Mel & Colin Ogle
We are the owners of Nature’s Wonder and am proud to say that dreams really do come true.
I have been working in the Early Childhood industry for over 15 years. I am a qualified and registered teacher with a Diploma of teaching ECE. Colin was a dairy farmer and when the opportunity arose to begin this journey we jumped at the chance and and have not look back.
Being able to create this wonderful environment for the families of Eltham and surrounding districts is a real pleasure and joy.
We have been married for 13 years and have two wonderful boys, Ethan and Tobias, both at primary school.
Hi, I am the Administration Manager at Nature’s Wonder. I am married to Rohan and have three children, Wade, Jolee and Jace. Originally from Feilding, we moved to Hawera 8 years ago.
Under Twos Team
U2 Head Teacher
My name is Ann Smith and I am excited to broaden my early childhood teaching experience as the Head Teacher in the Under Twos room. I have been teaching in several early childhood centres over the last 25 years, including community childcares in Stratford and Inglewood and Kindergartens in Stratford.
I grew up in a small farming community in the King Country with my parents and 2 younger sisters. My husband and I have lived in Stratford for almost 40 years, where we have raised 4 adult children. We also have 8 beautiful grandchildren who bring so much fun and love to our family.
I have always enjoyed spending time with young children and my own family inspired me to learn more about their learning and development. I gained my Diploma of Teaching ECE while working at our local childcare centre, when our children were still young.
In my leisure time, I enjoy sharing time with friends and family. I also love working in my garden, going to concerts and participating in physical adventures.
I aspire to be a positive influence on your child’s learning and development and make a difference in their young lives. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues, our families and your children in our beautiful learning environment.
I am very proud to be apart of the Under Twos teaching team here at Nature’s Wonder. I am a fully qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching ECE, I am also fully registered.
I feel privileged to be apart of the children’s lives and I pride myself on building relationships with he children and families, as this is very important to establish a positive learning environment for all.
I also enjoy getting children outside into the natural environment as so much can be learnt by being outside and experiencing the world around us.
I am married to Troy and we live in Stratford with our two sons. Sam is at WITT and Jackson attends Stratford High School. As a family we enjoy and compete in the sport of Wood Chopping. We travel all over New Zealand, Australia and Europe competing at events.
I started here at Nature’s Wonder as reliever before getting a permanent position in the Under Twos in September 2017.
Under Twos is a passion of mine, I really enjoy this age group watching them achieve new milestones. I have worked with the Under Twos for the past 7 years.
I started my journey in 2006 and I continue to enjoy working in this industry.
I was lucky enough to begin my own family in December 2016.
I look forward to meeting mew families and continue my work here at Nature’s Wonder
Over Twos Team
O2 Head Teacher
Kia ora koutou
Twenty years ago, if you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, it would have been exactly this. A qualified early childhood teacher, working with a passion for educating and empowering children. Oh, how the eight year old in me grins each morning when I arrive at work.
As you can tell, I have always had a passion for working with children and that passion has only grown as I completed my study. I am a fully qualified teacher whose personal philosophy centres around “respecting children as capable and competent human beings who are encouraged and empowered to be secure and confidant in themselves, achieving this through the use of meaningful relationships”
I was born in Auckland and spent the first ten years of my life in Waiuku. After that, my parents moved us to Stratford for a more peaceful lifestyle and I have lived here ever since (well almost) In 2014 I up and left my home town and headed to London on and O.E. While there, I travelled to some amazing places (the Arctic Circle, Greece, Croatia and Turkey being some of my favs) and nannied for two of the greatest children ever! At the beginning of 2017 I finally returned. I guess you could say, I caught the travelling bug!
I am the second eldest of five children (my youngest sister being only eight) and enjoy spending time with my siblings. I value this time even more so after being away for so long. I love watching the rugby and tennis. I also enjoy reading, music and movies as well as walks up the mountain. Post London, theatre has also become a new passion of mine.
My husband and I recently relocated back to New Zealand from Perth, now residing in Eltham. We are proud parents to two beautiful girls, Mishka and Mikhaila. I am very passionate about my family, friend and mankind in general.
I am the teacher in the Over Twos room and Nature’s Wonder and hold a Bachelor in Teaching Early Childhood Education. As a Kaiako, I believe it is important that I inspire, encourage, support, learn and grow alongside the tamariki, their whanau and Kaiako, building respectful, responsive, reciprocal relationships. As a Kaiako I advocate and am committed to the education and holistic wellbeing of all tamariki and believe that all tamariki have a right in this world, while feeling safe, secure and supported.
I am one of the teachers working in the Over Twos area at Nature’s Wonder. I have a Bachelor of Teaching ECE and feel very privileged to be part of the teaching team at Nature’s Wonder where children learn and grow in a beautiful, natural, thought provoking environment.
I grew up in Paraparaumu and moved to Taranaki six year ago. My husband and I are dairy farmers and we love the relaxed rural lifestyle that farming provides our family. We have two daughters, Caitlin who attends Opunake High School and Charlotte who attends Auroa Primary School. In my spare time I enjoy crafts, spending time in the garden, reading and spending time with my family.
My name is Caitlyn and I am a teacher in the over twos room here at Nature’s Wonder. I grew up in Auckland, NZ, in a small town called Warkworth and have recently relocated to Hawera. I come from a close family of four-my mum, my dad, my younger sister and myself. Since about the age of 12 I knew I wanted to work with children and developed a strong passion for education and care. I have completed the Level 5 NZ Certificate in Nanny Education and Care and I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Teaching (Level 7) through New Zealand Tertiary College Online.
My personal teaching philosophy is based around the idea that all children deserve and have the right to be treated with respect and have their own way of thinking valued to enhance their holistic development. In my opinion, building strong, positive relationships with children and their whanau is important for the physical and emotional growth of a child.
In regards to my teaching practice I like to embrace te ao Maori (the Maori world) by incorporating nga tikanga and te reo Maori in daily routines. Nga tikanga (Maori customs/traditions) and the use of te reo Maori (the Maori language) are important in the early childhood sector as it is developing the children’s knowledge of the country they are living in.
I strive to be the best teacher I can be providing a confident, caring and supportive person for the children in my care.
I have been relieving at Nature’s Wonder, mainly in the Under Twos since April 2018
I have spent over 28 years in the education field, including Playcentre, Teacher Aide and in the last 14 years in Early Childhood.
I enjoy getting to know and forming bonds with the children I work with and watching them grow and develop.
I am married to Bill and we have 3 adult children who have all left the nest. We live on a sheep and beef farm east of Stratford.
In my spare time I like to get out on the farm, baking and cooking and an a member of the Taranaki Harmony Chorus – female barbershop/acappella singing.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know as many families as I can.
I was born in Stratford, but grew up in the Horowhenua, but always have had contact with Taranaki and couldn’t help but move back. I live in Eltham with my husband Kieran, who works at ANZCO.
In our spare time we are renovating our home or up tramping on the Mountain.
I have been relieving here at Nature’s Wonder since it opened and love working with children of all ages.