Our Team

Our team at Kids at Home is a dedicated team of individuals who have been chosen for their commitment to provide quality, educational in-home childcare.  Kids at Home's management team consists of qualified Early childhood professionals, many of whom have worked together for years. We are proud of our positive workplace culture which can be felt as soon as you walk through our office doors!

Operations Manager 

Jacqui Haywood

I have worked for Kids at Home since 2008 and thrive on the close personable relationships established within the home-based sector, and the unique opportunities presented to children. Prior to Kids at Home I  spent many years working in a range of Tauranga Childcare centres both Teaching and Managing. Before completing my Diploma in Early Childhood I had the opportunity to work as a Nanny in London, working for a range of families which was an invaluable experience. 

Kids at Home prides itself on relationships, the heart of our service is the wonderful people within it. Growing capability and supporting people to reach their full potential. My passion in business is nurturing positive team environments, accommodating individuality and diversity. It is my mission to ensure all people feel valued within the Kids at Home family. I truly believe forming positive relationships is the key to success.

The team here look forward to having a wonderful relationship with you, your family and accommodating your needs as best we can.

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Kids at Home Admin team are friendly, professional and are there to assist you with any administration or account information you may require. The admin team work alongside your Educator, Visiting Teachers and Network Manager.


Tracey - Kids AT HOME Bay

Hi, my name is Tracey

I was born here in Tauranga, am married to Wayne and have two grown sons, Corey & Chris. I work as a Network Administrator for the Bay office of Kids at Home.    

I am passionate about children and childcare and believe strongly that Home base is the place for preschool children. I was an Educator for seven years prior to changing back to the Administration side of childcare so I do understand both.

As a family, we love getting out and about and exploring what our beautiful country has to offer.      

I love working alongside Jacqui, Kirsty, the Visiting Teachers, Educators and Families, as well as our Waikato Team.  Our team supports and inspire me every day.

Kirsty - Kids AT HOME Bay

Hi, my name is Kirsty,

I was born in Wanganui, I have lived in Tauranga since 2004. I have two children at School, Max and Lily. We love to spend our spare time at the beach, camping and boating.  I work part time as a Network Administrator for the Bay office of Kids at Home.    

I am passionate about my job and enjoy interacting with the Educators and children when they pop into the office. My children both attended Home base care from when they were babies, I strongly believe that home base is the place for preschool children.    

I love working alongside the Kids at home team, Educators and Families. We have a fantastic team here and are always happy to help in any way possible.

 

 

Visiting Teachers

Our passionate team of Visiting Teachers support networks of home-based Educators and Nannies within their role. Visits are scheduled for once a month to the Educators home however contact is maintained at least once a fortnight. Our Visiting Teachers are available for families to contact at any time for a chat. 

A Visiting Teachers role involves professional development; running workshops and assisting with any further study an individual may choose to undertake.  Planning; working alongside Educators with programme planning following the Te Whariki curriculum, as well as hosting regular playgroups and events. 

Finally our Visiting Teachers play a part in the development of relationships between Educators and Families. Kids at Home values relationships with Visiting Teachers, Educators and Families, all built and strengthened by mutual trust and respect. 

Michele - KIDS AT HOME Bay

Hi my name is Michele

I am currently a Visiting Teacher based in Taupo and come under the Bay of Plenty region where my head office is in Tauranga. 

I have worked in Early Childhood for many years and have worked in both homebased and early childhood centres.  I have been with Kids at home for over 5 years and work with a passionate team ,where we can all ensure children are receiving the best we can offer.

I am a mum of 1 adult son and nana to 3 beautiful grandchildren……who I love to spend time with.

I have always enjoyed watching children grow and develop and feel that every child deserves the best start in life and homebased can be an integral part of that journey for them and their families/whanau.  In my job I regularly visit the children and the Educators so I am able to build strong and meaningful relationships with them both, I watch children grow in confidence and become competent and capable people getting ready for their next challenge, with the knowledge that we have all had an input into them having a joy of learning and building positive relationships with the peers and adults in their lives.

I live in beautiful Taupo so walks by the lake and enjoying our beautiful town is how I spend my off days, hopefully with a grandchild or two in tow for a walk or bike ride along the lakefront.

 

Julene - KIDS AT HOME Bay

My name is Julene I am a dedicated Visiting Teacher from Tauranga, who is passionate about the care of our children.

I am married with four beautiful daughters. Living out in the country has always been important for our family. Spending quality Family time together is top priority, so we spend many enjoyable weekends together boating, moto crossing and speedway.

I have worked in the early childhood sector since 2001 enjoying my centre days until I decided home base was where I wanted to be and from there I became a Visiting Teacher with Kids at Home.

I am a fully registered teacher and have been part of the Bays kids at home for the past two years. I am very dedicated to my role as a visiting teacher who is passionate about the care of our children in home base care, supporting my educators to provide a quality educational programme for the children in their care.

I value the relationships which I have with my team, my educators and my families within my home base network. Having strong relationships builds a close family network between us all.

My aim is to provide quality learning experiences for our children while ensuring that the best possible learning outcomes are reached for them all while in care with Kids at home.

Anna - KIDS AT HOME Bay

My name is Anna Sharpe and I work as a Visiting Teacher in the Bay.

I enjoy living in Te Puke with my two school children and appreciate being part of a small community.

I have been in Early Childhood for 20 years in a range of services and started my home-based journey as a parent before securing a position as a Visiting Teacher in 2013.

Within my role I work collaboratively to professionally support Educators in the delivery of Te Whariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum. I am passionate about supporting Educators with providing environments for children where they build confidence in becoming lifelong learners.     

I thoroughly enjoy working for Kids at Home and are committed to ensuring as a service we provide quality home-based care and education for our Bay families and children.

Trev - KIDS AT HOME Bay

Kia ora koutou katoa, Ko Trevena Eruera taku ingoa, Ko Ngati Porou taku iwi, No Tauranga ahau, No reira Tena koutou katoa

I am a visiting teacher here in the Tauranga. I have been with Early Childhood Education for 30 years where TeKohanga Reo was the starting of my early childhood Journey. From there I gained my Diploma of Early childhood care and Education through Waikato University. I have recently come from a centre Manager position where I spent 16 years coaching, mentoring, teaching and caring for children. I saw an opportunity to look into another field of Early child hood and continue my passion in this sector.

Tiaki te tamaiti:  nurture the child to become a confident competent learner. I acknowledge the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi in our practice as Tangata te whenua ( locals) incorporating tikanga into our everyday life. With acknowledging and respecting the importance of whanau in the lives of our children. I am passionate about providing children with the skills to becoming lifelong learners.

My husband is John we have 3 adult children we are blessed to have six beautiful mokopuna  3 live in Australia and 3 live here in Tauranga. Whanau time for us is most paramount.

Sue - KIDS AT HOME Bay

Hi my name is Sue

I am a Visiting Teacher based in Tauranga and have been working in Early Childhood for many years, with experience as a Centre Manager. Originally Primary trained, I chose to complete my ECE training knowing that the first 3 years of a child’s life are very important for brain development. It is a time of rapid growth, building foundation skills that will influence the development of the adult that they will become. This knowledge inspired me to provide stimulating, loving and creative environments for the children in my care and I am now able to support Educators to plan and provide meaningful learning opportunities to support children’s development when in care.  I have two amazing girls of my own and a fur baby who keeps me and my partner fit. I am motivated by my children’s passion for sustainability and looking after the earth for a better future for all. I am lucky to work alongside a team who is passionate about providing quality early childhood education in supportive home environments.

Stacy - KIDS AT HOME WAIKATO

Kia ora te whanau,  He mihi whānai tēnei ki a tainui,  Ko Takitimu te maunga ngakau nui ki au,  Ko Oreiti te moana ngakau nui ki au,  Ko Wahopia te awa ngakau nui ki au,  Ko Murihiku te kāinga ngakau nui ki au,  Ko Robyn toku mama,  Ko Graham toku papa,  Ko Shakaina rau ko Zeke ōku tamariki,  Ko Stacy ahau,  Nō reira, nau mai haere mai. 

Hi, my name is Stacy. I have grown up in the Early Childhood sector having hung out in my mother’s centres as a youngster, which grew my passion and led to me following in her footsteps and becoming a Qualified Early Childhood Teacher. I have enjoyed working in centres throughout the Waikato, then joining the Kids at Home whanau as a Visiting Teacher. I have two beautiful children, Zeke and Shakaina, whom I have had the pleasure of teaching in my centres myself. I am very involved in their extra curriculum activities, enjoying attending my son’s rugby and coaching my daughter’s netball team. I also enjoy in my spare time playing indoor netball and baking. I am extremely passionate about culture and have a natural curiosity to continue to learn more Te reo Māori and help those around me to learn from my knowledge base as well as learn about the vast other cultures in the wider community. In home based care I love that fact that we can provide ‘whanaungatanga’ - relationships that develop as a result of working collaboratively and collectively in the interest of the child’s need while providing them with many great opportunities to learn through play. 

Robyn - KIDS AT HOME WAIKATO

Kia ora te whanau,  He mihi whānai tēnei ki a tainui,  Ko Takitimu te maunga ngakau nui ki au,  Ko Oreiti te moana ngakau nui ki au,  Ko Wahopia te awa ngakau nui ki au,  Ko Murihiku te kāinga ngakau nui ki au,  Ko Betty toku mama,  Ko Michael toku papa,  Ko Stacy toku tamaiti,  Ko Robyn ahau, Nō reira, nau mai haere mai.

Hi my name is Robs. I have worked within the Early Childhood sector for over 28 years starting out working for the Southland Kindergarten Association as a teacher in Invercargill. My passion grew from being involved in my daughter’s kindergarten many moons ago. I have worked as a Teacher, Manager in centres in Hamilton, moving on to homebased childcare. I have one awesome daughter, Stacy who I have the pleasure to work alongside of.When I’m not working I am spending time with my grandchildren, Zeke and Shakaina, following their sports interests and watching them play Playstation!! I enjoy pottering in the garden and cooking for family and friends. I believe in homebased care where children form warm and reciprocal relationships not only with Educators but with the whole whanau.

Leanne - KIDS AT HOME WAIKATO

Hi my name is Leanne

I am a Visiting Teacher based in Hamilton and have been working in early childhood for many years with experience in Mainstream Centres, Montessori and Home-based.  My partner and I have two children Kyla and Kobi.  With my son turning 5 my journey as a parent of a preschooler had come to an end but I am lucky enough to still share this with the many children I visit in my Network. 

I strongly believe children have a desire and passion to learn and it is our role as inspirational adults in their lives to follow their interests and work alongside them to teach them the skills to become competent, confident and inquisitive individuals who will have a life-long love of learning.

As a family, we love getting out and about and exploring what the Waikato has to offer.    I also have a passion for scrapbooking, which my daughter shares and we love to record the memories we are making.  

I work with an amazing team who support and inspire me everyday and in turn we support an extraordinary group of Waikato Educators who have passion and drive in their role working with children.

Lyn - KIDS AT HOME WAIKATO

Ko Timaru te waka, Ko Scottish te iwi, Ko Tasman sea toku moana, Ko Charlie Robertson toku papa, Ko Mary Hayes toku mama, Toku toru aku tamariki, Ko Camille ratou ko Cameron, Kate aku tamariki, Toku rua aku mokopuna, Ko Annie me Alice aku mokopuna, Ko Lyn Robertson toku ingoa, No Hamilton ahau.

Hi my name is Lyn.

I have been in working in early childhood for many years and love that it is always changing to achieve high standards and ideals, providing our younger generation with purposeful, respectful and meaningful learning through play.

I have experience in Playcentre, Kindergarten, mainstream centres and Montessori.

I work with an amazing team of Visiting Teachers that contribute to my ongoing professional growth, curiosity and inspiration. I endeavour to bring this through to my Educators.

In my role as Visiting Teacher I support an extraordinary group of Waikato Educators who have passion and drive in their role working with children. Their daily work with young children develops warm relationships which enable children to confidently grow their love of learning, exploration, curiosity and friendships with others. 

 

'Hi Kristan (VT), A big thank you for all the support you gave me while I was looking at different options for my son’s care last year. You suggested a few different women whom I met with, and Tanya happened to suit me perfectly. I really appreciated you getting in touch and encouraging me to meet with the carers as often as I needed to feel comfortable. You asked great questions and helped me feel comfortable with the idea of leaving my son in someone else’s care.' - Katherine | Parent 

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