Opening Hours: 8.30 - 3.30 during school terms
and we can be contacted at 09 422 6516
or email:




Crystal MacGregor - My name is Crystal MacGregor and I moved to Matakana about a year an a half ago. I graduated a year ago and have my degree in early childhood education. I have worked with children over the past 4 years and I have found a great passion when working alongside childen. I love how special the relationships are when love and respect are in place. I look forward to meeting all the wonderful people of Leigh community.

Silvia Birch - I am so excited to be a part of this lovely Whanau here at Leigh preschool!  The kids are making me feel very welcome and we have already done so much cool stuff together! I have two little kids of my own and while Tommy - my big 3 year old - has been helping me to get to know everyone, Sofia my 1 and a half year old - is having a great time in Hauturu with the little ones and receiving lots of love from the big kids too. Thank you guys!!


I am currently starting my bachelor of teaching and I'm lucky enough to get to work here 3 days a week and go home very inspired to learn more about the wonderful world of early childhood.


I am originally from Brazil but my husband is a Leigh boy so we are a bilingual family living in this awesome little New Zealand community. I love this town and all of the nature and beauty it has to offer! I have a background in design and natural health and in my spare time I like to surf and enjoy my family and friends.


Thank you all for the warm welcome!



Jessica Bell - Jessica has just graduated with a

B.Ed (Early Years). She has spent many years

teaching and learning at Playcentre with her own

children where she has developed a strong play

based teaching philosophy. Jessica is passionate

about children’s play, exploration and creative

project work.

Jenny Crompton - Jenny has been teaching at

Leigh Community Preschool for 10 years and holds a Diploma of Teaching (ECE). Jenny is passionate and knowledgeable in music, movement and storytelling. She is also focussed on outdoor and nature learning for children.

Brenda Walton - Brenda joined our team as Centre Manager in May 2015. With her background in HR and Office Management she has an eye for detail which supports the financial and day to day operations of our preschool. She is passionate about learning and ensuring that the preschool is meeting the requirements of the MOE guidelines, and supporting teachers to do their best.

Vicki Penney - Vicki has been part of the team at Leigh Community Preschool for over 20 years and loves the tight knit community and family focus of

our special little preschool. She’s an amazing

support for our teaching team.


Elysia Green - Assistant Head Teacher.

Elysia leads an amazing team of teachers.

Elysia has been teaching for 15 years and has a B.Ed(ECE). She is particularly passionate about respectful, nature based infant care and learning.

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