Staff at Little Gems Early Learning Albany Creek

Hayley – Director – 14 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Hayley I am the Director for Little Gems. I have been working within the childcare industry since 2003. I have had my Diploma of Children’s Services since 2006 and have worked as Lead educator in a variety of rooms.I am a mother of three children, Cooper attends Albany Hills state school and my two younger children attend the centre with me. I feel very lucky that I am in a profession that allows me to see my children throughout the day whilst giving me job satisfaction.I think I will always be a country girl at heart growing up in Katherine in the Northern Territory. In my spare time you will find me hanging out with my family, and if I am really lucky getting stuck in to a sewing project. Patchwork quilts are my passion. I am an easy going, approachable person so if you ever have any questions, queries, or complaints please don’t hesitate to discuss them with me. I will always try my very best to help in any way I can.

Dee – Assistant Director/Educational Leader – 19 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Dee and I am the Educational Leader at Little Gems. I currently hold my Diploma of Children’s services and undertaking my studies in Bachelor of Early Childhood. I have 4 beautiful children of my own and understand the desires of wanting our own children to reach their potential. I have been an educator in this industry since 1998 and the Early Years Learning Framework excites me. My favourite theorist is Reggio Emilia, his extraordinary vision to provoke, stimulate and resource children’s learning experiences rich with endless possibilities. My aim is to provide a foundation of learning built from your children’s interests and share their enthusiasm on their journey, together we make the difference. I look forward to sharing this journey with your family at Little Gems.

Glow Worm’s Room – 6 Weeks to 15 Months

Nicola – Lead Educator – 3 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Nicola and I’m a Lead Educator at Little Gems. I have been working in child care since 2013. I realised my love of early childhood care and development after starting a family of my own. I completed my Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2013 and enjoyed it so much that I completed my Diploma of Children’s Services the following year. I’m a mother of three young children and I take great pride in nurturing their development and celebrating their achievements. Through kindness and gentle guidance, I strive to encourage children in my care to be the best they can be. I love working in partnership with families to ensure their children flourish.

Robbie – Educator – 13 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Robbie and I have a Diploma of Children’s Services and am currently studying my Bachelor of Education majoring in Early Childhood. I have worked in the childcare industry for thirteen years and before that I was a nanny for eight years, six years in Australia and two years as a live in nanny in America. I grew up in Tamworth on a farm with my siblings and after returning from America I moved in with my sister and her family to Bellmere. I have always loved being around young children and I look forward to meeting and getting to know each and every one of you. My focus is to provide quality care and to support all of the children and their families.

Caterpillar’s Room – 6 Weeks to 15 Months

Anne M – Lead Educator – 31 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Anne and I am one of the Lead Educator at Little Gems. I have been working at the centre since it opened in January 2007, spending most of the time in the younger rooms. I completed by Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2009 and my Diploma in Children’s Services in July 2012. I have worked with children my entire working life and find the vocation both challenging and rewarding. On a more personal level I have two girls, both grown and working; one in childcare as well, and the other in retail. In 2016 I was blessed with a beautiful grandson, Carter, who I just adore. I believe family and friends are the most important part of life and I try to spend as much time with them as I can. I am looking forward to caring for your child and getting to know you.

Tina – Educator – 2 Years  in Childcare – Diploma Qualified

My name is Tina and I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and now studying to obtain my Diploma. I have always loved being around children, watching and assisting children explore and investigate their world and seeing them develop into their own person. Having a son who grew up with learning difficulties is where my interests in how children learn and grow became a very important part of my life, it then became my goal to one day become an Educator and to be able to be a part other children’s every day learning and development, sharing these early years watching the children as they grow and develop important life skills. I am married to Mark and I have 5 beautiful children. I love to travel, I have been to Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu and I look forward to doing a lot more travel in the future. I enjoy working on projects around my home and spending lots of time with my family and friends. I look forward to getting to know all of the children and their families and sharing this journey with you all.

Jess – Educator – 5 Years in Child Care – Certificate III Qualified

Hi my name is Jess and I started my working career for the government as an administrative assistant but found that it wasn’t satisfying and decided I needed a change. I have been working in childcare as an educator for nearly 6 years and I have completed my certificate 3 in children’s services. I’m really enjoying working with children and watching them develop and learn new things every day. I’m the youngest of 3 children and have 2 older brothers which I live with in Albany creek along with my dog Skye and my cat Ollie. I like to travel and have been to London, Fiji and Melbourne however I have a fear of flying. I’m an easy going person, who likes to read books, listen to music and have fun. Feel free to come and chat to me and I look forward to meeting you all.

Lady Bugs Room – 15 months to 2.5 years

Ashleigh – Lead Educator – 6 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Ashleigh and I’m the a Lead educator at Little Gems. I have two sisters Jaime, who is also an educator here at Little Gems and a younger sister Libby, who is in high school. We have spent most of our childhood growing up in Albany Creek. I completed my Certificate III in 2008 through school and continued to work in childcare when I graduated high school. In 2012 I completed my Diploma. I decided to work in the industry because I love caring for children and helping them develop. As well as this, my mum also works in childcare, so I followed in her footsteps. I like to do arts and crafts, so I do lot of art activities with the children. I am always looking for new ideas to implement to improve the children’s learning experiences. I’m a very loud and open individual and I can’t imagine myself working in any other industry because I love children and getting to know them and their families.

Rosa – 13 Years In Child Care – Bachelor of Education (Primary)

My name is Rosa and I am one of the educators here at Little Gems. I have been working at Little Gems since 2013 and prior to this I was the ECT for 9 years at a Good start centre. I have both my Bachelor of Education degree (Primary) and Diploma in children services. I have always loved working with children regardless of what age. I have enjoyed just being in their presence, talking to them, listening to the conversations between children, observing their play, seeing their imaginations come alive, being part of their lives and seeing their eyes light up when they discover something new or when they have mastered something they have tried so long and hard to do. If I haven’t already done so, I can’t wait to meet you and your children, work together in providing a nurturing and supportive learning environment, playing alongside your children and going on their individual learning journeys.

Tegan – Educator – 3 Years in Child Care – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Tegan, I graduated from Sandgate District State High School in November 2013. I also graduated from TAFE in 2013 with my Certificate III in Children’s services. I began working in the childcare industry at the beginning of 2014 and I absolutely love it. I enjoy watching the children grow and reach new milestones each day. I live within the Bald Hills area with my Mum, Dad, Brother, Partner and pet dog. I enjoy camping with my friends and family, and do so as much as possible throughout the year. I also play hockey for Pine Rivers St Andrews, and have done since 2008. Making weekend spontaneous trips is also something I like doing. I love to sing and listen to music. I’m a happy person and very approachable, so please feel free to discuss anything with me.

Fireflies Room – 15 Months to 2.5 Years

Anne – Lead Educator – 12 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Anne and I’m a Lead Educator at Little Gems. I have been working at the centre since 2007 when it first opened.I am originally from Wellington, New Zealand and I enjoy going back to New Zealand on occasion to see my family, though they all live in Auckland. I come from a relatively large family with three brothers and a sister, most whom have married and have their own children. I have been married to Travis since 2007 also, We have no two legged children but one beautiful four legged Boxer called Jazz. I have been working in the early childhood field ever since I left school in 1989. I went to the Wellington Collage of Education where I successfully completed my Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.In all this time I have discovered my passion lies in the under 4’s. I love fostering and supporting a child’s independence. In the room I aim to be co-constructor of knowledge with the toddlers, working alongside them in their learning journey.I understand Toddlers to be focused on the here and now, impulsive, energetic, determined and they like to gain control over their world by testing limits. I look forward to getting to know you all.

Jessica – Educator – 1st Year in Child Care – Studying Diploma

Hello, My name is Jessica and I am currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Although I have only been in the childcare setting for a short time, I do have 2 beautiful young children Charlie and Kiah. My children inspired me to change my career path into Early childhood. Childcare is not just a job, it is my passion to help children learn and discover the world around them, watching the children gain new skills each and every day. I look forward to building and gaining trusting relationships with you, your children and families. I am very excited to be apart of your child’s journey. I strive to be and do my best at all times, and be a positive role model for your children. The best part of childcare is when you know you have left a great impression with the children, when they see you at the shops or park or anywhere really and yell your name and they have the biggest smile on their face! This makes my heart all fuzzy and warm and I know I have helped/assisted the child and left a great impression.

Bumble Bees Room – 2 Years to 3 years

Amy – Lead Educator – 5 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Amy and I am a Lead Educator at Little Gems. I have been working within this centre since February 2012. I finished my Certificate III in 2010 and completed my Diploma in Children Services in 2014. I love the challenge of studying and learning more about the childcare industry. My interest in childcare happened when my nephew was born in 2009. He made me became more and more interested in how children grow and learn new things. I wanted to be part of that learning experience and to help children learn and develop important life skills. In my spare time you would find me scrapbooking, painting, taking photographs or photo editing, reading, spending time with my husband and playing with my puppies Sookie and Simba and my bird Snow. I am an easy going person and I look forward to getting to know you and your children. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss them with me and I will try my best to help.

Alyssa – Lead Educator – 7 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Alyssa and I am an educator at Little Gems. I have worked as an Early Childhood educator since 2008 and in that time I have worked in all age groups. I currently hold a Diploma in Children’s Services. I believe that children are our future and I enjoy watching them grow and develop as individuals. In my free time I enjoy walking with my dogs Euphemia and Potato, spending time with family and friends and going to the beach. I also have a pet cat called Gilbert and a snake called Geoffrey. If you have any questions please feel free to come and ask me. I look forward to getting to know you and your child.

Katie – Educator – 2 Years in Childcare – Diploma Qualified

My name is Katie. I am currently an Educator at Little Gems Child Care and Early Learning Centre. Before this I was a full time student studying Diploma in Children’s Services at Caboolture, Brisbane North Institute of Tafe. I have also completed my certificate III in children’s services and done my CPR, Asthma and anaphylaxis. One day, I would really love to study more and become a full time Lead Educator. My interests are Observing Children and how they play and develop. My hobbies are cooking/baking and spending time with my family and friends. My personal Philosophy is that I believe all children have the right to have a safe, loving environment that allows them to explore their world in Independence. I believe that there is no child that is exactly the same and that is what makes a child unique and an individual.

Louise – Educator – 2 Years in Child Care – Studying Certificate III

My name is Lou and I am an educator at Little Gems. I immigrated to Australia in 2004 from the UK. I have been a stay at home mum until the opportunity arose to start at Little Gems in 2015 and I am currently studying my Certificate III in Children services. Although I have only recently stepped into childcare, I have 4 children of my own that I have cared for, my eldest being 16 and my youngest currently at the age of 6. I enjoy watching children develop their learning and skills at Little Gems while also developing their personalities and quirky traits. I am currently studying my certificate III in childcare, however in my spare time I also enjoy relaxing at home, socialising and watching my children swim competitively. I am a friendly, trustful and reliable person that can adapt to many different situations while working to the best of my ability at all times.

Butterflies Room – 2 Years to 3 years

Jaime – Lead Educator – 4 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Jaime and I am a Lead Educator at Little Gems. I started at Little Gems in February 2013 and I hold my Certificate 3 in Children’s Services, I am currently studying my Diploma. I am a sister of three, Ashleigh my older sister who also works at Little Gems and a younger sister Libby who is in high school. I have lived in Brisbane my whole life and I love this area. I live with my family and our five dogs Alvin, Layla, Pippa, Eddie and Beverly who are all Chihuahuas. I enjoy caring for children watching & assisting in their development. I’m an easy going, trustful and respectful person and I’m always willing to take on board any advice given to me.

Andrea – Educator – 3 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Andy and I am an Educator at Little Gems. I graduated from Albany Creek State High School in 2011 and since then have obtained my Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services. I live with my mum and dad and also have two older brothers who both have daughters. I have always loved playing with children and helping them discover, grow and learn from the world around them. In the future I would like to travel overseas and continue working in the industry that I love. I am friendly and happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

Crickets Rooms – 2.5 Years to 3.5 years

Rebecca – Lead Educator – 6 Years in Childcare – Diploma Qualified

My name is Bec. I have worked in the childcare industry since 2011. In my personal life, I am the happiest mother ever to 6 amazing adult children and grandmother to 6 little cherubs. I have a background in Hospitality Management, but in 2011 I decided to use my life experience with my own children and made a career change into the Early Childhood setting and studied my Cert III. I take delight and find satisfaction in watching your most prized possessions grow and become independent little people, each developing their own personalities and characteristics, that I hoped to have played a part in. I thoroughly enjoy looking after your ‘Little Gems.’

Nikki – Educator – 2 Years in Childcare – Studying Certificate III

My name is Nikki and I have the pleasure of working as an Educator. Little Gems is where I started my childcare journey and I’m so thankful to be a part of the family here. I believe that the early years of childhood are so important in developing a child’s individualities, strengths and personalities. So, my aim is to bring out, emphasise, encourage and nurture every detail that makes each child who they are. I have always had a passion for taking care of children, watching them grow and learn. Because of this, for me, childcare feels like more of a recreation than a job. I look forward to meeting all the families and children at Little Gems, and I hope to build trusting and honest relationships in which parents can feel comfortable voicing any opinions, questions or concerns with me.

Dragonflies – Kindergarten Program – 4 Years to 5 years

Emily – Early Childhood Teacher – Studying Bachelor of Education (Primary)

My name is Emily and I have worked in the industry since 2012 and currently hold my Diploma in Children’s Services and up to date asthma and anaphylaxis. I am currently finishing my Bachelor of Education-specialising in Primary Education and hope to finish my degree by June 2018. I strive to provide a safe, secure and supported environment where children are able develop at their pace. I endeavour to assist children to gain independence by encouraging children to make their own choices. I believe that children learn through doing and this is what I strive to offer. By offering children choices it allows them to build resilience, extend their social skills and develop their inter-dependence. I look forward to meeting you and your children during my time at Little Gems and encourage you to approach me if you have any issues or concerns.

Liam – Educator – 2 Years in Child Care – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Liam, I am currently studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. I graduated High School in 2013, before moving to Brisbane in 2014, I have two sisters, one older and one younger. Although I have just started my career in childcare, my passion for taking care of children started when I began babysitting for my auntie. In my spare time I enjoy skateboarding, fishing and playing soccer. I am a reliable and trustworthy person that looks forward to developing my skills within Little Gems, and the Childcare Industry.

Grasshoppers – Kindergarten Program – 3.5 Years to 5 years

Karmann – Early Childhood Teacher – Bachelor of Education (Primary)

My name is Karmann and I’m the Early Childhood Teacher in the Grasshoppers Kindergarten Room. I have 2 children, Jett and Nate. My passion is in the Early Childhood Education, I strongly believe that positive experiences within these early years set young children up as life long learners. In today’s society children are bombarded with so much information, I feel it is important to teach children to become critical thinkers and question the world in which they live in order to make good choices and create positive change. Building relationships with children, families and communities is the foundation of a successful learner and becoming part of a community of learners. I look forward to working in partnership with you to achieve greatness and help your child reach their full potential.

Adele – Educator – 2 Years in Child Care – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Adele and I’m currently studying my Diploma of Early Education and Care at TAFE . I have three siblings whom are the lights of my life and my fur-baby (dog) called Chocolate. Early Education is important to me as I believe it can be the most important years of a person’s life, where they develop social and personal skills and where they understand their own opinions, perspectives and thought process. I have an avid interest in traveling and in 2017 I traveled to South Africa and utilised my skills to teach the underprivileged children. I think there is nothing more special than the spark in a child’s eye when they are talking about something they love or when they understand something they are learning. I couldn’t imagine a more rewarding job! I look forward to caring for your child. Please don’t hesitate to approach me about any queries you might have.

Centre Support Educators & Relief Staff

Aggie – Educator – 6 Years in Childcare – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Aggie and I work as a Centre support educator at Little Gems in the afternoons after finishing work at the retirement village where I have been a housekeeper to the elderly since 2000. I have my Certificate III in Children’s Services as I enjoy the feeling you get helping a child achieve their goals and especially love my time with them in the sand pit. I have two adult children; a daughter who is a teacher and has work overseas, I also have a son in the hospitality industry who has also worked overseas. I live at home with my husband of over thirty years Rod. I am an easy going person and I will always be happy to help in any way I can.

Seny – Lead Educator – 13 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

My name is Seny and I am a support educator at Little Gems. I am originally from the Philippines and have been married to an Australian man for 32 years now and we have 3 children together. I have been a member of the Little Gems team since March 2015. I have worked in the Childcare setting for 10 years and I am pleased to be an Educator in your child’s room. Please feel free to come and exchange information about your child and his/her needs with me or with my partner to help us meet your expectations and to allow us to deliver the best possible service to you and your child/children.

Tiane – 1st Year In Child Care- Studying Diploma

My name is Tiane. I am currently studying my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care at Sage Institute of Education. My Passion for this industry started when I was only 15 when I became an aunt for the first time but it wasn’t till after I started my own family that I was to pursue this passion of mine and begin studying the career of my dreams. I am a mother to a lovely little girl that I adore. I love being an active part of your child’s life here at Little Gems and cannot wait to watch them grow and learn. I believe in being a positive role model in your child’s life and helping to shape them into confident adults with a positive approach to life and educating them in caring for our environment. In my spare time I love to relax and take my daughter out on little play dates where she can learn and discover new things.

Anneleise – Educator – Bachelor of Education (Primary)

My name is Anneleise and I am a support educator at Little Gems. I have completed my Bachelor of Education in 2006 and previous to that I completed my certificate 3 in Children Services. I have worked with children since 2008 professionally but recently took a break to raise my four children. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to move between the rooms and learn alongside all the important little people here at Little Gems.

Tamara – Educator – 3 Years in Child Care – Cert III Qualified

My name is Tamara and I’m an educator at Little Gems. I graduated from Craigslea High School in 2015 and attained my Certificate III the same year. I began working within Little Gems at the beginning of 2016 and I have loved every second. I love watching children grow and learn, becoming kind young people, this is also why I’m studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at University of Queensland, to help children learn and grow into young adults. I’m a very bubbly person, especially once you get to know me. I have always loved to be around children always helping with my younger cousins and family friends when I was younger which is why I feel childcare is the perfect industry for me until I finish my degree. I’m very passionate about children and allowing them to develop themselves while having fun and creativity filled days.

Elisha – Educator – 9 Years in Child Care – Diploma Qualified

​Hello My name is Elisha and I’m a mum of Three boys who keep me very busy. Having my first son helped me realise that early childhood education was what I really wanted to do in regards to a career. Being an early childhood educator is a very fulfilling position seeing children grow and develop into little human beings with personalities of their own is very rewarding. I do believe children learn at different stages and at their own pace, but in the end we will all be on the same page. The fun, laughter and learning I endure everyday in my workplace with the children makes it fun for both myself and the children. This also helps create fun learning opportunities for children within the class. I’m looking forward to getting to know your children.