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Our Team Leaders

We are team of incredibly proud and passionate qualified teachers at [email protected] – Quality Childcare & Education.

Visiting Teacher - Janelle - Home Childcare


Bachelor of Teaching & Learning Early Childhood Education/NZ Fully Registered Teacher

Owner/Manager and Visiting Teacher

Janelle is the proud owner of [email protected], growing a reputable homebased childcare & education service from her passion and belief that homebased care is best, which has stemmed from her experiences working, since 1994, in childcare centres as a teacher and a team leader; working as a Homebased Educator, and from raising her own family. Janelle works as a Visiting Teacher and holds an Australian Diploma and a NZ Degree in early childhood education, along with having over 25 years experience in the early childhood field. Janelle is from a large family herself, and her own blended family has extended to five children and two grandchildren. She shares a love of the outdoors with her husband and children and they can often be found out on and under the water scuba diving when time allows. Janelle’s passion for early childhood education (ECE) is coupled with a determination to offer families the highest quality care for their children – and her vision drives [email protected] to deliver excellence in early childhood education and care. Janelle and the Leadership Team manage and support the wide network of nannies and Homebased Educators that make up the awesome team at [email protected]

Quality Home Childcare With Philippa


Superstar Administrator

Philippa, our superstar administrator is also a mum to three lovely children. Philippa is passionate about the quality of care that [email protected] provides for children, having experienced this first hand working with our team as an Educator for a number of recent years prior to her admin role. Philippa has also had previous experience working in a number of local childcare centres and completed two years of study towards a Bachelor of Teaching & Learning (ECE). Philippa loves all things crafty and enjoys weaving this into her role as administrator along with putting to good use her business management skills/qualification and is able to support others with her knowledge and experience in the ECE field.

Visiting Teacher - Mandy


Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood/National Diploma in Tamariki Ora Well Child Services/NZ Fully Registered Teacher

Visiting Teacher

Mandy, one of our fabulous Visiting Teachers is a fully registered teacher holding a  Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), and as a Mum herself, is passionate about homebased child care. Mandy supports and mentors our Educators; is involved in the planning of our curriculum, excursions & outings and is passionate about strengthening relationships in our local community. Mandy is also a Community Kaiawhina for Plunket and recognises that through homebased care children get to enjoy a social environment but still explore and interact with their world at an unhurried pace.


Visiting Teacher

Visiting Teacher

Kirsty is another valued [email protected] Visiting Teacher who is a fully qualified and registered teacher, holding a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). Kirsty has been working in a variety of roles in the childhood sector with 20 years’ plus experience. Prior to starting her degree, she enjoyed ten years with her local Playcentre where her youngest child attended in her early years and her journey as a kaiako began. Kirsty is passionate about providing a nature-inspired learning approach, aligning beautifully with our own Nurture philosophy. Originally from Auckland, Kirsty and her partner raised their family of three in Golden Bay and have been living in Stoke for the past ten years. Kirsty enjoys spending precious time with family and friends, especially sharing her love of the outdoors, and Kirsty’s interests include gardening, music, beach walks, cycling the local trails, yoga and spending time with treasured grandchildren. Kirsty feels so privileged to be working as part of the leadership team for [email protected] supporting quality childcare and education.

LJ Visiting Teacher


Degrees in Law and Business Administration - Community Liaison

Family Coordinator

With a background in Family Law and Business, Ellejaye brings to [email protected] a passion for helping others and growing a thriving heart-led business that cares for all. Ellejaye loves to meet new people and form connections within her community. From her most recent business experience as owner, manager and teacher at Bounce Early Learning Centre, Ellejaye gained a passion for supporting families and their tamariki to thrive in an environment that is nurturing, supportive, fun-filled and stimulating. Ellejaye lives in Tasman with her 6 boys, (3 humans and 3 horses) and loves all things outdoors.


Bachelor of Teaching & Learning (ECE)/NZ Fully Registered Teacher

Visiting Teacher

Sarah, one of our wonderful Visiting Teachers is a fully registered teacher; and knowing how important those first 3-5 years of life are for our tamariki, used a home-based Educator for her own children when they were younger.  Sarah has enjoyed various teaching roles in her career and is super excited to be working in her role as a Visiting Teacher for [email protected] guiding our Educators, getting to know our tamariki and building positive relationships with them. Sarah is passionate about supporting Educators to grow in their role, and believes that respectful, loving relationships are at the core of teaching and respecting whanau as the children’s first teacher is paramount, strongly aligning with the [email protected] philosophy and feels privileged to be welcomed into homes, to support the wonderful connections and learning opportunities that children receive in homebased care.

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