Education Curriculum

We provide a play based curriculum within a safe and challenging environment. We are a well resourced centre with a wide range of resources, equipment, and experiences to meet the physical, intellectual, social and language needs of infants, toddlers and young children.

Our programme reflects the goals and strands of Te Whariki, the Early childhood Curriculum for NZ. We believe the wider world of family and community is an integral part of the early childhood curriculum. We greatly value parents, whanau, and wider community contributions to our programme.


Whenuakite Country Kids is a non for profit, licensed and chartered Early Childhood Centre and an Incorporated Society run by a governance committee (consists of parents and staff from the centre and local community members).


Centre Supervisor

The centre supervisor is the link between parents, children, staff, management committee, Ministry of Education, other early childhood services, local schools and the wider community. Please fell free to talk to the management committee about any queries, concerns or suggestions that you may have.


Teaching Team - Staff

Trish Robbins

Kia Ora, Ko Trish Robbins taku ingoa,
Trish is the Centre Manager at WCK and has a Bachelor of Education with Auckland University and is half way through her post grad in Educational Leadership. Trish lives in Cooks Beach with her husband Paul and 2 girls, Gracey and Melanie. Trish enjoys spending time in the outdoors and loves everything that the beach life brings.

Dallas Yearbury

Kia Ora, Ko Dallas Yearbury taku ingoa,
Dallas is our office administrator here at WCK. Dallas has lived in Whitianga for over 30 years, with a spell overseas. Dallas lives in Whenuakite with her fiancé Steven, and son Beaudyn. Beaudyn has just started school at Whenuakite School. Dallas enjoys spending time with her family enjoying all that the beautiful Coromandel environment offers.

Stacey Semmens

Kia Ora, Ko Stacey Semmens taku ingoa,
Stacey is our Curriculum Leader and teaches on our Kereru side. Stacey is a fully certified teacher with a Bachelor Degree in ECE. Stacey lives in Hot Water Beach with her fiancé Logan. Stacey enjoys being active and plays a variety of sports as well as being a local lifeguard.
Stacey is currently on maternity leave, expecting her first baby.

Sue Cunningham

Kia Ora, Ko Sue Cunningham taku ingoa,
Sue is a teacher on our Kereru side and has worked at WCK for over 13 years. Sue is fully qualified with a qualification for both primary and early childhood. Sue lives in beautiful Cooks Beach with her husband Paul, and children Anna and Daniel and has a son at University in Wellington. Sue enjoys spending time with her precious family and friends.

Jasmine Lockhart

Kia Ora, Ko Jasmine Lockhart taku ingoa,
Jazz is a teacher on our Kereru side and has recently gained a Graduate Diploma in ECE. Jazz lives in Coroglen with her husband Benson and children Amelia and Wills. Jazz is a keen gardener and artist and is passionate about our natural environment. Jazz has worked at Whenuakite Country Kids for over 10 years.

Antheena East

Kia Ora, Ko Antheena East taku ingoa,
Antheena is a qualified, fully certified teacher who works on our Tui room side. Antheena lives in Whenuakite with her partner Daniel, and son Vyper. Antheena’s oldest daughter is married and has a son making Antheena a Grandma. Antheena loves anything to do with art, gardening, reading and jigsaws.

Julie Bennetto

Kia ora, Ko Julie Benetto taku ingoa,
Julie is a teacher on our Tui room side and has worked at WCK for over 10 years, mainly on the Tui room side. Julie lives in Whenuakite with her husband Ian, and two sons Luke and Dylan. Julie and Ian are grandparents, with her daughter Kelly having one son and another baby on the way.

Hope Town

Kia Ora, Ko Hope Town taku ingoa,
Hope is a teacher on our Kereru side. Hope lives in Tairua with her partner Dan, and daughters Mya and Pearl. Hope enjoys gardening, baking, weaving and candlemaking. Hope enjoys hanging out with her family and friends at the beach.

Theresa Mitchell

Kia Ora, Ko Theresa Mitchell taku ingoa,
Theresa is a fully certified teacher teaching on our Kereru side with over 13 years early childhood experience. Theresa has recently moved to Cooks Beach with her husband Sean and daughter Maya. They enjoy the outdoors and look forward to exploring all the beautiful Coromandel has to offer.

Crystal Mc Govern

Kia Ora, Ko Crystal McGovern taku ingoa,
Crystal is a registered teacher who has worked both at Whenuakite School and as a fixed term reliever at Whenuakite Country Kids.  Crystal lives on a farm with her husband Stacy, daughter Tessa and son Wills. Crystal enjoys being part of the Whenuakite Community and enjoys both the beach and farm life. Crystal enjoys making special memories with family and friends.

Kym Hart

Kia Ora, Ko Kym Hart-Smith taku ingoa,
Kym is a qualified ECE educator who works on our Tui Room side. Kym has been teaching at WCK for over 14 years. Kym lives in Tairua with her partner Brendan and daughter Rhiannon. Kym’s two sons have flown the nest. Kym enjoys having holidays with her family.

Sophie Hayward

Kia ora, Ko Sophie Hayward taku ingoa,
Sophie is a fully qualified and certified teacher that has recently completed her Graduate Diploma of ECE from Waikato University. Sophie is working on our Kereru side and is passionate about children’s life long learning. Sophie lives in Whenuakite with her husband Jason, daughter Indi and son Chase.