Quality childcare and education for children from birth to five

Lower Hutt - Birch Street Centre team members

Lower Hutt staff - CarolMy name is Carol Milner and  I work as part of the management team for Childhood Concepts. My husband Patariki and I live in Lower Hutt and have four grown –up children who all still live in the Wellington area.

I have worked for Childhood Concepts for several years but have over 25 years of experience in early childhood education beginning with playcentre. I have worked in both home-based and centre environments and as well as having a teaching degree I have recently completed a post-graduate Diploma of Education.

 I passionately believe that for children to develop to their full potential they need to feel secure in their environment and have strong bonds with their kaiako (teachers).  I have an ‘open-door’ policy to parents and whānau and appreciate any ideas, suggestions, comments you have to offer.


Lower Hutt Staff - Shannon


Hi, my name is Shannon.

I work as the centre manager. I have been with Childhood Concepts since 2009 and graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 2011.

I am passionate about education and building the foundations for children’s life long learning.

Lower Hutt Staff - Henrietta


Talofa Lava, Kia Ora, and Hello
My name is Henrietta (Henry) Tema Te Tau. I have been working at Childhood Concepts for over 7 years and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
I am a qualified and registered teacher and what I love about working at Childhood Concepts is the whanau/family atmosphere, the cultural diversity (families and teachers), and the way our tamariki/children are respected and valued.

Lower Hutt Staff - Luisa


Bula vinaka

My Name is Luisa and I have worked for Childhood Concepts for around two years.

I love working with the children and watching them learn and grow. They are so curious and open to the world.

I love answering their questions and am always interested in what to learn about next.

Lower Hutt Staff - Rhodora


Kamusta and Mabuhay!
I am Rhodora Aquino, a qualified ECE teacher. I was born and raised from the Philippines and am married and have two teenage daughters.  I worked for a Montessori Preschool for four years before joining Childhood Concepts in November 2013.  

I believe that as an educator for young children it is essential that I also be a learner myself constantly seeking to improve in my approaches and strategies to assist children towards gaining their confidence and competence following their chosen interests.


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