Hi there, my name is Grainne Dunnion (pronounced Gronya). I come from Ireland and have recently moved from Auckland to Tauranga, Welcome Bay with my partner and our ‘fur baby’ Charlie and we would love to open our home up to some little friends. I have worked in the field of maternal mental health and have a degree in Social Work.
My name is Adele and I have been a JeMMa’s home-based Educarer for the past 9 years. I live with my husband, two daughters aged 12 and 10 and two cats Truffles and Rusty.
I have taught in early childhood centres, been a nursery class teacher within a primary school in the UK and had time as a nanny before having my own children.
Hi my name is Tracey and I am a mum of two teenage boys. I have been involved with children since having my own, including being part of and on our local toy library, plunket and playcentre committees.
I have always enjoyed working with children and started out doing some relief teaching at one of our local daycare centres while my boys were young. I joined the Jemma's team in 2009, when my boys started school and I have enjoyed the opportunity of being able to provide a home environment for young people in our community.
As an Educarer of mixed cultures, I strongly believe in the importance of knowing who you are and where you are from.
Language and culture make up a huge part of my day-to-day activities and I just love seeing the children in my care thoroughly enjoying their play and learning within the bi-lingual environment that I offer.
My name is Helen. I have three grown children of my own as well as having cared for foster children in the past.
I have previously worked as a teacher aide for 15 years, working mainly with children with special needs including English as a second language. I became an Educarer for JeMMa’s in April 2012.
I have always loved working with babies and young children. My speciality is helping to prepare four year olds for school life.
My name is Rachel. I have been an Home-based Educarer for 27 years now and I still love it! I have many interests which I include the children in each day. I collect things from the beach, shells, driftwood, etc., as well as different things from the nature walks that we go on. We then bring them home to see what we can make.
Children are a big part of our lives and that’s the way we like it. Helping them grow is a great pleasure
Hello! I'm Glandre but the children call me Gigi. I am 33 years old and a mother of two, Lilly-Anne who will be 8 this year, and Joshua, who will be turning 5 later this year. My husband and I made NZ our home 10 years ago. We are originally from South Africa.
We have 6 pets, because we just LOVE animals !! There are 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 adorable rats.
Hi. My name is Carol. I live in Paeroa with my husband Pete. I have a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and I have worked with children for a number of years now. I was a registered childminder in England for 11 years while my three children were young.
When I returned to N.Z. I became a qualified teacher and have worked in centres since 2008. I have recently joined JeMMa's. I love the close relationships and relaxed environment of a home-based setting.
Hello, my name is Sally.I live in Thames with my husband and two boys aged 14 and 10. I have five years experience as a home-based educator, and 4 years experience teaching in a Montessori preschool.
I am ECE qualified and fully registered and also hold a Montessori teaching diploma. In my home I offer a calm environment with many opportunities for rich learning experiences and individualised attention.
Hi my name is Katania Kamouneh, I have been working as an home based educarer since 2008. I have five children of my own, oldest being 19 and youngest being 9 month's. I am very passionate about home based childcare, I think it is one of the best forms of child care for children in care and has so many benefits for our young people.
I offer a caring nurturing positive environment for children to grow and learn in. I value free play for children's learning but also offer some structure in their learning.
My name is Val. My husband and I have lived at Waihi beach for 18 years and we have two adult children who are now leading their own lives.
I have worked as a teacher aide with special needs children at the local primary school for six years. I have also assisted teachers with other children in the classroom.
Hi my name is Anastasia Bruyns. I have two amazing girls ages 14 and turning 6. I'm very passionate about children and I enjoy working with them. I will be able to provide a safe environment for your children.
I chose to be an Educarer to give parents a helping hand towards their children's learning development. I'm energetic and love challenges or trying new things.
Hi. My name is Kerryn and I am a mum to a beautiful 7 year old girl. We relocated to Katikati from Auckland in early July 2016 because we fell in love with the town and relaxed atmosphere.
Caring for children is natural to me as I grew up around children with my mum being a homebased educator, babysitting through my teen years and then becoming a homebased educator myself when my daughter was young. We live within walking distance to parks/reserves, the library, nature walks, playcentre and many other fun spots. I also volunteer with the local St John service as an ambulance officer. I am fully qualified in first aid.
Hi, I’m Charmaine. I’m married to a lovely man, have 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I’ve been a registered early childhood teacher for the past 10 years, and have also been a midwife and a hairdresser.
I believe that children learn best when they experience loving and respectful relationships, where they feel they belong and that their individual needs are met. I love the enquiry approach to learning, where children are encouraged to pursue their particular interests, in an environment that is rich with interesting and relevant resources, where they have the time and space to wonder and be amazed. I believe that homebased education and care gives young children a unique opportunity to be involved in a small family type group, where their own special personalities can blossom and grow.
Hi my name is Bonnie,
I am 22 years old and have 8 years of childcare experience.
I started with babysitting at 14 years old and my love and passion for what I do has grown since then. I have experience with early childhood education, working in a kindy for over a year, I have also been a nanny for three families, and have plenty of after school and school holiday program experience as well.
I currently live in Whitianga with my partner and two friendly cats. My partner and I are both vegan, so I can provide nutritious vegan and vegetarian options for morning tea and lunch on request.