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.


Staff and Teaching Team

Jasmine Lockhart

- Office Supervisor

                Katherine Fraser                  - Office Administrator

Katherine is our Office Administrator and works along side all parents, staff and the committee. Katherine grew up in Coroglen and lives in Cooks Beach with her husband and three children. Katherine enjoys gardening, cake decorating, paddle-boarding and spending time with her family. 

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 husband and son. Stacey enjoys being active and plays a variety of sports as well as being a local lifeguard.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



Theresa Mitchell

Sue Cunningham