Staff at Jimboomba Little Gems Early Learning
- Caterpillars Room – 6 Weeks to 15 Months
- Lady Bugs Room – 15 Months to 2 Years
- Bumble Bees Room – 2 Years to 3 Years
- Dragonflies Room – 3 Years to 4 Years
- Grasshoppers Room – 4 Years to 5 Years
Bonny – Director – In Child Care Since 2003 – Advanced Diploma Qualified
Hi, my name is Bonny. I currently hold my Advanced Diploma in Children Services and I have been in the sector since 2003. During this time, I have experienced and had the opportunity to work within all age groups throughout my journey in Child Care and I am always willing to extend my knowledge in Early Education. I have had the opportunity to work my way through my career, starting from a Centre Support Educator and working my way up to a Directors position. I have managed other centres where I have strived to achieve the best quality care and have worked with a highly dedicated team. I have 4 amazing children that have kept me very busy over the last 9 years. This has kept me very passionate about the role I do, not only as a mother but as an Educator as well. I find it very rewarding to be working with children as you get to see them learn, develop and grow and being a part of their development. I look forward to meeting you all and building positive relationships. Please feel free to contact me at anytime, our door is always open.
Caterpillars – 6 Weeks to 15 Months
Jac – Lead Educator & Assistant Director – In Child Care Since 2009 – Diploma Qualified
Hello, My name is Jacqueline but everyone calls me Jac and I am a Lead Educator at Little Gems Child Care and Early Learning Centre at Jimboomba. I have been in the childcare industry since 2009. In that time I have completed my certificate III and my Diploma in Children’s Services. I love working with children, it’s so rewarding as we are able to build positive relationships with not only the children in our care but the families too. As an educator I am filled with pride when I see the children in my care strive and reach their goals. I strive to create a loving happy and positive environment for children to play and learn and of course have fun. I look forward to caring for your child and getting to know you.
Jessica – Educator – In Child Care Since 2014 – Certificate III Qualified
Hello My name is Jessica and I have been working within the child care industry since 2014. I believe that these first few years of a child’s life are the most important years before starting school as it helps with their confidence/personalities, their social skills, language and physical developments. I love seeing the little ones accomplish so much each day. I have been passionate in this position since I began my studies in 2012 – 2013 & every day makes me proud for what I do and love my job even more. I also have a son of my own who has made me change who I am not only as an educator but also as a mother and my perspectives on my teachings and belief’s. I believe every child is a super hero, they all have different powers, but they are all as equal as one another. I am looking forward to getting to know all families & thank you for allowing me to take part in your child/s learning.
Lady Bugs – 15 Months to 2 Years
Debbie – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2009 – Certificate III Qualified, Studying Diploma
My name is Debbie and I have two teenage boys, one husband, three cats and one puppy dog, so my house is rather chaotic at times! I have been in childcare since 2009 when my youngest child started school. It was a big career change, as I had spent 15 years working in Property Management, but I feel that I have truly found my purpose in Childcare and Early Education. I have been working with Dorette for about since 2015 and thoroughly enjoy our days, however crazy it can be! We work well together and share the same passion and philosophy with regards to our “babies” and endeavour to give them the love, comfort and encouragement they need. We are excited to get to know your children and your family and look forward to being a part of your child’s learning journey
Chloe – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Studying Diploma
My name is Chloe and I am an educator at Little Gems Early Learning Centre, Jimboomba. I am just starting off in childcare and studying for my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have always had a passion for helping and caring for young children and I hope to one day go into supporting young children with disabilities. I have 4 siblings, 3 of them are younger which is where my love of children may have come from. My older sister is also in childcare herself and is one of my biggest role models. I look forward to my study and this new career. I am excited to get to know you and your children.
Shelli – Educator – In Child Care Since 2013 – Certificate III Qualified
My name is Shelli, and I an educator at Little Gems Jimboomba. I have been in Early Child Care on and off since 2013, in various age groups and positions. I pride myself in being an all-rounder and strive to support and nurture and understand your child’s needs, wants, and just moments of concern, and uncertainty. During the learning years of many children and many educators, we learn lots, we achieve lots, and we all do this how we want and with whatever learning tool works for us, everyone learns differently, and everyone is different, so bringing out your child’s individuality and being their own little person is super important to me. I feel honoured to have that opportunity to share in these stepping stones. As educators we have many different theorists and psychologists that we must utilise or share their learning habitats, but my favourite is – children are sponges, they will absorb everything from you – good, bad, educational, your mood, other people’s moods and so on.. It is rewarding to be able to give back to them, and watch them shine. Please feel free to introduce yourself to me and I will do the same, I am looking forward to working in a great new busy environment.
Bumble Bees – 2 Years to 3 Years
Tiff – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2016 – Studying Diploma
Hi my name is Tiff. My goal as an early childhood educator is to inspire, motivate and guide your children during their time in our room. How do I plan to do this I hear you ask…. By creating magical, creative learning environments for your child to explore that are based around their interests. Encouraging them to try new and exciting experiences that will test their limits and keep them pushing their comfort zones. Lastly but most importantly showing your child that no matter what, I am here for them when they’re scared, happy, frustrated or confused. I am currently studying my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and when I’m not hitting the books I am having real life training while raising my three energetic children that teach me endless lessons each and every day. As an educator I look for inspiration through people that have shaped my life: Walt Disney- “Our Greatest natural resource is in the minds of our children”. Albert Einstein – “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Maria Montessori – “Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.” I look forward to getting to know your family and children during our journey of learning together.
Amy Lee – Educator – In Child Care Since 2009 – Certificate III Qualified
Hi my name is Miss Amy Lee . I enjoy camping, nature walks, jet ski and exploring the beach and ocean. My goal as a educator is to provide children with a rich environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate learning, and feel free to express their personalities. I believe that life is all about gaining knowledge and sharing what we have learned with others. I feel that education is a lifelong process and the building blocks of learning are developed in the early stages of life. I see each child as a unique individual with different ways to learn and able to make positive contributions to those around him or her. I strive to provide an environment where children and families from different cultural backgrounds feel welcomed and accepted. I seek to form a close relationship with each child and their families and look forward to becoming a part of the Little Gems team.
Maddi – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Studying Diploma
Hello my name is Maddison, but you can call me Maddi. I have been in childcare for over a year now and have enjoyed every minute working with children, I am very excited to continue my journey here at Little Gems, as well as meet all the families. I am currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood and Care at Tafe Queensland, and hope to be finished by before the end of year. I believe the early years in a child’s life is a crucial time for their development. These years are what makes your child the person they are meant to be. This is the time that they will develop their communication skills, their cognitive skills, and the ability to explore and use their imagination. I am a very strong believer in play based activities, as it gives the children the chance to extend on their ability to process ideas and bring them to life. I encourage children to express their opinions and thoughts and always support them to embrace their differences. I will make sure that I implement this everyday by building positive relationships with your children. It is important for the children to feel safe and cared for in the service, and they should always be reminded that they are important.
Dragonflies – 3 Years to 4 Years
Sarah – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2014 – Certificate III Qualified
My name is Sarah Bernstein and I am studying my diploma in Early Childhood Education at TAFE QLD Brisbane. I am one of 7 so I’ve always grown up around children and I think this is where my love for being around children has come from. I am a huge family person and I always love getting involved in my family sports we all play soccer and have a huge love for the game. I have always coached my little brother and sister teams and I believe that this has help me become a better educator as its gives me fun and creative learning ideas to do with the children interest. I love being creative as I also have my diploma in photography and love to share my creative side with the children and show it around the room. I am a very bright and happy person who always loves a challenge. I have been working full time in childcare since 2014. My goals as an educator is to fill the child learning environment with fun and love. I want my class to have fun while exploring and learning many different skills that will develop their learning for their bright futures. I am always interested in parent’s opinions and new ideas or just to have a chat about their child’s day.
Juliet – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2013 – Diploma Qualified
Hello my name is Juliet. I have been working as a child care educator since 2013. I currently hold my certificate III and Diploma in child care. During my 4 years I’ve had the opportunity to be an assistant and group leader. I believe that children should have the structure and support to be whoever they want to be. This relies on the child care educators who look after them in their early years as they attend child care. With this learning is a big concept on how children learn including physical, cognitive, communication, social and emotional development. Therefore as a child care educator, my plan is to implement a safe, fun, positive and nurturing ongoing learning through different experiences. Security and trust I feel is a very important component with the relationship with the children. As a child care educator I will also provide an environment where the children feel loved and cared for. Children need to feel nurtured and know that they are safe. A bond can build between educator and children and that bond will also be positive. With all children being unique in different ways, as an educator I will show and cater to all and every child’s needs and learning developments. Children are out future and as educators we should do what we can to assist them to be what they want to be. Having children feel that they are loved and that they belong. For children to feel belonged they won’t be afraid to show their true colours. Children are amazing little humans who are so special and I’m privileged to be able to be part of their lives
Grasshoppers – Kindergarten Program – 4 Years to 5 Years
Karen – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2007 – Studying Bachelor of Education (Early childhood & Primary)
Hello, My name is Karen and I am a mother of three precious children; Kimberley (22), Riley (10) and Tyler (8). My Husband, Matt, and I have moved from Ormeau and are looking forward to calling Jimboomba our home. I initially wanted a large family of ten children, but then my husband introduced me into childcare where my love and passion for children grew stronger. I am currently studying at the University of Southern Queensland for my Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood and I have a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I am a dedicated and passionate advocate for children’s learning and care, and have two years of experience working within a kindergarten approved centre and an additional 10 years of experience with working within age groups ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years. I have experience and a special interest in helping and supporting the needs of children with disabilities and behavioural difficulties. I believe in each child and they all have something very special to offer, it’s my commitment to ensure they do. I find this comes naturally to me and gives me a deep sense of personal satisfaction. I believe the quality of education a child receives in early life is essential in bringing out that person’s potential, and that all children should have access to quality learning and care. This is entwined within the Early Years Learning Framework, whose principles I fully support. I look forward to meeting you and your child(ren), while building strong partnerships with you both – a place where I can continue to help children learn in a fun, creative and safe environment, contributing to their growth and wellbeing, as they get ready to transition to primary school.
Leah – Educator – In Child Care Since 2001 – Diploma Qualified
Hello, My name is Leah and I have been working in the Child Care and Education Industry since 2001, in both Queensland and New South Wales, within Child Care Centres and as a Private Nanny and hold my Diploma in Children’s Services. When I am not working I enjoy going on Road Trips, Camping, Music – listening to and watching LIVE, Photography, and spending time with friends. In relation to children’s education and care, I believe: That children have the right to learn in a safe, secure, and supportive environment to become independent, resilient, and have the capability to interact positively with others. In the importance of children feeling a sense of belonging within the Centre, that children become aware of, and contribute to, the importance of showing respect for their environment, peers, and educators. In children becoming strong in their social and emotional well-being, and taking responsibility for their own health and well-being. In children learning through curiosity and imaginative play to develop problem solving skills, adapting things from outside the Centre to their play in care, by connecting positively with peers and educators. That children’s verbal and non-verbal communication is important to be acknowledged equally as their form of expressing feelings and ideas. That all children are individual, and such are treated as individuals. Children learn through play, and to help achieve this, I aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment that is age appropriate. Play based learning is developed through child initiated and educator activities, where experiences are extended upon appropriately to further develop the children’s interests and skills. In providing a flexible routine for children to grow, learn, and explore their environment. That supporting families and having continuous communication is important to remain up to date with family affairs, changes to circumstances, and development issues that families wish to address.
Centre Support Educators
Maddie – Educator – Years in Child Care 2016 – Certificate III Qualified
Hi my name is Maddie and I have my Certificate III in Children’s Services. I have worked with children since I was fresh out of high school and am very passionate about early education. I believe that children should have the structure and support to be whoever they want to be. This relies on the child care educators who look after them in their early years as they attend child care. With this learning is a big concept on how children learn including physical, cognitive, communication, social and emotional development. Therefore as a child care educator, my plan is to implement a safe, fun, positive and nurturing ongoing learning through different experiences. I look forward to building a relationship with your family.
Tiffany – Educator – In Child Care Since 2011 – Diploma Qualified
My name is Tiffany and I am a support educator at Little Gems Child Care and Early Learning Centre at Jimboomba. I have been in the child care industry since 2007 with a 6 year gap in the middle to have my eldest son. I am a Mum of 2 young boys. I am passionate about working with young children as I love being apart of their lives> I love helping them to develop and learn to the best of their abilities. I love building relationships with each and every child and family. I feel that it is very important as there needs to be trust and building a relationship is the best way to build that trust. I look forward to getting to know each and everyone and your child.
Nicola – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Studying Diploma
My name is Nicola and I am one of the educators here at Little Gems. I have my Certificate III in Education Support and am currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I started working with school aged children as a teacher aide in 2016, and towards the end of 2016, started work at Jimboomba outside school hour’s care up until now. To me there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a young child develop both physically and mentally in front of your own eyes. This was the most amazing thing to watch while I worked at the school as I watched the Preps from their very first day of school to the very last day. This is why I have taken on studying my Diploma. Watching children grow into their little personalities is truly the best thing to watch. I myself am a mother of 2. My children have taught me to be patient, nurturing, caring and have brought out the inner child in myself. As an educator in the room, I endeavour to be all of this and more. To provide a happy and inviting environment full of laughter and play. To let your children explore their surroundings. But to also let them teach me of how they think, engage and develop both physically and mentally. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” Walt Disney. I look forward to getting to know all our families over the next few weeks and am excited to spend time with all the children.
Tash – Educator – In Child Care Since 2013 – Studying Diploma
My name is Natasha, but you can call me Tash. I have been working in childcare since 2013, and currently studying my Diploma in Early Childhood. Before working in childcare, I was working as an administration assistant at Sarina Russo Schools in Brisbane city. I live with my partner and we have a 6-month-old son together. I’m a country girl, and on the weekend’s we are mostly at our mate’s farm helping. I believe children are capable and competent learners, that learn through play. I will provide children the opportunity to explore, discover, create and imagine. The environment plays a major role in the success of the program. The program enhances the children’s interests in all developmental domains. In planning my program, I will provide developmentally appropriate activities where children are able to have the opportunity to master new challenges through activities that are meaningful to them. This will help the children build their self-esteem and to become more confident in themselves. Looking forward to teaching all your children throughout the year 😊
Lauren – Educator – In Child Care Since 2010 – Diploma Qualified
Hello! My Name is Lauren and I’m a Centre Support Educator at Little Gem’s Early Learning. I stumbled across my passion for early childhood education when I left high school studying childcare and taking up work at a childcare centre which very quickly became my family for three years. This was back in 2010! I hold my Diploma in children’s services and have used this degree to help me travel the world, taking me to London to Nanny for two years bringing home with me so much excitement and new found knowledge to bring back to Australia with me.
While living in the UK I discovered a new passion – health & fitness. So after settling back in to Australian life I began to study for my own personal interest and at the end of my course I couldn’t leave it at just that. I am now a Full Time Personal Trainer running my own business and working part time in Childcare. This allows me to juggle two professions which compliment each other so nicely allowing me to encourage healthy lifestyles in children and assist parents in being able to reach their own health and fitness goals.
Brittany – Educator – In Child Care Since – Study Diploma
Hello. My name is Miss Brittany and I am a support educator at Little Gems Jimboomba. I am studying my Diploma in Early Childhood Education at Australian Child Care Career Options. I am the eldest of three girls in my family. My family is originally from Canada and we have lived in Australia for the past eight years. I am passionate about working with children. I hope to promote their wellbeing and their development in a positive and happy environment. I enjoy engaging children in crafts, games and outdoor activities. My goal as an Assistant Educator is to make each child feel safe and cared for.
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.