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Our Education Co-ordinators

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South Auckland
Kia ora, It is a privilege to be an Education Coordinator for Jemma’s Homebased Care and Childcare Services.
My name is Shelina Somani-Pene, I hold a Bachelor of Education Degree with Full NZ Teacher Registration. To add to my passion in Education I am currently on near completion of a Masters of Indigenous Studies Degree with the key focus on my thesis being ‘IDENTITY’.
I have two children who have been nurtured within a home environment for most of their early years with rich learning opportunities and experiences created through curiosity and child directed exploration. 
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Bay of Plenty
Kia ora  
Hi, My name is Sarah Pearson who has recently joined the Jemma's Team, based in Tauranga as a Coordinator, where I can support our Educarers in the quality programmes they run from their homes. 
I have twelve years teaching experience working with children and their whanau, from a variety of learning communities. 
I love working with children, their whanau, and the Educarers to support, guide, and inspire quality learning practices.  



North Shore

Shalini is currently on Parental Leave until January 2018

Kia Ora everyone!
I’m Shalini Dias. I completed my early childhood degree in 2009 through the University of Auckland, I am fully registered and have worked within the sector for over 7 years. My husband and I live out west and we have a two year old son.
I am blessed to be part of this superb team at Jemma’s and cannot wait to get to know you all.

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Deanne lowres

Kia ora, I’m Deanne
I live in my home town Matamata with my partner. I left here in my late teens and returned four years ago. I am the proud owner of three children; my eldest is 25 and is an Assistant Bank Manager, my 23 year old is 2IC at Redoubt, and my youngest, 19 years, Rests In Peace and is an angel in heaven. I began my career in 1986 at playcentre with my eldest child where I enjoyed a balance of studying, working with children and delivering workshops to adults
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West/North Shore

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My name is Emma Lawton and I have recently started at Jemma's Home Based Education and Childcare. I have a Bachelor in Early Childhood Teaching and Post Graduated Diploma in Specialist Teaching Early Intervention. I have 13 years experience teaching children from 0-10 years in New Zealand Australia and the United kingdom. I have a passion for teaching children with special needs, creating a strong transition programme, being creative, documenting children’s learning journey, and supporting educators in providing quality care and education.


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North Shore/West

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 Roanna Kettle here from Orewa , Auckland. Im very excited to join the team of coordinators at JeMMas. The idea of homebased care for children has always interested me and I appreciate the opportunities it provided me with my 3 children in their younger years.

Child development and learning is at its best when a child is fully immersed in trusting relationships and exposure to the community they live in. Homebased Childcare is perfect for this!


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Hi, my name is Joanna McIntyre and I am the JeMMa’s Home-based Care and Education Coordinator for the Waikato area.  I live in Cambridge with my husband and our four beautiful children Hollie, Shamus, Frankie and Billy.  I graduated from the University of Waikato in 2007 and have seven years experience as a Kindergarten Teacher.  I have also enjoyed three years as a stay at home Mum, some of that time I spent being a home-based educator.  I love the magic moments that come from children and are passionate about motivating children to learn. 


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Bay of Plenty

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Hi. My name is Rose Corbett. I'm excited to have joined the team at Jemma’s as a coordinator.

I'm a fully registered teacher, with nearly 15 year’s teaching experience, I have enjoyed seeing children grow and develop. I will bring my knowledge and passion of children’s inquisitive nature into my role with Jemma’s. I live in Thames with my husband and our three children, where we often have adventures as a family building memories.

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Our Educarers are recruited using a very strong selection process

We take the safety of your child very seriously.  Each and every one of our Educarers is thoroughly checked using our recruitment vetting system.  Part of this system requires all Educarers to have a squeaky clean police record and a full medical assessment.
Further to this, Co-ordinators (who are all fully qualified and registered early childhood teachers) complete a full assessment of every property to ensure that it meets Ministry of Education safety requirements.

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