With very experienced staff and a clear philosophy, The Rumpus Room offers an exceptional and proven choice to allow your child to play, learn and grow. To support our philosophies we have developed a play based, project centred programme that allows children to explore their own interests and develop a greater understanding of the way the world around them works.
We understand the importance of creating respectful interactions between the child and teachers, where the child is an active participant. With this in mind we promote an environment for our children which allows them to be curious, investigate, make decisions and problem solve to make sense of their world and their place in it.
At The Rumpus Room we believe in fostering strong and trusting relationships, building links to our community and ensuring constant communication between teachers and families. The development of trusting relationships is essential to effective learning and our children benefit from having a close relationship with a key caregiver. We work with parents to understand each child’s individual routines in order to ensure consistency between the centre and home.
Having strong ties to their environment gives children a sense of well-being and belonging so we ensure that we get into our local community as much as possible. We also work with the new entrant teachers at our local Primary Schools to help our children transition seamlessly to school. We know that the education of children is a partnership between the centre and home and so we keep families informed with an online parent portal and weekly newsletters.
Carolyn is The Rumpus Room’s centre manager. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Education and has 15 years teaching experience, 7 of these managing centres. Carolyn’s focus is on respectful relationships within the centre and ensuring that children are allowed to learn in their own time and at their own pace. She manages the centre direction along with the owners, Cam and Beth and is passionate about key caregiving, ensuring The Rumpus Room is a second home to the children and building relationships within the community and with natural world. Carolyn is truly committed to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children and their whanau.
2IC and Head Teacher
Heidi holds a Bachelor of Education and has 13 years teaching experience. Heidi is The Rumpus Room’s 2IC and also leads the teaching team in The Nest, our infant and toddlers room. Heidi is passionate about infant and toddlers and is inspired by the philosophies of RIE, Pikler and Magda Gerber which influence her teaching practice. Heidi came to us from Barbara’s Place, a well known and highly regarded RIE inspired centre in Remuera. Heidi is a passionate advocate for the RIE philosophy and this drive was awarded in 2015 with her winning the NZITC Scholarship, ahead of 500+ other hopefuls.
Caroline holds a Diploma of Teaching and has 24 years experience in early childhood education. Caroline was raised by her grandmother in Awaria speaking te reo and is fluent in Maori. We are lucky enough to have her share her passion for and knowledge of te reo and tikanga Maori with our children and whanau on a daily basis. Caroline works closely with the 3 and 4 year old children as Senior Teacher for the Fledglings and Explorers. Caroline is a Point Chev local of sixteen years and lives a short walk away from the centre.
Fal’e holds a Bachelor of Education and has 10 years teaching experience. Fal’e teaches in The Nest and has a strong knowledge of te reo and tikanga Maori. Her passion is using and being a part of the natural environment and working with our toddlers. Fal’e works alongside Sarah and Jess to ensure the transition between The Nest and The Fledglings group is smooth.
Jessica is currently working towards her degree at UNITEC and has been working at The Rumpus Room for the past 2 years. Teaching our toddlers is her passion and our toddlers just adore her. Jess works closely alongside Sarah with our young learners helping them transition into the fledglings area with ease and building those important relationships between children and teachers in the centre.
Kalpana holds a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and has 2 years experience teaching in ECE. Kalpana teaches in The Nest and is passionate about respectful relationships with children and the RIE approach.
I’m originally from Mexico. I spent 3 years as a full-time nanny in the USA before moving to New Zealand a year and a half ago. I’m currently studying towards a Certificate in Animal Care at Unitec.
Mabel has been one of our resident relievers here at The Rumpus Room for the past year. Originally from Fiji, Mabel now lives in Auckland with her Husband and 4 sons and has worked as a reliever in Early childhood centres across the City for the past 2 and half years.
Megan holds a Bachelor of teaching and has 15 years teaching experience. She loves working with our Explorers – the 3 and 4 year olds and using the project approach to share their ideas and passions. Megan’s wry sense of humour and vast experience ensures the Fledglings and Explorers room is always a fun place to be. A great communicator, she has many an entertaining story to tell and she is often to be found digging in the sandpit or singing and dancing with the children.
Sarah works with the Fledglings and Explorers and has recently completed her Bachelor of Education (ECE). Her teaching philosophy is centred around and based on the notion of respect and children as capable and competent learners. She strongly believes that children thrive in a social environment where they can play and actively participate and explore.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) and has 12 years teaching experience. Sarah’s focus is on respectful relationships and on viewing the child as a whole as a competent and capable learner. Sarah is our main transition teacher working with those children who are moving from the Nest into the Fledglings group. Sarah brings boundless energy and permanent smile to the centre.
Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Teaching and is a fully registered teacher with lots of experience. Jacqui has spent the last 11 years working locally in Point Chev and is a familiar face in the community, she also lives in Point Chev with her husband and almost 3 year old daughter. Jacqui is passionate about creating beautiful and thought provoking environments for children to explore and learn in, in their own time at their own pace. Jacqui enjoys the arts and loves getting creative with the children in the centre. Jacqui works closely with Caroline and our older children The Explorers.
Venessa is originally from South Africa and started at The Rumpus Room as a reliever, but was so good we simply had to make her permanent. She juggles being a mother of two, working, and studying having just completed her National Certificate in Early Childhood. She is looking forward to beginning study towards her Bachelor of Early Childhood later this year.
The Rumpus Room was established by a local couple, Cameron Greig and Beth McKay after they struggled to find local childcare for their children. Cam and Beth were inspired to create the centre they wanted their children to attend. They are passionate central westies who produce a weekly community email (subscribe here) and have a strong commitment to ensuring the centre is an integral part of the community. Centre manager Carolyn Mansfield runs the day-to-day operations of the centre, with planning and direction managed jointly between them.
The Rumpus Room really pay attention to our daughters personality and interests to try and nurture them by providing activities, items or books. One morning we arrived to a teacher having set up a play tea party as Vera had just developed an interest in them as her favourite activity. The look on her face was priceless.
We continue to be extremely impressed and grateful for the excellent way in which his centre is run and how well they care for and grow our girl. It is hard to put into words what a fabulous centre this is but perhaps the fact that our recent house purchase decision was driven by the proximity to the centre is indicative.Joanna
The challenge to find a new centre was largely focused around finding a centre that would encourage our son’s independence and help establish some self confidence. When we started at The Rumpus Room we noticed a few things pretty quickly. The first was that Marsh never cried when he was dropped off in the morning. The changes to his personality quickly followed. He seemed more confident, happier in any environment, self assured, the list goes on and on.
The staff are extremely caring and professional. They all seem very well educated and really take the time and effort to get down to the children’s’ level. Equally the support for parents has been huge. I was purely breast feeding when Laney started but within 3 days the under twos team had developed such a rapport with her that she was drinking out of a bottle and totally comfortable with them.Alyssa
Thanks so much Fale, Kaplana and Elena for the wonderful 14mths Harry has had with you all in the Nest. You have been like a second family to us and it has meant so much to me to know that he has been so happy and so cared for and so tenderly looked after. He has picked up many good habits and is a very tidy boy at home. I really appreciate all the time and energy you have all put into looking him.Lara
I love the communication, I love knowing how her day was and any new things she is up to and what she loves doing each day. This is really good as a working mum you miss so much of their day to day activities so it’s nice to be able to know what they are up too and I love that the teachers take the time to listen to us in the morning at drop off to talk about how her night was and anything new she is in to or up too.
Eva loves the rumpus room, she feels very comfortable in the space and has a sense of ownership as her centre. She has a special relationship with Caroline and Shelley, but is fond and very attached to all the teachers and the “head” teacher Carolyn.
Michelle and Simon