Sara Greensill-Van Prehn

Teacher, Director & Owner


Tena koutou, katoa

Ko Taranaki toku maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Ko tokomaru te waka
No Omata ahau
Ko Sara Greensill-van Prehn toku ingoa

Sara Greensill-van Prehn has spent the past 24 years in the early childhood sector in a number of capacities. Sara has taught, set up home-based in Auckland, worked for the Ministry of Education as a contractor and employee before returning to her home town of Taranaki. Since her return, she has been involved in and currently is a Lecturer for the Unversity of Canterbury.

Sara originally undertook her Diploma of Teaching (ECE) at the Auckland College of Education and completed her Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland. Just before her son was born, she completed her Masters in Education.

Sara has a passion for children’s environments and for implementing a programme that supports the needs of the various ages of the children that attend, as well as providing an environment that is conducive to learning through calm, deliberate and conscious teaching. Sara believes that this is all possible through the influence of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.

Sara enjoys cooking, sports and the beach and enjoys all of these more with the help of her 9 year old son.

Melissa Crow

Manager, Senior Teacher

Tena Koe

Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Waitara te awa
Ko tokomaru te waka
Ko Te Atiawa te iwi
No Oakura ahau
Ko Melissa Crow toku ingoa

Melissa has a Diploma of Teaching (ECE) with 15 years of experience in teaching, leading teams and management in early childhood education.

Melissa believes that all children are capable and competent learners, and this is reflected in all aspects of her interactions with children and the environment within which they learn.

Melissa has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys growing and cultivating her own food and exploring new and wonderful places with her 8 year old daughter.

Aimee Wisnewski

Head Teacher


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Ko Taranaki te maunga 
Ko Puniwhakau te awa 
Ko Tokomaru te waka 
Ko Ngati Mutunga te iwi 
No New Plymouth ahau 
Ko Aimee Wisnewski toku ingoa

Aimee brings to Piccolo a vast number of qualities that she shares with the teaching team and tamariki.  These include  innovativion, nurturing, positivity, inspiriation, engagement, creativity, fun, dedication and trustworthiness.

Aimme has been teaching in kindergartens around New Plymouth for over 15 years.  She is an enthusiastic, innovative and passionate teacher whom embraces children's strengths, aspirations, needs and interests. Aimee strongly believes that children learn best in an environment where they feel safe, secure, nurtured and valued, and believes that all children are strong, competent and capable individuals whom are full of wonder and curiosity to learn. All children have a natural drive that makes them want to understand and know about the world around them and how this world relates to them. 
Aimee and her husband have two spirited, gorgeous young girls who either keep them young or make them feel very old! Aimee comes from a big family so our weekends are very much their special family time together.

Aimee looks forward to meeting you all and learning with and alongside your children.

Rosie Lindsay


Kia Ora,

Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Patea te awa
Ko Redeemer Church te iwi
No Stratford ahau
Ko Rosie toku ingoa

Rosie graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and a Diploma of Teaching in Primary. Rosie has returned home to Taranaki with her husband to share her immense skills and passion for children.

Rosie has a passion for working with children, especially their development of:
• Social skills
• Independence
• Challenging themselves
• Inquiry
• Child led learning
• Supporting children to be active participants in their own learning

Rosie has a wide range of interests including arts and craft, and food and cooking of which she is very skilled at. Creativity comes very naturally to Rosie and she always shares her great ideas!

Hayley McCracken



Tena koutou, katoa

Ko Taranaki toku maunga
Ko Wairau te awa
Ko Tokomaru te waka
No New Plymouth ahau
Ko Hayley McCracken toku ingoa

Hayley has recently completed her studies at the University of Canterbury and joins the Piccolo team as a new graduate.  She has spent time during her study working part time at other early childhood services within New Plymouth.  Prior to studying early childhood education, Hayley also had experience as a nanny. r the

Hayley undertook her Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE) at the University of Canterbury.

Halyey has a passion for infants and young children.  She establishes very nurturing and trustworthy relationships with children. 

Hayley enjoys cooking, keeping fit and enjoys the company of her husband and two Cavalier Spaniel dogs.  Hayley looks forward to working with you and your children.