Why Us

A word from Heather

Hi there


I am Heather Peterson and welcome to Annies Nannies.


Through the Florence Nightingale Group, of which Annies Nannies is a key part, I have been leading the continuous development and delivery of quality home and community care services for over 22 years. My vision of our way forward is based on both my own experience as a mum of 3 children and the wider experience I have through working with families and individuals in the community. As a result our Group has a well-integrated range of services and a very strong team.


We have an innovative approach in order to meet changing demands. Accordingly, to compliment and extend Florence Nightingale’s total package of quality care we have evolved Annies Nannies to offer our wonderful team of Nannies the support of a great teaching team to both enhance their skills and provide families with the option of a personalised teaching support package.


You will find that I really am passionate about making sure today’s children are provided with the very best of in home care to help enable them develop to their full potential.


We look forward to helping you.


Warmest wishes

Heather Peterson

Managing Director, Florence Nightingale Group.

Why Us

Annies Nannies is committed to providing a quality home-based early childhood education service, guided by the principals of Te Whaariki (New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum) assisting children to ‘grow up as confident learners and communicators, health in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society’.

We are a team committed to providing, supporting and extending an excellent professional and personalised service to families, children and nannies. Annies Nannies has dedicated staff ready to listen, assess your childcare needs and discuss all of your available options. When you contact us you will be speaking with a parent or a qualified ECE teacher, so we know about childcare from all angles.


Our Core Values

  • Relationships – working positively to build partnerships
  • Respect – being honest and embracing differences
  • Resilience – growing inner strength to face challenges


Our Philosophy

  • Our aim is to support educators to provide an environment that gives our tamarki opportunities to build skills that set them up for success.
  • Building positive and meaningful relationships forms the basis of all our interactions as we work in partnership with families and whanau to ensure their aspirations for their child’s learning are valued and planned for.
  • The curriculum we offer empowers children to be interactive learners actively engaging in and exploring the world around them. Regular excursions provide children with a wide range of experiences and contributes to building their knowledge of the world they live in.
  • Supporting children to develop social competence and communication skills is interwoven into all aspects of a child’s day.
  • We value diversity and difference and embrace all opportunities to welcome these aspects into our programme.
  • We aim to provide experiences that foster a sense of self as competent learners. While nurturing and supporting each individual child, we strive to encourage a sense of community.
  • We feel that by nurturing our Educators and igniting their passion in Early Childhood through professional development and inclusive group events they will be empowered to bring their best selves to their families.

Our Curriculum

At Annies Nannies we offer a curriculum that empowers children to be interactive learners actively engaging in and exploring the world around them. We will respond to the social and cultural values and beliefs of its community of children, families, educators, and teachers.


We respect te tiriti o Waitangi by providing the tamariki with culturally responsive environments that support their learning and ensuring “they learn how to learn” and provided with equitable opportunities to learn. We use TāTAIAKO – Cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners as a guideline.


We also recognise the diverse families and ensure the parent’s aspiration and inclusive practice are met at all time. We use internal evaluation for improvement and accountability were understood to be the main purposes. It is embedded in practice and integral to the service’s operation. The individual planning, assessment, and evaluation is in place for each child and ensures the learning outcome has been met at all times.