Our People

Shona Flannery

Shona Flannery – Manager and Owner

I have been working at Kinderen since 1992, both my children were ‘Kinderen Babies”. My sister Karen Vandenberg in 1986 first opened Kinderen, when she saw a need in the New Plymouth community for mothers returning to work and looking for a safe place of caring and warmth for their children. I have had the role is of administrator for many years and extended my role to CEO/Manager/Owner after Karen retired end of 2017, to continue the Kinderen way.

Kinderen will remain New Plymouth’s oldest family-run childcare business. “Thank you to my sister, Karen for teaching me all I know “.

“I enjoy my administration job! I enjoy watching the children grow and learn and knowing that it is our teachers nurturing and teaching that supports children to grow into kind, intelligent and self-confident people with the skills to make choices that make the best of what life can be.”

I’m the friendly voice on the end of the phone and have the answers to all the tricky questions!


To all Whānau, present and past

It is with sadness that today Kinderen ‘A’ Day Care Centre announces that we are closing our Little Centre (Baby Centre), our last day being May 17th, 2024.

This decision is heartbreaking for everyone involved, and all of us have done our best to avoid such actions. However, due to several factors, unfortunately it has become impossible to remain open.

Kinderen Preschool is still open and operating normally and will remain to do so.

Kinderen Day Care started in 1986 in Karen Vandenberg’s family home on Gover Street in 1986. The preschool opened eight months later in its current location at 31 Buller Street. In 1991 the Baby Centre moved their location from the family home to 66 Buller Street.

Kinderen appreciates the support and respect that our families have given us in the past couple of weeks. I wish all our staff here at the little centre well with their new adventures.

The best way to know us is to visit us.

Contact Shona  027 4351806 for appointment