Meet the team...

Committed to providing the best Au Pair service in New Zealand

Our Team

Carissa Vaudrey

Managing Director and Co-Founder

Playschool Au Pairs was born from my passion for everything new and exciting. I love to explore faraway 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 lightning 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.


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.


Holly Dhillon-Taylor

Family Placement Co-ordinator

Hello and Kia Ora, I am Holly and I am delighted to be welcomed back into the Playschool team as a Placement Co-ordinator for Au Pairs and Nannies.

I look forward to working with the families, au pair, and nannies in a different capacity – Having worked with Playschool Education a number of years ago as a Programme Co-ordinator I am excited to get started with a different job title. As a nanny and also have the incredible opportunity to work overseas I have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to fly across the world to the unknown and work in the home with an amazing family so I can’t wait to be able to support your family and Au Pair or Nanny with looking after your child/children within the home-based education setting.

I come to Playschool Education and Au Pairs with a background in Early Childhood Education within both the centre and home-based sector experience alongside this I have significant administration and business experience so I am looking forward to this new chance to work with Playschool again. I have always been passionate about working with children and this starts in the home! I am currently working towards a Diploma in Psychology and I love to keep myself busy– if its study, spending time at the farm with my two Saint Bernard’s, or watching a good movie I enjoy every day!

I am so looking forward to working with Playschool’s families, Au Pairs and Nannies, plus with the great team around me. Contact me anytime with questions or queries.


Bachelor of Education in ECE

Unitec Institute of Technology, NZ

Megan Carter

Family Placement Co-ordinator

Hi, my name is Megan and I am excited to be a part of the Playschool team as a Placement Co-ordinator. My family and I have made New Zealand our home after recently immigrating from South Africa.

I have completed my Certificate IV in Business and have a strong administrative background. I am highly organised and enjoy working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

As a mother of two young children, I can empathize with the demands that come with children, work and everything else life throws at you. This gives me a real advantage when it comes to connecting with families and understanding their individual needs and circumstances. I know there is no point in trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.

I hope to match families with Au Pairs that will complement their lifestyle and that will be a positive influence on their children.  I am yet to host my own Au Pair but watch this space!


Cert IV – Business

Academia International Melbourne

Terri-Anne Cooper

Administration Officer & Homestay Mum

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 inquiries and any general queries. I look forward to hearing from you.


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 by 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.



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 a 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!



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.


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.


Bachelor of Education in ECE

Unitec institute of technology

Sarah Terblanche

Programme Co-ordinator – Auckland

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 homebased 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 in 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.


Bachelor of Education in ECE

Auckland University

Shayna McGee

Senior Programme Co-ordinator – Wellington / Wairarapa

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 of 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 the 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.



Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

Victoria University

Amanda Anderson

Senior Programme Co-ordinator – Hawkes Bay / Gisborne

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 foster 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.


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 HawkesBay. 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.


Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

Te Tari Pun Ora Aotearoa

Annie Collin

Programme Co-ordinator – Hawkes Bay

My name is Annie Collin, and I am a qualified Early Childhood teacher and one of the Programme Co-ordinator’s in Hawkes Bay. My Partner and I live in Hastings and together have a beautiful little girl Charlotte who is 7 months old and we think she is the best!

I have been working in the ECE sector now for 10 years and I have worked in many different settings from being a Nanny to working Early Childhood Centres.

Over the years I have mostly been working with children under the age of two years old. I am passionate about working with all young children, but I find working with infants and toddlers very rewarding. The relationships that are built with these young children are in-depth and meaningful. Emmi Pikler’s (1902-1984) theory is one I respect and have built into my philosophy of teaching.  This is captured from my experiences with other teachers, parents and early childhood settings around the community. I think the Pikler theory can be applied not just to infants but also to young children. She believed that infant’s need to be able to unfold their motor skills when they are ready in an unhurried environment through self-initiated movement. Pikler discussed and made the point that infant children should not be taught motor-skills but rather they should gradually discover their own motor skills. These self-initiated movements are fostered through relationships built on trust, in secure environments with parents, caregivers and teachers. So going forward from that,  I am very excited to meet and work alongside all the Playschool families and children in Hawkes Bay.

Hawkes Bay is an awesome region to live in and as a family we like to utilise all the great things it has to offer like delicious wineries, cafes and weekend lunch spots, many different beachs that are close by, walks/hikes such as Te Mata peak and the limestone tracks.


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.


Diploma of Teaching in ECE

The Open Polytechnic of NZ


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



Diploma of Teaching ECE

Massey University

Jo Gill

Programme Co-ordinator – Canterbury

Kia ora, my name is Jo and I have worked as an early childhood teacher for over 10 years. I am also a busy mum to my 4 children, Maddison 14, Elijah 6, Layla 4 and Arlo 9 months.  Living in New Brighton, my partner Josh and I spend a lot of time with our children at the beach, the forest, or at one of the many playgrounds our beautiful city Christchurch, has to offer.

I love working with young children and helping them discover new and exciting ways to help them learn and develop their knowledge through play.

I am a strong believer in establishing trusting, respectful relationships between tamariki, Kaiako and whanau.

I am very excited for this awesome opportunity to come and visit children and Kaiako in the home and be able to work alongside Kaiako to extend learning and set goals to achieve the best learning outcomes for all tamariki.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family as we go through this learning journey together.


Bachelor of Teaching in 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.


Diploma of Teaching in ECE

New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education