Meet the team!

Our Team

Carissa Vaudrey

Managing Director and Co Founder

Playschool Au Pairs was born from my passion of everything new and exciting. I love to explore far away places, undertake new challenges and meet new people. Having started Playschool Education in 2008, Playschool Au Pairs was a natural progression and since its inception we have grown at lightening speed.

Playschool Au Pairs is an experienced Au Pair agency offering quality Au Pairs, exceptional follow up support and a genuine passion for what we do.

As a mum of seven year old twins who has had 7 Au Pairs in the past, I am able to base my business decisions on how this would affect my Family and Au Pairs then use this experience in my current business practice. I ensure we offer our Families and Au Pairs only the best service at all times.

Playschool is large enough to offer a wealth of knowledge and equipment but also small enough to care. Click here to view our IAPA Certificate of Membership.

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Deane Bearman

Payroll and Accounts Manager and Co Founder

I am Deane Bearman and I am the Payroll and Accounts Manager for Playschool Au Pairs as well as a Co Founder of the Company. I have a long history in the Education industry founding my own Nannying Agency in 2001. I enjoy the challenge this industry brings, both In-home Care as well as Au Pairing. I am a mum of two children aged 10 and 12 and have hosted several Au Pairs myself.

My role is to manage the background work that goes into the financial aspects of the business and ensuring our Families and Au Pairs needs are met through the financial support services we offer.

I am very excited to be a part of the business development we currently have underway in 2016, extending our services to other parts of the world and increasing who we offer our services too.

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Katherine Hart

Family Placement Co-ordinator

Kia ora and hello! My name is Katherine Hart and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as a new member of the Playschool team. I am excited to be taking on the role of the Family Placement Co-ordinator and management of the Au Pair placements, based here in Auckland.

After 20years working as either a preschool teacher or nanny both here in New Zealand and overseas, I was ready to look for a new challenge whilst staying in the childhood sector and utilising the skills and experience gained in this field. I know how important it is to make a good match with families and to establish a good rapport quickly and am looking forward to helping facilitate this occurring smoothly.

During my nannying career I have worked in such amazing places as New York City, London, Athens, Melbourne and British Columbia in Canada, I had such a fabulous time exploring those countries and learning more about their people and culture.

When I am not working my interests include travel – be it amazing overseas adventures or road trips around this gorgeous country of ours, cooking, hiking, live music shows, learning NZ Sign Language, swimming and learning more about my family and its history through genealogy research.

 

Kirsty Hall

Programme Manager

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

Territory and Programme Co-ordinator

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 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 Head teacher 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

Louise Cai

Programme Co-ordinator

Kia Ora/ Ni hao,

My name is Louise. I recently joined the big Playschool family as a programme coordinator. After attaining my Graduate Diploma in teaching (Early Childhood Education), I became the youngest full-time teacher in a noted centre. My workload was enormous but so were my achievements and personal growth. I had such a great time working with my “little angels/monsters” and became their favourite big monkey/human bean bag/buddy/role model! Apart from professional teaching, I’ve been a volunteer for Rainbow Youth and Youthline Auckland for a long while, in a role of inspiring those young minds.

Originally from a big city, I’m always ready to get to know people and connect with them. “Teaching” has been my entire life since I find it fulfilling. As a reward, it cultivates my open mind and sense of gratitude.

I believe children are our future; family and community make us united! When it comes to education, my favourite quotes are “a mind once opened never closes” and “a teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart”. Playschool is dedicated to our next generation which matches well with my values. I am so honoured and excited to work for Playschool as it is the bridge that allows me to connect between children and Educators by passing on my passion and professional knowledge!

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma of Education ECE New Zealand

New Zealand
Tertiary College

Jenny Li

Programme Co-ordinator

Kia Ora/Ni Hao, my name is Jenny and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as a new member of the Playschool team. Originally I came from China, I have been living in New Zealand about 11 years. I completed my Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching through AUT in 2010, after that I have worked in varied centres through North Shore area. I have been involved in early childhood sector for the past 6 years. I love children and enjoy working alongside them. I always believe love for children is my motivation to choose early childhood as my career.

In 2016, I became a mother. Through nurturing my wee one I had a chance to review my teaching from a parent’s point of view, which made me realise that important the home environment and primary caregiver role is. When I look at the home based education, I feel it is a great way to nurture children in their familiar place and is able to meet their needs directly. Home based education is a new area of teaching for me, but I am excited to take this new role which involves cooperating with educators and parents to help children to foster their interests and development.

I am looking forward to meeting all our wonderful families and I will do my best to support our educators to provide a proper home learning environment to meet children’s different learning needs and to build those fundamental learning blocks of confidence, respect, independence, a sense of adventure and determination.

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma of Education ECE New Zealand

New Zealand Tertiary College

Courtney Wood

Programme Co-ordinator

My name is Courtney Wood, I have three awesome boys. Two are my sons and I also host a great boy from Thailand who attends Westlake Boys High School.

I am so excited to be part of the team at Playschool Education in New Zealand.

I have been a teacher in preschools for around eight years and at a private boarding college as well.  I have a Bachelor Degree in Education (ECE) and I have also studied in Biculturalism in Social work practice. My whanau and I recently moved back to Auckland from Tauranga/ Mount Maunganui where we have now settled in the beautiful North Shore. I come from a very diverse and multicultural family and we value our time together as a family. I have a great interest in Art, Kapa-haka & travel.

As a Programme Coordinator I have a strong passion in providing children with quality interactions and experiences to learn and develop as competent and confident learners. I believe every child should have the independence and opportunity to reach their full potential at a pace that is right for them. I value and respect the relationships with all the families and children I meet. I am very friendly and have a gracious, kind and caring approach. I am looking forward to meeting all our wonderful families. “Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning”

Nga mihi,
Courtney Wood

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

New Zealand
Tertiary Institute

Kerrin Nawisielski

Programme Co-ordinator

I have been an Early Childhood Teacher for over 20 years. I originally trained in Christchurch at ‘The New Zealand Nanny School’. After completing my training I moved to Auckland where I was a Nanny for 8 years. Throughout this time I really enjoyed the Care and Education within the Home Base Setting. My time as a Nanny I cared for 3 children ranging from new-born to 10 years.

I believe that children can learn and are supported in their growth and development in a smaller and natural environment. By utilising resources that you use every day around the home we can recycle and creating different activities (Art and Craft, Science, Music and Outdoor play) using things found around home. By creating a calm environment around young children it allows for a relaxing, and peaceful learning environment. I believe that as a teacher I have the opportunity to inspire, extend and challenge children’s thinking through education and playing in a safe and homey environment.

I completed my Diploma of Teaching in 2002 through distance learning at ‘The New Zealand Tertiary College’. I have worked in a number of centres over the years as a Teacher and Centre Supervisor. This has been in both community based and privately owned. Throughout my time in the ECE sector I have learnt so much about children and how they learn. I enjoy observing their play and how their games evolve into meaningful and fun activities.

Children are like sponges and as a Teacher I like to inspire, explore, investigate and learn in a respectful environment.

Our lives are so busy on a day to day basis. I find in childcare it is just too busy. I have made the decision to step back into a more calming and peaceful environment.

I am excited to be given this role as Programme Coordinator for Playschool.

I will do my best to support the growth and development of all children and their caregivers within their home environment.

Qualifications

Diploma of Teaching ECE

Diploma in Nannying New Zealand

New Zealand Tertiary College & New Zealand Nanny School

Shayna McGee

Programme Co-ordinator

Kia ora, I’m Shayna McGee and I am the Playschool Programme Co Ordinator for the greater Wellington region.

I have spent the past one and a half years being a stay at home mum to my beautiful son Noah. My husband and I have been married for 6 years and live just out of Central Wellington.

I am a fully qualified Early Childhood Teacher, qualifying at Victoria University in Wellington.

Before having my son I spent three years at Mana Early Learning Centre where I was the Head Teacher of the transition to school room. Prior to this I spent 4 years with Kindercare Learning Centre in various roles and it is here I developed my deep passion for child care.

I’m super excited about this new adventure with Playschool, as I believe children’s learning, growth and development all starts at home.

I believe that we need to ensure that all children are being encouraged to develop and reach their full potential.

I look forward to spending time getting to know you and your family.

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Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

Victoria University

Ashley Johnston

Programme Co-ordinator

Hi my name is Ashley Johnston, I’m a married mother of three from Hamilton, Waikato and I will be the Programme Co Ordinator for the Waikato region.  I’ve been teaching in the Early Childhood industry in Hamilton for the last 10 years.

I have always had a desire to work with young children and began my training at the age of 18 years by studying for my National Nanny Certificate. After enjoying some time as a Nanny I went on to continue my studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching ECE in 2011.  I have had a wide range of teaching experience from working in a mixed age center to being a head Teacher of an under two center.  I have spent the last three years working from my own home as a Home Based Educator. I am very passionate about promoting and supporting quality education and care for young children.  I believe that Home Based care is so beneficial for children as it provides the most comfortable, safe, and supportive environment for them to learn in while building important one on one relationships with their Educator.  The opportunity to work for Playschool Education as a Programme Co Ordinator in the Waikato region is something I am very excited about and I can’t wait to get out and about meeting all the wonderful families, Educators and children.

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Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

Waikato University

Amanda Anderson

Programme Co-ordinator

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 nurtures 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

Fluer Storr

Programme Co-ordinator

Hi, my name is Fluer and I have been working with children for my entire career. I began my studies and completed my certificate in Early Childhood then decided to go on my overseas adventure. I went as an Au Pair to Chicago for 1 year and then decided to continue in America for the following 6 years, nannying for a family in Indianapolis, Indiana. Upon returning to New Zealand 11 years ago I had my oldest daughter Summitt and a year later decided to return to work in an early childhood centre and continue to complete my Bachelor of Education. For the past 8 years I have been working in an early childhood centre in Waiuku, South Auckland, 6 of those years I spent supervising/managing the centre which was a great challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed. Last year my husband and I had our second daughter Indie, she has been so much fun and it has inspired me to look further into exploring other options for her as far as her early childhood education goes.

Recently my husband and I relocated to Wanganui, where we bought a lifestyle property. This is where Playschool came into the picture. Playschool Education happened to be gaining their license in the Manuwatu area around the time we moved and were looking for a Programme Co Ordinator. After researching Playschool and their philosophy I knew that this was an area of the early childhood community that I was yet to explore and I was very excited to learn what Playschool was all about. I am very happy to be joining the Playschool team and expanding my own personal philosophy. The opportunity for young children to learn in the familiar surroundings of their own home is an exciting concept for me and I can’t wait to start my new journey supporting the Playschool families in the Manuwatu area.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

New Zealand Tertiary College

Terri-Anne Cooper

Administration Officer

Hi I am Terri-Anne Cooper and I have worked as Playschool’s Administration Officer since early 2013. Having run several of my own successful businesses in the past I have a strong background in Accounts Administration and expertise in MYOB, XERO and APT.

Please feel free to contact me should you require any help with child or Educator subsidy payments, payroll enquiries and any general queries. I look forward to hearing from you.

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