About

Our Story

We are a warm, caring team based in New Plymouth. As a charitable organisation, we provide our programmes for free, ensuring those passionate about support and education are given the opportunity to pursue their choice of career. We’ve been the leaders in early childhood and support since the programme began in 1987. We’re the qualification developer for New Zealand Education Support Levels 3 and Early Childhood Level 4 and our education programmes have earned the highest accolade from NZQA. We were awarded Highly Confident in both our Educational Performance an Self Assessment sectors. Only 23% of New Zealand’s tertiary providers receive this Category 1 status.

We genuinely care about each person who walks through the Educare Training doors. Our staff are trained to support each student through their studies providing quality care and education. It is the dedication of our team that makes the Educare Training experience one of the best in the country. Learn more about our passionate team below.

Support

At Educare Training we believe support is fundamental to the wellbeing and success of our trainees.

For this reason, we have a number of support systems in place to ensure you are able to fulfil the requirements of the programmes. TEC fund our training programmes, and provide an allowance for travel assistance, which we then administer to ensure you are able to attend your practicum or classes at Educare Training. For those aged 18 or older you are able to apply through Study Link for a student allowance or living costs.

Taranaki Educare are dedicated to offering free training for level 3 and 4 programmes.  This means you will not need to apply for a student loan to cover programme fees. The nature of our programmes are completely supportive and we aim to ensure that all students on our programmes make it through to completion and go on to further training or employment.

The Team

Donna Ertel

General Manager, Kindergarten Module Supervisor and support tutor of National Certificate ECE units.

Donna has been with the Programme and teaching adults since 1998. She has her Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and Bachelor in Education (Adult Education) and National Certificates in Adult Literacy Education. Donna has over 30 years of experience in working and training in Early Childhood Education.

Bronwyn Thomas

Assistant to the General Manager, Teacher Aide Module Supervisor and Literacy Co-ordinator.

Bronwyn has been with the Programme since 2001 and has been teaching adults since 2007 . Bronwyn holds a Certificate in Teacher Aiding, National Certificates in Adult Literacy Education and a Bachelor of Education (Adult Education).

Sue Hobby

Childcare/Nanny Module Supervisor and Head Teacher of National Certificate in ECE.

Sue has been in the Early Childhood arena for over 30 years. She has a Diploma in Early Childhood, and is trained as an Adult Educator. Sue has been teaching with the Programme since 2007 and has completed an Introduction to Everyday Psychology.

Talia Coghlan

Office Administrator

Talia has been with Educare Training since 2012. She has worked in administration throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Jaimie Webb

Inclusive Practice Module Supervisor, Te Reo Kaiako & Tutor of National Certificate Early Childhood and care.

Jaimie completed our programme in 2008 and was one of our star graduates, she was employed by Educare Training in 2010. Jaimie worked as a Teacher Aide in a local primary school while gaining a Diploma in Te Reo and completed the Certificate in Early Childhood Education Level 5, she continues to study towards her degree.