Janelle is the owner of Nurture@Home, growing a reputable homebased education & childcare service from her passion and belief that homebased care is best, which has stemmed from her experiences working in childcare centres and as a homebased Educator, and from having her own three children. Janelle works as a Visiting Teacher and holds a 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 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.
Carla is our Office Administrator at Nurture@Home, more like office extraordinaire as she is amazing. Carla is a mum of three gorgeous children, (two boys (twins) and a girl). After many years working in the Kindergarten Association as an administrator, Carla saw the benefits for children of homebased education and care and is a strong believer in all that it offers!
Carla’s role entails anything to do with the database, attendance records and child enrollments. We are also blessed to have Carla using her creative flair to support our team!
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.
Chloe feels very fortunate to have joined the Nurture@Home Leadership Team as a Visiting Teacher. She is a fully registered teacher holding a Christchurch College of Education Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood). Chloe has been working in Early Childhood for ten years, both in management and teaching roles and has a strong passion towards creating relationship-based care and learning.
Chloe advocates for a heartfelt approach that involves respectful practice in an unhurried pace and being attentive to each child’s needs, rhythms and interests. Her passion is to also lead and mentor cohesive and collaborative teams of Educators/Kaipoipoi. Chloe does this by supporting them to recognise and discover their values and strengths around child development. Chloe encourages Educators/Kaipoipoi to embrace the notion of being authentic in their practice, in the aim of maintaining passionate, motivated and nurturing Educators/Kaipoipoi.
Emma, one of our wonderful Visiting Teacher’s, love’s the Nurture@Home philosophy and is honoured to be welcomed into homes, getting to know the Educators, tamariki and building positive relationships with them.
Both of Emma’s parents are teachers and in 2008, with a passion for children, she began study, graduating with a Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). Since then Emma has enjoyed teaching at various small Early Childhood Education centres in the Nelson community. Her own daughter attended Nurture@Home and loved her being nurtured in a home-based environment, immersed in nature and being respectfully guided and supported; so it is very fitting that Emma is now able to support these wonderful connections and learning opportunities that children receive in home-based care, as a Visiting Teacher for Nurture@Home.
Emma is passionate about supporting children to grow in virtues such as aroha, kindness, generosity, empathy, mana, resilience, responsibility, perseverance, joy and wonder. All of the things that homebased care fosters and nurtures.
Katie, one of our fabulous Visiting Teachers is a fully registered teacher holding a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. Located in the beautiful Golden Bay region, Katie is extremely passionate about home-based care and education, having previously worked as a Visiting Teacher and also worked as a home-based Educator while her children were younger. Katie believes, with small group sizes and primary caregiving, home-based really is an extension of the family, with many children and families keeping in life-long contact due to the strength of those relationships made.
Katie lives in Pohara by the sea with her wonderful husband and four daughters. They spend most of their spare time in the great outdoors. Often fishing, paddle boarding, diving, swimming or playing around with their super cute mini ponies. Katie is passionate about making strong links with whanau and the local iwi as well as running regular Nurture@Home Playschools and NatureEXPLORERS with a focus on resilience, sustainability and a deep understanding of and love for the environment/Papatuanuku.