Nirmala Madhavan

Owner and Manager

I am Mrs. Nirmala Madhavan. I am married for 34 years with one son who is a Civil Engineer, lives in Christchurch aged 31 years.   My husband Madhavan Somasundaram is also a part of the Minnows Kindergarten team.  I gained  38 years of teaching experience by working with young children of primary and Early childhood sectors,  I served the ECE sector for nearly 19 years in different capacities. In the past, I managed the centres successfully. It was always my dream to have my own little quality childcare centre as my second home. 

My philosophy is being sensitive to the emotional and social needs of the children who are under my care and be consistently responsive and solicitous to the needs of them, have interaction with them that demonstrates general warmth, caring and respect.  So that they will trust me as a secure base, grow as a competent and confident learner that will enhance them to develop a strong sense of self and in turn grow as a person with high positive self-esteem. In order to make the children more independent learners, I will constantly reflect on my plans, programmes, and on my own philosophy and pedagogy to make necessary changes to meet the needs of the children to further extend their learning and development. 

As I am a  reflective practitioner, I always welcome your suggestions and comments with very open-mindedness to improve my practices to make my centre a very high-quality quality place for the children under my care.

I work every day from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm. Please feel free to approach me at any time for any clarification. 

My mobile number is 0211422423 

My qualifications include:

  • Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education 
  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Diploma in System Analysis and Date processing
  • Certificate in Office Administration and Computing