Hi I’m Marina, Manager of Riverton Childcare. I am married to Dean. We have five tamariki and one mokopuna. I was initially a primary school teacher but re-trained in early childhood education, graduating in 2005. We opened Riverton Childcare in November 2003 and the Childcare has been a vital part of the community since then.
I also have a diploma in child protection and have a special interest in ensuring that all tamariki can access education in a way that meets their individual needs.
I love my job and enjoy getting to know the tamariki as they grow and their whānau and extended family.
I have a great team of teachers who all work well together to ensure that the tamariki at Riverton Childcare learn in a kind, caring and loving environment.
I am a member of Hope Centre, Riverton and on the National Board for Caring Families Aotearoa
I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa, but have loved calling New Zealand my home since 2009.
I am married with two gorgeous tamariki, who have helped shape me into the teacher I am. I am fully registered and have a graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education. I particularly enjoy working with the four- and five-year olds (Navigators) as I love their honesty and curiosity! I really love seeing their faces when they understand something new or when they accomplish a new task on their own for the first time. It’s a joy to know I’ve been a part of that learning process with them.
Hi, I'm Cherie Mennell and I am married to Corey a qualified builder, we live in Riverton. We have three amazing grown tamariki, Teigan, Tori and Blake. In October 2016 I accepted a teacher aide position with Riverton Childcare.
I believe I bring a lot of experience to the team with my years of raising my own tamariki. At Childcare I really enjoy working with the tamariki and watching them grow and learn. I feel that every child needs to have a special wee bond with their teachers so then they can feel safe and secure in their surroundings, this will then help them develop confidence to learn in their own way. The best part of this job is seeing the tamariki expressions and hearing their excited voices when there is a new activity for them to participate in daily. I look forward to helping your child achieve the best they can be before they go to school.
I have worked at Riverton Childcare as a Teacher’s Aide since 2007. I have one daughter, Siobahan and a gorgeous wee grandson Harlem. I have lived in Riverton all my adult life but grew up in Cromwell.
I enjoy working with the tamariki and following their interests to help them grow and develop. I form close relationships with tamariki and their whanau and provide consistent care. I like working as part of the team at Riverton Childcare and think we work together well, supporting each other in our teaching.
I am a member of the RSA and attend club nights on Friday. I like to go to Invercargill in the weekend and relish the opportunity to rummage in the secondhand shops.