Learning begins at home

Our skilled Co-ordinators make it happen!

Playschool employs fully qualified ECE Teachers who provide support and educational advice to your Educator. We come to you every month with free resources and tools to enhance your child’s learning. Meet our Programme Co-ordinators here.
At Playschool we recognize the importance of continuity of care. As part of our service, every Family and Educator will be assigned one of our Programme Co-ordinators. Every one of our Programme Co-ordinators is a fully qualified and experienced Early Childhood Education Teacher with experience in providing one on one support to your child and Educator.


Kirsty Hall

Team Advisor – 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 for 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

Programme Advisor – 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 the 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

Courtney Wood

Programme Co-ordinator – Auckland

My name is Courtney Wood, I have three awesome boys. Two are my sons and I also host a great boy from Thailand who attends Westlake Boys High School.

I am so excited to be part of the team at Playschool Education in New Zealand.

I have been a teacher in preschools for around eight years and at a private boarding college as well.  I have a Bachelor Degree in Education (ECE) and I have also studied in Biculturalism in Social work practice. My whanau and I recently moved back to Auckland from Tauranga/ Mount Maunganui where we have now settled in the beautiful North Shore. I come from a very diverse and multicultural family and we value our time together as a family. I have a great interest in Art, Kapa-haka & travel.

As a Programme Coordinator I have a strong passion in providing children with quality interactions and experiences to learn and develop as competent and confident learners. I believe every child should have the independence and opportunity to reach their full potential at a pace that is right for them. I value and respect the relationships with all the families and children I meet. I am very friendly and have a gracious, kind and caring approach. I am looking forward to meeting all our wonderful families. “Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning”

Nga mihi,
Courtney Wood


Bachelor of Education ECE
New Zealand

New Zealand
Tertiary Institute

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

Kerrin Nawisielski

Programme Co-ordinator 

I have been an Early Childhood Teacher for over 20 years. I originally trained in Christchurch at ‘The New Zealand Nanny School’. After completing my training I moved to Auckland where I was a Nanny for 8 years. Throughout this time I really enjoyed the Care and Education within the Home Base Setting. My time as a Nanny I cared for 3 children ranging from new-born to 10 years.

I believe that children can learn and are supported in their growth and development in a smaller and natural environment. By utilising resources that you use every day around the home we can recycle and creating different activities (Art and Craft, Science, Music and Outdoor play) using things found around the home. By creating a calm environment for young children it allows for a relaxing, and peaceful learning environment. I believe that as a teacher I have the opportunity to inspire, extend and challenge children’s thinking through education and playing in a safe and homely environment.

I completed my Diploma of Teaching in 2002 through distance learning at ‘The New Zealand Tertiary College’. I have worked in a number of centres over the years as a Teacher and Centre Supervisor. This has been in both community based and privately owned. Throughout my time in the ECE sector, I have learned so much about children and how they learn. I enjoy observing their play and how their games evolve into meaningful and fun activities.

Children are like sponges and as a Teacher, I like to inspire, explore, investigate and learn in a respectful environment.

Our lives are so busy on a day to day basis. I find in childcare it is just too busy. I have made the decision to step back into a more calming and peaceful environment.

I am excited to be given this role as Programme Coordinator for Playschool.

I will do my best to support the growth and development of all children and their caregivers within their home environment.


Diploma of Teaching ECE

Diploma in Nannying New Zealand

New Zealand Tertiary College & New Zealand Nanny School

Shayna McGee

Programme Co-ordinator – Wellington / Wairarapa

Kia Ora, I’m Shayna McGee and I am the Playschool Programme Co-0rdinator 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 childcare.

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

Programme Co-ordinator – Hawkes Bay

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 fosters 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.



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

Casey Baxter

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 in ECE

Auckland College of Education

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

Carissa Vaudrey

Founder of Playschool

As a mother of twins, I found myself awake at night concerned that Casen and Macy’s Nanny had nobody to fall back on for advice on how best to nurture and educate the twins. Despite being enrolled in a home-based care service I felt that the individual learning needs of my children were being overlooked and what we had been promised was not what was delivered. From this disappointment, Playschool (my third baby) was born.

My number 1 goal with Playschool, from the word go, was to empower each child with the tools and equipment necessary to grow in mind and spirit in every way possible. With help from a great support and management team, I use my training in childcare, art and business studies to provide a fun and professional service that believes each child is unique and special.

Playschool is large enough to offer a wealth of knowledge and equipment but also small enough to care.



Founder of Playschool