Staff at Helensvale Little Gems Child Care
Dana – Centre Director – In Child Care Since 1996 – Advanced Diploma
My name is Dana and I am the Director at Helensvale Little Gems. I have thoroughly enjoyed 21 years in Early Childhood Education, beginning as a casual assistant and working my way through to becoming a Centre Director. I have attained my qualifications all the way to Advanced Diploma, as well as completing a Cert IV in Training and Assessment in 2015. Over my years, I have had wonderful opportunities of caring for many children, watching them from very young babies, all the way to leaving kindy to go off to ‘big school’. It’s an incredible experience to provide a loving and nurturing environment for children, where they can feel safe and supported and where you can build an amazing bond with them and their families. I have been blessed with 2 children myself, and was fortunate to be able to take them with me to kindy, so I could still have the opportunity of watching them grow. I am so proud to be a part of the Little Gems family and to have the opportunity to be able to support and care for your children, and to mentor a team of amazing educators as well. I pride myself on being approachable, providing an open door policy with families, so please don’t hesitate to pop by, have a chat and share whenever you need.
Caterpillars Room – 6 weeks to 15 months
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.
Lady Bugs Room – 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.
Kara - Educator - In Child Care Since 2012 - Certificate III Qualified
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.
Fireflies - 15 months to 2 Years
Bumble Bees - 2 Years to 3 Years
Butterflies - 2 Years to 3 Years
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.
Tamieka - Educator - In Child Care Since 2017 - Studying Diploma
Hi, 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.
Nicole - Lead Educator - In Child Care Since 2001 -
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!
Dragonflies - 3 Years to 4 Years
Grasshoppers - 4 Years to 5 Years
Sarah - Early Childhood Teacher - In Child Care Since 2004 - Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Hi, my name is Sarah and I am the Kindergarten Teacher here at Little Gems. I have worked in the Early Childhood sector since 2004 and hold a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood. I have extensive experience working in different educational settings with children from many backgrounds and abilities. It is important for me as a teacher to create a classroom that nurtures and supports children’s early social and emotional development to mould independent, confident and involved learners who are ready for big school. I believe that a child’s willingness to learn is fostered by providing positive teaching practices that guide and support them through their learning journey. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the beautiful Gold Coast with my family and dabbling in photography. I am excited to see your “Little Gems” shine!
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.
Centre Support Educators
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.
Renee - Educator - In Child Care Since -
Hello, my name is Renee and I look forward to meeting you.
Courtney - Educator - In Child Care Since -
Hello, my name is Courtney and I look forward to meeting you.
Hannah- Educator - In Child Care Since -
Hello, my name is Hannah and I look forward to meeting you.