Staff at Helensvale Little Gems Child Care

Kellie – Centre Director – In Child Care Since 2001 – Bachelor
of Early Childhood

Hi! My name is Kellie and I just wanted to say a big hello, I am the Director at the service and I wanted to share a bit about myself and my family with you all. I am 35 years old, am married and have two children aged 14 and 10. I have worked in the Early Childhood profession for the past 17 years (now I’m feeling old!) and have loved every minute of it. I started out as a trainee in 2001 and have worked through my diploma and then I completed my Bachelor of Early Childhood in 2014. My passion is building relationships with families, our community, our wonderful educators and of course all your precious little people! Please never hesitate to come and see me at any time you need! I am looking forward to getting to know you all and working in partnership with you to ensure your children feel safe secure and supported in their environment and in their learning.

Caterpillars Room – 6 weeks to 15 months

Sarah – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2011 – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am the Lead Educator at Little Gems.  My childcare career started in New Zealand back in 2011.  In 2013 my partner and I made the move to Australia, where I was half way through studying my Bachelor of Education.  Once here, I was recognised as having my Diploma in Children’s Services, I continued to study my Bachelor part time and graduated in May 2017. I have previously worked for Little Gems in Albany Creek, before my partner and I moved down to the Gold Coast. Working with children is very rewarding and I feel that I can learn as much from them as they can from me. Although this job has its challenges, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I look forward to educating your children, providing them with a safe and nurturing environment where they can grow and learn.

Rochelle – Educator – In Child Care Since 2019 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Services

Hi! My name is Rochelle and I currently have a Certificate III in Children’s Services and I am very excited to start my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have wanted to work with children since adolescence. I have always loved helping friends and family with their little ones whenever needed. I love the wonder and curiosity children have for the world and watching them explore it. Last year I was in a position to make a change and pursue my dream job and now I  couldn’t imagine being anywhere else, I LOVE my job. A little bit about me, three years ago my family and I made the move to Gold Coast, from Coffs Harbour NSW, we absolutely love it here. I have three children, a 7 year old daughter and two boys, 5 years old and a 21 month old. I love being creative, sewing, painting etc and love music, it soothes the soul. I very much look forward to meeting you and getting to know your little ones

Lady Bugs Room – 15 months to 2 Years

Lynne – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2005 – Diploma Qualified

Hi, my name is Lynne and I am a Lead Educator at Little Gems.  I have my Diploma in Children’s Services and have worked in Child care since 2005.  I believe all children deserve to have a safe educational environment to learn and grow in.  I am passionate and confident in my ability to scaffold children’s learning, to help them achieve both their academic potential, investigate the world around them. I am married with 2 grown up boys, Michael and Joshua, I have 2 grandchildren, Lachlain and Bella who I adore and love to pieces. I’m known to be an honest, friendly, driven and motivated team player, with a passion for promoting positive outcomes. I am very happy to be a part of Little Gems family, together with a team of amazing and creative educators.  I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Charmaine – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Studying Certificate III

Hi! My name is Charmaine, I am currently completing my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. My love of watching children grow and develop lead me to start my study. I am married and have 3 beautiful children who are aged 7, 12 and 16. I love spending time with my family as my family is very important to me. I am really excited about building relationships with all your children and with you as well!! I believe relationships are the basis of all we do in Early Childhood.

Bumble Bees – 2 Years to 3 Years

Hannah – Educator – In Child Care Since 2014  – Certificate III Qualified

Hello, my name is Hannah and I have my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and look forward to furthering my skills to a Diploma. I have had a passion for children ever since I was a child, and have been in the sector since 2014, I couldn’t  see myself in any other career. I have one nephew that I adore with all my heart and treat him as he is my own. I previously worked as a casual waitress for an Italian restaurant but being in that industry I realised that early childhood was for me. I enjoy wake boarding on Saturdays with family and friends and have a Brazilian BBQ every Sunday. I have just begun to speak Portuguese and really enjoy learning another language. I am still learning everyday, every child has different ideas and I look forward to working with each one of them.

Luci – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Studying Certificate III

Hello my name is Luci, I am an extremely family oriented person, an animal lover, foodie and enjoy exploring the world of music.  I am originally from a Spanish background and have been living in Australia for 30 years.  My love of children started at a young age with the birth of my own children.  I soon discovered my creativity and became a designer.  Now that my children have grown I have found my inner calling of being back in touch with young children.  I am completing my Certificate III in Early Childhood & Education and continue to expand my enthusiasm within the early childhood sector. I believe that children can construct their own learning with their interests, interaction with others and asking questions to help them understand and grow.  For me as an educator, to observe, guide and encourage exploration and communication allows me to create a safe, fun and stimulating environment using a positive Abecedarian approach. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Bronte – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Studying Certificate III

Hi, my name is Bronte and I am currently at university studying to become a high school teacher. I am also beginning my Certificate III in Childcare to gain knowledge and experience in all areas of teaching. My hobbies include playing netball and touch football, and in my down time I enjoy reading or watching a good movie. I love making new relationships and I am excited to be apart of the Little Gems family.

Kyra – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Studying Certificate III in Early Childhood Services

Hi! My name is Kyra and I have just begun my Early Childhood Journey in 2020. I have a younger brother who I used to look after and realised this is where my passion is. I am studying my certificate III in Early Childhood studies. I have 3 cats, Lulu, Donut and Oreo and a dog called Rigby. We have a very full house! Another one of my passions is to be creative with painting and drawing, mostly using oil paints. When I was little, I wanted to be paleontologist as I really love science and enjoy bringing this into the classroom with the children. When I was 12 years old I moved from New Zealand to the Gold Coast and I really love the beaches that we have here! In my spare time on the weekends I like to catch up with my friends, go swimming at the beach and playing video games. I look forward to building relationships with your children and you!!

Butterflies – 2 Years to 3 Years

Nicole – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2001 – Diploma Qualified

Hi, my name is Nicole and I am so excited to be sharing your child’s early learning journey with you. I have worked in the Early Childhood industry for 18 years and hold a Diploma of Children’s services. In that time I have worked in various positions including Educator, Lead educator, Educational leader and 2IC roles. I have worked with children from birth to 12 years. As a Mum to 3 amazing children, Noah, Paige and Layla I understand all too well just how important high quality education and care for your special little person is to you. Early childhood education is not just my profession, it is my passion!

Michaella – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Diploma Qualified

Hi my Name is Michaella, i’m 29 and I have worked in childcare for the past three years. I am originally from England and have a two year old daughter called Everlyn. I hold my Diploma in Early Childhood and I am passionate about sustainability. I aim to embed sustainable practices into our everyday routines and curriculum. Being an Educator is my Passion, I believe that learning is happening all of the time from every different environment that children are in, It is important to me to make these learning environment’s safe, fulfilling and meaningful. I believe in nurturing every child as the unique individual that they are and guide them with encouraging positivity. I look forward to working with you and your children!

Kiara – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Certificate III Qualified

Hello, my name is Kiara. I have had a passion for working with children since I was 13, so in year 11 and 12 I studied my Certificate III in Early Childhood and Education.  I then graduated high school in 2017 fully qualified child care educator. I come from a big family and really enjoy spending time with them. Growing up in a big family is the main reason I wanted to get into Childcare work. I have had the pleasure of growing up with many wonderful younger cousins and helping them grow into young adults too. Family is one of the most important things in my life. I am an animal lover and have 2 beautiful dogs (Jester and Zuzu) and 2 cats (Tinkerbell and Aurora).  I enjoy taking my dogs for walks and to the park for a run around. My cats are very cuddly. I am looking forward to looking after your children on their journey through the early years of their lives’ and  I am also looking forward to getting to know all of the wonderful families.

Shardai – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Studying Certificate III

Hi my name is Shardai! I’ve completed my Cert 3 in childcare and I’m currently studying my Diploma. I come from a big family and have 8 siblings so I’ve always loved being around children. I’ve worked at Little Gems since 2018 and it is the most amazing and rewarding sector I’ve ever worked in and I’m excited to see where the future takes me. In my spare time I love to get creative and paint or draw, I also have a passion for cooking and spend a lot of my time in the kitchen. Looking forward to getting to know you all!

Dragonflies – 2.5 Years to 4 Years

Nikki – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2012 – Diploma Qualified

Hello. My name is Nikki, I am a Diploma qualified Educator.  My passion is early Childhood Education.  I have worked across all age groups and look forward to sharing your child’s learning journey. I am a Mum to 2 beautiful boys both now teenagers!!  My hobbies include reading, coffee but most importantly spending time with my family. I am very lucky to be a part of the Little Gems family and look forward getting to know you and your children.

Tamieka – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Diploma Qualified

Hello. My name is Tamieka but everyone calls me Mieka. I have been working in childcare since 2017. I am currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I’m still learning, but I’m lucky enough to work with a great team that are helping me develop into the best educator I can be. I enjoy my daily interactions with the children and being able to have a fun and loving influence on their development. My favourite activities to do with the children are reading stories, building with blocks, and any activity that involve movement and activity. Having the opportunity to watch the children learn and grow is one of the best parts of my job.

Grasshoppers – 4 Years to 5 Years

Amber – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2017 – Studying Bachelor of Education and Arts

My name is Amber and I have been working part-time in childcare since 2017. It wasn’t until recently that I began working full-time perusing my passion of teaching and working with children. I am currently studying my Bachelor of Education and Arts, majoring in both Early Childhood and Primary teaching. Family influence is one of the most important factors leading to my profession. At an early age my mum would always take me with her to her work where she was an educator at an early childhood centre. Also growing up in a family where I was much older than my four siblings introduced me to nurturing, supporting and teaching young people. Despite these experiences teaching wasn’t my original career path, it wasn’t until I saw the personal achievement of each of the children I worked with and watching their development that made me choose this rewarding and satisfying career of an early childhood educator. I look forward to getting to know you and your family, here at Little Gems.

Selina – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – 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 am also currently studying my Diploma in children services. 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.

Centre Support Educators

Alana – Educator – In Child Care Since 2009 – Diploma Qualified

Hello beautiful families my name is Alana, I am lucky enough to have been given the wonderful opportunity to join this caring family here at Little Gems . I have worked within the childcare industry since 2009 in all age groups and various roles including lead educator. I don’t have a favourite age group but I certainly have a favourite way to spend my working day helping to nurture and develop our next generation into resilient, caring and happy little beings. I have recently returned to work after being on maternity leave from having my youngest baby boy Lachlan who is a younger brother to both Brodie and Eligh. We are an adventurous family who enjoy the outdoors . I look forwards to having the opportunity to be a part of you and your children’s learning journey, I can assure you we will have plenty of fun, laughter and learning experiences together.

Aleesha – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Studying Certificate III

Hi Everyone! I have spent 26 years in retail Management and 8 years working in disability and community before I found my true passion in Early Childhood. I Started studying my Certificate III in Early childhood and Education in July 2020 and Started working with Little Gems  in August 2020. I find being In the presence of children so rewarding and brightens my day. I also find it humbling that I am contributing to their growth and their journey through childhood. The favourite part of my job is when I get to witness them learn something new such as waking, talking or toilet training and seeing their faces light up when they celebrate this. I have a son, Cody, who is near 17 He is in a sports excellence program and trains everyday with MMA.  I look forward to building meaningful relationships with your precious little ones and with you also!

Hayley – Educator – In Child Care Since 2019 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Services

Hi, my name is Hayley and I look forward to meeting you.

Jade – Educator – In Child Care Since 2016 – Certificate III Qualified

Hi! I’m Jade! I have worked in Early Childhood since 2016 and hold my Certificate III in Early Childhood studies. I am so excited to be a part of the Little Gems team and meet you all! I started working in early Childhood as I wanted a career that allowed me to bring fun and happiness as I love seeing the smiles on the children’s faces. A little bit about me, I have two dogs called Thor and Rio, one cat Isabella and a bird named George. If you can’t tell I love animals! On the weekend you can find me visiting friends, Shopping or spending time with my family! I look forward to meeting you all!

Madilyn – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Studying Certificate III in Early Childhood Services

Hello! My name is Madilyn and I have been working in Early Childhood since March 2020 and have started studying my Certificate II in Early Childhood. I started off studying nursing but then realised I loved working with the children and wanted to focus on this so moved into Early Childhood. This has been the best decision! I like being able to nurture and supporting their development and growth. Watching them grow and learn new skills is one of the best parts of my job. On my weekends I like to read, go to the beach and socialise with family. Some of family is on the sunny coast so I often travel up there to see them! I look forward to supporting and watching your little people grow and develop!!

Sasha – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Diploma Qualified

Hi everyone! I have been working in early childhood since August 2017 and have my diploma in early childhood. I am currently studying my dual certificate in aging support and individual support. My journey began as I loved babysitting so pursued it as a career. Having my own child also confirmed that this was a path I wanted to take. I have a 6 year old son and in our spare time we like to movies, indoor playgrounds, theme parks or anything that involves spending quality time with my son. I look forward to getting to know you and your children!

Mia – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 –

Hi, my name is Mia. I started in childcare in 2020. I’ve always loved being around children and I’ve always wanted to have a job that I will enjoy and this is it! I have a 3 year old niece who I have helped looked after since she was born and I have 2 younger sisters who I did a bit of babysitting with and  I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to work with your children and build relationships with them! I spend most of my time with my friends and family. I have a dog named Lennon who I also spend most of my time with. If I’m not with my friends family or my dog I’m probably sleeping! I am looking forward to supporting you and your children in their early childhood journey!

Aimee – Educator – In Child Care Since – Studying Bachelor

Hi Parents and Families, My name is Aimee and I began my Early Childhood journey when I was at high school. I was offered an opportunity to complete my Certificate III whilst at school and I obtained my certificate in 2017. I love watching children grow and develop new skills and being able to be apart of that is truly special. Being able to support their development and build relationships with them is a privilege. I haven’t always lived on the Gold Coast, I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and moved to the Gold Coast in 2009, and haven’t looked back! In my spare time I play netball and study. I am studying Bachelor of Education (primary) and am in my 1st year. I look forward to working with you and your children.

Ebony – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2010 – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) – On Maternity Leave

Hello! My Name is Miss Ebony, I am Bachelor Qualified and have been working in the childcare field for 8 years now. Teaching children has always been a passion of mine as I helped raise my two younger sisters. A little bit about me… I love anything that involves an adrenaline rush, I have been sky diving, bungee jumping and swimming with sharks in Hawaii, hmm what to do next… I am obsessed with every species of land animal or ocean animal especially monkeys, dogs and sharks! I have two adorable tiny toy poodles named Monkey and Simba, they are my world. My favourite movie genre has always and will always be Horror Films, nothing better then turning off all the lights and watching a scary movie for the first time 😊. I am very family orientated, I find myself most days relaxing and having a coffee with my mum, giving advice to my sisters, watching the UFC with my dad, or being spontaneous and crazy with my husband.

Amy – Educational Leader – In Child Care Since 2012 – Diploma Qualified

Hello! My name is Amy and I am the Educational Leader here at Little Gems and would like to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about myself and my role within the centre. I hold my Diploma in Children Services and have been working in the industry since 2012. Early childhood has become a passion of mine since my first nephew was born in 2009, I became fascinated in watching him learn and grow and when more nephews and nieces came along, I became even more interested in children’s development. My role as Educational Leader is to guide the educators and support them in observing and documenting your child’s learning and development. I am not only here to support the educators that care for your child but also to offer help and support to you as parents/ caregivers on any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to meeting you and your child and supporting their learning and development, please feel free to approach me or contact me anytime.