The Team!

Lisette Sheehan

Centre Director and owner


I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 20 years and hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). My true journey towards understanding how, what and why children need a certain type of environment to truly fly began with the birth of my own 4 children. I believe in teaching from the heart and I believe in the importance of authentic, respectful and loving relationships.


I have always imagined the perfect place for children and that dream now comes to life at A Childs Place. It’s a place where children have uninterrupted time to freely explore and test their working theories. It’s a place where their voice is heard and understood. It is also a place where the family are heard and supported in their journey too.


I look forward to meeting the families in our new community and joining in you and your child’s journey with us.


Megan Browne

Centre Director and owner

With over 20 years’ experience in the Early Childhood Sector, I have a wealth of valuable knowledge, skills and experience.  I am totally committed to ensuring we provide the type of environment that children feel happy to come to each day and that our Centre lives up to its philosophy.

I love seeing children explore, develop and grow in a safe and stimulating environment.  “I believe children need long periods of uninterrupted play that is initiated, guided and directed by them”. 

As a mother, myself I can identify and relate to the challenges parents face today.  My warm, caring and friendly nature is welcomed and appreciated by whanau, colleagues and children who find me approachable at any time, and willing to go the extra mile. I look forward in having the privilege to be a part of you and your child's learning journey at A Child's Place.

I have a Diploma of Education (ECE) and a Bachelor of Education (ECE).


Rita DuPlooy

Team Leader

My name is Rita and I am the team leader for the Tawa room. I have over 10 years experience working with toddlers and I am very passionate about their learning.

I believe that warm, open relationships in which we all feel valued, respected and loved, form the foundation for deep and meaningful learning. Warm, trusting, reciprocal relationships promote joyful moments, inspire collaboration and build respect for new and different ways of seeing and doing.

It is my goal to create an environment for toddlers, where positive relationships can flourish between children, teachers, whanau and the community. This will create a safe place where our toddlers will feel confident to take risks, explore and test their theories about the world around them.

To be entrusted with laying the foundation for your little ones development is a privilege and I am looking forward to working with you.


Briahna Sheehan


Kia Ora my name is Briahna, and I am a teacher in the Tawa Room. I have recently finished my Bachelor of Education in Primary and am now working towards becoming a fully registered teacher. I fell in love with toddlers through doing relief work here at A Child’s Place for the last two years and am honored to be a part of the Tawa team.


I am passionate about this amazing age group and its important to me that toddlers are supported and nurtured through their emotional development. I believe that strong relationships are the core to everything. These relationships are built through trust, respect and love.


I believe in creating an environment that allows all children to have their needs met through communication and understanding. This allows that child to feel emotionally satisified and will enable them to fully engage in the surroundings around them.


I look forward to getting to know you and your toddler throughout their journey here at A Childs Place. 


Diana Ganea

Kia Ora, 

My name is Diana Ganea and I am originally from the region of Transylvania, Romania.


Caring for children is something I have always enjoyed doing. I love knowing them, giving them all my love, time, patience. I love helping them learn and grow in a safe and peaceful environment, "a home away from home". 


I have a 4-year-old daughter Ava and I always think about how I want her to be cared for when I am working with other tamariki. 


I am very happy to be given the opportunity to be part of A Child’s Place amazing team and intend to pursue a career in ECE to get more knowledge that I can use along with my skills and experience for the best care of children in our lovely community.


Nicola Smith

Team Leader


Kia Ora, 


My name is Nicola and I have a huge passion towards working with children. I have lived in the community since I was young and still live locally with my family. 


I have been in the Childcare Sector for 15 years and enjoy working alongside tamariki and educators to create a warm, nurturing and loving environment where we can all grow and learn by creating an environment where we are all respected and learn alongside one another. 


I look forward to my Journey here at A Child's Place and getting to know you and your families


Nicola X


Arti Shetty

Kia Ora, Namaste!


My name is Arti. Originally from India, I call New Zealand my second home. Born and raised in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual family, understanding and respect for different cultures come naturally to me. I am a mum to two super duper cool boys! My firstborn is 7 and my second one is 5 months old. We moved to Huapai 3 years back and are in love with the community here.


With over 11 years of experience in early childhood working alongside children, some fabulous teachers, and amazing families, my passion for teaching has grown stronger and deeper. I have inherited the love for my profession from my mum, who has been my role model all my life. She is an absolutely fabulous teacher with so much passion and dedication towards young children’s growth and development.


I believe that building and maintaining strong relationships with children and their Whanau is the key to all children’s learning. When these relationships are strong, honest, and open the children feel safe and comfortable, and they will achieve success within their environment.


I am excited to join the team at A Child’s Place and looking forward to knowing you all.


“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning and how to learn.”


Sarah Walderman

Team Leader

Kia Ora,

My name is Sarah and I am delighted to join the teaching team in the Titoki Room from January.

I hold a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Education with Honours. I have 12 years of experience caring for children, predominantly with infants and toddlers.

In my experience, young children learn best through their own curiosity and discovery. I believe it is my role to provide a safe, nurturing space where babies can learn through interactions with their surroundings, obey their natural instincts and impulses, and form meaningful relationships with those around them.

My journey at A Child’s Place first started three years ago as a parent, seeking out the best possible home away from home for my son, Leo, now 4 years old and loving his time in the Totara Room. My daughter, Eva, is 1 and will be joining the Tawa Room.

I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know all of the children over the coming months.

Nga mihi,


Cherish Winslow

Kia Ora, 

I am married with 2 children, Isabella aged 4, and Tiberius who is 2. They love exploring EVERYTHING! They are creative and inquisitive and because of them, I came to realize the enjoyment I feel being around young tamariki and helping them on their learning journey.   


I'm always fascinated by a child's sense of wonder and imagination, their ability to adapt to the environment around them, and how their minds soak in as much knowledge as they can. I think it is important to create a nurturing and positive environment, as we provide enriching experiences for them to become confident learners. I consider it a privilege to be part of what I think are the most important years for children and I am so pleased to be part of the team at A child's place.


Arohanui Cherish

Kristen Day


Kia Ora I'm Kristen

I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and have 16 years experience in the sector.

Caring for children and watching them learn through play is a passion of mine. I truly believe in the importance of learning through play for children to develop crucial foundation skills to be life long learners. 

I have experience with all age groups from 3 months to five years. My most current roles have been with Infants. 

I have two beautiful boys of my own a 9 year old named Koby and a 3 year old named Asher. 

My interests out of work include DIY projects, Sewing, The beach and most importantly family time. 

I look forward to getting to know you all.

Kristen xxx


Brooklyn Udell


Hello, my name is Brooklyn, and I am a teacher in the Titoki room. I have recently moved here from Canada this past June. Whilst in Canada, I completed my Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary education. I am looking to become a fully registered teacher.


I have experience working with children of all ages but most recently being a nanny for an amazing 6 month to 13-month-old child. Throughout this time, I really developed a passion for working with infants and watching them grow through exploration and play. I believe that relationship building is essential while working with infants.  I look forward to building meaningful relationships within the Titoki room.


I hope to create a warm and welcoming environment for infants and their families. I am very excited to be starting my journey in the Titoki room and I am looking forward to meeting you all.




Tash McDonald

Centre Cook, Reliever


I'm 30 years old, married and have two daughters aged 9 and 6. We live locally in Waimauku and love the close-knit community.

My passion for cooking started as a young child, making dinners with Mum or baking with grandparents was a favourite thing to do. I have been in the food industry for 15 years, Including Cafes, Restaurants, Home delivery cooking and Childcare centres.

Cooking healthy, tasty and homely meals for the children is important to me because I believe eating should be a time to gather and enjoy each others company and to share and reflect with one another.

When I'm not in the kitchen I love spending time with the children in their rooms, watching them explore and thrive in the environment around them. 

Building a special bond with the kids makes me really happy, especially when they are delighted with the food we prepare.

See you all around