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Our Team

Our Team is passionate about children and their leaning. We dedicate time, focus and energy in building strong attachments. Our Teachers are intentional with their teaching approach in fostering a sense of belonging and respect that encourage partnership with children and families. Teachers plan and implement a curriculum full of fun and exciting activities for our children to explore and engage.

Jo-Ann Murray
JO-ANN MURRAY
Centre Manager

I am proud to be the Centre Manager of Chelsea House Early Childhood Centre. I have been with Chelsea House on the Kapiti Coast since it opened in 2000 and am a registered early childhood teacher.

I am passionate about the value of quality early childhood education and am proud to be associated with a centre that prides itself on creating a stimulating, nurturing, respectful environment for the child, teachers and families.

My husband and I have lived in Kapiti for the last 35 years and have six adult children and eight beautiful grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, cake decorating, reading, pottering in my garden and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

I look forward to meeting you and your families and getting to know you throughout your time at Chelsea House.

Julia Mildenhall
JULIA MILDENHALL
TEAM LEADER - YOUNG CHILDREN

Kia Ora, my name is Julia. I hold a bachelor of teaching and have been involved in the teaching profession for the past 16 years. I have worked at Chelsea House Raumati for the past 14 years and have enjoyed my time getting to know the children and families at the centre. I have spent most of my time at the centre working with the two year old children and find providing child care and education experiences for children of this age very rewarding. I enjoy getting to know each child’s unique personality and providing a stimulating and fun learning environment.

I have lived on the Kapiti Coast for the last 22 years with my husband. We have three adult daughters and three beautiful grandchildren. Outside of work I enjoy spending time and having lots of fun with my children and grandchildren, reading and watching movies.

Tracey Ramsay
TRACEY RAMSAY
ROOM CO-ORDINATOR – YOUNG CHILDRENS

I have been working at Chelsea House Raumati for 6 years. I worked for 4 years in the infants and toddlers license and 2 years in the Young Children’s license as room Co-ordinator in room 5.

I graduated from Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa (The New Zealand Childcare Association) in 2011 with a teaching Diploma in ECE and I am a registered teacher.

Janine Freeman
JANINE FREEMAN
TEAM LEADER – INFANTS AND TODDLERS

Kia Ora, My name is Janine and I am the Team Leader for Rooms 1 and 2 and the Room co-ordinator for room 2.

I have been teaching at Chelsea House in Kapiti for three years but have been teaching early childhood for the past 14 years, having taught here at Chelsea House previously back in 2004—2008 and got my diploma through the Open Polytechnic of NZ.

Under 2 years of age is my teaching passion and I really love watching all of the learning and development that happens at this stage in a child’s life.

I live in Raumati Beach with my husband and our two beautiful girls.

In my spare time I love Photography, watching and playing football and spending time with my family.

I am so happy to be back working at Chelsea House on the beautiful Kapiti Coast and I am really looking forward to my new role here and getting to know all of the children and families.

Sandra Dando
SANDRA DANDO
COOK

Before I worked at Chelsea House Raumati on the Kapiti Coast, I owned my own café. Nowadays, I prepare delicious and healthy children’s meals and snacks for Chelsea House, including children with special diets.

With five daughters, one stepdaughter, one stepson, and so far three Grandsons, I have been around children for a large part of my life. I find it very rewarding and great fun to have the Chelsea House children interact with preparation and making their own creations in the kitchen.