Our team

The Centre employs full-time qualified and registered teachers, support staff, centre chef and a Centre manager.

Casual relievers are available when required.

Our teachers come from many different backgrounds, including Māori, Chinese, Indian, and Samoan, so you'll hear these languages spoken at the Centre.

This Centre is also used as a practicum venue for Early Childhood Education students from recognised learning institutions, including MIT. These students ensure that teachers keep abreast of current thinking and teaching practice, and in turn, the students benefit from the experience of Centre teaching staff.

MIT Children's Education Centre Team

Liz Keneti

Head of SEAS

Parul Chandel

Centre Manager

Arvin Valencia

Centre Chef

Under Two's Team

Yujie Zhu


Kelly-Marie Wright


Avepea Elisara


Over Two's Team

Nandany Deo

Team Leader

Aileen Smith


Huia Kereopa


Kavitha Vegesna


Lesley Brooks



The childcare centre is community-based and is part of Manukau Institute of Technology | Te Pūkenga Student Experience and Success team.

Any review in policy is a collaborative approach between families, teachers and management. Family/whānau opinions are seriously considered. Consultation on any changes to fee structure takes place six months prior to implementation. This provides the opportunity for dialogue and discussion about the rationale for any increase.