The Kensington Team

This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Kensington. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.

Bridget Chapman

Centre Manager - Registered Teacher
Kia Ora, my name is Bridget Chapman and I am the Centre Manager, here at Educare Kensington.
I am originally from Kaikohe where I grew up and completed my schooling. Since graduating from the Auckland College of Education, I have taught in various kindergartens within the Northland and Ruahine Kindergarten Associations. I have also taught internationally in the Middle East and China over an 11 year period with my husband and two children.
With my past experience in teaching, I am committed to offering a rich, exciting and educational programme for children in full or part-time daycare situations, something my own children had the privilege of receiving in international schools.

Kylie Newson

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora my name is Kylie Newson and I am very excited to join the teaching team and whānau here at Educare Kensington. I'm a Whangarei local now, but am originally from Bundaberg, Australia. I love living in Whangarei and have fallen in love with the beautiful landscape of NZ.
I have worked in early childhood for most of my adult life, and is something I have always wanted to do. I have two adult sons who live over in Australia.
I have recently finished my Bachelor of Teaching – ECE and really enjoyed learning about different perspectives of ECE and have enjoyed the bicultural aspect of NZ.
Please feel free to come say hi, and I really look forward to getting to know you and your child here at Educare Kensington.

Heidi Hamman

Provisionally Registered Teacher
Kia ora, after moving from Queensland Australia to beautiful Aotearoa from an early age I spent my childhood growing up in the small Northern township of Kaeo. I graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand in 2012 before moving to Perth, where I lived for 4 years with my partner. After missing our whānau and deciding that NZ was where we belonged, we moved back in early 2017.
I spend a lot of my spare time outdoors and love hiking the trails through the rich New Zealand Ngahere. Heidi is currently on maternity leave.
It wasn’t until I started working in childcare that I discovered my love and passion for working with tamariki. Each day I am fascinated by what they bring with them, whether it be a new skill, a new thought/idea or a story to share.

Natalie Repia

Teacher in Training - Year 1
Kia ora whānau, my name is Natalie, I am a first year student studying Early Childhood Education with Open Polytechnic and work here at Educare Kensington part-time. My family and I moved to Whangarei from Auckland in 2015, and have found that Whangarei is such a beautiful place to live and bring up our children. As soon as I visited this centre I knew it was the place for my daughter, and once she was old enough she started attending and has flourished ever since. I love working with and building relationships with tamariki, and look forward to getting to know your whānau.

Chalice Reihana-Ruka

Kia Ora, My name is Chalice and I am one of the newest additions to the Kensington Educare whānau. My family are from Taheke Hokianga and I am of Ngati Pakau and Ngai Te Rangi descent. I have very recently begun my ECE journey through Open Polytechnic and have plans to do my degree as soon as I can! Aside from work I have many passions and love investing my time into creative practices such as raranga (weaving) and mahi toi (art). Having being raised by my Grandmother I have been completely immersed in Te Ao Māori from a very young age. Because of this, Kensington Educare has been such a perfect place for me and I feel right at home here with our tamariki, our families and our wonderful team.