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Meet the Team

At Starfish Early Childhood Centre we value our unique role in contributing to your child's important early years. We employ qualified and experienced staff that together hold an extensive wealth of knowledge.

Our qualified teachers hold current first aid certificates and all of our staff are police vetted and reference checked.

Starfish staff welcome you as parents into the Centre and encourages your involvement. Your child will be supported, guided and respected while at our Centre.

The Management Team

Robyn Matthewson- Licensee
Robyn Matthewson- Licensee

Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Teaching Primary and Early Childhood

Hello, my name is Robyn. As the owner of Starfish I am your first port of call at the Centre. I am a qualified Primary and Early Childhood teacher and have a degree in Business Stuides. I have worked in education for over fifteen years as I absolutely love working with and educating young children. I am especially passionate about creating stimulating, nurturing environments for pre-schoolers to learn in and ensuring each individual child reaches their full potential. My husband Alistair and I have two lovely teenage girls of our own who keep us busy outside the Centre. 

Sharon Richardson- Senior Teacher
Sharon Richardson- Senior Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Teaching ECE

Kia ora. Hi, my name is Sharon and I am the Senior Teacher at Starfish. I have a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood. I am fully registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council and have worked in early childhood for 20 years now on the Hibiscus Coast. I love working with young children, fostering independent learning and promoting an inclusive environment for them and their families. I am also an avid netball fan having played all my life. 

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