Our People

Our Story...

"We want every parent to feel the way we do when we drop our children off at Pennylane… we want you to feel like you are leaving them with family."

To us, family is everything.  We are passionate about creating Early Childhood Centres that reflect the family values that were instilled upon us as we grew up in small town New Zealand.

We have a vision of creating places that are full of love, laughter and learning.

Every decision we make comes from the heart.  Our aim is to provide beautiful spaces that are full of happy, nurtured and challenged children.  

Equally, we truly care about our team. We believe in a culture of gratitude and appreciation, and in valuing and celebrating teachers as well as children for their individual differences.

With three young children ourselves, we know that choosing an Early Childhood Centre is hard.  We also know that trusting your precious little ones in someone else’s care is harder.

We aim to make this decision as easy as possible.  We want to take away the fear and to replace it with a feeling of security and excitement.

We hope that you will enjoy the experience from the moment you walk in our doors.  Come in and discover the difference.

Luke and Sarah Dixon - Owners

After 17 years of having children in ECE I finally found what I consider to be the best preschool.

- Davina

Meet Our Team...

It is the strength of our team that makes our Centre great.

That’s why recruitment and culture is a big deal to us.  We spend a lot of time making sure that any new teacher to our team is the ‘right fit’ for Pennylane.  We know that every teacher we employ has values that align with ours.  We know they will have relevant skills and experience, that they will bring something unique to our team, and that they will put the children in their care before anything else.

The professionalism of the teaching staff is of such a high standard, we knew that we could have absolute faith in her happiness and wellbeing every session.
- Kelly

Helen Lowe | Centre Manager

I am a fully registered teacher with a Diploma of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood. I am passionate about creating a culture injected with love, joy + creativity. Our Pennylane community deserve no less!

Rebecca | Group Administrator

I am the Office/Accounts Manager and I have been working at Pennylane since 2011. I enjoy working in a fun and busy environment. My hours of work each day are 1pm-5pm.

Sarah Findlay | Administrator

Lyn Lebanson | Centre Cook

I always tell people that I love my job!!  Pennylane isn't just a workplace it’s a home! I feel so loved here & a part of the family.
- Hope

(03) 338 6825


79 Hoon Hay Road, Hoon Hay, Christchurch

© Pennylane 2017


(03) 338 6825


79 Hoon Hay Road, Hoon Hay, Christchurch

© Pennylane 2017