Our Team

Northland Community Preschool's caring teaching team is what makes our preschool such a great place to play, learn and grow!  We have high teacher to child ratios. All of our teachers are fully trained and qualified and are dedicated to giving your child's education the best start possible while ensuring they are always having fun.

Carolyn Southcombe (Supervisor):
Carolyn has been involved in Early Childhood Education for 25 years as both teacher and administrator.  She has been at Northland Community Preschool in varying roles since 2009. Carolyn values the learning that occurs through children's play and the importance of relationships between children, whanau and the preschool community.

Rachel Robertson (Teacher):
Rachel holds a Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Education in Primary. She lives locally with her family and has been a long time resident of the area. Rachel has a particular focus on building strong foundational skills in language and helping children recognise their strengths and to see themselves as competent and capable learners. 

Bridget Napier (Teacher):
Bridget has been involved in Early Childhood Education for 21 years and has been teaching in the suburbs around central Wellington for the last 14 years. She lives in Aotea with her husband and two boys who attend Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Thorndon. She believes in working in strong partnership with children and their families to create rich learning opportunities for children to grow as confident explorers during their early childhood experiences and on into their future journeys.

Andrea Cochrane (Teacher)

Andrea holds a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) from Victoria University of Wellington.  She lives in Thorndon with her family and has a son at Wadestown School.  Working with children has given her an insight into how capable they are and how important relationships with their teachers/kaiako and other children are to their learning. She enjoys following each child’s interests and working alongside them as they discover more about the people, places and things in their lives.


Management Committee:
The preschool is a parent co-operative owned by the parents who work in partnership with staff. Major decisions about the running of the preschool are made at either management committee meetings, staff meetings or at general meetings. We value and rely on parental input and all parents are welcome at our monthly meetings.