Meet Our Team

Bright Futures Educarers are supported by a team of registered and qualified Early Childhood Teachers, our Bright Futures Manager and the wider team of the Napier Family Centre.

What is an Educarer?
An Educarer is an early childhood professional, who cares for pre-school aged children in their own home and provides them with early childhood education. Educarers are specially trained to provide quality care in a safe and nurturing environment.

Educarers are supported by our Visiting Teachers who regularly visit Educarer homes where they will discuss children’s learning and development and look for ways to enhance their daily programme. Our Visiting Teachers support your choice of Educarer by leading the selection process.

Our Visiting Teachers are:

Vicki Robertson

Visiting Teacher, Napier

Vicki has worked in early childhood for over 15 years including childcare centres and home-based care. Vicki was awarded her Early Childhood Diploma in 2000 and has her Teacher Registration.

Vicki visits the children and the Educarers at least every month, keeps parents and Educarers informed and answers any questions they may have, organises group outings.

What she loves about children: “They keep me young – if I didn’t do this I certainly wouldn’t be sliding down slides, rolling down hills or dancing to children’s music!”

What she loves about Bright Futures: “We all genuinely love what we do & I can see how that shines through to the children.”

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Darryl Fisher

Visiting Teacher, Napier

Darryl is a fully registered Teacher, holding a Diploma of Teaching (ECE). Darryl has worked in early childhood education for 25 years, in various roles including supervisor in an ECE centre, PAFT (Parents as First Teachers) Educator and as visiting teacher for homebased childcare.

Darryl visits the children and Educarers each month ensuring children experience a learning environment where play is valued and extended within a nurturing supportive setting.

“I enjoy seeing children become confident capable learners who believe in their ability to succeed and attempt new challenges.”

“Educarers provide a wonderful environment where the child’s independence and creativity is nurtured and encouraged.”

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Paloma Samu Nov 2015

Paloma Samu

Visiting Teacher, Hastings

Bachelor of Education (Teaching); Diploma of Teaching (ECE); Supervisor childcare centre.

Paloma visits the children and the Educarers at least every month, keeps parents and Educarers informed, provides resources and answers any questions they may have, organises group outings.

“The children in our care are spontaneous, happy and care-free.”

“I love being a part of an organisation that builds strongly around positive working relationships with the Educarers and their children.”

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Corina Chamberlain

Visiting Teacher, CHB

I am a qualified registered Teacher holding a diploma of teaching (ECE), and Bachelor of Teaching(ECE). I have worked in the early childhood profession for many years and have wide experience working with infants through to school age children.

I believe all children are unique individuals who bring with them their strengths, talents and a natural sense of wonder and curiosity. As a visiting teacher I am committed to building and maintaining relationships with all those in our learning community. I believe that relationships are a source of learning, empowerment and identity for children, their families and whanau.

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Sarah Donovan

Visiting Teacher, Hastings

More info to follow

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Our Visiting Teachers are supported by our Administration and Finance team at Napier Family Centre:



Bright Futures Administrator

“Bright Futures has such a positive energy around it. The Educarers go the extra mile for the children, and the office team do as much as they can to assist families. We all want to do our best to support our community – this makes for a great service.”



Bright Futures Administrator

“It is actually a very easy environment to work in – we take a very practical approach to administration so there is no need for anyone to feel bogged down by it.”

“Bright Futures childcare and learning is a service of Napier Family Centre, an award winning not for profit social service agency. Any surpluses we make go right back in, to help provide a better service to our local communities.”