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At Busy Bees Aotearoa, we believe that our team are vital to the success of the business, delivering on our values and providing the best quality care to our children and parents.

Each member of the team plays a vital role in the development of the children at their individual early learning centre, and we strive to bring out the best in all our staff by providing them with the support and tools they need to succeed.

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Kaiako understand the importance of providing the best early childhood education services they can, and work individually with the children to ensure that this is achieved. Teachers aim to create exciting environments where children can excel and learn. At Busy Bees, we aim to operate in excess of the regulated teacher to child ratio.

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Centre Managers

Early childhood Centre Managers are at the heart of our centres, supporting the teachers and parents on a daily basis. They are the leaders of communication with parents and can combine their passion for working with children and professional development to support the teachers as they grow and develop.

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The Support Office

The Support Office is based in Orewa, North of Auckland, where the team assist each centre with HR, Marketing, Payroll, Finance and so much more. We have a special culture within our office that makes it feel like we’re working together as one big family. Together with our Senior Leadership team and Regional Managers, each centre can access resources, advice, and guidance by simply picking up the phone.

Our People

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Leanne Mortlock

Chief Executive

As the Chief Executive of Busy Bees Aotearoa, Leanne embodies the qualities of a visionary people leader who is driven by a passion for excellence in early childhood education.
With over 25 years' experience in people-centric roles, Leanne has a proven track record of creating high-performing teams, driving innovation and leading multi-site businesses to success. Leanne finds joy in being part of an organisation that has 75 centres across New Zealand and over 1,500 dedicated staff who are committed to providing quality education to over 6,000 children.
Under Leanne's leadership, Busy Bees Aotearoa has developed a culture that values its people, resulting in a strong and united network of leaders, teachers and support staff that are passionate about the children, families, and communities they serve.

Celeste Marsh

Education Manager

As the Education Manager, Celeste plays a crucial role in the development and delivery of high quality educational programmes across our centres, supporting Busy Bees Aotearoa to be a leading provider of early childhood education across New Zealand.
With a career in Early Childhood Education spanning more than 30 years, Celeste has extensive experience across the industry. Celeste has held diverse roles across various organisations, and has worked with kaiako and children with profound and diverse needs. In recent years, Celeste’s focus has been on mentoring and encouraging others as they grow in their own leadership journeys.
Leading by example, Celeste is esteemed the ECE industry, providing leadership, mentoring, guidance and support across the strong team of Regional and Centre Managers here at Busy Bees. Celeste's passion for excellence in curriculum, standards and procedures spans across the Busy Bees whānau of high-performing teams, to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and families.


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