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Johnsonville Childcare Team

Johnsonville Childcare has an experienced teaching team. All of our qualified and registered teachers are trained in Early Childhood Education and are registered with the Education Council. Our non-qualified teachers are currently in training to receive their Early Childhood Education qualification. Every qualified teacher is considered to be a person responsible in the centre.

                        Meet our friendly Johnsonville team


Centre Manager

Early Childhood Fully Certified Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Nikki, I am the Centre Manager.

Graduating from Victoria University in 2006, I hold a Bachelor of Education and I am a fully Registered Teacher.  I have been working in early childhood since I was 17 Years old, this has always been my passion from such a young age.

I really enjoy meeting families, building relationships and working in partnership with them while enjoying being a part of the early stages of learning and development of the children.  Knowing that I can make a difference is my dream fulfilled.



Early Childhood Fully Certified Teacher

Assistant Room Leader in the Nursery


Fully Certificated Early Childhood Teacher

Room Leader in the Classroom

Ayubowan, my name is Mala. I am the room leader of the Classroom (Over 2’s). I joined Johnsonville Childcare in 2007. I am a qualified and registered early childhood teacher as well as holding a Bachelor of Science. I am originally from Sri Lanka where I worked for 8 years in secondary school teaching Applied and Pure mathematics. I migrated to New Zealand with my husband and son in 2000.

I am a strong believer in respecting and promoting child-led learning as they develop into competent and capable individuals and creating a learning environment which fosters a child’s ability to explore, perceive, investigate, imagine and problem solve.

I have a particular interest in sustainable practice through the Enviroschool programme, strengthening and sharing my ideas with the learning community.


         Fully Certified                 Early Childhood Teacher

Assistant Room Leader in the Classroom

Kia Ora, my name is Sudama and I am a registered teacher working in the classroom. I joined Johnsonville Childcare in 2014 and before that, I lived and worked in Auckland 7 years prior to moving to Wellington.

 I am originally from Sri Lanka where I was as ESL/English teacher across all ages right from early years through to university.  I obtained a Graduate Diploma in ECE from University of Auckland after moving to New Zealand as I have a great passion for Early Childhood.

 My greatest joy is inspiring children to be creative and promoting their early literacy through fun games and activities.  In my spare time, I enjoy crafts, cooking, baking, playing and teaching the piano and spending time with my family.

 I am proud to be a valued member of Johnsonville Childcare and look forward to building lasting relationships with the children and their families.


        Fully Certified                  Early Childhood Teacher

Hi, my name is Katie and I am one of the Nursery teachers. I graduated with my teaching degree in 2002 and I had an 8-year break to raise my 3 children. I returned to Johnsonville Childcare in 2010.

 I really enjoy working with children as I love being a part of their learning experiences. I love doing all things fun with children like painting, water play and especially messy play.

 In my spare time, I am cheering on my children at soccer and cheerleading and going for walks.


          Fully Certified                Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Karen and I am originally from Hong Kong. I graduated form Victoria University of Wellington with a degree in commerce in 1998 and Whitireia Community Polytechnic with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2010. Since then I have been working at Johnsonville Childcare, I first started off as a reliever and now a permanent teacher.

I like to work in a multi cultural environment, it provides an opportunity for me to know and learn about different cultures.

My interests are cooking, watching movies, gardening and going to cafes.


       Fully Certified                      Early Childhood Teacher

Hi, I’m Geetha.


        Fully Certified                    Early Childhood Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Sophia, my Chinese name is Li-Chen Yang.

I moved from Taiwan and settled down in New Zealand in 2006, living with my husband and son. I have been a part of the Johnsonville Childcare team since 2013.

My hobbies are music, movies and food.


 In- training

  Kia ora,

my name is Georgia and I am one of the nursery teachers. I have been teaching here at Johnsonville Childcare since 2016. I am currently in my third and final year of my teaching degree at Victoria University. I enjoy working with children and building close relationships with them and their whānau. I believe that having a fun learning environment with plenty of opportunities for children to play is the best way to learn


Untrained teacher

Kia Ora!

 My name is Jade and I am originally from Christchurch but have lived in Whangarei, Auckland and Invercargill. Wellington is my new home, thanks to Johnsonville Childcare!

 I went into teaching because of my love and passion for children. We can learn so much by attempting to see the world through their eyes. I am also a mum to a 9-year-old son. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going on bush walks, listening to music and spending time with my family.




Hi, I am Su’, the Centre Cook. I joined the Johnsonville team in 2016, providing nutritional and tasty meals for little tummies.

 Born and raised in Wellington, I have a background in cookery and hospitality through Massey University.


Cooking for 75 children is a lot of work but very rewarding. Our daily interactions are always entertaining. We make healthy food for healthy bodies and minds, and in return get happy children.