About Us - Early Start Team

Who to contact within the Early Start Project



  • Jan Egan - RN, BN, Grad Cert NFP Mgmt, MCNA(NZ), General Manager, Contact Jan
  • Michelle Fletcher - Dip. SW, Registered Social Worker, MANZASW Clinical Manager, Contact Michelle
  • Glynis Matehaere - Dip. SW, MANZASW, Registered Social Worker, Contact Glynis

Clinical Team - Clinical Supervisors

  • Heather Davidson - RN, GradDipNursing PalCare
  • Chris Hart - RN, Dip PalCare
  • Sarah McKinnon - Dip. SW, MANZASW, Registered Social Worker
  • Janine Harrison – RGON
  • Amelia Wither - Dip.C&A Psych

Early Start employs Sally Burrett and Katherine Tarr, both Registered Child & Family Psychologists to work alongside some Early Start families and their Family Support Worker/Whanau Awhina in addressing complex challenges relating to children’s development and behaviour.

Clinical Team - Family Support Workers/Whanau Awhina

Early Start employs a team of fulltime Family Support Workers/Whanau Awhina. All the clinical staff at Early Start have professional qualifications with backgrounds in either nursing, social work, early childhood education, teaching or other related fields.


  • Shirley Percasky
  • Lucy Gregory
  • Sue Taylor