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 feel privileged to be the Licensee Head Teacher of Manu Crescent Private Kindergarten. I commenced teaching in Early Childhood Education after first working in Management and Human Resource Management. After having my family I decided to study.  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. 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.
Tamlyn Fanner: Teaching is a passion and I have experience working with children of all ages. I received my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Development) in South Africa in 2013. Since immigrating to New Zealand in 2017, I have taught part time whilst taking time off to raise our young family. It has been lovely to have been given this opportunity to share my passion and joy with all at Manu Crescent Private Kindergarten. I look forward to this new adventure.

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.