Our People

Julie Salthouse
Centre Manager

With extensive experience in administration and management, Centre Manager Julie Salthouse has a strong skill set in strategic planning and financial and operations management. Julie holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management and has a flair for marketing and communications, people management and customer relationships. Her experience in the commercial sector is perfectly balanced with experience as a mother and grandmother to provide Lollipops Auckland Central with a wealth of valuable skills and knowledge. Julie’s can-do attitude and supportive, approachable management style has already become a valuable asset to this vibrant centre. Julie also has many years experience in the marine industry and loves to spend her spare time yachting, fishing and being on the water enjoying New Zealand’s fabulous waters.
“I feel very fortunate to have joined the team at Lollipops Auckland Central. It’s great to be part of a team that is so committed to providing the best childcare facilities possible with supportive and caring staff.”

Chitra Mukerjee
Assistant Centre Manager

Chitra has extensive experience in the field of Early Childhood, having worked with Lollipops for over seven years. Her expertise lies in the field of Programme Planning, having always striven to deliver a programme where children’s cultural, spiritual and lifestyle diversity is acknowledged and embraced. A strong believer of children as capable and confident explorers, her passion and commitment lies with implementing New Zealand’s unique Early Childhood curriculum to promote quality learning outcomes for children. Her philosophy recognises the importance of warm, responsive and respectful relationships amongst the community of learners. This coupled with her extensive knowledge and experience in the sector, has resulted in a symbiotic relationship between the children, their parents / Whānau and herself. She has also excelled in her academic pursuits, having obtained an Honours degree in Education and a teaching qualification specialising in Early Childhood from the University of Auckland, with distinction.

Travelling to explore the unseen is one of Chitra’s myriad interests, having toured extensively around the world to learn about people and their diverse cultures.

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