The Toddler teachers, Louise, Lisa, Charisse & Anneliese would like to welcome you and your child to our classroom.

Our Philosophy

Our children learn through play and the shared experiences they have with their teachers and other children.

We endeavour to have respectful practices that put the interests of our children and their individual choices first.

We want our children to learn to be independent and interdependent learners, and we do this by encouraging them to try things for themselves and to take responsibility for their own learning in dressing, toileting routines and eating.

We are here to guide and support our children through their learning. We are here for emotional and physical support if and when our children show us they need it. We give our children the time and space to explore and limit the amount of time we spend as teachers interfering with this learning process.

We encourage our children to use their words when expressing themselves and for those children who are still developing their verbal communication skills ’baby sign’ is continued on from our Infant classroom.

The care and safety of our children underpins everything that we do in the Toddler classroom.


Meet the Teachers


LOUISE - Team Leader

Louise is married with two gorgeous children. She is a fun and enthusiastic teacher who has been teaching a variety of age groups at Midcity since 2006. Louise is passionate about her role leading the Toddler Team and believes that children should be having fun while being engaged in their play. She knows that when children are happy and have a strong sense of belonging, they will thrive in our learning environment.



Lisa is a mother of two amazing resilient young adults and has been teaching for over eighteen years. Lisa believes that the early years are the most important years of a child’s life where the foundations of who a child will be developed. She is passionate about creating relationships with children and their families through a loving, caring environment, full of support and encouragement and lot of fun opportunities for children to learn, grow and be awesome.



Anneliese has been working alongside children for the past 7 years. She believes in supporting and nurturing individuality and providing opportunities that encourage a love of learning. Anneliese is passionate about building respectful relationships with children and whānau and believes that positive relationships are important for optimal growth. Outside of work, Anneliese enjoys playing sports, spending time with loved ones, spoiling her furr babies and getting lost in nature.



Charisse has been passionate about early childhood for as long as she can remember. She finished her ECE Diploma at Waikato University after her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and English. Charisse is excited to be working alongside the other Toddler teachers and to help support our tamariki in their development in her second year of teaching.

Charisse is originally from South Africa but has been in New Zealand for 9 years and got married to her kiwi husband in January 2017. Charisse is looking forward to getting to know you and your whānau. 

(Currently on maternity leave)