Tadpoles is a family owned and operated business that caters for children from 0 to 6 years. Located at 73 Mountain Road, Mangere Bridge, Auckland, the centre is located near the Auckland International Airport, the South/West Highway 20A, Mangere Bridge township and the mountain.

Tadpoles has a strong educational focus and children are provided with a rich learning environment which is planned with stimulating and challenging activities.

The brand new centre is well resourced and staffed. We have sourced high quality resources to enhance the learning experiences of your child. Their day will involve structure, freedom and time to explore and direct their own learning interests.

Find about us, who we are, our experience and credentials along with our family and interests.


Teresa Johnston & Bee Hamlin

Bernadette Hamlin

Bernadette Hamlin – Managing Director / Owner

Hello my name is Bernadette (Bee). I am a wife, to Gavin for 18 years and mother of 3 beautiful children, Nic, Georgia and Noah. We all enjoy the beach and spend most of our weekends in Whangamata. I enjoy keeping fit and play netball, run and walk with friends.

I have been a teacher for the past 20 years and have worked in Primary and Early Childhood Centres. While working in Primary I was a Deputy Principal and this gave me a great oversight on how an effective school runs and how children learn.

I believe that every child is special and unique and as an educator it is our job to find these talents and develop them. I want every child to feel special and successful and leave Spotted Frog prepared for the next step in their learning journey.


Teresa Johnston – Administrator/ Owner

I am Bernadette’s Mum and look after the admin. I am semi retired and love the opportunity to be onsite, interacting with children and chatting to parents.

We run another successful preschool in nearby Blockhouse Bay. Blue Frog is well known and popular in the community and has an excellent ERO report.

You are welcome to visit our Blue Frog centre and see our programme and philosophy in action.