Our People

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Rebecca McLachlan, Centre Manager

Kia ora Koutou
Ko Becca toku ingoa
Kei Kāpiti ahau, e noho ana
No Ingarangi (Portsmouth, England) ahau
Tena kotou katoa

Kia Ora, my name is Becca, I am the Centre Manager here at Lollipops Paraparaumu. I was born in Portsmouth, England and moved to New Zealand with my whanau in 2005. I now live on the Kapiti coast, where I live with my husband and our BIG dogs. I spend most of my free time catching up with family and friends as whānau is very important to me.


I have worked at Lollipops Paraparaumu since July 2017 and have worked across all age groups during this time. I am very proud to call Lollipops my home away from home where everyone is welcomed and loved for who they are and what they bring.

As a teacher of our youngest tamariki, I believe in nurturing a child’s individuality and encouraging them to learn in a way which they enjoy most, following their interests and passions. I believe that relationships are at the heart of learning and feel that it is important for children to be comfortable, settled and have a place of belonging. As adults we are also still learners and I feel the experiences we share help us all to grow and shape who we are.

I look forward to working alongside you and your whānau and welcoming you to our centre.

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Emma Janson, Assistant Manager & Team Leader of Kiwi Room

Kia ora, I am Emma and I am the head teacher in the Kiwi room here at Lollipops Paraparaumu. I am also the Assistant manager of the centre. I have been teaching Early childhood for over Ten years and still absolutely love it. I have a passion for teaching, creating exciting learning experiences and watching children grow, develop and learn new things each day. I graduated from Te Tari Puna o Aotearoa or Te Rito Maioha in 2015 and I am a Qualified teacher and I hold my Full registration.


I believe that children learn, develop and thrive in their early years, each child is unique, individual, competent and capable of anything they set their mind to. Through the relationships we from with the children and whānau, I believe that they are offered the best start to life. The opportunities we offer, the love and compassion we have and the endless teaching moments we supply can stay with the child for a lifetime. I believe that every child should always have a full cup. I love creating opportunities for children to be free to explore and use their imagination and feel the support and encouragement of the teachers behind them. My teaching practice is calm, nurturing and respectful, I pride myself on my professional relationships I develop with the children and families. I feel it is important to have full trust between all parties, after all, it takes a village to raise a child. I encourage and foster independence and resilience from a young age. I love teaching and observing children learning new skills and using their imagination and creativity.

Outside of Lollipops I love being out and about, exploring different places and spending time with my Husband, Asher, dog, friends and family! I have a big family who all play such a massive part in who I am today, family is huge part of my life! We also have a big group of amazing friends who we spend a lot of time with on the weekends. I am so honoured to be working alongside your children and whanau, It is such a blessing to be able to be a part of your child’s early years.

Arohanui, Emma Janson

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Victoria Kehely, Team Leader of Fantail & Tui Rooms

Kia Ora!
My name is Victoria, one of the teachers in the Fantail room here at Lollipops Paraparaumu. 

A passion of mine is teaching the children about emotional competency. Emotions can be scary and overwhelming, so I love to give them the time to learn and grow and be able to express themselves freely. Communication and social skills are such an important skill to develop for our tamariki and I really enjoy encouraging them to view themselves as individuals.


I also have a passion for including and supporting our hauā, our uniquely different children. Every child is important, every child is individual and everyone in the whanau is important. I believe the inclusion of children with disabilities, or any children, is about providing children with the equality of opportunities rather than treating everyone the same. This is the backbone of my teaching philosophy; that we should celebrate all the things that make us different.

I love to provide children with learning activities which show them how capable they are! I give them opportunity to try new activities and experiences that challenge them and what they believe they can do. I provide support in these situations and problem posing so they can find the solutions on their own, and discover exactly how amazing each one of our tamariki are!

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Amanda Lott, Team Leader of Kea Class

Kia Ora,

My name is Amanda, and I have been working at Lollipops since 2017. I have lived on the Kapiti Coast most of my life. I now live in Waikanae Beach with my husband Charles, daughter Evie (7), son Leo (3), and 2 dogs.

My centre of teaching philosophy is to provide the children with an environment that is a ‘home away from home’. I aim to provide them with a loving, inclusive and safe space, which can be achieved through strong relationships with tamariki and their Whānau.


I believe in following children’s lead during learning, and provide the support to extend and celebrate their achievements in the classroom. As a Kea teacher, I feel a great responsibility to help prepare the children for their next journey to school. As their teacher, I want to help them with responsibility, independence, leadership, and developing emotional and social skills.

I feel special and privileged to be entrusted with your beautiful children and the earlier years of their lives.

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Charlotte Peko, Centre Administrator