Meet Our Team
Debra & I built our first childcare in 2000/2001 and it opened in June 2001. It was the second building in the new Dannemora subdivision in East Tamaki Heights alongside the new Willowbank Primary School. Our second centre was in Pakuranga and though we expanded the capacity we decided 30 children too small for a managed service. We then set up St Johns for 75 children before grabbing the opportunity for 100 child centre at Westgate.
Our philosophy for our business is to provide quality care and education and understanding this would lead business success.
The business has developed over to several strategically located childcares. With the latest addition a franchised operation.
Kia Ora my name is Vanessa Henry. My role is the Operations Manager for Just Kidz. I have trained and worked in the early childhood education sector for over 25 years. I am a qualified and registered teacher and I am extremely passionate about meaningful, high quality early childhood education. I strive for the best in everything I do and seek this in others and for every company I become involved with. As a result of this, I have had the very rewarding position of leading others and motivating those around me to offer the very best in early childhood education. I have much experience in managing Centres and supporting pre-school companies at an operations level.
Here at Just Kidz, I have the great privilege of working alongside a fabulous team in creating and maintaining successful learning environments for our youngest learners. I work closely with our managers across our branches to uphold our systems, quality standards and our personal, caring nature as well as with each Franchisee as they join our company.Through regular visits to our branches, I get the wonderful opportunity to meet the children and stop for a chat, a game or a welcoming hug, truly the best part of the job!
Within my Operations Role, I build close relationships with each Franchisee who joins our team and become their Field Support Officer, helping to train them and ensure they understand and follow the Just Kidz high standard. Training includes all our systems and standards, industry regulations as well as the personal company approach and how we value each staff member, parent and child who becomes a part of Just Kidz. My role in working with Franchisees is ongoing as I continue to offer guidance and support to ensure full implementation and the highest level of care and education is maintained at all times.
I look forward to meeting with families who are looking for quality care and education and getting to know them and their children, as well as other like-minded individuals in the teaching profession or interested franchisees who wish to become part of our caring organisation.
If you would like to know more about joining our team, please click on the links below. You may register your interest in either working within our company or becoming a franchisee.
If you would like to know more about one of our branches for your child or children, please click here and fill in an enquiry form and we will answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you may click on our contacts page and call and speak directly to the branch of your choice.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Introducing Our Franchisees
Wei Luo (Max)
Centre Owner – Flatbush
I am Wei Luo (Max), I am originally from Shanghai. I live here with my wife and 2 young children. At Just Kidz Flatbush we are providing a high quality and large range of learning resources in a stimulating environment. Our professional teaching team are passionate about working with our youngest learners.
As a successful business investor I hope to provide an excellent level of care and education and ensure Just Kidz is one of the best preschools in Flatbush.
Centre Owner – Beachlands
Kia Ora, lei hou（Cantonese）你好！
I am Freddy, the Centre Director of Just Kidz Beachlands. I am from China and came to New Zealand when I was 16 years old with my family. I studied engineering as my major and have been involved in building residential and commercial buildings in China and New Zealand. Previous work experience has given me excellent imagination, understanding, execution ability and teamwork. An opportunity led me to join the Just Kidz whānau, I am full of passion and respect to welcome all of you to this beautiful Beachlands Centre. Our team aims to provide high-quality and abundant learning resources to your family and your children. Every member of our team is a dynamic and enthusiastic teacher, and we are fortunate to be a part of your child’s precious growth journey.
Owner – Kelston and Albany
My name is Maggie Xu. I am from Shanghai, China where I studied engineering as my major. I travelled around the world working on various high-rise buildings across many cities with my husband Jason Li and then spent a decade here in Auckland. My husband is an urban designer with an architecture master from National University of Singapore. We have three children, one is eight years old, one is four years old, and the little one is nearly 2 years old. Like all working mums, I value work-life balance a lot.
Along with being the owner of Just Kidz Kelston since its beginning in 2020, I have also owned Just Kidz Albany since 2022. I am proud to be a part of Just Kidz family.
Owner – Ormiston
Hi everyone, I’m Zoey. I am the director of Just Kidz Ormiston Centre. I am from Shanghai, China. My husband Max runs another Justkidz in Flatbush. I am excited to join this team and wish to grow together with everyone here. I used to work as a flight attendant in an airline for ten years and gained fantastic traveling experience, so I am eager to explore and try new things indeed. I often take my two children out to broaden their horizons and tap their rich creativity.
I am very grateful to Just Kidz for all the company and support, from the birth of my children to preschool, which inspires tremendous potential and nurtures talents in each child. This is why I chose to join Just Kidz Ormiston centre.
Believe me, your children can also discover unlimited potential in Just Kidz. Come and join us!
Owner – Henderson
Kia Ora, my name is Angie and I am the Centre Director/Owner at Just Kidz Henderson.
I hold a Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education and a Master degree in Business. I started my teaching journey since 2013. I have a big passion in early childhood education, and I believe every child is unique and has their own potential. I strive to create a warm, fun and positive learning environment where children feel happy, valued and comfortable.
I have three kids and live with my partner in west Auckland. In my spare time I enjoy finishing, gardening, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to being part of your child’s learning journey.