All staff are committed to Manu’s philosophy which is based on proven educational research and are passionate about the delivery of a high standard of education for Early Childhood.

Quotes from the Education Review Office (ERO) Report 2019:
“Children positively engage in the well-resourced indoor and outdoor environments. The principles and strands of Te Whāriki (2017), the early childhood curriculum, underpin the centre’s programme.”

“Literacy, creativity, sustainability, music and active movement support children’s developing language, knowledge and understanding.”

Parents and whānau actively support the centre’s local outdoors community programme to promote children’s imaginative play, opportunities for challenge and respect for Papatūanuku.


Manu has a staff of 3 fully qualified Early Childhood Teachers:

IMG_8507.jpg Rhonda Miller:  Rhonda and her husband Neil opened the kindergarten in April 1992.  Rhonda managed and taught at the Kindergarten until she decided it was time to step back in April 2021. She takes on a mentoring role, leaving the Kindergarten in the safe hands of Angela Ryder-Jones as Licensee Head Teacher and her very competent teaching staff.
Angela Ryder-Jones Angela Ryder-Jones: I am the new Licensee Head Teacher of Manu Private Kindergarten. Coming to Early Childhood teaching after first working in Management and Human Resources and after having my family.  I hold a Diploma and a Bachelor in Teaching in Early Childhood Education. I am very passionate about providing quaility early childhood education and started teaching at Manu in 2013.
Liz Cooksey Liz Cooksey: I have had over twenty years experience of working with children of all ages. Firstly as a teaching assistant in a special educational needs school in the UK, where I was born. Then as a nanny here in New Plymouth when I moved to New Zealand just over ten years ago. In 2009 I began studying for my Diploma in Teaching in ECE which I then upgraded to the Bachelor which I gained in 2015. I did a teaching practice here at Manu during my studies and feel very fortunate for the opportunity to teach here.
DSCF6677.jpeg Jennifer Bayly: I am a proud past student of Manu Private Kindergarten. I hold a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. I live with my husband and young son. I look forward to meeting you.

Together we make a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic teaching team.  All our experiences come together to weave a creative and innovative programme for the Kindergarten.