening, baking, and getting messy, she believes children learn so much through these activities. As a teacher, her belief is in setting up the learning environment to inspire children and encourage learning through play. Tracey looks forward to learning about your child’s interests so that we can explore them here at Little Sparks too.
Eden was well cared for by the team. There were no health and safety issues with her and the help and effort you all put in with helping her with her speech and language skills was very encouraging for me as a parent as we worked together as a team. This showed as her confidence grew day by day and so did her voice from being a silent child to growing in to girl who can’t stop chatting. I also must commend the team and you who worked alongside the therapist from MOE
Your door was always open and the working environment always happy and everyone always ready to have a chat and share what was going on for the day. The one thing which was good I found that each teacher knew about Eden and where she was at and showed interest up until her last day encouraging her boosting her confidence
As a parent who has had two children attending Little Sparks from babies and has seen management and teachers come and go and the centre caretaking decline. It was wonderful to see the improvements made and the kids enjoying the transition and new tools they have for learning and play.
The healthy eating and good food also made a lot of difference as being one of the few childcares who offer meals was peace of mind for me and I am sure other parents as the children never went hungry and were introduced to different meals regularly.
You have a great team environment and a wonderful centre. It can only go from strength to strength. I was very fortunate to be a part of the Little Sparks family and will hold the memories and teachers close to my heart.
From Nadine October 2018
We would love the opportunity to show you and your family around our newly refreshed centre and introduce you to our friendly staff. You can ring to arrange a time or simply call in on your way past.