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Meet our Staff and Educators

Our team of Staff and Educators are dedicated to delivering the highest quality Early Childhood Education and Care to all children who attend our service.

We pride ourselves on our highly skilled long term Educators and Admin Staff.

Browse through our profiles or come on down to the Centre and see us. We would love meet you!

Angela Watson

Director, Advandced Diploma in Children's Services
Full Time/ 5 days per week
19 Years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because from a very young age I always loved babies, so it seemed like a natural progression for me to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. I came to Kookaburra as a work experience student in 2002 whilst studying my Certificate III in Children's Services and was offered a full time job at the Centre. During my 18 years at Kookaburra I have worked as an Assistant Educator, Lead Educator, Assistant Director and now Director and worked in every room within the Centre. I also studied my Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Children's Services during this time.

I love working at Kookaburra because it's such a fun and enjoyable place to be. We are like a big family and I have made some lifelong friends during my time at the Centre. Getting to know the children and their families is so rewarding and as a parent myself now I can appreciate how important the relationships between families and our staff is.


Georgina Nicolai

Assistant Director, Diploma in Children's Services, Studying Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Full Time/ 5 days per week
10 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because, I was lucky enough to get a school based traineeship. I loved coming to work every Wednesday and was so happy when I was offered a full time job.

I love Kookaburra because it is full of beautiful children and wonderful staff! It feels like one big happy family.

CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE


Sarah Nitz

Lead Educator, Diploma in Children's Services, Studying Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Full Time/ 5 days per week
8 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because I love educating and caring for children, and how their individual personalities make every day unique and special.

I love working at Kookaburra because we have such beautiful natural play environments, we have such long term staff and I feel as if we are all a part of one big family!


Quona Mooney

Educator, Certificate III in Children's Services
Full Time/ 5 days per week
24 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because when I volunteered for 2 days at Kookaburra I instantly fell in love with the children and the Centre! Turn the clock forward 22 years and I still love coming to work every day!

I love the relationships you build with the children and their families that last long after they've finished at Kookaburra and the amazing workmates who have become lifelong friends.


Cheryl de Wolf

Assistant Director/ Lead Educator, Diploma in Children's Services
Full Time/ 5 days per week
11 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because I love children! They are so easy to educate, you can teach them 5 different things just by doing one basic activity. If it looks pretty, noisy or if you join in with them they think it's amazing! Children are like sponges and I love teaching them and then seeing the results.

The reasons I love working at Kookaburra are that the staff have all been at the Centre for so many years, we all support each other professionally, the children and their families are often with us for many years as two or more siblings will attend the service and this means the parents are well known by all the staff and feel like a part of the Kookaburra family.


Brooke Giles

Educational Leader/Educator, Diploma in Children's Services
Full Time/ 5 days per week
11 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because growing up in a big family and being the oldest one, I was always looking out for and caring for the younger children. This made me sure I wanted a career working with and educating children. It is such an amazing and rewarding feeling to know that you are supporting children through some of the most important years of their lives.

What I love about being a part of Kookaburra is the amazing play environments the Centre offers for children to learn and explore in, the fact that the Centre is a Community Based Not for Profit organisation so all the funds made go back into the Centre for improvements and resources for the staff and children, and the way the Management Committee take care of the staff and make us feel valued and supported as if we are all part of the Kookaburra family.


Ashleigh Neill

Lead Educator, Diploma in Children's Services
Full Time/ 5 days per week
7 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because I was studying Early Childhood Education at high school when an opportunity came up for me to study my Certificate III in Children's Services at Kookaburra. So I completed my Cert III before leaving high school and was offered a full time position at Kookaburra once completing year 12. I have stayed at the Centre ever since and am currently studying my Diploma.

I love that working at Kookaburra means we get to have fun every day with the other Educators and the children and their families. Not a day goes by that the children don't make me laugh or smile!


Lachlan Billington

School Based Trainee Educator, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (currently studying)
Part Time/ 3 days per week
1 year of service at KCC

I became an Educator as I was offered the opportunity of a School Based Traineeship at Kookaburra and I have loved every Wednesday I have worked. I am also glad I will learn skills and knowledge relating to the care and education of children that a can hopefully apply to my own children should I have them.

I love working at Kookaburra because the staff and children make it a fantastic environment to work in, which makes the job one thousand times better. I feel welcomed and supported each time I come through the door.


Ayesha Billington

Lead Educator, Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Full Time/ 5 days per week
8 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because I have always enjoyed working with kids from a young age and love watching children grow and learn in the first few years of life. I love working at Kookaburra because the staff know all the families very well and it's like one big family.


Teniah McDonald

Educator, Certificate III in Children's Services
Part Time/ 4 days per week
4 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because I developed a passion for working with children while I was completing the practical side of my Certificate III in Early Childhood. I knew this was the career path I wanted to pursue as I loved helping them grow and develop both physically and cognitively. I find watching the fascination in the children's eyes when they learn or achieve something for the first time is very rewarding.

On commencement of my time at Kookaburra I felt privileged to be welcomed into the Kookaburra family by staff, children and families. The unconditional love I receive at work from the children is a great incentive to come to work every day.


Ebony Huey

Educator, Diploma in Children's Services (currently studying)
Full Time/ 5 days per week
1 year of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because since my early highschool years I have always wanted to work with children. I like the idea of being able to be a part of the children's life and help them learn and grow. There is never a dull moment working with children and everyday is always fun and different. Seeing the children happy and playing makes me believe I have one of the best jobs in the world.

I love working at Kookaburra because it is such a friendly and positive environment. All the staff and families are so welcoming and supportive. The centre is like one big family.


Peta Wilson

Educator, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Full Time/ 5 days per week
1 year of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because I love the idea of making a difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable people. I love how children can learn so much from us in those critical first 5 years of life and how they can, in return, teach us many valuable things.

I love working at Kookaburra because, since my very first day at the Centre I have felt welcomed by the children, parents, staff and Management of the Centre. This has helped me to build great relationships with everyone throughout the Service.


Kieren Michelle

Lead Educator, Diploma in Children's Services, Currently Studying Bachelor
Full Time/ 5 days per week
7 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because

I love working at Kookaburra because 


Jessica Kelly

Educator, Diploma in Children's Services
Full Time/ 5 days per week
13 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because I always loved working with children ever since I graduated from University back home (Cebu). When I migrated to Australia there was an opportunity for me to be an Early Childhood Educator through a training program provided by the Australian government. This program provided me with the chance to work at different Childcare Centres in the Mackay region and during my placement at Kookaburra I was offed a full time position.

I love working at Kookaburra as they provide a different range of educational activities for the children. They also have an excellent team of Child Educators who are so friendly and deal with the everyday challenges in a professional manner and set daily goals for each child to work towards.


Kylie Knobloch

Educator (Inclusion Support), Certificate III in Children's Services, Certificate IV in Disability
Part Time/ 2 days per week
15 years of service at KCC

In 1997 I became a foster carer working with vulnerable families. I was then given the opportunity to do my trainee-ship at Kookaburra in 2003. This put me on my path of working in disability and child safety sector where I completed my Certificate IV in Disability and Diploma in Child Youth and Family Intervention. Seeing the need for inclusion support in early education I returned to Kookaburra to help support young children and their families to meet their goals.

I love working at Kookaburra because it has provided me with some amazing experiences in the 2 decades I have been affiliated with the Centre. The Centre has a high stability rate which is reflected in the many long term Educators at the Service. I love working alongside the team whose dedication, empathy and inclusive practices ensure they achieve the best outcomes for the children and their families.


Sally Hol

Educator, Certificate III in Children's Services
Part Time/ 3 days per week
4 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because before graduating high school I knew I wanted to have a career working with children. I worked very hard whilst in high school to obtain my Certificate III in Children's Services with the goal of obtaining a position as an Early Childhood Educator once I finished school. Thankfully I was able to get a position at Kookaburra and I wouldn't have it any other way!

I love working at Kookaburra because it has a wonderful atmosphere and is such a beautiful Centre full of amazing children and staff. I love coming to work every day and seeing my 'other' family, my KCC family.

CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE


Alyse Hurley

Teacher, Bachelor of Learning Managment (Early Childhood)
Full Time/ 5 days per week
11 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Teacher because I have always wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a little girl. It wasn't until I worked in Child Care before university that I discovered my passion for Early Childhood Education.

I love working at Kookaburra because of its lovely natural outdoor play spaces and home-like indoor play spaces. The staff are like a big family and make everyone feel welcome and supported.

 


Haley de Wolf

Educator, Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (currently studying)
Full Time/ 5 days per week

2 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because 

 


Paige Collins

Educator, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Full Time/ 5 days per week
1 year of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because

I love working at Kookaburra because 


Annie-Rose Knobloch

Educator, Certificate III in Children's Services
Full Time/ 5 days per week
3 years of service at KCC


I am studying to become an Educator because Childcare has always been a clear career path for me. I have always loved working with young children and want help to inspire them for there future schooling.

I love working at Kookaburra because of the great work environment and staff and families within the centre being friendly and kind. The children are the main reason though, as they always brighten up my day with there funny attitudes and stories about their day.


Julie Arbeithuber

Educator, Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Part Time/ 4 days per week
16 years of service at KCC

I became an Early Childhood Educator because I have a passion for working with young children and believe that quality early childhood education is paramount in developing a lifelong love of learning.

I love working at Kookaburra because we are a team, children and Educators, of mixed personalities that share our knowledge and skills with each other. We are curious and enthusiastic about learning and teaching and we accomplish all this through play.


Chloe Ranger

Office Manager, Diploma in Business, Duel Accounting and Bookkeeping Diploma
11 years of service

I started working at Kookaburra because I had just graduated year 12 and was looking for fulltime employment when the role of an Office Clerk at Kookaburra became available. Perhaps still unsure of what career path I wanted I applied for the position and got it. I am very thankful I was given the opportunity to be a part of Kookaburra and couldn't be happier with my career choice. Over the years I've progressed from Admin Clerk to Office Manager and in collaboration with our Director, Educators and Parent Management Committee have helped implement important upgrades to our systems that have helped make Kookaburra the amazing centre it is today.

I love working at Kookaburra because I find it very rewarding to work in such a loving and supportive environment. My fellow colleagues are wonderful people to work alongside and I have made lifelong friends with them (both past and present staff). I love seeing all the different relationships that are able to be formed with our families/children at the Centre. I couldn't imagine my life without Kookaburra, the staff, the families, the children and all the wonderful memories that have been created over the years.


Pamela Barfield

Cook, Food Safety Supervisors Certificate, Studying Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
5 years of service

I became a cook at Kookaburra at first because the hours were great, I love to cook and I got to be around my grandchildren. However now I love talking with all the children at the Centre about what's for lunch or morning tea as well as hearing their stories.

I love working at Kookaburra because of all the friendly staff and the daily challenge of providing nutritious healthy (and yummy) meals out to the children.


Aspen Roberts

Educator, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (currently studying)
Part Time/ 3 days per week
1 year of service at Kookaburra

I became an Early Childhood Educator because

I love working at Kookaburra because 


Chloe Wilson

Educator, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Full Time/ 5 days per week 
2 years of service at Kookaburra

I became an Early Childhood Educator because, from a young age I had a passion for caring for and being around children. I love bonding with and forming meaningful relationships with all the children I work with. The fact that we are a part of the most crucial years of learning in a child's life is so rewarding.

I love working at Kookaburra because, as soon as you step foot through the doors you are welcomed with open arms into the Kookaburra family. All the staff and children of Kookaburra are amazing and are a very important part of my life.


Leanne Sanderson

Cook
Part Time/ 2 days per week
1 year of service at Kookaburra

 

 

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