Opening Hours: 8.30 - 3.30 during school terms
and we can be contacted at 09 422 6516
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Crystal MacGregor - Kia Ora my name is Crystal I am a qualified ECE teacher and have been working alongside children since 2011. I love working at Leigh Preschool it has been a place for me to learn and grow over the years and it continues to allow me to grow alongside an amazing team and beautiful children. My biggest passion is respectful care and working with infant and toddler Pepe. I believe in creating loving, trusting, respectful  and responsive relationships with children as this allows them to feel confident to be able to explore their environment freely and to be able to create their own respectful relationships with others.




Kia Ora, my name is Makaylah Banks. Myself, my partner Cam and our children live in Warkworth. I have been working as an early childhood teacher for 5 years, through this time I have spent time in a few different centres and I am happy to say that I have found somewhere I love right here at Leigh Preschool. I have taken the leap to begin my degree in the bachelor of teaching with NZTC (New Zealand Tertiary College) with the support of the amazing team here at Leigh Preschool and I am so so excited about it. I look forward to meeting all the special Tamariki/Whanau at Leigh Preschool and supporting you all through this learning journey.

My name is Danielle Knight and I have been living in Matakana for two and a half years. I have been working alongside children for 4 years nannying and  in different childcare centre's. I am currently starting my third year gaining my Bachelor of Teaching degree. I am really passionate about outdoor nature play and allowing infants and toddlers to explore freely in their environment and learning about the world that they live in.

Hi my name is Evangeline Williams (B-ED – Teaching) and I have been working with and alongside children for more than 25 years in different environments in New Zealand and abroad.

My absolute passion is creating beautifully aesthetic  environments where our tamariki can discover and explore the beauty around them.


Kia ora, my name is Rachel Bigwood. I am the Teaching Team Manager at Leigh Community Preschool. I have been working in Early Childhood Education for 10 years with both under 2’s and Over 2’s. I feel really passionate about early childhood education and the importance of a peaceful, mindful and respectful curriculum with a strong focus on fun and child led play. Nature education and teaching from a place of love are at the heart of my philosophy and I am thrilled to have such a wonderful team of teachers whose practice reflects these as well.


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.


Kia ora, I’m Angela but I mostly go by Ange.

I’m a passionate and qualified ECE teacher with a wide variety of experience in the field, from working as a nanny in the outback of Australia to volunteering in a South African mission school. I have been working full time in NZ as an ECE teacher since 2015 and I am in the process of gaining my registration.

I love Leigh Community Preschool’s philosophy and focus on the natural world. I feel it aligns well with my own core values of being peaceful, loving and respectful as well as understanding the value and importance of nature and our living world.


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