Our Education Co-ordinators
Sarah - Team Leader
Bay of Plenty
Diploma of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Tēnā koutou katoa, Sarah here from Bay of Plenty.
I was born in Tauranga and grew up at the beach in Papamoa, my brother and I grew up in a loving family environment and spent most days across the road at the beach or at our family batch on Lake Rotoiti. Being around or emerged in water is a place I feel connected with my wairua. I have always felt safe and secure with my family and value whanaungatanga in my philosophy today. I am Mum to two beautiful children and a wife to my husband of sixteen years. We live in the Bay of Plenty and our homelife is usually spent at sporting events or exploring nature.
Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with children. My mum’s friends would come round with their babies and I would always be playing ‘mums, or teachers’. It was inevitable that I would eventually work with children, so this led my decision to train in Early Childhood Education. I worked in a variety of Centres with mixed age groups, Infants and toddlers is where I discovered I was happiest. I would stay in Centres for a maximum of two years before moving on as I never felt a genuine sense of belonging.
Homebased Childcare was a service that interested me but as a trained Teacher working in ECE I still did not know much about, so I took it upon myself to investigate further and that is when I felt a pull toward homebased. The small group sizes, relationships, primary caregiving, and attachment theory are obvious foundations of my philosophy I started to take a closer look into employment opportunities and found Jemmas Homebased Childcare. I have been here five years working as a coordinator, and most recently team leader. I have finally found my purpose and absolutely LOVE growing my professional knowledge, mentoring, and coaching adults, working with Tamariki and their families. My favourite whakatouki would be.
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.
I come not with my own strengths but bring with me the gifts, talents and strengths of my family, tribe, and ancestors” (Ministry of Education, 2017).
Waikato / Hauraki
Kia Ora, my name is Rose. I’m the Coordinator for the Thames/Coromandel area. I have been with Jemma’s for two years and I love my role. I’m able to express my self as an individual and have had some great opportunities to get to know others better. For me I love bringing my experience and knowledge into my daily practice with both children and educators. I enjoy going out for visits and later seeing how the learning for each child is progressing.
In my personal time I keep busy with my family, where we go on outings and build memories as a family.
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!
I have already met many amazing educators working with JeMMas and Im loving working alongside them to create some strong educational programmes for each unique child.
I look forward to meeting new educators and families and continue on my learning journey!
My name is Mohini Desai and I am the JeMMa’s Coordinator for the south of Auckland. I am qualified and registered as an early childhood teacher and have been working in this industry 2007.
During this time I have enjoyed learning about the children in my care and supporting their biological, cognitive and socio-emotional development. I also have built excellent relationships with other teachers, children and their whanau and have gone from being a casual teacher to being a team leader and a 2IC. In this journey I have had the opportunity to work with people of all ages, backgrounds as well as families from different ethnicities. I believe that working as a teacher has given me a deeper understanding of the different cultures, as well as excellent communication skills.
I can’t wait to share my experiences with the educators, and the families of Jemma’s
Hello, I’m Nicola McLaughlin and I am the Co-ordinator for West and Central Auckland.
I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2006 as a Kindergarten teacher and as a Homebased Childcare Co-ordinator. During this time, I have also taught NZQA Level 3 to adults & secondary school students and have been a chief marker and moderator. I thoroughly enjoy working with babies, young children and adults in the early childhood setting.
I am passionate about brain development in the early years and the positive benefits of home-based childcare where small group size and child to adult ratios are key factors in a child’s development. I believe home-based childcare enables babies and young children to develop trusting and lasting relationships with their caregiver in a small group and nurturing environment. Home-based Educators help foster emotional development and attachment in a safe, warm, respectful and supportive surrounding.
I am a passionate Mum of three adored children and I thoroughly enjoy encouraging and supporting their inquiring minds as we all create life-long memories together.
Our Office Staff
I have worked for JeMMa’s since April 2010. Prior to this I was one of their first educators for the Tauranga area. I left for a couple of years at which point I used JeMMa’s to care for my baby while I worked. The great thing about Homebased is the relationships you form. I am still friends with the lovely lady who cared for my boy and treasure the memories from the portfolio.
I was offered the opportunity to return in 2010 to organise their toy library (by the way it is massive) and my role just grew from there.