Our People

Carla Ornelas
Centre Manager

Of Portugese ethnicity, Carla was born in Cape Town, South Africa and is fluent in Portuguese, Afrikaans and French.

Because Carla is skilled at learning new languages, she is always happy to spend time with parents learning important words and phrases that will help children settle and enjoy a good sense of belonging. Carla holds a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Higher Diploma in Education (Post-graduate Primary), and is also a fully registered teacher. As a parent of three children, Carla has a good understanding of parent’s expectations, aspirations, concerns and needs. Her experiences as a parent, teacher and an immigrant to New Zealand combine to provide the centre with valuable skills that are an immense asset to its children, parents, and staff. 

“I enjoy my job tremendously. It gives me the opportunity to contribute to children’s lives and be part of a positive environment that fosters children’s wellbeing and education. I find it very rewarding to work with a team of teachers that take pride in their roles and are dedicated to what they do.”

Delani Meyer
Centre Supervisor

Delani Meyer joined the team at Lollipops Takapuna in 2005. She is a fully registered teacher and holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education). As Centre Supervisor she is responsible for supervising the day-to-day running of the centre and also acts as mentor for the staff. Delani says she finds this role very rewarding, especially when she sees teachers growing in their professional journey in order to achieve the best outcomes for children in their care. Delani values the open communication between parents and staff of the centre and believes it is a home away from home for the families who come through the door each day. Originally from South Africa, Delanie is married with two young daughters. As a mum, she understands how important it is for parents to have the security and peace of mind in knowing their child is within a safe and secure environment. 

“I feel proud to be part of such a dedicated team who are very passionate about providing the best possible care for each and every child within our centre.”

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