About Us


We recently took over as new owners of Children First Early Childhood Centre in 2017 and this is a wee blurb about us.  The Burn Whanau or to be more true to our heritage - Clan herald originally from the North East of England.  Despite our accent, we are technically not Geordies but proud Northumbrians.

Although we see Northumberland as our home county we as a family never lived there because we traipsed around the UK and North West Europe living at various Royal Air Force Bases for nearly 20-years.  We then emigrated as a family to NZ in 2005 and have lived in Upper Hutt since.

So, who are we?  Kay, is the friendly face who can be found in the office.  Then there is her devoted husband Richard an ex Air Force Engineer who now works for the Ministry of Defence in Wellington.  Our son Sean works as a policeman in Porirua and his partner, Ayesha also works for the Police in their National Headquarters.  They were married in March 2016 and live in Titahi Bay with their son Tahua.  Our daughter Lisa lives in Trentham with her husband Enrico and their beautiful daughters' Ariana and Raniesha.  Lisa as a registered Early Childhood teacher is the Centre Manager and Enrico works as a printer in Porirua they were married in February of 2017.

We are taking on the responsibility of Children First Early Childhood Centre pretty much as a family venture.  Richard has an engineering business management and technology (IT) background and will work behind the scenes (alongside his MOD role) to help keep the business ticking over and introducing technology where appropriate.  Kay, as the holder of the license, will be the ‘service provider’ and the ‘contact person’ responsible for running the office on a day to day basis.  Lisa and Kate, as the Centre Managers' will be directly involved in, and primarily responsible for, the day-to-day education, care, comfort, health and safety of the children.

The Burn Clan