Carla Ornelas, Centre Manager
What inspired you to work in ECE?
I value and respect each child and see each one as being unique. I enjoy seeing children develop at their own pace taking into account their cultural heritage. I love connecting with people and building valuable relationships with every child and their family. Working in early childhood education promotes a sense of community and teamwork, which I value as I work alongside parents, teaching staff and agencies to do our best for each child at our centre. By doing this, I believe I am making a difference and contributing to a greater purpose and creating security and growing humanity through love and strong attachments.
What do you love most about what you do?
I enjoy the relationships I create with parents, children, staff and the wider community. I enjoy growing my knowledge through professional development workshops and readings, engaging in professional conversations and collaborating with my team. I am motivated to work with my team, discussing with them what is important to ensure we continue to give the best education and care to each child.
What sets your centre apart?
The environment at Lollipops Takapuna is warm, welcoming and respectful. Ours is a centre where children’s self-identity is valued, their culture is celebrated, and strong attachments are established. It is a second home for our children and families.
What is your favourite time of the year at the centre?
Christmas time, because our children enjoy preparing for our nativity play. This has become the highlight of our year. We have now had ten years of presenting this play to our parents and whanau. Our toddlers and older children rehearse 12 songs together, learning to sing to piano accompaniment. They have learned many skills as a result of these experiences and these have been carried through into primary school, where teachers recognise children with good social skills, confidence and resilience.
What do you do when you are not working?
I enjoy reading books about teaching, learning, social issues, growing empathy and attachments. I really love being outside, especially going for walks on the beach and in the bush. I also like keeping up with current and international news.
Bachelor of Arts, Higher Diploma in Primary Education, Graduate Diploma in ECE, fully registered teacher.
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.”