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Learning begins at home

Our skilled Co-ordinators make it happen!

Playschool employs fully qualified ECE Teachers who provide support and educational advice to your Educator. We come to you every month with free resources and tools to enhance your child’s learning. Meet our Programme Co-ordinators here.
At Playschool we recognize the importance of continuity of care. As part of our service, every Family and Educator will be assigned one of our Programme Co-ordinators. Every one of our Programme Co-ordinators is a fully qualified and experienced Early Childhood Education Teacher with experience in providing one on one support to your child and Educator.

Co-ordinators

Kirsty Hall

Senior Programme Manager – Auckland

I have always had a strong passion for children and being an educator to triplets made me aware that I wanted to proceed in Early Childhood Education and make a career out of extending and developing children’s ideas and theories. I spent the next 3 years studying at the University of Waikato for my Bachelors in Education in ECE and then came back to Auckland to teach. Teaching runs through my family as my mother has been a primary teacher for over 20 years!

I have spent 2 ½ years working with 3-year-olds in a Reggio Inspired centre. The opportunity arose to become a Program Coordinator and I was excited to start this new chapter in my life. I believe that children learn their most important life skills in their early years and what better place to learn these than in the home environment. I have been working for Playschool since July 2010. I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to come into people’s homes and visit families and be a resource to them. I love meeting with families and sharing those ‘magic moments’ with the children and their educators alike and watching as these children grow and develop. Playschool is a great resource to use when extending your child’s learning.

Home-based care is a stimulating opportunity for children as it allows them to learn in a familiar environment where they feel loved and nurtured.

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Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

Waikato University

Kushla Ryan

Senior Programme Manager – Auckland

Whilst training for my Diploma through distance learning, I worked as a Teacher in a well-known centre, KinderCare learning Centre, in Henderson. This gave me my foundations for excellence in child care and education. After completing my Diploma I wanted to find out and experience other childcare services so I thought it felt like a great time for the change so I made the decision to move to a new centre (Apples Childcare and Learning Centre). A few months into the role I was appointed Headteacher of the Pre-school room from ages 3-4, I had a blast in this role, I enjoyed working alongside families and their children, trying to achieve the best possible care and education in an aesthetically, warm and inviting setting.

Reflecting on my own childhood is what started to develop my interest in home-based childcare; I wanted to find out how I, as a teacher, could help support families and Educators further develop children’s learning while being cared for at home. From here I joined the team at Playschool as a Programme Co-ordinator and I am now able to help out with all sorts of questions and further extend children in their natural environment of home! I enjoy my visits with my families and I love seeing how the children are progressing. My personal philosophy incorporates, learning through a safe, happy and fun environment with added help along the way when needed. Playschool allows me to utilise my philosophy everytime I step through the door of one of the children I oversee. I am grateful for this opportunity to work alongside the families, friends and staff here at Play-School!

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Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

College of ECE & NZTC

Grace Yaun

Programme Co-ordinator – Auckland

Kia ora, my name is Grace Yaun and I am originally from China. I am fluent in both English and Chinese. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education, graduated from AUT in Dec 2012.

Before beginning my Playschool adventure, I had worked for 3 years in an ECE centre, and prior to that, I was a student Teacher and a reliever. This experience enabled me to develop confidence and skills in teaching and caring for children.

I am genuinely passionate about young children and teaching. I value children and their families, in my practice as an ECE teacher I am committed to:

• Providing nurturing, stimulating and safe environments

• Planning and implementing learning and experiences and supporting and extending children’s needs and interests

• Establishing warm, reliable, responsive and reciprocal relationships with children

• Building and maintaining partnerships with families and whanau in children’s learning

I am a person with a positive outlook and a good sense of humour.  I am excited to start my Playschool journey and build new relationships with the Playschool whanau.

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education in ECE

Auckland University

Jenny Chen

Programme Co-ordinator – Auckland

Nihao, Hello everyone, my name is Jenny Chen. I am originally from China and have been living in New Zealand since 2004.

I started my study in New Zealand as a high school student. I have now become a qualified and fully registered teacher with New Zealand teaching qualification, Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from Unitec.

I have been working in Early Childhood Centre’s for over 10 years. I have a great interest in art and also have done two years of study in Art and Design/Painting in New Zealand.

My own educational philosophy is inspired by the values, beliefs, and principles of the Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber Philosophies, which focus on the child and the importance of relationships that develop through respectful interactions between the educator and child/ren. My teaching goal is to encourage children to develop positive self-concepts, self-discipline and become independent learners.

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education in ECE

Unitec Institute of technology

Sarah Terblanche

Programme Co-ordinator – Auckland

Kia-ora Families, Whanau, Educators, and Tamariki.

My name is Sarah and I am an experienced and committed fully registered and qualified Early Childhood Teacher with a teaching
and mentoring background in both home-based education, as well as centre-based ECE.

I have had the privilege to work alongside many children and their families over the last seven years in a range of diverse settings, as well as having the opportunity to mentor, support, and guide teachers through their studies and practicum placements.

My journey began as a new graduate teacher working in centre-based early childhood centres in 2012. After five years of centre-based teaching, I discovered my passion for Homebased Education where I was a Nanny for two families over two years. I was eager to attain and continue a leadership role where I could continue to support and guide Teachers. I have been a Homebased Coordinator and Visiting Teacher for one year and I believe I have found my passion within this type of role.

I feel privileged and very excited to be part of the awesome team here at Playschool Education, and I look forward to meeting you all and building relationships with you and your family.

Nga Mihi,

Sarah

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE

Auckland University

Ruby Nevin

Programme Co-ordinator – Bay of Plenty

Kia ora,

My name is Ruby Nevin and I am the Programme Co-ordinator for Playschool Education in the Bay of Plenty region.

I live in Katikati in the Western Bay of Plenty with my partner, daughter, and two dogs. We love living here, being close enough to the city while still enjoying a small, close-knit community that is great for raising a family.

I have been in the Early Childhood Education sector since 2010 when I studied a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) at Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton. Throughout my studies, I worked as a relief teacher and moved into a full-time teaching position upon completing my degree. I have since had experience in a variety of teaching roles, spending most of my career to date working in Kindergartens.

In 2019 I had my daughter, Eilish, and this is where my interest in Home Based Education began. Seeing her develop and thrive at home has shown me that children benefit greatly through learning at home and this is an area of the education sector I am excited to be working in now.

My personal philosophy values relationships as the foundation for all learning. When children feel secure and loved, they are confident to explore, discover, and learn. I also value learning through play and authentic, meaningful experiences including regular experiences and excursions within the child’s community. Home-based care and education align well with my beliefs and I am looking forward to being able to support kaiako, tamariki, and whānau on their Playschool journeys!

Qualifications

Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
New Zealand

Waikato Institute of Technology

Amanda Anderson

Senior Programme Co-ordinator – Hawkes Bay

Kia ora,

My name is Amanda Anderson, I was born and raised in Hawkes Bay and I have been teaching for the past 10 years. I have had a passion for education from an early age and decided that early childhood teaching highlighted my personal qualities and beliefs about when learning begins. I completed my Diploma of Teaching in 2008 and furthered this study to gain my Bachelor in Early Childhood Education more recently. I have had a range of experiences focusing on different age groups and philosophies. My most recent position was as a primary caregiver with toddlers utilising the Pikler philosophy of education. I enjoy working alongside parents, and whanau to provide quality learning experiences that nurture and fosters a child’s emotional, social and cognitive abilities. I am really looking forward to my exciting new role as a programme coordinator for Playschool Education. I am committed to working with you to provide the best quality start for the precious children in your care.

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

New Zealand
Tertiary College

Kelly Rose

Programme Co-ordinator – Hawkes Bay

Kia ora,

My name is Kelly Rose and I am a Programme Co-ordinator in the beautiful Hawkes Bay. My husband and I have a 1-year old daughter and several 4-legged fur babies – consisting of lambs, calves, horses, ducks, dogs, piglets, & chickens…

I love to play hockey, horse ride (dressage and showing), and just generally being outdoors. We own a lifestyle block that is filled up with several varieties of pets, with forests to roam and lakes to swim.

I have been teaching for just on 10 years now, entering the profession straight out of High school. I went on to do my studies after a year of working in an ECE Centre and am now a Fully Registered ECE Teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching in ECE. Becoming a Programme Co-ordinator has been a big dream of mine, so I am extremely excited that this opportunity has arisen. I have worked in a variety of ECE Learning environments – Centres, In home-, nanny, and I have been a part of the Play Centre Association for 8 years too. All these different environments have influenced my passion and direction for ‘teaching’, so participating in supporting our tamariki to grow and develop into confident and competent learners is of huge importance to me.

Relationships are the core of my philosophy. I believe it is so vital in any child’s life to have a strong, secure, trusting and loving relationship, and I feel they are created effectively through an ‘In-Home Childcare’ learning environment. When these valuable and secure relationships are established, children just flourish and confidently go out to seek adventures.

Through my work here at Playschool as a Programme Co-ordinator, I will ensure I support everyone to grow such relationships, whether that be with Nana, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunty Uncle, a friend or even a new ‘family member’ (Au Pair). I am looking forward to working alongside families and friends to support our common interests and the aspirations of our children within NZ by providing quality Care and Education.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

Te Tari Pun Ora Aotearoa

Rosie

Programme Co-ordinator – Hawkes Bay

Kia ora whānau and educators,

My name is Rosie and I am a fully registered and qualified Early Childhood teacher with experience in both early childhood centres and primary schools. I have spent most of my life in Hawkes Bay and have lived in Hastings, Porongahau, Havelock North and Napier. I come from a family of nine and spent most of my life caring for my four younger siblings. I now live with my partner and our four-legged pup.

My philosophy revolves around strong relationships. I believe in positive, collaborative relationships that empower tamariki to grow into competent learners. The best learning happens when tamariki feel as though they are surrounded by people that they have strong, safe and secure relationships with. I feel as though home-based childcare is the ideal learning environment for tamariki to develop and build those valuable relationships.

I started teaching early childhood in Hawkes bay while I was still studying in 2014. I then spent the following five years in centres throughout Hastings after gaining my qualification. I moved to London in 2019 and taught new entrants for a year. Finally, I came back to Hawkes Bay and took on this exciting role as a programme co-ordinator. I love my families that I work with and I believe our partnership towards children’s learning will provide a nurturing education full of aroha. I became passionate about home-based learning when I was a child as my own mother was a home-based educator. I grew up experiencing the amazing safe and fun environment where tamariki could learn at their own time and pace. I am excited for the journey ahead with my Playschool whānau and tamariki.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

Eastern Institute of Technology

Fiona Greaves

Programme Co-ordinator – Waikato

Hi, I’m Fiona and I am the Programme Co-ordinator from Playschool Education for the Waikato region. I have been working in the childcare industry since 2003.

I have two children, Sienna and Damon. I spent a number of years at home with my children and hugely value home-based education. I am passionate about children being provided with an environment where they feel safe and nurtured so that they are able to have fun while they learn through play.  Thank you for allowing me to share in these precious years.

My life is kept busy with extracurricular activities such as Ballet and touch rugby. My husband competes in cycling races, so we enjoy traveling the country to support him in these. I enjoy performing in local musicals and I have a huge passion for the arts. As a family, we love to travel, explore different countries, have amazing adventures, and create life-long memories.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you all and sharing in the fun of your journey through the early years.

Qualifications

Diploma of Teaching in ECE

The Open Polytechnic of NZ

Casey Baxter

Programme Co-ordinator – Manawatu

Kia Ora, My name is Casey and I am the Programme Co-ordinator for Playschool Education in the Manawatu. I am so excited to be a part of your journey with your family.

I have been an early childhood teacher for over 30 years with experience in kindergarten, childcare, home-based and management roles.

I live in magical Marton with my husband, who is also an Early Childhood Teacher and our son, who attends Rangitikei College.

I am interested in Arts and Crafts of all kinds and I am currently studying for my Degree in Raranga (Maori Weaving) at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

I have a passion for mentoring Educators and sharing my skills and knowledge. I believe that the child’s world is one of discovery and magic. I enjoy working with children as they open up a world of wonder.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” Carl Sagan

Nga Mihi

Casey

 

Qualifications

Diploma of Teaching in ECE

Auckland College of Education

Sabiena

Programme Co-ordinator – Canterbury

Kia ora, my name is Sabiena and I am beginning my journey here at Playschool Education as a Programme Co Ordinator in the Canterbury region.

My journey in early childhood education begun 16 years ago where I began working in my local preschool. This stemmed a passion for children’s education and development and I graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2008 with a Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Early childhood.
I have been immersed in a variety of teaching philosophies such as R.I.E., nature-based, Reggio, and your traditional preschool environment and have worked with children of all ages. I have also taken on a leadership role with being a team leader and this was a great opportunity for me to support others. I have gained many skills and knowledge from my teaching experiences and am an open book and am happy to help in any way.

Since becoming a mother to two beautiful little girls, I felt that I wanted to offer more and the opportunity to become a part of the Playschool Education team was perfect. I find it extremely rewarding to be able to support and extend children and their families when it comes to learning and development and watch the magic that is learning, unfold.

I am a big believer in the 3 r’s – respect, relationships, rejoice. Respecting children for who they are and that they are capable and competent learners. Having strong and secure relationships that support the child holistically. And rejoice in all that they do! Celebrate the accomplishments, acknowledge the struggles and always feel a sense of wonderment and admiration in all that they do.

Home-based care is such a wonderful environment for our tamariki and being able to be a part of that movement and empower those involved is humbling. We all know that children learn best when they are in a safe, secure, and familiar environment with loving and present adults.

I am excited for my new journey with Playschool and making new friends along the way. Don’t be shy and come say hi.

Keep smiling and stay shining,

Sabiena

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE

New Zealand Tertiary College

Kaycee Telfer

Programme Co-ordinator – Otago / Southland

My name is Kaycee Telfer.  I was born and raised in Southland and I have been in the teaching industry for the past 15 years.  I have experience in teaching in preschools and home-based settings as well as managing my own centre.

I am a mother of 3 fantastic boys aged 8, 5 and 1.  They keep me very busy and they have helped me develop further as a teacher.

My philosophy is all about having fun while learning, taking the time to notice the small things and everyone having a good laugh together.

When I get spare time I enjoy swimming, knitting, handcrafts and am currently working on developing a vegetable garden.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family and being a part of your children’s learning journey.

 

Qualifications

Diploma of Teaching in ECE

New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education

Carissa Vaudrey

Founder of Playschool

As a mother of twins, I found myself awake at night concerned that Casen and Macy’s Nanny had nobody to fall back on for advice on how best to nurture and educate the twins. Despite being enrolled in a home-based care service I felt that the individual learning needs of my children were being overlooked and what we had been promised was not what was delivered. From this disappointment, Playschool (my third baby) was born.

My number 1 goal with Playschool, from the word go, was to empower each child with the tools and equipment necessary to grow in mind and spirit in every way possible. With help from a great support and management team, I use my training in childcare, art and business studies to provide a fun and professional service that believes each child is unique and special.

Playschool is large enough to offer a wealth of knowledge and equipment but also small enough to care.

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Qualifications

Founder of Playschool