Our Apples at Home Educators

Our Apples at Home Educators are fabulous people who open their homes up to care for children before they start school. They all go the extra mile and treat Apples children just like their own.

Our Apples at Home Educators:

  • Care for children from their homes caring for a maximum of four children (two under the age of two) under the age of six(which includes their own children)
  • Have police clearance (as do all persons living in the house over the age of seventeen)
  • Have a current clean driver’s license
  • Have a safety approved home and property (that meets the criteria set by the Ministry of Education)
  • Are fully supported by Qualified Early Childhood Teachers
  • Provide Smoke Free environments
  • Have a good understanding of children’s development and learning
  • Are encouraged to attend and participate in Professional Development and Learning which is provided numerous times throughout the year and is incorporated in every Coordinator visit and Playgroup
  • Are invited and encouraged to attend our regular Playgroup sessions
  • Have access to a toy, resource and book library
  • Have a good understanding that learning can be incorporated in any and all daily activities; such as in doing the washing and hanging it out, there is maths concepts in counting pegs, colours, sorting colours, size, shape; Science, in wet/ dry, sunshine and evaporation……. And so on.

Suzi Were

I have been involved in the early childhood sector for the last twenty five years.  During that time I have worked in Kindergartens, home based education and liaised closely with Child Youth and Family.  For three years, I was a senior teacher for the Auckland Kindergarten Association.  Somewhere in the midst of this I spent three years completing my counselling qualification.

I love working with your children and I am honoured to be able to play a small part in their early years.  I live in Gulf Harbour and love being part of this beautiful community.  I have four grown up children and seven grandchildren who keep me very busy.

Miriam Jones

Kia ora. My name is Miriam Jones. As long as I can remember I have had a real love for children. I have four of my own children (aged 14-23 years) and over the last 17 years I have worked with young children and their families, in a variety of settings including preschool, primary school and home-based care. Home based childcare has always been closest to my heart as I’ve experienced first-hand how it can support each child’s individuality and help them grow into the wonderful people they’re intended to be. I have a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) and full teacher registration.

North Shore

Andrea – Sunnynook

Hi my name is Andrea. I am a mum of a 12 year old boy and 8 year old girl and love animals. We have a crazy but friendly cat called Nina, two Guinea pigs named Pokey & Cookie and some fish.
I’ve been doing home based childcare for 6 years and enjoy going out into the community with the kids such as parks, playgroups, mainly music, libraries and beaches. I also love being creative with the kids doing arts & crafts and science experiments as well a face painting, gardening, singing and playing the guitar.

Betty – Totara Vale

I am an early childhood educator based in my own home. I enjoy my job so much and have been doing it for four years now. I started off looking after my granddaughter and decided to take more children on. I love nothing more than having children at the table painting, gluing and making crafts. I enjoy going to playgroups and parks and I also enjoy sitting on the floor with little baby’s and playing.
I am part of an experienced team of educators that have recently joined Apples at home childcare. I have found them to be very professional at an affordable price for all families. Providing children with a safe, warm, clean and secure place to play and learn is something I strive to acheive.
I belong to a home base childcare association and attend many professional development courses. I am current in first aid for children.
In my spare time my hobbies are dancing – ceroc and salsa, going for walks, DIY, gardening, sewing and knitting. I have four grown up children (two girls and two boys) and they have their own homes. I am very proud of them all.
I was born in England, the youngest of eight. I met my late husband at 15 and we not married when I was 17. We moved to NZ in 1982 as we wanted to give our kids the best life we could. Sadly after a very happy 30 years he passed away so I live only own.
I currently have limited spaces available due to children moving away.
Please contact Apples at Childcare on 0800 Apples or info@appleshomecare.co.nz for more information.

Linda – Hillcrest

I am passionate about Early Childhood Education in a home based environment where there is a lower adult to child ratio. I have been an in home Educator since 2003 working with babies and children, including those with special needs.
Children in my care feel that my home is their own special place, they fondly call my home “school”. I provide children with a safe and secure well equipped separate daycare area. My focus is that children have a balance of structured education as well as free play.
We go on many outings within the community such as playgroups, music classes and the library, meaning the children get the opportunity to socialise with larger groups of children.
I belong to The Home Base Childcare Association, and attend many professional development courses.  I have a current Child First Aid Certificate and am currently studying Level 4 in Early Childhood Practice through Open Polytechnic.  I have previously completed courses including Communication Skills in Aoteoroa, Keeping Children Safe and Orientation and Introduction to Family Day Care towards NZ Certificate in Family Daycare.
Limited spaces available in 2019 due to care children starting school.
Contact Apples at Home Childcare on 0800 apples or info@appleshomecare.co.nz for more information.

Wendy – Greenhithe

My name is Wendy and I live in Greenhithe.
I have been a Home-based educator for 17 years after many years working within childcare centres where I studied and completed an early childhood education qualification. Being able to provide Homebased learning and activities for the children and encouraging the children to bring out their own creativity in their arts and crafts is something I enjoy.
I love to see children having fun while learning through their different stages of a being a preschooler, and building strong relationships with the children and their parents / Whanau. We attend playgroup where the children get to socialise within a larger group of children and adults , and outings to the local parks, and community.
Children come into my home to a relaxed, safe, secure environment where they are encouraged to grow, challenge and learn through regular organised activities as well as free time play.


Cecilia – Red Beach

Hi my name is Cecilia and I live in Red Beach.  I am from South America and have lived in New Zealand for 16 years.  I have two grown up sons.  In my earlier life I was a primary teacher in Ecuador.
I have been a Home Based Educator for 11 years and I love working with young children.
I believe children learn through play and I encourage and develop their interests.  I see the qualities in the children I care for and I expand on these.  We love to laugh and play together in the loving nurturing environment of my home.
I am very creative and love to involve the children in arts and crafts at their level.
Many of the children in my care have begun care with me as babies and stayed right through to school age making lasting loving bonds.

Leanne – Army Bay

Hi, my name is Leanne.  I am a mother to four wonderful school aged children.  I have over 18 years experience working with pre school aged children and have loved every minute of it.  This experience has been varied through play centre, home based care and work in early childhood centres.  I hold a Bachelors degree in early childhood education.
I am passionate about home based care and providing children with a magical early childhood education.  I provide a calm and unhurried environment with large open spaces both inside and out, giving children freedom to discover, learn and explore in their own time at their own pace.
We attend playgroups, library story times, as well as spending time with other educators and the children they care for.  This offers children the opportunity to develop their social skills in a larger group environment.
I encourage open communication between myself and the child’s parents/caregivers.  Parents/caregivers know their child best and their input into the programme here is encouraged and valued.
I am available between the hours of 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday.  If this sounds like the childcare you have been looking for I would love to hear from you.

Helen – Stanmore Bay

Hello, my name is Helen and I am 43 years old and have been a Home Based Child Educator for almost 6 years.  I am married and have three school aged children.  My interests include cooking, animals and nature.  I love to include these things in day to day learning with the children.
I am a Home Based Educator and I believe that a Whanau and Educator connection is an important platform for a child’s well-being. The children receive one on one care which allows them to form a strong attachment necessary for meaningful learning.
I provide a warm, dry, loving environment for my children and I have a large outdoor area including a concrete pad for bike riding and a large grassed area with swings and a slide.  I am the proud owner of some feathered and furry friends for the children to love and feed.
I have a very strong belief that children under 5 years old should learn through play, and have that freedom to express themselves but also be guided by myself to extend their interests.  We attend playgroups, visit parks and go on group trips to involve the children in the community.
It is a privilege for me to be able to nurture and love your precious babies.

Jo-Anne – Stanmore Bay

My name is Jo-Anne. I have three boys, ranging from almost 21 years old to almost 9 years old.  All my childcare training was completed through Playcentre where I spent 6 years.
I love the philosophy of learning through play and I love messy play!  I feel it is important to have boundaries and to make life a little predictable for young children, so I have a fixed routine for most of the days of the week in the form of visiting the library for story time, attending Mainly Music sessions and we attend our Apples playgroup sessions.
I love going to the park on the days in-between, visiting other carers, or we stay home and catch up on our art, singing and play time.  I have always loved children and believe that the attention and love children get in a home-based environment cannot be beat.

Stacey – Manly

Hi, I’m Stacey.  I am a born and bred Coastie, and have lived in my current home in Manly for nine years. I have two children of my own aged 10 and 14 years.  We love animals and have two cats, a rabbit and a guinea pig.
For the last 5 years I been a home based educator.  Prior to that I was involved in Playcentre for seven years.  While at Playcentre, I gained my course 3 certificate, which gave me a lot of insight into the different aspects of children’s learning, growth, behaviour and development, and skills for promoting these.  Regular attendance of workshops for professional development means I keep my skills and ideas fresh and up to date.
I have had many children in my care, from babies to school age, and they really do become part of my family.  I love teaching children new skills, seeing their progress, wonder and breakthroughs, and seeing the wonderful people they grow into.
I am artistic and creative, so arts and crafts is something I really enjoy doing with the children.  Walks to the park, beach, or library are always a fun adventure!
I look forward to having more children join my family at Apples

Wendy – Stanmore Bay

Hi, I’m Wendy.  I live just off Whangaparaoa road across from New World.  I have a four year degree in music education, and I was a classroom teacher for 7 years.
I am mum to Chara, age 8 and Jed, age 2; and wife to Craig for 13 years.  We moved here from America 6 years ago and we are so thrilled that we did.  We love animals and have lots of furry and feathered friends (6 free range chickens) for children to spend time with.
I strive for a healthy balance of predictable and child-initiated activities. We regularly attend Mainly Music, Apples playgroups, Gym’nees and pedal and play, and we spend much of our time in the parks and out of doors.  My care children order their own library books, and come up with projects they want to do- making their own superhero costumes, baking their own afternoon tea, etc.  When they begin to show interest, children in my care receive free piano lessons- I also work as a preschool piano teacher on weekends.
I enjoy children of all ages, and I especially love to see the learning that takes place between younger children observing the older ones, and what the older children can learn about themselves from observing the younger ones.  I believe home-based childcare is the most natural and nurturing environment for children; and is the best for their development.  I love working with families to encourage children to meet their full potential.