Staff



Meet our staff:



Maree Claridge and her husband Symon Claridge are the owners of Busy Bees Nelson. Maree grew up Hawarden and is from a farming back ground. Maree has two daughters.

Maree Claridge-Diploma in teaching and learning (Early childhood education).


Full teachers registration with new Zealand Teachers Council.

Maree holds a current First Aid certificate.





Jemma Burn is our Head Teacher. She is a born and breed Nelsonian. She has worked for the childcare company since 2010. She lives with her Boyfriend- Cameron. She has two brothers, a sister in law, a niece and 4 nephews. Animals are a big part of Jemmas world which means we are lucky to have some of her pets visit us at the centre.

Jemma Burn-Bachelor of teaching and learning (Early childhood education).


Full teachers registration with new Zealand Teachers Council.

Jemma holds a current First Aid certificate.



Iona Fitchett was born in Nelson and moved to Dunedin to do her teacher training. She is the youngest of three children and has worked at Busy Bees since 2009. She is a keen sport watcher and especially loves basketball and rugby.


Iona Fitchett- Bachelor of teaching and learning (Early childhood education).


Full teachers registration with new Zealand Teachers Council.

Iona holds a current First Aid certificate.




Emily Tudor has lived in nelson her whole life on a family farm. Emily enjoys sewing, crafting and adding to every growing collection of vintage items.


Emily Tudor-Diploma of teaching and learning (Early childhood education).

Full teachers registration with new Zealand Teachers Council.

Emily holds a current First Aid certificate.


Lisa Hearne has been working in Early Childhood for over 12 years. Lisa and her Husband have two teenage boys and her family have a huge passion for speedway!

Lisa Hearne-Experienced and passionate teacher.

Lisa holds a current First Aid certificate.