Learn to play, Play to learn


Mel Jeffcoat - Centre Manager

 I live here in Maungatapu with My husband Nigel, we have 3 sons and one daughter, our boys are out working and at University and our daughter attends Maungatapu School.

 I began teaching in a small Centre in 1992 and have spent last 27 years in centres throughout the Waikato and Bay of Plenty as a Teacher, Team leader, Supervisor and Centre Manager. I have also spent 5 years in Homebased Education as a Senior Coordinator, travelling daily throughout the Western/Eastern Bop, Waikato and to the North Shore of Auckland. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood through Te Tari Puna Ora/ New Zealand Childcare Association (NZCA) and Full teacher’s registration.

I joined the team here at Korukidz as the Centre Manager in Nov 2017.  

I am passionate about providing children the best time of their lives whilst here with us. Child Protection and cultural awareness are also paramount to me.  

I work with an open door policy and welcome your visits anytime! Please never hesitate to see me at any time for anything.  I look forward to being part of your child’s journey and welcoming you all to our Korukidz Whanau.

Shelley -  Head Teacher

I am from Tauranga and I have two beautiful children aged 7 and 5, plus a very energetic 9 year old dog !

My children are the ones who sparked my interest and love of children, making me realise my passion to be part of and aid in the learning & development of children. I enjoy extending children's strengths and interests in creative ways as well as giving them brand new experiences to broaden there imaginations.

I joined the amazing Korukidz team in September 2018 and have just completed my Bachelor of Teaching in August 2019. I look forward to getting to you know you and your children and will continue to upskill in any areas that I believe your child will benefit from. 


Jalyn Teacher

Kia ora, I’m Jalyn.

I am from Maketu Bay of Plenty.

 I have been a part of the amazing team here at Korukidz since March 2019 and aim to offer a creative, fun learning environment to inspire exploration and play for the children here.

I continue to love helping grow and nurture the kids every day and look forward to watching your child flourish and will help develop your child’s skills in every area. 


Neena Teacher

Hello my name is Neena; I am from Tauranga and have been here for 25 years now. I have three beautiful children, my older son who is 15years old, and my daughter who is 9 years old and finally last little cutie pie he is only 15 months.

I am from India but have been living in New Zealand for over 30 Years. I have a very loving husband and very blessed to have a family. In 2016 I completed a Certificate in Early childhood Level 5 and have worked in different centres as a reliever. I love to spend time with my family and going to the beach enjoying every moment as my children grow.

My philosophy of teaching children is enjoying having fun with their learning and extending their development to the next level which is very significant for their growing minds. Teaching children to having that respect for each other and learn about sharing. I believe that every child is very special; to make that child grow we need every support and extra learning to help that child grow. 

Ian - Van Driver

 Kia ora

 My name is Ian, I joined Korukidz as the van driver in May 2018.

I am married with far too many kids and grandkids.

I am one of the masses who migrated south from Auckland 3.5 years ago and am proud to now call Tauranga my home.

My employment background is in the Auto Repair Industry where I spent nearly 40 years. Looking for a change of lifestyle I first found employment here with YMCA helping with their OSCAR programme in after school care & holiday programmes.

Now working at Korukidz I seem very much to have found my niche in Early Childhood Education.

While I don’t have any qualifications in this field I believe life experience is one of the best qualifications anyone could have.

 Nothing pleases me more than to see the smiles on the faces of Tamariki when I drop them off home after their day at Korukidz.