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Tanya Burrage - General Manager

Tanya recognised the opportunity to create New Zealand’s best Au Pair service when her own children were little. Since then, her family has hosted many Au Pairs over the years. Tanya is a Chartered Accountant with extensive corporate experience in human resources and recruitment. Tanya has traveled extensively and is a keen sailor.

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Sarah Worn – Placement Manager

Sarah and her team are responsible for matching our Au Pairs with their Host Families as well as providing our extensive ongoing support services. Sarah is also a Host Mother so knows all about hosting Au Pairs first hand.

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Jill Clegg - Placement Coordinator

Jill has over 10 years of experience in corporate recruitment and loves the process of finding the right au pairs to match with her families. She emigrated from South Africa with her family in January 2015 and with 4 children, she understands first-hand how busy life is with kids and how Au Pairs can help.

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Daniel Tyrrell - Placement Coordinator

Daniel has experience in customer service spans more than 10 years. He wanted to become part of the Dream Au Pair Team because of our values as a business and he loves the process of finding the right childcare solution for our Families. Daniel also has extensive experience in mentoring young people, which will benefit Au Pairs and Nannies as they settle into their new roles.

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Ottalie Day - Candidate Consultant

Ottalie has 8 years’ experience in customer service. She was previously an Au Pair in Australia and has been a Nanny in New Zealand with Kiwi Oz Nannies so knows first-hand how to support our candidates and ensure they have a great placement with our Families. Originally from England, Ottalie likes to spend her spare time exploring this beautiful country.

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Mandy Dobson – Education Manager

Mandy is originally from England and came to New Zealand many years ago with her husband. She is mum to two terrific teenage boys and an avid concert goer. Mandy holds a Bachelor in Teaching Early Childhood Education and is an experienced Education Manager with several years teaching experience in both centre and home based settings. Mandy is a firm supporter of education in partnership with a child's family and Whanau.

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Lynette Birkin – Education Coordinator Auckland

Lynette has worked within the Early Childhood sector for more than 25 years and holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has been involved in the home based sector for the last 10+ years and brings a wealth of experience to her role here at Dream Au Pair. Lynette and her husband enjoy travelling extensively.

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Melissa Cole – Education Coordinator Auckland

Melissa Cole, who you can call Mell for short, has been working in the Early Childhood Education sector since 2009. She has experience with all age groups of children under six years old. Mell holds a Bachelor of teaching in Early Childhood Education and is a fully registered teacher. She also enjoys supporting children’s interaction and engagement with music.

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Emily Skinner – Education Coordinator Auckland

Emily began her teaching Career in 2010, when she started working at an Early Childhood Centre. In 2014, she completed her Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education with the New Zealand Tertiary College and she holds a full teacher registration. She has over 10 years of experience working with children from babies to pre-schoolers. Emily believes it is so rewarding to work with children and be a positive role model, to inspire them, to develop and grow to their full potential. In her spare time, Emily loves to spend time with her family and baking up a storm in the kitchen.

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Amanda Watson - Education Coordinator Auckland

Amanda has been working in the Early Childhood sector for over 24 years. She has worked in centres for the majority of this time. After completing her Certificate in Early Childhood, she ventured overseas for a year and worked as a nanny whilst there. On her return, she completed her Diploma of Teaching ECE. The following 20 years she moved up from a teacher to Supervise then Manager in a specific under 2 centre in Birkenhead. Amanda has a passion for infants and toddlers and enjoys the special qualities of this specific age group.

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Verity Payne - Education Coordinator Auckland

Verity Payne, who you can call Vee, discovered her love for teaching back in 2010 when she began working in an Early Childhood Centre on the North Shore. She then went onto complete a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) at Unitec in 2014 before becoming a fully registered teacher. Verity has spent her recent years working as a teacher in the ECE sector at a rural centre. Verity has experience working with children from babies to preschoolers and has a passion for providing all children with equal learning opportunities and has a love for the outdoors.

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Maree Lawn - Education Coordinator Waikato and South/West Auckland

Maree has worked in education for 20 years in both Kindergardens, Infant and Toddler Centres and Home-Based Care. All of these opportunities shaped her passion for Early Childhood Education. She loves learning with and alongside children every day. These experiences with children and their familes are absolutely treasured as they make Maree think, reflect, laugh and sometimes even cry! Maree lives in Te Awamutu with her husband Mark and their two children.

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Keryn Parkes – Education Coordinator Wellington

Keryn first came to KiwiOz Nannies after working as a teacher in Early Childhood centres for 10 years, where she progressed her way into roles of greater responsibility to become centre director. After her first babysitting job, Keryn always knew that she would have a career working with children, going on to work as a nanny both in rural communities and overseas before moving into early childhood to complete a Diploma of Teaching (ECE). Born in Nelson Keryn has made Wellington her home since 2008 with her husband Zair. Outside of work Keryn loves socialising with friends and family, going for bush walks and creating memorable travel experiences both in New Zealand and around the world.

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Sarah McDonald – Orientation Coordinator

Sarah gained her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in Australia and has taught children in Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Her experience includes nannying abroad, teaching preschool and primary aged kids in centre based and home based settings. Sarah returned to Dream Au Pair after having her son, to manage the Orientation Workshops as well as other Au Pair activities.

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Nadia Levy – Operations and Marketing Manager

Nadia has nearly 15 years’ experience in Advertising, Project Management, Marketing, Production and Brand Activations. Nadia loves working for Dream Au Pair as she gets the chance to combine her passion for operations and communication with her knowledge of hosting over 9 Au Pairs.

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Martin Mai - Finance Manager

Our money man, Martin is here to help you with the financial aspects of employing an Au Pair. Originally from Canton in China, Martin has lived in New Zealand for over 10 years. He is responsible for our general accounting functions and is the Dream Au Pair Payroll expert. He manages the Au Pair Play and Learn enrolments and time-sheets as well as 20 hours ECE, WINZ and OSCAR subsidies.

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Alice Trang - Payroll Assistant

Alice joins us from a background in external payroll and is an experienced administrator. She is our resident Au Pair Payroll expert and together with the finance team is responsible for processing the weekly Au Pair payroll. Originally from Vietnam Alice loves to travel, read and listen to music in her free time.

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