About us

The wonderful and passionate Caterpillars to Butterflies educators are highly qualified and well trained.

They’re committed to providing the very best in programmes, teaching methods, nutrition, and above all the highest level of personal care to each and every child - in short, they’re a really caring bunch.

Our team

Helen Wood


Kia Ora, my name is Helen. I have worked in childcare as a teacher for the last 25 years. After getting my degree and registration I and have never looked back. 

I’m super passionate about childcare, I love working with children and building strong relationships with their parents. We are so lucky to be supported by a passionate team of teachers that care deeply for the wellbeing of all the children in our Caterpillars to Butterflies whanau.  

Gemma McLean

Centre Manager

Kia Ora my name is Gemma and I have worked in early childhood for over 15 years now and have been at Caterpillars to Butterflies for the last three years as a teacher in the preschool room and now in the new exciting role as centre manager. I graduated from MasseyUniversity with a Bachelor of Education Early Years. 

I enjoy spending time with my family, playing sport and being with animals. I am also super passionate about children and teaching and I am excited to continue to support our teachers, children and families as Centre Manager.

Kylie McAllister


Kia Ora, my name is Kylie. I am a room leader and  teacher in the infants room. I have been working at Caterpillars to Butterflies for over 10 years now and live locally so I know the community well.

I love working with young children. It has been my dream job since I was a little girl. I have now decided to take on becoming an early childhood educator and I have started my training.

Sarah Stevens


Kia Ora, my name is Sarah. I enjoyed looking after younger children when I was younger so I decided to go and study early childhood education. 

As a qualified and fully registered, early childhood educator I believe being caring and being able to adapt to different situations and needs of the children makes a great teacher.

Outside of work I enjoy gardening and baking and spending time with my family.

Ruth Bishop


Kia Ora, my name is Ruth and I work as a teacher in the Preschool room. I have been with this centre since it opened in 2008. I obtained my Diploma for Early childhood and hold a current teacher full registration. 

I am married to Phil and we have two boys, Hayden and Ethan. I love spending time with my family.

Dylan Weaver


Kia Ora, my name is Dylan. I am a qualified and fully registered, early childhood teacher. I am a passionate and energetic teacher who loves working with young children and working alongside a team. 

I am a very active person and enjoy playing football and playing snooker. 

I love music and often attend concerts. 

I also love travelling. 

Bridie Lewis


Kia ora, my name is Bridie. I am working as a kaikako in the Caterpillars room. I am currently in my final year at AUT, studying a Bachelor of Education.

I am passionate about building meaningful relationships with our tamariki and creating an environment where all of our tamariki thrive. ​I enjoy spending time with my whānau, friends and getting outdoors.

I am looking forward to being qualified and starting the journey to become a registered kaiako at Caterpillars to Butterflies.

Cathy Mao


Kia Ora, my name is Cathy. I am usually teaching in the preschool room. I have a passion for seeing children grow self-esteem and develop friendships while in a fun environment.

I grew up in Chengdu, Sichuan in China where I was a nurse. I have a son who goes to the local school and I love spending time with him.

Parang Salimi


Kia Ora, my name is Parang. I help out in all areas of the centre including the babies, the over two’s and a bit of cooking from time to time.

I really enjoy activities with the children that let me show my artistic side like face painting.I am married and have a son. I love spending time with my family.

Gail Guyatt

Cook/Teacher Assistant

Kia Ora, my name is Gail. I have been working with children on the floor and in the kitchen for thirteen years. I love preparing healthy meals for the children.

I enjoy travelling with my family and sail on our yacht. I also have a passion for cake decorating. I am so pleased to be a part of the Caterpillars to Butterflies family.

Justin Wood


Kia Ora, my name is Justin. I have worked in the design and marketing industry for over 20 years.

Since Helen and I purchased Caterpillars to Butterflies together I have been doing a lot of the admin, water-blasting and painting. This has also given me the chance to build relationships with the teachers, children and their families.

Helen and I have three lovely children, Dylan, Corey and Amy and we love watching the boys play rugby and the amazing art Amy creates. 

Contact our friendly team for more information on enrolling your child.