Collectively Kids is an early childhood education centre for children aged three months to five years.

We are open from 7.30-5.30.


Our community consists of approximately 50 families (with 30 children attending each day) seven teachers and support staff.



Tamariki have the right to:

  • a peaceful, safe, secure, healthy, socially just, environmentally sustainable present and future

  • respect, unconditional love/aroha and an early childhood education which recognises them as active citizens and as active participants with rights and responsibilities

  • understand their own heritage and culture within the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa/Nu Tireni/New Zealand.


Tamariki and their whānau and families have the right to:

  • full participation and to achievement irrespective of ethnicity, gender, ability or background

express who they are and be affirmed as an individual and as part of a community free from discrimination, assumptions or stereotypes.



Marina Bachmann

Owner and team leader at Collectively Kids since 1993

BA, Montessori Diploma, Equivalence to Diploma of teaching, Master of Education

Over time Marina has developed a place-based approach to environmental education with a particular focus on the right of children to an environmentally sustainable future, social justice, citizenship, a commitment to TeTiriti o Waitangi based practice and sharing our approach with the wider community.


Tessa Lokeni


Bachelor of Teaching ECE

Tessa started working as a teacher at Collectively Kids in 2018. She is particularly interested in diversity of tamariki, exploring cultures and ways in which we can contribute to the wider community.


Veronique McIntosh


Bachelor of Teaching ECE

Veronique has been a teacher at Collectively Kids since 2013. She has mainly worked with the younger children. She is interested in tuakana/teina relationships

Christine Lee


Bachelor of Education (Teaching- ECE)

Christine joined Collectively Kids as a teacher in January 2019. She is interested in holistic development and passionate about collaborating with whānau to support children in developing a sense of identity.

Lisa Quinlan


Diploma of teaching ECE, Bachelor of Education ECE. Lisa started working as a teacher at Collectively Kids in February 2009. After six months away in early 2019 she has returned as a teacher. She has been in the education sector for many years. Lisa’s interests are the Visual arts, Leadership, and supporting children’s transition into the school environment.

Philip/Piripi Wills


B.A., Graduate diploma of teaching, Primary. He uri a Philip nō Ngāti Pākehā anō hoki. Philip started working at Collectively Kids in 2020. He is interested in how young people make sense of their world and how we build knowledge together as a community. Philip is a keen student of the reo Māori. Kōrero mai!

Soya Thomas


Bachelor in teaching ECE, teaching in ECE since 2010. Soya started at Collectively Kids in April 2020. She has a strong interest in building relationships with children and whānau. Soya has worked mainly with infants and toddlers and believes that learning best happens when the children's uniqueness is acknowledged.

Christine Diggins



Taught at CK (Montessori Khyber Pass) from 1997-2000. Mother to 3 teenage boys who all went to CK. Have a strong lifelong commitment to sustainability and children’s social & emotional well-being.

New ERO Report Available 

The 2019 ERO Report is now available here.

Collectively Kids - (09) 8495261 - collectivelykids@xtra.co.nz - 28 Carrington Road, Pt. Chevalier, Auckland 1025