Our Team

Suzanne Donnelly

Suzanne Donnelly – Manager/ Teacher

Kia Ora, Welcome to Busy Bodies! I’m Suzanne Donnelly Director and Teacher.  My experience and passion for children’s learning in Early Childhood teaching has lead me to specialise in home-based childcare – providing a service to you helping your child reach their full potential.

Focusing on future education, combined with being a parent and nana, my driving force is all about making a positive difference to our children’s future and giving them the best possible start in life.

My background experience in the early childhood sector has giving me opportunities to work within, kindergartens, childcare centres,and play centre.  Professional development and workshops is an on-going passion for preparing pre-school children and keeping update within the Early Childhood Sector.

I welcome you to Busy Bodies Home Based Setting, all the best and make sure you have fun learning along the way!


Bronwyn Lieshout – Visiting Teacher

More information to come


Nicola Cowan – Visiting Teacher (Te Anau)

Hi my name is Nicola Cowan and I am the visiting teacher in Te Anau. I have recently moved back to Te Anau with my 7 year old son from being in Christchurch for the last 12 years. I have a Ba13240619_10209879235002520_2357723293099118540_nchelor in Teaching and learning, Early Childhood, and am fully registered. I have worked in various centres and have worked alongside all age groups. I believe that the early years of a child’s learning make a significant difference to the way they develop and go on to learn throughout their lives. Getting it right at this vital stage will build the lifelong foundations of success. It is important to encourage children’s decision making, problem solving skills and independence by offering choice and positive experiences, while supporting children at the same time. I enjoy seeing children challenge themselves and learn through play, especially outdoors. I love walking, the lake, photography, movies and reading a good book.