About Baby Space Nelson, Richmond | Established Childcare Facility | Early Learning Centre for infants and toddlers to 5 years Richmond |

5 Chelsea Ave, Richmond


03 544 1106

BabySpace has changed to meet your needs!

New Hours: 7:45 -5:15

New age range birth to 5 years

BabySpace Nelson

Lynda Richards

Tēnā koutou katoa
Nō Otautahi ahau, inaianei e noho ana ahau ki Waimeha
Ko Chris tōku hoa rangatira
Ko Sam raua Ko Morgan ōku tamariki
Ko Lynda taku ingoa
E mahi ana ahau ki te whare kohungahunga o BabySpace
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa

Hi I am Lynda Richards, my husband Chris and I are the proud owners of BabySpace.  We have two children Sam & Morgan.

I have my Higher Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood and have been working with young children since 1982.  I work here daily and continue to be excited by and interested in working with young children and their families.

We are dedicated to providing an excellent service for children and their families and a centre where teachers are happy and proud to work.

Baby Space Nelson

Tracey Browning

Āio ki te Rangi
Āio ki te Papa
Āio ki ngā mea katoa.
Ko wai au?
Ka hoki ki taku papa kainga kei raro i te pae maunga o Tararua
Ka rongo ki te tangi o te awa o Manawatu, e rere kau ana
He uri tēnei nō te whānau o Robertson rāua ko Gibson, e mihi atu ana ki a koutou

Ko Tracey taku ingoa.

Kia ora, my name is Tracey.  I live locally in Richmond with my partner Scott, and our daughter Amy.  I also have two older daughters that live in Wellington.  I have been teaching at BabySpace since its opening in 2008 and love the daily variety that working with infants and toddlers brings.  I am passionate about providing a bicultural environment for all at BabySpace, honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi through my ways of being, doing and knowing.  I love being outdoors and sharing my appreciation of the natural world with the tamariki.  I also play the ukulele and enjoy singing, and love seeing the enjoyment children get from music and movement.

‘Aroha ki te tangata, ahakoa ko wai te tangata’

No reira, tēnā koutou katoa

BabySpace Nelson

Robyn MacDougall

Tena koutou katoa,
Ko Robyn MacDougall toku ingoa,
Ko Rowell te whanau,
No Motueka ahau,
Ko Duncan toku hoa rangatira.

Hello my name is Robyn MacDougall.  I’ve been working in Early Childhood since 1998 around the Richmond/Nelson district.  It’s been such an enormous privilege to be a part of so many children’s former years.  During my years of supporting and helping children and their families I have learned so much about life and different cultures.  I believe in supporting a child to follow their passions and interests.  Giving them love, care and respect while allowing them space and time to develop at their own pace.

Working with Lynda and alongside BabySpace teachers since 2008 has been fun and a dream come true to be a part of such a supportive team who share similar values while contributing their own unique style, wisdom and talent.  These teachers too have become life-long friends and I value their friendships.

‘To this end, the greatest asset of a school is the personality of the teacher.’ Quote by John Stachan.

BabySpace Nelson

Naomi Smith

Tena koutou katoa
Ko Maungatapu te maunga
Ko Maitai te awa
Ko Whakatū te marae
Ko Naomi tōku ingoa
Nō reira
Tena koutou katoa

Kia ora koutou, my name is Naomi Smith and I live in Nelson with my partner Karl and our three tamariki Olivia, Peyton and Ben. I was born in England and moved to New Zealand in 2005 with my whānau.

I completed my Batchelor of Teaching ECE with Te Rito Maioha in 2015. I believe that all tamariki should learn and grow at their own pace, have a lot of uninterrupted time and space to explore to further develop their skills. I believe in strong, reciprocal and responsive relationships between kaiako, tamariki and their whānau.

Rachel Oliver

Tēnā koutou katoa
Nō Waimeha ahau,
Ko Rachel Oliver tōku ingoa
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa

Kia ora. My name is Rachel Oliver.

I live with my partner Ryan in Richmond and we have 3 children, Jonathan, Lydia, and Katelyn. Together we enjoy spending time with our pets, adventuring in nature and spending time with extended family and friends.

I trained and then worked as a nanny before moving into home-based care once I had my own children. In 2021 I completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching (ECE) through Te Rito Maioha and am excited about working with infants and toddlers in centre based early childhood.

It is a privilege to be working with the kaiako and whānau at Baby Space and I am looking forward to meeting you and your tamariki.

Emma Mackay-Smith

Tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Rākauroa tōku kāinga tūturu. 
Ko Te Tai- o- Aorere tōku Moana
Ko Emma Mackay-Smith tōku ingoa.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa

Kia ora, my name is Emma Mackay-Smith. I live locally and have

been bought up in this beautiful region. I have a bunny called peanut

and I claim the two family dogs as mine. I love the outdoors and animals. 

I graduated with a bachelor in Teaching and learning in 2022.

I was also an Au pair in Melbourne for a year before my studies.

 I have a passion for working with children and excited to start a

new journey. I look forward to working with the kaiako, whanau

and tamariki at BabySpace and building relationships. 

Early Childhood Advisor's recent visit

An Early Childhood Advisor recent visit led to these comments being made “As I entered the centre I felt a very strong sense of respect, belonging, peace and trust. Each teacher displayed a huge respect for the tamariki in many different ways. This afternoon was filled with magic and many wonderful moments where teachers participated in supporting individual children routines while other teachers were engaged with children in explorative experiences. The centre philosophy based around respectful relationships is well embedded, nurtured and visible in teachers practice.

We welcome you to visit and see quality in action.