Our Team

Inside we have a family home ‘feel’ with different activities in different spaces. We have a large range of excellent resources which have been sourced from overseas and locally.

Our book selection is vast and varied with bi-lingual books (Māori, Mandarin) and also a library for the children to access to take home.

  • Enrolling children who are 2-5 years old
  • Minimum enrolment requirement:
    2 year old: minimum two half day morning sessions per week
    3-5 years old: minimum two day sessions per week

Session options ( applied age groups are in brackets )

Full Day (2-5 year olds): 8:00-5:30 (9.5 hours)
Shorter day (2-5 year olds): 8:00-3:30 (7.5 hours)
Half Day Morning (2 year olds): 8:00-12:30 (4.5 hours)

Meet the Team

Bruce and Miranda Major

Welcome, Haere Mai. We took over Donald Street Pre-School on the 27th of August 2012 to continue the vision of Cath Marr who opened the Pre-School in 2006. We live above the Pre-School with our 2 daughters Millie and Imogen. We are actively involved in the day-to-day running of the pre-school and really enjoy providing support and being part of the teaching team.  

Michelle Tyler

Welcome, Ni Hao, Kia Ora. I am Michelle and I totally love being at Donald St Monday to Friday spending time with all the children and their families. Children and the way they learn are a never ending source of fascination for me. I have an added interest in special needs children and how they learn, having had three myself.

Rebecca Synge

Ki ora, my name is Rebecca Synge. I studied towards a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) at the Christchurch College of Education and completed this study at the end of 2006. Since completing my studies I have been teaching full time in a couple of centres throughout Christchurch and more recently Wellington. It is a privilege to be a part of young children’s learning and development. I enjoy fostering the natural curiosity every child has which I believe fuels their desire to explore their surroundings and learn. I play the flute and enjoy playing and performing with an orchestra in the Wellington region. I also enjoy doing patch work, arts and crafts and baking.

Ashleigh Alexander-Drysdale

Hi, my name is Ashleigh Alexander-Drysdale. I have recently finished my bachelor of education at Victoria University and am very excited to join the teaching team here at Donald Street Pre-school. I've dreamed of being a teacher since I was a child, so I am very passionate about working with children and doing everything I can to help them to get the best start to their education and life.