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Management Team
Our journey in Early Childhood Education was not business driven but more to spend some quality time with young son Sam. In 2005, we purchased our first Early Learning Centre when Alan returned from overseas after a contract with Welsh Hockey, overseeing their international hockey program, and as a Director on Great Britain’s Olympic Hockey Board. Jackie was working for a successful law office in Wales and had a budding law career. Both Alan and Jackie's families have had a long association with the education sector.

On our return to New Zealand we really wanted to put family first. Our son Sam was the catalyst for purchasing a centre in Whangarei and we had four great years seeing him grow there as well as learning about Early Childhood in New Zealand. Alan's daughter Chloe, started working in the Educare family before qualifying in Hotel Management. Marianne Walker managed that centre for us in Tikipunga at that time and has since grown with us to be the General Manager of the wider organisation.

We now own over 10 centres throughout the North Island and are able to provide these communities with centres that have a focus on: sustainability, safe natural play areas for the tamariki and great enthusiastic staff which all contribute to incredibly stimulating environments. What we want to do is create a unique service that is centred around your tamariki, for that is what we wanted as parents.

If you wanted to sum us up it would be “whānau first” and giving back to local communities, while learning, laughing and playing.

Ka Kite ano

Alan and Jackie Lints

Marianne Walker

General Manager
Kia ora
I am genuinely interested in all children as they are our future and so full of potential. So many families and their children pass through the doors of Educare centres and it is still a priviledge to work with, support and see them transition to school capable and ready to fly. My own family- five children and grandchildren are my delight and I am so proud of them all; I love just watching and listening to their banter on our big get togethers. My personal interests are being with my friends, pottering in the garden and impromptu travelling with family or friends. Educare’s owners, Alan and Jackie Lints, support me to achieve my goals. I love working for Educare.

Karyn Connelly

Area Manager
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Ko Karyn toku ingoa
For over 20 years I have been learning alongside tamariki, whanau and kaiako. I feel very fortunate to be an Area Manager for Educare, as the vision of learn laugh play resonates with my own pedagogy and way of being. I really enjoy mentoring and supporting kaiako and centres to be the best that they can be. I believe that our young tamiti deserve the best possible early childhood experiences and I am proud to be able to be part of that. My personal time is spent enjoying time with my whānau, friends, old school cars and relaxing at home.

Cara Lindsay

Area Manager
Kia Ora, I'm Cara Lindsay. I have been involved in early childhood since leaving school. I graduated from Auckland Teacher’s college with a diploma in Kindergarten Teaching and a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood.
After 7 years of working in Kindergartens, I built and owned my own centre in Kamo.
In 2001 I sold the centre and went home to be a full time Mum to our three children and to help run our Dairy farm. Now with my children grown up, it is time to return to my passion of teaching.

Jo Brown

Area Manager
Kia ora my name is Jo. I have been a teacher for nearly 20 years and have worked in all areas of ECE from home based to University lecturing. I have a Masters of Education with a strong emphasis on kaupapa philosophy and Tikanga Maori. I live locally in Pukekohe with my husband and teenage daughter. We have a passion for sports and the gym which is quite often where we spend our time. We are also car enthusiasts particularly American muscle cars, and also enjoy being out and about in them. My passion is creating a natural and sustainable, yet safe and nurturing environment for tamariki that is a home away from home and being a mentor for my team to strive to be the best teachers for the tamariki in our care.

Karen Newton

Area Manager
Tēnā koe my name is Karen Newton. I am a fully registered ECE teacher and have always been highly passionate about the overall development of each unique tamariki. For parents looking for solutions in dealing with a parenting issue, I am also a qualified Triple P Parenting Programme Provider.
On a personal note, I am a mother of two amazing adult sons, who are enjoying life in the UK, while I am based in the wonderful Wairarapa, where the rest of my family live. Living in the Wairarapa provides me with lots of opportunity to get out into the great outdoors and spend valuable time with my young niece and nephew. I look forward to learning and working alongside the Educare Learning communities.

Gillian Kyte

Administration Manager
I am the Administration Manager for Educare Group, currently based at the Totara Park office.

I have worked in Administration for 30 years of which the last 5 years have been for Educare.

I have lived most of my life in Whangarei. I am married with 3 sons and 4 stepsons. We are expecting our first grandchild in a few months.

Although I am office based I love the environment I work in, to see and hear the children laughing and playing enriches my day.

Kayla Ludlow

Human Resources Manager
Kia Ora, my name is Kayla Ludlow and I am the Human Resources Manager for Educare. I have been working in Human Resources since 2016 after graduating from AUT. I have not come from an Early Childhood background, but have found that I really enjoy going into the centres and seeing the amazing work that our Kaiako do with the Tamariki.
I was born and bred in Whangarei and am incredibly grateful to be a part of the Educare Whānau as it means that I can do the work that I love surrounded by friends and whānau. Educare's values and beliefs align with my own and I feel l will continue to learn and grow here.

Hayley Brice

Operations Manager
Kia ora. I am the Operations Manager at Educare and work closely with Gillian Kyte to ensure the smooth running of all of our centres. Previously, I have been a centre owner for 9 years, and developed a passion for the industry during that time. I work with a great team at our Head Office, and when I'm not working I'm enjoying my time with my partner and my two teenage girls. I also have 2 small dogs, and am a loyal supporter of my local boxfit.