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Our Team Leaders

Team Leaders at Nurture@Home are an incredibly proud and passionate group of qualified teachers, providing quality childcare and education.

Visiting Teacher - Janelle - Home Childcare


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

Owner/Regional Manager and Visiting Teacher

Janelle is the proud owner of Nurture@Home, 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 28 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 four 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 Nurture@Home 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 Nurture@Home.

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 Nurture@Home 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 (ECE)/NZ Fully Registered Teacher

Visiting Teacher

Mandy feels very fortunate to be part of the Nurture@Home Leadership Team as a Visiting Teacher. She is a fully registered teacher holding a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood). Mandy has been working in Early Childhood for many years, both in leadership and teaching roles and has a strong passion for quality care for infants and toddlers and towards creating relationship-based care and learning.

Mandy advocates for small group care and a heartfelt approach that involves respectful practice in an unhurried pace through being attentive to each child’s needs, rhythms and interests. Mandy encourages Kaipoipoi/Educators to embrace the notion of being authentic in their practice, in the aim of maintaining passionate, motivated and nurturing Kaipoipoi/Educators.


Bachelor of Teaching ECE/NZ Fully Registered Teacher

Visiting Teacher

Kimberly is excited to be a part of the fantastic Nurture@Home Marlborough team. Mum of three, Kimberly has experience working as a teacher and as a Nanny. Kimberly feels her experience from these roles and since becoming a Mum has supported her to understand how crucial and important strong trusting relationships are. Kimberly delights that home-based education and care supports these connections to naturally unfold, providing children with strong foundations and environments to thrive in, setting them up to become life-long learners.  Kimberly loves supporting others and adores watching children learn and develop in such a wonderful homebased community.


Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Visiting Teacher

Kirsty is another valued Nurture@Home 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 Nurture@Home supporting quality childcare and education.


Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education/NZ Fully Registered Teacher

Visiting Teacher

Cara-lee, one of our fabulous Visiting Teachers is a fully registered teacher holding a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), and a certificate in Play Therapy. As a Mum herself, and after many years managing a local ECE service, Cara-lee is excited to be in the role of Visiting Teacher. Cara-lee is passionate about inspiring and nurturing other kaiako to grow and exceed and feels small group ratios provide the best environment for tamariki in care. Cara-lee 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.

Quality Home Childcare With Gemma

Gemma – Family Connector

Gemma brings with her over ten years’ experience working as a homebased Educator and is passionate about home-based care providing the best start for children.  In her role as Family Connector, Gemma handles all of our family and new Educator enquiries sharing her belief that through Nurture@Home children are provided with quality home childcare. Gemma holds a National Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care and would love to be able to support your childcare needs or to support you to take the exciting step of becoming a home-based Educator with Nurture. Gemma is a loving mum with a keen interest in Natural/Gentle/Attachment parenting and music is a prominent feature in her home. With her family, Gemma loves to travel to new places.


Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Marlborough Area Manager and Visiting Teacher

Ang supports our Marlborough service in the role of Family Connector and Visiting Teacher, holding a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and qualifications in small business management. Ang also has a wealth of knowledge of and a huge passion for home-based care and learning, working in the sector since 2006, Ang loves the uniqueness of home-based childcare and the ability it provides to be flexible for whanau, while the tamariki/children experience the benefits of one primary care giver.  Ang has two very spirited beautiful daughters as well as one fur baby (a small dog), and family is a huge part of their life in Marlborough. Ang feels so blessed to be able to support a service that meets the needs of the Marlborough community while supporting and inspiring other like-minded Educators.

Nicki is so kind caring, gentle but also fun!

“I put my daughter in with Nicki when she was 15/16 months old and it was the best choice I could have made. My daughter only goes 2 days a week but she settled in so easily and quickly as her educator / kaipoipoi is so kind caring, gentle but also fun! Nicki made my daughter and I both feel so comfortable from the get go! This was so important to me as I just had a new baby and was so worried about how my daughter would get on with so many changes happening.

The experiences they get with nurture at home is awesome, such a cool environment for our tamariki with lots of exciting activities. I love how they experience time with their familiar small groups and get the chance to experience learning with large groups of tamariki too. The communication between parent and educator is such an underrated part of this childcare service. I love reading the learning updates from her teacher and seeing the photos of my daughter experiencing new things, learning, making friends and having fun. Definitely recommend placing your child with one of the awesome home based educators that work for Nurture at Home. I couldn’t be happier”


Get started yesterday

Beautiful company to work with, in fact describing Nurture@Home as a company doesn’t feel right at all – it’s closer to being a large extended family in every sense & words can’t describe how amazing this is. I am thankful and blessed to be part of such a kind, loving, nurturing, heart centered, supportive community. I have truly flourished in my time with Nurture. If your considering either placing your pride and joy with Nurture@Home or becoming an Educator yourself, the only advice I have to offer is – GET STARTED YESTERDAY – because this is a fabulous opportunity & people are clicking on to it. Spaces do not hang around long! Thank you for all of the love, support & opportunities you provide us with as Educators Nurture, we adore you.

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