Staff at Little Gems Early Learning Albany Creek
Hayley – Director – In Child Care Since 2003- Diploma Qualified
My name is Hayley I am the Director for Little Gems. I have been working within the childcare industry since 2003. I hold a Diploma of Children’s Services and worked in a variety of roles before coming a Director. I am a mother of three children, Cooper and Ruby attend Albany Hills state school and my two youngest attends 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.
Glow Worm’s Room – 6 Weeks to 15 Months
Anne M – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 1974 – 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.
Tiane – In Child Care Since 2017 – Studying Diploma
My name is Tiane. I am currently studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. My Passion for this industry started when I was only 15. 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.
Caterpillar’s Room – 6 Weeks to 15 Months
Tina – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2015 – Diploma Qualified
My name is Tina and I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and obtained my Diploma in 2017. I have always loved being around children, watching and assisting children explore and investigate their world and seeing them develop into their own person. As an Educator I am able to be a part of children’s every day learning and development, sharing their early years watching them 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 – In Child Care Since 2011 – Certificate III Qualified
Hi my name is Jess and I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. 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 at Little Gems as an Educator since 2011. I’m really enjoying working with children and watching them develop and learn new things every day. I’m currently living in Albany creek with my partner Stuart and our 2 dogs Skye and Gunner. We are also expecting our first baby in September 2018 and we are very excited and looking forward to this next chapter in our lives. Feel free to come and have a chat with me and I look forward to meeting you all.
Emma – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Studying Diploma
My name is Emma. I’m currently studying my diploma of Early Childhood and Care with ASMI. I have two children, Luca and Evelyn. I believe in “Learning is knowledge and knowledge is power”. By giving children the best teachings, safety and nurturing, it will enable them to reach for their dreams. I have always had a passion for working with children; but one little girl, Izzy gave me direction in wanting to give children of all development levels and special needs the opportunity to strive in mainstream schooling. Childcare is where it can all start and every child should have equal opportunity to learn and grow. I’m easy to talk to and will take everything on board to give the best possible care I can. I look forward to growing with in the Little Gems family network of staff, children and their families.
Lady Bugs Room – 15 months to 2.5 years
Ashleigh W – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2010 – Diploma Qualified
My name is Ashleigh and I’m a Lead educator here 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. I like to do arts and crafts and am always looking for new ideas. I am a very loud, open and clumsy individual and can’t imagine my self working in any other industry because I love children, love watching them grow, play and learn and I’m a big kid at heart.
Nikki – Educator – In Child Care Since 2016 – 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.
Selina – Educator – In Child Care Since – Certificate III in Education Support
My name is Selina and I’ve had my Certificate III in Education Support since 2016. Little Gems is my first Childcare job but I have previously worked in OSHC and have done teacher aid work for Eatons Hill State School which is the primary school I attended. I grew up in the area with my parents, brother and 3 sisters including my identical twin sister. I recently got married in December 2017 and we now live locally together with our poodle, Buddy. I have chosen to work in childcare because I have always enjoyed laughing and mucking around with children and I am the happiest when making others around me happy. I look forward to getting to know all the children’s different personalities.
Fireflies Room – 15 Months to 2.5 Years
Anne – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 1991 – 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.
Katie – Educator – In Child Care Since 2015 – 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.
Bumble Bees Room – 2 Years to 3 years
Jaime – Lead Educator & Assistant Director – In Child Care Since 2013 – Diploma Qualified
My name is Jaime and I am a Lead Educator and also the Assistant Director here at Little Gems. I started at Little Gems in February 2013 and that’s when I began my journey and started studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and then went on to do my Diploma in Children’s Services. I am a sister of three, Ashleigh my older sister who also works here 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 family of Chihuahuas. I must say I love watching the development of each and every child’s learning journey. It is truly amazing to watch children grow and develop as they get older. I’m an easy going, trustful and respectful person and I’m always willing to take on board any advice given to me.
Louise – Educator – In Child Care Since 2015 – Certificate III Qualified
My name is Lou and I am a Certificate III Qualified 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. Although I have only recently stepped into childcare, I have 4 children of my own that I have cared for, my eldest being 18 and my youngest currently at the age of 8. I enjoy watching children develop their learning and skills at Little Gems while also developing their personalities and quirky traits. 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.
Anneleise – Educator – In Child Care Since 2008 – Bachelor of Education (Primary)
My name is Anneleise and I am an Educator at Little Gems. I have completed my Bachelor of Education in 2006 and previous to that I completed my certificate III in Children Services. I have worked with children since 2008 professionally with all age groups of children but recently took a break to raise my four children. Since raising my children I then decided I wanted to get back into the Education industry which was the best decision I made. I am passionate about children as they deserve lots of love and attention to support their growth and therefore I feel our job is one of the most important jobs. I love watching children grow and develop and what better way to do that then in Childcare. I see myself as an easy going person and I hope to build strong trustworthy relationships with families, children and Educators here at Little Gems.
Ashleigh K- Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Certificate III Qualified
My name is Ashleigh and I have been working in childcare since early 2011. I hold my certificate III and am looking at beginning my diploma in the near future. I have always loved looking after children and watching them grow. It is such a rewarding job and you build amazing relationships with both children and their families. I have a son of my own who has been at Little Gems since 2015 and has grown so much since being here. I look forward to becoming a face you and your child/ren are happy to see in the mornings and have you know they’re in the best hands possible here at Little Gems.
Butterflies Room – 2 Years to 3 years
Amy – Lead Educator & Educational Leader – In Child Care Since 2012 – Diploma Qualified
My name is Amy and I am a Lead Educator and Educational Leader 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 birds Zazu and Lolly. 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.
Rosa – Educator – In Child Care Since 2004 – 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.
Jessica – Educator – In Child Care Since 2016 – Studying Diploma
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 a part 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.
Crickets Rooms – 2.5 Years to 3.5 years
Bec – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2011 – 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 8 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 Certificate III to which I then went on to continue my learning journey and completed my Diploma. Everyday, piece by piece, I try my very best to add and build your child’s abilities and strengths so they become capable, confident, polite and well-mannered little people. 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.’
Tamara – Educator – In Child Care Since 2014 – Certificate III Qualified
My name is Tamara and I’m an educator at Little Gems. I graduated from 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 have always loved to be around children 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 and learn about the world around them while having fun and creativity filled days.
Cassidy – Educator – In Child Care Since – Studying Diploma
My name is Cassidy and I am an Educator here at Little Gems. I’m currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood and Education. I came to Little Gems on placement and was lucky enough to be offered a position when my placement came to an end. I was so pleased to continue my journey here as I was extremely sad to say goodbye to all my new friends. I have two children, A boy and a girl. We live locally with my husband and our beloved do August. We are a very active family and you can usually find us exploring around creeks and enjoy going on native walks. I have made a lot of new friends and relationships with the children, Families and Educators here at Little Gems and I look forward to making many more.
Dragonflies – Kindergarten Program – 4 Years to 5 years
Emily – In Child Care Since 2012 – Early Childhood Teacher – Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
My name is Emily and I have worked in the industry since 2012. Currently I hold my Diploma in Children’s Services, Bachelor of Education (Primary) and am up to date with my asthma and anaphylaxis training. 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 am currently one of the Kindy teachers and I am passionate about supporting the bridge best as my children transition to school. 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 along your journey here with us.
Tegan – Educator – In Child Care Since 2014 – 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 also hold my Asthma, Anaphylaxis and First aid. I am also currently studying my Diploma. 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 also love to sing and listen to music. I’m a happy person and very approachable, so please feel free to discuss anything with me.
Grasshoppers – Kindergarten Program – 3.5 Years to 5 years
Tahlia – In Child Care Since 2013 – Early Childhood Teacher – Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary)
My name is Tahlia and I have been working in the childcare industry since 2013. I hold a bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary which I completed in 2014. I then returned to university and studied a graduate certificate in Special Education. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and watching them grow and learn. I believe that each child is a unique individual. I therefore endeavour to provide a safe and secure environment that will meet each child’s developmental needs. I believe as an Educator it is important to work collaboratively with families therefore if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to approach me. I look forward to getting to know you and your children at Little Gems.
Nicola – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2013 – Diploma Qualified
My name is Nicola and I’m an Educator at Little Gems. I have been working in child care since 2013. I realised my love of early childhood care and development when I had 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.
Centre Support Educators & Relief Staff
Seny – Kitchen Support – In Child Care Since 2006 – Diploma Qualified
My name is Seny and I am a support Educator at Little Gems. I am originally from the Philippines. I have been in Australia since1983. My husband and I are blessed with 3 children and a grandchild. I have been looking after children as a nanny since my tender age. I studied my Certificate III and then my Diploma in Children services ad have been working in a child care setting since 2006 and her at Little Gems since 2015. I enjoy working with children and their families. Although my roll with in the service is Centre Support, I still have the opportunity to go out and have meaningful interactions with the children.
Aggie – Educator – In Childcare Since 2011 – Certificate III Qualified
My name is Aggie and I work as a Centre Support Educator at Little Gems in the afternoons and I have worked at a retirement village where I was a housekeeper to the elderly since 2000 to 2018. 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. 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.
Chantelle – Educator – 2 Years in Child Care – Certificate III Qualified
My Name is Chantelle and I enjoy my position as an Educator here at Little Gems. I have been in the field of Childcare for over 10 years and I like to build relationships with children, families and communities and believe this to be the foundation of a successful learner and becoming part of a community of learners together. I am a mum to two children. A boy and a girl. We enjoy spending time at the beach camping/glamping. I am an easy-going person with a friendly demeanour. I look forward to watching your child grow and develop. I believe that children can construct their own learning with their interests, interactions with others and asking questions to understand and know more. For me as an educator, to observe, guide and encourage such exploration, communication and collaboration allows me to create a safe, fun and simulating environment.
Andrea – Educator – In Child Care Since 2014 – 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’ve worked at Little Gems since 2014 and I am still enjoying the journey. I currently live with my partner Stefan after living with my mum & dad locally. I am also the youngest of three with two older brothers who are both married with daughters of their own. Looking after and playing with my nieces, Arianna, Penny and Lexi is what interested me into starting to work in the industry. Since starting my career, I have learnt so much about children and how they grow and learn. I love being a part of their journey throughout their younger years. In the future I would like to continue studying and venturing into school aged care as I currently work with school aged children of an afternoon. I am fortunate to move to each room and become a familiar face to you and your child/ren this year and will be happy to help with any questions and concerns you may have.
Elisha – Educator – In Child Care Since 2008 – 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.
Jade – Educator – In Child Care Since – Diploma Qualified
My name is Jade and I am an Educator at Little Gems. I am having a fantastic time here, pending quality time with the children, families and fellow Educators. Growing up, I always had a passion to become a teacher and Educator in the industry. I have completed my Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services. I enjoy reading and travelling. My travel experiences have taught me the importance of values and culture in expressing one’s identity. Currently I have no pets and my favourite colour is green and blue. My favourite foods are Nutella, Potato Bake and Rockmelon. Just not all together though 😊. I can come across a little shy, very attentive with a bubbly personality. I look forward to sharing your child’s learning adventures at Little Gems.
Sam – Educator – In Child Care Since – Studying
Abi – Educator – In Child Care Since – Certificate III Qualified
Alyssa – Educator – In Child Care Since 2008 – 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.