Phone: 0508 JUMPSTART

Meet the Team

Ken Parkes


Tiffany Rice

Centre Manager/Preschool

Tiffany is a qualified, registered ECE teacher (B.Ed.ECE) and has been working in the industry for 10 years. Tiffany has worked at our Rimu Street Centre since it opened in 2008. As Programme Manager Tiffany is responsible for the day to day running of the centre, she supervises the teachers, ensures our policies and procedures are adhered to and leads our curriculum planning and assessment. Tiffany has a calm, efficient manner, her flexible, professional nature allows her to embrace change, ensuring her team develops and changes policies and procedures so that they are always following current best practice. Tiffany dabbles in music and often entertains the children with her ukulele.

Erica Gilberd

Team Leader/Preschool

Erica is the Preschool Team Leader. She has a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Years 0-8) and has a great deal of teaching and leadership experience. Erica is an extremely reflective and passionate teacher. She prides herself on providing quality care and education and is dedicated to recognsing and building on children’s individual strengths. Erica takes a very calm and respectful approach when dealing with children and her quiet, reserved nature ensures children feel confident and valued.

Tara Curtis

Tara is a Provisionally Registered Qualified Early Childhood Teacher. Tara has worked at Jumpstart for the past 4 years; she works part time and brings her 2 young children to work with her (Jada, 3 and Marli 1). Tara has a strong understanding of Tikanga Maori and supports our teaching team in their development of Maori language and pedagogy. Tara likes to involve Whanau into her practices as often as possible and believes strongly in the benefits of developing relationships with parents and Whanau. Tara enjoys working outside with children and helping develop a respect for the environment whilst challenging their physical and social skills.

Stephanie Reid

Stephanie has worked for Jumpstart Preschools since our Barrett Road centre opened in 2006; she has recently been transferred to Rimu Street. Stephanie is a Fully Registered Early Childhood Teacher; her teaching focus is based on relationships and communication with children and parents / caregivers. Stephanie places an emphasis on Numeracy and Literacy throughout her daily interactions with children and her gentle, caring nature makes her the go to teacher when a child needs comforting.

Jade Tan

Jade started at Jumpstart in 2007. She spent her 1st 3 years with us working part time and studying to attain a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Jade returned to work from maternity leave in 2013 and is working towards completing her NZ teacher’s registration. Son Tayjs (3) attends Jumpstart. Jade is passionate about conservation and organic living and shares her knowledge about the environment with our children. Jade has a natural calmness that children respond well to.

Monique Towers

Monique is in her 3rd year of study. She is bubbly and enthusiastic and the children really enjoy learning through play with her. She brings a fresh, youthful perspective to the centre.

Alice Miles

Alice is in her 3nd year of study. She has a quiet, calm nature that children are drawn to. Alice is a positive role model and the other teachers love that she is so amiable and positive.

Ashleigh Donald

Ashleigh offers support to our teaching team by ensuring the environment is kept clean and safe, she is always busy and can be found completeing a range of tasks from reading to the children to folding the washing. Ashleigh is hoping to start her ECE degree in 2015, her so Noah (3) attends Jumpstart with her.

Anna Fale

Anna is our Part Time office administrator; she takes care of all of our Rimu Street families once there enrolment has been accepted.Anna has 3 children in our centers (Ellya, 4 and twins Nixon and Greta 2), she enjoys parent contact and developing relationships so that she can ensure you are getting the full benefits of our centre. Please see her for any enrolment information or changes 06 7695208 or

Fiona Angus

Fi is our ‘Hygiene and Nutrition Technician’. She has the extremely busy job of providing fresh, nutritious snacks to all of our children while maintaining a safe and hygienic environment. Fi is an avid baker and loves to experiment with flavours, creating healthy snacks that children love, her daughter Miah (5) is her taste tester!

Rebecca Sergent

Rebecca is our Full Time Office Administrator; she is responsible for all enrolments and accounts, as well as a large number of other administrational tasks. Rebecca is extremely customer focused and prides herself on her efficiency. Rebecca’s daughter Rosa (4) attends Jumpstart so Rebecca experiences both sides of the desk helping to ensure that our policies and practices are user friendly. Please see Rebecca if you have any concerns regarding your account and/ or wish to make changes to your enrolment. You can contact Rebecca directly on 06 7510026 or

Ken Parkes

Ken is our Property Manager. He takes care of our buildings and landscapes. The kids love watching Ken as he is usually fixing or creating something, he has a great sense of humour and copes well under the pressure of curious children. Ken often takes small groups of children for carpentry sessions.