At Highway Child Care and Early Learning Centre we employ over 9 caring, compassionate and experienced educators to ensure your child gets the best head start possible. Please feel free to browse our staff profiles on the right.

Janine – Director
Time in Child Care:

More than 22 years altogether and 11 years at Highway Child Care & Early Learning Centre.

Qualifications:

Diploma of Children’s Services
Diploma of Leadership Management
Cert IV in Training and Assessment
Cert III Infant Mental Health

What you love about working in this organisation:

I work with a fantastic and dedicated team of people. They really care about children and the welfare of families and they will go above and beyond to ensure families are well looked after at our service. I have great respect for them and that makes it easy to come to work.

I also enjoy the challenges of undertaking projects and learning the latest research in early learning. I have had the privilege of undertaking lots of projects and to be involved with a learning community. Recently travelling to Reggio Emilia was one of the highlights of my professional learning journey.

 

Robyn Stone – Assistant Director

Time in Child Care: More than 31 years – 21 of those years at Highway Child Care & Early Learning Centre

Qualification: Diploma of Child Care

What you love about working in this organisation: We have a fabulous staff team.

I have been part of many projects over the years and have come to watch our programs grow as the staff team develop new knowledge. I have had a role in this that I am very proud of. My current position is as an administration person and work with the children each day. I enjoy this challenge and I can understand it both from an educator perspective, understanding parents’ apprehensions about leaving their babies, as well as the admin perspective.

 

Jessica – Assistant Director

Educational Room Leader -Toddlers

Qualifications:

Cert III Infant Mental Health

Advanced Diploma in Community Services

Time in Child Care: More than 22 years

What you love about working in this organisation:

One of the things I love about working at Highway is the sense of belonging to the team and the Community. We share a passion for education and care and are dedicated to improve our practice all the time, with our work with parents as our partners, and learning alongside children.

I have been involved in many projects over the years but the stand out one for me has always been the “Through the Looking Glass’ project and my role co-facilitating the parent group. The group supported parents to connect with their children to build their relationships. This project enabled me to develop my understanding of attachment. This led me to further study Infant Mental Health. This was very rewarding as it enriched my own practices as I engaged with children and families.

Vlora

Qualifiactions: Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching

Time in Child Care: More than 3 years

I have been the Preschool Teacher here for the last three years and this has been a very rewarding time for me. I have had many opportunities to for training and development to support an integrated service. I have been part of ongoing projects and professional development including The Universal Access project and the Early Language Development project. I have had the opportunity to travel to Darwin to the Early Childhood conference and to Reggio Emilia in Italy as part of a study tour at the International Loris Malaguzzi Centre. These opportunities are unique and help me to understand the quality of programs in services such as this one.

I am always striving to improve my teaching practices and to provide a quality program for the children who attend the Pre-school environment. The training opportunities  support me to do this and I can see how our programs have improved from these experiences.

I really enjoy working with children and supporting them to test their ideas and to try new things. I enjoy taking them on excursions to explore the community where they live and grow.

 

Lynn – Nutrition Consultant

Time in Child Care: More than 31 years

What you love about working in this organisation: Having worked with this service for so long I never get tired of hearing the children enjoy the meals, nor of parents as they walk through the door saying “OH my goodness that smells great…” I now see parents come to the Centre who enjoyed my cooking when they were children here and they say they remember those smells, and speak fondly of it. This is one of the reasons I love to cook here.

 

Jasmine – Qualified Child Care Educator

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services

Time in Child Care: More than 10 Years

The best part of being in this service is working with such a dedicated team of people, this includes the leadership team who are continually supporting us and inspiring us to keep on learning and improve our understanding and practices.

I feel very lucky to have been to so much professional development, including Anne Pelo workshops, which has inspired much of my practice. I have been part of leading the literacy project in our service and am currently in a team of people collaborating on the Birth to Three years Reggio Emilia project.

This project has inspired me to think about our learning environment and the ways we inspire learning and curiosity in our young children. I love that we are all learning together.

Name: Kylie – Qualified Child Care Educator

Time in Child Care: More than 8 years

Qualification: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

What you love about working in this organisation: We have such a friendly and supportive educator team and management that really care. I really enjoyed being part of the team that underwent training in the reconciliation symposium. This had a great impact on me and I was able to understand ways to share an open approach to learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The children enjoy this part of our program as we read stories and learn signs and symbols relevant to the art of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and so much more.

 

Loan – Qualified Child Care Educator

Qualifications: Diploma of Community Services (Child Care)

Time in Child Care: More than 24 years

One of the things I love about working for this service is working with a great educator team. Everyone supports each other and you can develop great relationships when you work as a team with the same goals. This reflects in the relationships we develop with children, they see how we get along and what respectful relationships look like and know this is how we treat each other in our room.

I am inspired by the way children learn. I listen to their ideas and the way they express them which leads to me learning something new about them.

I have been involved in many projects over the years I have been working here. One of the most important ones to me was the Circle of Security project that opened my eyes to ways to develop secure relationships and to work with challenging behaviours and the other more recent project was the Universal Access project. This project gave me insights into working with preschool aged children and provided me with ideas and new learning about the needs and strengths of the age group.

 

Lauren – Qualified Child Care Educator

Time in Child Care:  More than 10 years

Educational Room Leader- Babies

Qualification: Diploma of Children’s Services

I have been involved in a great deal of professional development based on the Circle of Security and attachment theory and this has given me an understanding of how to build relationships with babies and parents.

What you love about working for this organisation:

I work with a fantastic team of educators and that is really important to my work with children. I enjoy the partnerships I build with new parents when their babies begin care, often lasting until they go to school, and of course the relationships with the babies! Being with a child when they achieve something and being able to see how proud they are of themselves is fantastic…What could be better than that!

 

Zahra – Qualified Child Care Educator

Qualifications: Diploma in Children’s Services

Time in Child Care: More than 4 years

I really enjoy working with a team of people that are always learning. This reflects in their care of the children and inspires me to continue my learning journey. Since being at this Centre I have had many opportunities to learn about curriculum, Circle of Security to develop secure relationships, and of course to be involved in lots of professional conversations about these topics. This has only deepened my understanding and the quality of relationships I develop with staff, children and parents.

 

Amanda – Qualified Child Care Educator

Time in Child Care: More than 5 years

Currently Studying: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

What you love about working for this organisation:

I really enjoy working with a supportive and friendly team. I work with them every day and I just know I can depend on them. I have also had the opportunity to attend professional development and to engage with other educators in discussions regarding Educational practice. All this helps me to continue to grow in the role.

I have to say I enjoy working with under 2’s babies and toddlers, and working so closely with parents to settle them into care and to build relationships with the whole family.

 

Lisa – Child Care Educator

Time in Child Care: More than 2 years

Qualification: Cert III in Children’s Services and studying for my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

What you love about working in this organisation: We all Work as a team and support one another. I think we provide the best service to our community.

 

Jessica W – Child Care Educator

Time in Child Care: More than 4 years

Qualification Cert III in Children’s Services

What you love about working in this organisation: I really enjoy working with this great team of people.

We are always learning new ways to speak with children and develop our skills. I have been involved in projects like ‘Going Deeper With the Learning Framework’ and this really helped me to understand about programs and planning and following children’s lead.

 

Bronte – Child Care Educator

Time in Child Care – More than 7 Years

Qualifications: Qualification Cert III in Children’s Services

One of the best things about working at this service is the fact that it is always evolving. It’s so dynamic. We strive to undertake new ideas and to bring them into our practice and this makes it challenging and new every day. In my work with babies this especially true as I can see how my training in Circle of Security is put into practice. I can see how important it is to be consistent in providing a secure environment for babies and to work in partnership with parents in the care of their babies. I find it rewarding to watch the babies mastering a particular skill and to share in their happiness when they know they have done something great.

 

Angela – Qualified Child Care Educator

Qualifications: Diploma in Children’s Services, Certificate III Infant Mental Health

Time in Child Care: More than 28 Years

One of the best things about working at this service is working with such a wonderful staff team. Everyone is supportive and professional and this provides great role models for new staff. For the last few years I have worked with babies and this has been both rewarding and challenging. I really enjoy working with new parents and supporting families to settle into care.

I have been fortunate to extend my knowledge in my work with families –doing my Infant Mental Health certificate and being involved with Circle of Security training. Both of these opportunities allowed me to understand and build a supportive trusting environment for young babies.

 

Brittany – Child Care Educator

Qualifications: Currently Studying a Bachelors Degree in Teaching (Early Childhood Learning)

I have been working in the child care industry since 2014 and have a background in working with children with special needs. I am currently studying a teaching degree at the University of South Australia. After completing my study I intend on doing further research and help further understand the psychology of children with disabilities.

John – Grounds Person

Time working at the Service: 3 years

I work at all of the services and one of the best things about doing that is always having variety in my work. I love working outside and being involved in creating beautiful gardens and play spaces for children. It’s good to know my work keeps them safe with the maintenance I do on the building and my working in the garden

Lots of the children know me and often ask how I am fixing something and I can get them involved in fixing some things too. They love to ask questions and to compare my work with other peoples.

I am committed to making sure that the children have a beautiful and inspiring outdoor environment and that the centre is maintained to a high standard.