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Our Team


Agni – Lead Educator Junior Kindy

I was studying Literature and Theatre Theory at University but at one stage I felt that I was missing the real touch with community. As I had been involved with organizing international youth programs, studied theatre, and loved arts and crafts, in year 2007 I made a decision to share my own passion with other young people. I was giving theatre and arts and crafts workshops and facilitated holiday-programs for school-aged children.

When in year 2016, it became clear that being in Australia was not only a cultural-trip, I started to look for a way how I would be able to use my own background, strengths and personality and make it fit into a new situation and system. Early Education and Care industry appealed to me because I felt that was a field where I could continue to pursue my creativity, use my resourcefulness, and thrive towards event management and somehow help to make a change in someone’s life.

Over the years, while working with and studying about the children aged under 5 years, I have started not only to value the opportunity to satisfy my own need for self-expression and self-realization while supporting the development of a child but treasure the curiosity and sincerity of my little friends and sense the importance of the early years in the developmental journey of a person.

I was already at university interested in Cognitive Science and how do we create meaning of the world but the practical experience of working with babies, toddlers, and young children, have given me a chance to actually witness and be part of that fascinating process.

I love exploring, travelling and celebrating different cultures and try to inspire children to notice the wealth in the natural and man-made environment.


Steph - Lead Educator Nursery

Hi, my name is Steph and I have been working in early childhood education for seven years. I've spent sometime in all age groups and have found my passion within the nursery room. 

I live in the local area of Maroochydore with my partner and in my spare time I love to spend it with those who are closest to me, enjoying the sun and relaxing. 

I absolutely adore young children, I believe that children learn through play. I will provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, create and imagine.


Roxanne - Assistant Educator Toddlers

I am a very passionate educator and my end goal is to study psychology and specialise in child psychology I am fascinated with how the brain works and how it certain things can trigger other things, and how that can impact someone.

I am currently working in the childcare industry and I love it. My values and beliefs have changed throughout my time in childcare as I learn more about children and how they play in the world. I strongly believe children learn the most when they experience learning through play and I love watching this, I believe it is one of the easiest ways to encourage children to learn as they don’t know they are learning. I love working with children and within the childcare industry because these children are our future and I love having an impact on a child’s life to help shape them into the best version of themselves.

Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to make a difference in the world and I always wanted to help people and childcare has given me this purpose, what makes me happy as an educator is when you see a child try something and struggle but they don’t give up then they finally get it. If I have partake in this achievement I also feel a sense of achievement also.

I believe I enjoy childcare because watching the children grow and learn and knowing you had an impact on trying to help that child reach their full potential, that is one of the best feelings.


Mary - Assistant Educator

I have been working in Early Childhood Education and care for 13 years now. I began working in this sector in 2008 and have stuck with it ever since, with my love of children never wavering. My decision to begin a career in childcare came from a strong love of children and wanting to be around the joy and happiness that comes with it. I love seeing the world through the eyes of a child as it reminds me of how exciting the world can be.

 As an Educator I love building those strong secure relationships with families and watching as their children grow and develop over time, it truly is one of the most rewarding parts of the sector. It never gets easy saying goodbye to children that you have spent that precious time with watching them grow and develop but knowing that you have had an impact during their most fundamental years means the world. I believe that children need the assurance of being loved and cared for while they are enjoying an educational environment. Security and trust are very important components of my relationship with each child.

Growing up in Tasmania, I have had a strong love for the natural environment and the world around me and it is an aspect I love to see flourish in children as well. To see their faces as they explore, whether that be by playing in the freshly fallen autumn leaves, exploring the art of taking risks by climbing trees and rocks, or just playing in the mud and engaging in a sensory experience. These are the opportunities I was given as a child and it’s amazing to watch that wonder and joy come over a child's face as they experience the pleasures of the natural world that we live in.


Tanisha – Assistant Educator Junior Kindy

I have been working as an educator since 2018 and completed my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2019. I love working in childcare as every day is different and new. I enjoy watching and encouraging the children to explore and being part of their world. I find it very rewarding watching them grow and reach different developmental milestones knowing I have been a helping hand in that and guiding them.

I feel grateful for families entrusting their children in our service to care, encourage and support their growth and learning. Working with children reminds me to enjoy and celebrate the little things.


Danielle – Assistant Educator Junior Kindy

I have been in the childcare industry since 2009 and enjoy it immensely. I grew up in a big family and spent many days/months along side my Mum who is a Teacher watching her in her element which then became my passion - working with children. 

I love working in the childcare industry because for me it is not just a job, I get to provide a safe, happy and nurturing environment for children I care for but also form positive relationships with the children and their families. I find it very rewarding to have such a positive impact on a child's life by providing a safe and comforting connection and encouraging them in all aspects of life. 


Devina – Assistant Educator Kindergarten

Hi, my name is Devina. I have been working in Early Years Education and Care for 11 years. I absolutely love my job, and for many reasons. The biggest reason personally, is how I have the opportunity to guide children in my care to become confident, kind, persistent and resilient members of our community and greater world. I believe in a hands-on approach. You'll often find me initiating, engaging in and teaching a variety of learning experiences. This could be a sports or board game, an art or science experience. It’s important for children to develop a love for learning from the Early Years, this will shape their future.

I consider myself connected to Mother Nature, growing up myself on large property with a variety of animals and an orchid. I encourage children of all ages to learn how we take care of our earth and also engage in learning experiences that can provide nature-based learning. 


Elizabeth – Lead Educator Senior Kindy

My name is Elizabeth and I have always had a passion for working with children which has guided my career in Childcare and Education. I hold a Diploma of Children’s Service and am currently studying a Bachelor in Early Education (Birth to Five Years) at Charles Sturt University.

I have worked in the Education and Childcare sector for the past twenty two years, undertaking roles in the capacity of Educator, Educational Leader, Assistant Coordinator/Coordinator, and Assistant Director/Director. In this period I have gained knowledge working with children from birth to twelve years old in a Family Day Care, Long Day Care, Early Learning and School setting.

I have experience in Nature Play, Floor Books, Montessori and my teaching style is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning that views each child as being capable, competent, confident, creative learners.


Hannah – Assistant Educator Toddlers

I’m Hannah and I have been working in early education since I was 19 years young. I have grown a huge passion for using my knowledge to help children grow and thrive into independent and healthy individuals.

I believe the environment plays a major role in the success of an early years program. It should enhance the children’s interests in all developmental domains. I believe learning in an early childhood environment is done most successfully through stations that can be visited, explored, and revisited again and again. The environment should take into consideration the social skills, communication skills, physical abilities or challenges, and learning styles of the children being served.

I consider families a vital aspect of day-to-day care. Parents who are able to spend time in the classroom can become more aware of the details of their child’s day. Observing what goes on firsthand helps a parent know what to ask the child at the end of a day in care.

Children need the assurance of being loved and cared for while they are enjoying an educational environment. Teaching children is my passion. Security and trust are very important components as well, of my relationship with each child. Children should be given choices, responsibilities, and opportunities to initiate their own learning. I believe observations and assessments are excellent tools to use when planning curriculum. Observations not only aide in creating the curriculum but also give insight into the development, knowledge, and skill levels of each individual child.


Hayley – Assistant Educator Nursery

I have been working in the childcare industry for almost 4 years locally on the Sunshine Coast, and am passionate about children, learning and growing in a positive, creative and supportive environment. 

 

I believe all children are unique individuals that grow and develop at their own pace with their own strengths, needs and interests. I endeavour to help children develop their full potential with all activities and goals and believe it is important for each child to feel respected, safe and encouraged in their home and play environments. I love supporting and nurturing each child as they grow and thrive at their own pace while following their own unique interest. 

 

I love creating an environment full of dance, music and fun to create a safe, secure and supportive environment for their little minds to grow. 


Kaitlyn – Assistant Director/Educational Leader

My love of learning and education drives my pedagogical practice. It allows children to explore through play and scaffolds their learning in the moment. It brings me so much joy and happiness to see each child grow and develop individually. 

Building strong warm, nurturing and positive relationships with families, children and the community drive the path of learning.  It takes a village to raise a child but love and support to nurture their minds and hearts.. This is my love, Building wonderful relationships with all of our families and seeing the children thrive, grow and learn through a wonderful enriched Educational Program.

As a educational leader I have a goal that we can unite as a team and we are able to clearly articulate our vision and goals as a centre.

Vision is one of the most important qualities I as a leader can have as it provides momentum and direction, not just for our centre but for each and every team members and our families. To be successful in pursuing our vision and enacting a plan, we must pair our vision as a centre with a unrelenting passion for the early years community. As an effective leader I will generate inspiration, motivation and excitement that permeates throughout our centre and spreads throughout the community.


Katelyn – Assistant Educator Junior Kindy

I am quite fresh into the Early Years Education industry as an employee, however, my entire life has always had childcare involved in it. My mother, who has been my biggest inspiration, has worked in the industry for 30+ years and for the last 5 years has run her own family day care. My passion for teaching children has stemmed from there, I however plan to work with children aged 3 years+ and eventually teach in a primary school setting.

 

I have taken the next step in my career by applying to University to study my Bachelor in Early Childhood Education hopefully starting in July. For the next 4 years while I am studying, I am hoping to gain hands on, practical experience and grow my pedagogy while also learning more of the documentation procedures in childcare. Wherever I am whether it’s studying or working with children I am very excited for my future career. 


Kellie – Lead Educator Nursery

Hi my name is Kellie, I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have worked in long day care for nearing 6 years and have always had a passion for caring and providing education to children. 

 

I understand the importance of the first 5 years of all children’s education and care to providing the foundations for their entire future. I understand the importance of children resourcing and guiding their own learning, by having choices throughout all of their play spaces. I enjoy providing engaging indoor and outdoor environments, that are created using the children’s individual interests and intentional teaching focus’.

 

I grew up on acres of property during my childhood and have a passion for enabling children to become engaged with natural materials and explore the natural world around them. I have a strong commitment to forming close and meaningful connections with all children and their families. 


Krystal – Assistant Educator Nursery

Hi, my name is Krystal, I am a mum to 5 girls, aged 1, 3, 5, 7 and 7. So my life is a little crazy, but so rewarding at the same time. I have around 13 years experience in a childcare setting and absolutely love it. Through my childcare background I have worked with all ages from newborns to Kindy but my love does live with the nursery rooms. I am a nurturer and love snuggles.

Before starting my family I studied photography and did some modeling courses. That then lead into me starting my photography business, Klear as Krystal Photography. In this, I focus mostly on family and children's sessions with the occasional maternity and newborn shoots. This is a really big side passion for me, so expect some cute pictures throughout the year.

I really look forward to a fantastic year helping raise your gorgeous babies, as if they were my own.


Leigh – Assistant Kindergarten

I started in the childcare industry originally to open my own family day care service and be able to be at home for my three young children. I then went into centre work and have over my time flipped between both. I love my job for the relationships I build with children, families and colleagues and I love watching the little people in my life grow into confident, resilient big kids ready to take on the world.

My main passions in this industry is embedding aboriginal perspectives into our everyday learning. 


Matt – Head Chef

I’ve worked in hotels, resorts and restaurants around the world, and this is the first time I’ve worked directly with kids so it’s been a big change for me. I really enjoy the interaction and how inquisitive they are about their food and what I am doing.

There are some big personalities in some very little people and its fun getting to know them and seeing that come out.


May – Assistant Educator Senior Kindy

My name is Miss May and I am from the Solomon Islands.

I moved to Australia 18 years ago to settle and have a family. My husband’s name is Scott and we have a son named Eric who is now 15 years old, and a daughter Naome who is 11 years old.

 Becoming an Early Childhood Educator had always been my dream. Growing up, I was always spending time with younger children helping to take care of them. Now that I have my own children and a career in early childhood education, I can say I’ve reached my dream and goal.

I believe that education is the key to creating new ideas, learning new skills and how to capture each child’s journey of early development.


Renee – Wildlife Educator/Administrator

I have worked in the early childhood industry for the past 10 years, fulfilling numerous roles within centres including lead educator, 2ic and centre director. Working with children is my passion and brings me joy every day, watching children grow and flourish into happy, healthy, and clever little people. My other passion is animals and their well-being both in captivity and their natural environment.

Working at Sippy Downs early learning allows me to combine my two passions and teach our next generation the care and respect that animals all around the world deserve.


Sarah – Assistant Educator Junior Kindy

Working with children has remind me of how amazing and exciting the world can be. I love seeing things from their eyes. It makes me a happier and more positive person in my day-to-day life. Children also encourage me to use my imagination and fine creative ways to do things.  I also get to see the children’s development and learning firsthand as children grow and flourish under our care.

Many families rely on childcare so they can work, and they entrust you with their children. I feel very privileged to play a role in their children’s lives because the first five years are their  vital years. 


Daisy - Assistant Educator Nursery

I began my career in childcare in 2020, I previously worked as a dance teacher with young children ages 2+, I love dancing and teaching, but I wanted a career where I was more involved in the growth and development of children. I have 7 people in my family and wish to have a big family of my own one day. I learn just as much from these children as they do from me, such as patience, how to be emotionally supportive, open-minded, and creative.

The first years of a child’s life is the most important and I am grateful I get to be involved in those years with the children I care for daily.


Lucy - Assistant Educator

Hi I’m Lucy! I have just finished Year 12 and have just started university here on the Coast studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). I am passionate about caring for children and giving each of them an equal opportunity to learn and enjoy life in the best way they can.

I aspire to ensure each child feels safe and supported, and that children are always provided with positive and fun learning experiences. I am also currently studying my Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


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