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Miramar Childcare Team

Miramar Childcare has an experienced teaching team who have been at the Centre for several years.  We have 5 teachers, alongisde of our Centre Cook and Manager.  Every qualified teacher is considered to be a person responsible in the centre.

Meet our friendly Miramar team



Early Childhood Trained and Registered Teacher


Kia ora, My name is Sarah and I am the manager here at Miramar Childcare. I hold my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Classics, my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE), my RIE Foundations, my He Papa Tikanga (Certificate in Tikanga Māori), my Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE), and am currently working towards my Masters in Education.

I have been a kaiako for the past decade; spending one year in an orphanage in Kenya, 6 years teaching pēpi, and the past 3 years in leadership roles supporting kaiako, tamariki and whānau.

In my practice as a kaiako I am passionate about outdoor learning, forest sessions, sustainability, helping tamariki to develop their own relationship with Papatūānuku, Te Tiriti based practice, respectful practice, and infant toddler well-being.

I am of Kai Tahu descent through whāngai on my nan’s side, and am currently exploring my whakapapa through a lost adopted line where we whakapapa to somewhere in the Whanganui region.

In my spare time I enjoy writing, photography, travel, and spending time with my whānau, friends, kūri, and my step children.






Early Childhood Trained and Registered Teacher

Kia ora, Talofa, Nĭ hӑo. My name is Rachael Cornish and I am a qualified teacher here at Miramar Childcare. I love getting to know the families here at the centre and love hearing about their lives and interests outside of the centre. I am a Mum myself and have 4 children so I know what it’s like to be busy! I really enjoy watching the children here learn new skills, challenge themselves and reach milestones, e.g. crawling, walking, learning how to jump and hop. I really enjoy cooking and baking with the children and also love art and music and anything sensory, e.g. messy play and water play. I enjoy being outdoors as well and watching the children explore our beautiful outdoor setting; finding insects and flowers and watching our garden grow.


Early Childhood Trained and Provisionally Registered Teacher


Kia ora, my name is Makaela. I have completed my Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) through New Zealand Tertiary College. I have grown up and have lived in Miramar for my whole life. I enjoy being around my family and friends, getting creative and have a love for animals.

As a teacher I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and learn. It is my desire as a teacher to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. My role as a teacher is to give children the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens of knowledge. To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each child so that all learners feel capable and successful.


Early Childhood Trained and Provisionally Registered Teacher

Kia ora, my name is Aisling Halligan. I am an Irish girl and have lived in Wellington with my partner, Bryan, for over two years.

I gained a B.A (Honours) in Social Care in 2011 before deciding to leave Ireland and travel the world. I have many years’ experience in my previous roles, working with young children across a variety of settings. I have a great passion for educating little minds and encouraging and supporting children to have a love and curiosity for learning. I enjoy co-constructing and sharing knowledge, skills and theories with the children.

I love working with both the children and their whanau here in Miramar childcare.


Early Childhood Trained and Registered Teacher

Kia Ora, Hello and Guten Tag, My name is Sonja Steinmetz and I am thrilled to be part of Miramar Childcare.

I arrived in New Zealand in January 2015 to study for the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education at the University of Auckland and once my course was over in November of that year I moved to Wellington. I have loved getting to know this city and look forward to extending my knowledge of Wellington and New Zealand as a whole.

My mother is Singaporean-Indian and my father is German, which explains why I look and speak the way I do. My childhood was spent in Germany and the wonderful time I had growing up there really influenced my decision to be an early childhood teacher. I am fluent in German (although a bit rusty at the moment) and look forward to incorporating it into the classroom when appropriate. Discovering new cultures and food through travelling is one of my favourite activities and I love spending time with loved ones and my 2 cats who recently moved over from Singapore. I am very passionate about children having creative ways to express themselves as well as being able to take appropriate risks and develop their sense of independence. I’m excited to be part of this team and look forward to getting to know all the children and whānau at Miramar Childcare!



Bee is our centre cook and works closely with the Health Heart Foundation to create delicious healthy kai for our tamariki


Centre Director

Early childhood, fully certified teacher

Cead Mile Failte, My name is Christina and I am the Centre Director at Wellington Childcare. I have been working with Miramar Childcare since we opened and love each and every day.

Working with children brings such a variety and excitement to your normal day and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else! I graduated with an Honours Degree in Early Childhood Education in Ireland in 2010 and have worked in a variety of childcare centres since then, including bilingual kindergartens, crèches, nurseries and Montessori preschools. I am currently studying for my Doctorate of Education with Victoria University.

I’m originally from Ireland and still haven’t lost my accent! My Irish culture is very important to me and I like to share it with the children and their families in lots of different learning experiences. 

Building friendships and relationships with friends and families comes very naturally to children and their ability to learn about different cultures and values is a wonderful advantage of these relationships. As a teacher, I strive to provide these opportunities for children where they can continuously strive to learn about different countries and nationalities and their unique attributes. I am also really passionate about risky play and seeking new ways to incorporate into children’s everyday routines and rituals.