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
Leonie – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since – Diploma Qualified
Hello beautiful families and children of Caterpillars, my name is Leonie, you are welcome to call me Miss Leo if you like. I thought it would be nice to tell you a little about myself, and I can not wait to meet everyone and build some quality bonds. I’m very adventurous, outdoorsy, overly caring, hyper, giggly and fun and I want to show you and your children all of my qualities! My goal is for your children to have a strong understanding of the world we live in and all it’s glory to explore nature, a sustainable future, and creative ways to have fun, just like I did. I love parent input and extending and reflecting on your child’s memories and moments they spend with you, to then spend with each other as a group in the Caterpillar family. I can’t wait to meet you all and start this exciting adventure.
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.
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.
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.
Fireflies – 15 months to 2 Years
Helena – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2011 – Diploma Qualified
Hello my name is Helena. I am originally from England but immigrated with my family to Australia for the lovely sunshine! We have been here for 8 years now and have recently become Australian citizens. I have 3 beautiful children that I adore. I have my Diploma in Children’s Services, and I’m looking forward to implementing all my experiences into Little Gems. I enjoy creating a warm and positive environment for children to feel safe, secure and supported to learn at their own pace.
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.
Bumble Bees – 2 Years to 3 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.
Josh – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Studying Certificate III
Hello, my name is Josh, I am currently studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. I have 2 older sisters, and 2 younger brothers and I love spending time with my family. Both of my parents are Police Officers and I love being active, playing sports and engaging with music. Although I have just started my journey in childcare, early education is important to me as I believe it can be the most important years of a person’s life. I want to assist children in discovering their own identity and embracing who they are as individuals in their learning journey. In my spare time I enjoy surfing, basketball and playing rugby. I play guitar, drums, piano and bass guitar also. I am a reliable and trustworthy person that looks forward to developing my skills within Little Gems, and the Childcare Sector.
Maria – Educator – In Child Care Since 2013 – Masters of Teaching – Early Childhood
Hi, I am Maria, a wife and mother to 4 beautiful children, (twin daughters who are 22, another daughter who is 20 and an 18 year old son). In our spare time my husband and I love to explore new places, particularly the great outdoors. I love the idea of staying fit and healthy but sometimes the temptation of delicious food and the thought of sitting back and relaxing is too strong to resist. I have been in the early childhood sector for more than 5 years. I enjoy engaging with young children, I delight in their curiosity, their excitement and creativity. I am committed to supporting and nurturing all young children, regardless of ability, race, circumstance or gender.
Dragonflies – 2.5 Years to 4 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!
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
Ebony – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2010 – Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)
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.
Amber – Educator – 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.
Centre Support Educators
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.
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.
Sharon – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Certificate Qualified
Hello my friends, my name is Miss Sharon and I have happily been in the industry since 2017. My hobbies include dancing, nature walks, yoga retreats and dinner parties. I have quite a multicultural family. I have 3 children one born in Greece, one in England and one here in Australia. I have lived in Australia since 2005 and absolutely love it!!. I am so happy to be part of the Little Gems family and look forward to connecting and building relationships with you and your children.
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.
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.
Shardai – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Studying
Hi, I’m Shardai and I look forward to meeting you
Courtney – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Certificate III Qualified
Hi, I’m Courtney. I completed my Certificate III at school through a traineeship and have been in the Early Childhood profession since 2015. Early Childhood Education is my passion, it started when I was working with kids in athletics and I really love watching them learn, grow and develop. I live at home with my mother, father and two younger sisters. We are originally from Melbourne and moved to the Gold Coast in 2015 it was very different, but we have liked it to date. Some of my hobbies that I like to do is play netball, athletics and staying fit. I look forward to learning more about the industry and about my role along with meeting all the children and their families.
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.
Kara – Educator – In Child Care Since 2012 – Certificate III Qualified – (on maternity leave)
Hello my name is Kara, I have been working in child care since 2012 and love every day of it, I have worked with children from 6 weeks to 6 yrs Old. I have studied my certificate III in Children’s Services in 2011 and have worked in the sector since then. I am a huge family oriented person, I enjoy sitting at the beach/parks with a picnic and soaking up the scenery with my children. I am a mum of 2 boys, Jett 4 years and Hudson 16 months. I’m an animal lover, and love exploring the outdoors. I have a passion for working with children and am very excited to be part of the Little Gems family, getting to know all the families that come through our doors, to care for your children, watching them grow into strong and independent young people.