Our Staff are the heart of our Centre. They are a special group of professionals, dedicated to providing each child with the individual care and education they need to develop to their full potential. They are also committed to supporting families to provide their children with the best start in life.
All staff at University Preschool and Child Care Centre hold relevant qualifications and have extensive experience working with children.
Our Management Committee recognises the importance of ongoing professional development to ensuring that our staff are knowledgeable about current thinking and best practice in early childhood care and education.
Throughout the year Staff regularly attend professional development activities and the Centre closes for one day a year so that all staff can participate in a day of professional development tailored to the needs of the staff and centre.
During the hours of operation, the Centre maintains staff/child ratios of at least:
- 1 staff to every 4 children under the age of two years;
- 1 staff to every 5 children between two and three years;
- 1 staff to every 10 children aged between three years and four years;
- 1 staff to every 11 children aged four years to school age
All permanent staff hold current first aid certificates
The Centre Currently Employs:
In our Administration Area
Our Director, Lynley and our Assistant Director / Educational Leader Eileen both work full time. Lynley holds a Degree in Early Childhood Education and Eileen holds an Advance Diploma in Children’s Services; Mel (currently on Maternity Leave) our Outdoor Educational Leader works Monday – Wednesday and has a Bachelor of Education Early Childhood; and, Our Admin Assistant Jo-Ann who keeps our accounts on track and works part time, 9 – 3 Monday – Friday.
In the Preschool Section
The Preschool Section is led by Jessie who holds a Bachelor of Education. Jessie is also the group leader for our Geckos (4 – 5 year olds). Jessie is assisted in the Geckos by Norma – (Monday to Wednesday), who has a Certificate 3 and has worked with UPCCC for over 20 years; and, Helen – (Afternoons Monday & Tuesday and all day Thursday & Friday), who is studying towards a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood.
In our Echidnas (3 – 4 year olds) the Group Leader is Kira who has a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Kira is supported by Paula who holds a Certificate 3.
The Preschool Section is also supported by Tongbo (full Time, Diploma), Grace (Part time, Wednesday – Friday, Certificate 3), Michelle (Part time, Monday – Tuesday, mornings) who has her Diploma and Katie (Wednesday – Friday mornings) who has a Bachelor of Teaching.
In the Toddlers Section
We have Taite who is the Section Leader and who leads our Kookaburras (2 – 3 year olds). Jessie holds a Diploma and is assisted in the Kookaburras by Maria who has her Certificate 3.
Our Bilbies (18 months to 2+ years) is led by Julie who has a Diploma and is assisted by Jess H who is studying towards a Diploma.
Our Toddler Section is also supported by May (full time) & Colleen (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) who both have a Certificate 3, Cass (Monday, Tuesday & Friday Mornings) who has a Diploma,Camilla (Wednesday & Thursday mornings) who has a Certificate 3 and Hong (Monday – Friday afternoons) who also has her Certificate 3.
In our Nursery Section
Tanya who holds a Bachelor of Education leads the Nursery & Toddler Sections and is also our Gumnuts (0 – 1 year olds) leader. She is assisted in the Gumnuts by Fiona, (Monday - Wednesday) who has a Diploma and Mirja (Thursday – Friday) who also has a Certificate 3 and who has worked with UPCCC for more than 20 years.
The Possums (1 – 2 years) is led by Miporn who has her Diploma. Miporn is assisted by Hang who also has a Diploma.
The Nursery Section is also supported by Lathika who has her Certificate 3; Home (part time, afternoons) also Certificate 3; and, Joelyn (part time, Mornings) who has her Certificate 3.
Zahra (full time) who has a Certificate 3 offers support and replaces staff on leave; and, our Handyman Eddie and Cleaner, Brad ensure the Centre always looks its best.
The following staff are currently on Maternity Leave: Arathi and Lisa.