Our Early Childhood Service Representatives

Jo Watton

Jo teaches at Sunnynook Kindergarten, part of the Auckland Kindergarten Association, where she’s been a Head Teacher for 19 years. Jo is the North Shore Head Teacher Mentor for the Association supporting incumbents into their new role. Over that time Jo has built strong relationships in the community and sees them as vital in achieving successful outcomes for children.

Jo is passionate about empowering children to become lifelong learners. She believes that strengthening the relationships between the education sectors, making meaningful and reciprocal connections as well as enhancing transitions, play a vital part in the success of our children.   

Prior to that Jo worked as a Play Specialist at Starship Hospital and a Kindergarten Teacher in Palmerston North and Torbay.

Jo graduated from Massey University in Palmerston North with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (0-8) and Physical Education.

She grew up in the beautiful East Coast town of Gisborne, attended Gisborne Girls High School before moving to Palmerston North to study at Palmerston North Teachers College, which later became Massey.

After graduating and working as a teacher for a year, she moved to the North Shore where she has remained. Outside of kindergarten Jo loves playing hockey and golf. She is passionate about sport and takes on management, coaching and committee roles where she can. She has two teenage daughters, who she loves spending time with. They keep her busy in the wide variety of sporting activities they are involved in at school, club and regional level.

Fran Paniora

Kia ora,

My name is Fran Paniora and I am the Head Teacher at Westlake Forrest Hill Kindergarten.

I have been teaching in ECE in both the private and public sector for 20 plus years. I live in Silverdale with my Husband Lance and two mischievous labradors. 

At Westlake Kindergarten I lead a team of four teachers, teacher aide and administrator. 

I have a strong interest in engaging sustainable practices and thinking with our tamariki and whanau. A particular passion is recycling, repurposing and reinterpreting materials for use in new and interesting ways within the early childhood setting. I believe that when children are engaged in such processes they become researchers, investigators and develop love for not only ‘things’ around them but also themselves – new eyes and new possibilities. 

He taonga te mokopuna, kia whāngaia, kia tipu, kia rea.
A child is a treasure, to be nurtured, to grow, to flourish.

Possible Inquiries : 

Strengthening Connections across our COL  both within the Early childhood Community and also Schools.

Supporting the Wellbeing of children and families as the navigate the world of embracing learning. 

Our Early Childhood Service List

Early Childhood ServiceContact Person
Sunnynook KindergartenJo Watton
Angels Childcare TakapunaKaren Douglas
Castor Bay Infant Care CentreNatasha Pinto
Kindercare Learning Centre MilfordPhilippa Terei
Lakeview Private KindergartenChloe Bosworth
Milford Baptist KindergartenShelagh Preest
Milford KindergartenAmanda Bowen
New Shoots SunnynookBarb Geddes
Our Family Early LearningDebby Evans
Starship Children’s HealthMorgan Thomas
Sunnynook Community Early LearningRose Broderick
Takapuna Kids Early Learning CentreSheryl Schofield
Takapuna KindergartenKim Hedlund
Takapuna Learning SpaceYvonne Groot
The No1 KindyFrances Bulpin
Westlake Forrest Hill KindergartenNicky James