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Meet Our Team

Get to know us – here’s a little bit about each of the Sunny Days team, in their own words.

Brenda Neems

Administration Manager & Committee Member

Hi, I’m Brenda. I have lived in Helensville for the last 7 years. I feel privileged to be involved in some of your child’s first steps in life and having the opportunity to be involved in the community. I am responsible for the finances here at Sunny Days Preschool. If you have any queries regarding our fees or charges, please feel free to give me a call or pop in to the Centre. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Brenda Spick

Centre Manager & Registered, Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Brenda Spick. I have been a local in Helensville for nearly 20 years. I have four fantastic children and plenty of animals! I love to garden and going to the beach. I am a fully registered early childhood teacher. I started my time in ECE as a centre cook 17 years ago and worked my way up, learning new skills daily. I have recently learnt how to play the ukulele (badly)! I was with my previous employer for 14 years so it was a natural step to move on and try something new. Three of my four children attended Sunny Days Preschool and I was also Chairperson here a few years ago.

Monique Stevens

Registered, Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Monique. I moved to Helensville over 8 years ago and have loved being a part of our beautiful community. I grew up with a passion for children and always knew that I would grow up working alongside them. Children are born such capable and confident learners and I feel like adults, we can always learn so much from them. I have worked in ECE since high school, having a few years off to raise my own two babies.

Rachel Hobson

Registered, Qualified Teacher – Under 2s Room

Kia Ora, my name is Rachel. I have been teaching in ECE for over 25 years, I gained a Diploma of Teaching in 2003, I have enjoyed working at Sunny Days Preschool for the past 3 years. My teaching philosophy is, children learn through exploration and play. All children deserve love, respect, fun and to be supported throughout their learning journey.

I have two school age children who keep me on my toes when I’m not working at Sunny Days. I enjoy riding my bicycle and fishing.

Sheena Johnson

Registered, Qualified Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Sheena. I have worked in ECC education for the past 12 years and gained a ECE Bachelor of Teaching Degree in September 2010. No day is ever the same whilst working alongside our little future leaders and this excites me.

I have been lucky enough to call Helensville my home for my entire life. Helensville is like and anchor for my family, we never drift off far. I have a gorgeous daughter who attends our local school. In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, going to the beach and most of all spending time with my family and friends.

Bonnie Wihongi

Support Teacher

Hi, my name is Bonnie. I work at Sunny Days part time and assist with lunch cover for the teachers. I have 3 children, 2 at Helensville Primary and 1 with me here at Sunny Days.

Jane Haywood

Support Teacher

Hi, I have been working at Sunny Days for a long time as a regular part-time staff member. I love working with local children and having an enriching community family connection is rewarding. Also watching the children develop and grow and become lifelong learners. I enjoy working in the outside environment and creative areas of play.

Rebecca Godfrey

Support Teacher

I have been with Sunny Days since February 2002. I have lived in Helensville for 29 years, and I am really happy to be working in my own community. I enjoy teaching and learning alongside the children, and love how every day is different. In my spare time, I like listening to music, gardening and spending time with family.


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