Staff at Little Gems Early Learning Maryborough
Tiffany – Director – In Child Care Since 2015 – Certificate III Qualified
My name is Tiffany, I am the Director at Little Gems Child Care & Early Learning Centre. I enjoy spending time with my son, Jasper, and in my spare time you will find me watching trashy reality TV. I am currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood. I was born in Maryborough however I spent my younger years travelling with my mum and sister in a kombi van ‘Karl’. Karl took us around Australia where I was lucky enough to visit many beautiful places and meet many amazing people from all walks of life. There are still two places in Australia I would like to tick off my bucket list and that is Uluru and Tasmania. I believe that all children are of equal importance and all deserve and need to be loved and supported so that they can learn and grow into the best version of themselves. I look forward to working with all our Little Gems families, children and staff.
Caterpillars Room – 6 weeks to 15 months
Amanda – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since – Diploma Qualified
Hi my name is Amanda and I am a lead educator at Little Gems Early Learning Centre. I have been working in childcare since 2003 and have three boys of my own, one who currently attend Little Gems. I hold my diploma of Community services which I obtained in 2007. I decided to work in the early childcare industry with the nursery age children because I enjoyed spending time with my own children and watching them grow and develop. I feel that I have the passion to help the babies grow and achieve all their developmental milestones. I share the enjoyment of these milestones being achieved with the children and parents within my room. I enjoy working close with the families of the children in my care so that I can keep within the routines they have at home, so the babies feel supported and safe within my care. I believe that children all need a loving and nurturing environment to develop their self-worth and self-esteem. I look forward to working with the families within the little gems family and watching your children grow from babies to young children and help with their development within these 5 years before they head off to school
Lady Bugs Room – 15 months to 2.5 years
April – Educator – In Child Care Since 2013 – Diploma Qualified
Hello, my name is April and I am a Lead Educator. I have been working in the childcare industry since 2013 and I am very thankful to be working with an amazing team of people, here at Little Gems Maryborough. I have many passions and beliefs when it comes to Childcare and how we should educate children. I strongly believe children are very Intelligent, imaginative, compassionate and creative beings, so with proper education, encouragement and implementation into their everyday life, they can grow and develop ever growing skills and abilities to support them all throughout their life. Sustainability, and taking care of our environment is something I am very passionate about and implementing this as much as I can with children is something I believe, benefits them in so many ways. It is extremely rewarding to me seeing your children grow and especially being a part of their journey and development, through the early stages of their life. I do the best I can to provide your child with new and exciting experiences that will entertain, teach and help your child to grow in all aspects of development. I look forward to meeting you all, your children and getting to know everyone 😊. If you have any questions that you would like to ask me, feel free to approach me.
Sarah G – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018- Certificate III Qualified
My name is Sarah and I am an Educator here at Little Gems. I have my Certificate III in Children Services which I obtained in 2014. Outside of my work I dedicate my time to my sports. I am the captain of my women’s soccer team, I also coach the under 6’s and under 7’s team and am the first female to coach at this level in my club. I also train for Athletics where I compete in 13 different sports. Over the years I have represented Maryborough, Wide Bay, Fraser Coast and Queensland in both sports. In conjunction with work and sport I am also a Girls Brigade Leader. I have been in the Girls Brigade for 12 years since joining when I was a little girl. I have a group of 10 girls who are all completely different in their ways, starting out as juniors I am lucky enough to watch the girls grow into young adults and see them chase and fulfil their dreams and goals. No matter where I am or what I’m doing I am always around children. I find working with children both challenging and rewarding but wouldn’t have it any other way.
Bumble Bees Room – 2 to 3 years
Kyla – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2004 – Diploma Qualified, Studying Bachelor
Hello, my name is Kyla I have been in childcare for over 20 years, in England and Australia. I have 4 children of my own and have been married for 20 years. We decided to bring our family over to Australia for the wonderful outdoor lifestyle. We have 2 rescue dogs, Buddy and Sassy. As a family we have links with the local community with soccer teams and Bauple markets. My girls and I like to go for walks in the park and beach finding natural play resources for me to bring in. I love working in childcare, it’s a passion of mine to help and see the young minds grow. I believe the messier the better. If you have any quires or ideas please always let me know.
Danielle – Educator – In Child Care Since 2012 – Studying Diploma
Hello my name is Danielle. I was born and raised in Hervey Bay, I attended Urangan State High School where I completed and graduated in 2008. I completed my Certificate lll in Children Services in 2011 and am currently studying my Diploma in Early Childhood and Education Care. I have been in the childcare industry for the past 5 years and since working I have loved being an educator in a childcare environment. In this time I’ve had the ability to learn, grow, guide and support within the childcare industry. My goal as an educator is to provide children with a rich environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate learning, and feel free to express themselves. I aim to provide a loving, caring, safe and home-like environment that is welcoming of all cultures, nationalities, abilities and family situations. An environment where children, parents, families and educators feel safe, secure, respected, supported and comfortable to approach myself and each other to contribute to the room, service and community. Where partnerships and friendships can be formed and maintained, lines of communication are always open and valued, help can be sought and sourced without judgement being cast, trust and credibility can be built, maintained and grow, and confidentiality is held in the up most respect. A service that has a commitment to provide high quality care and education and one that will continue to reflect upon its practices and beliefs to reflect the current needs of the community. I look forward to working with all the children and there families within the centre.
Hayleigh – Educator – In Child Care Since 2010- Certificate 111 Qualified
Hi my name is Hayleigh I am assistant educator here at Little Gems. I have worked in the child care industry for 10 years on and off between having my own children. I have lived in Maryborough all my life and have 2 amazing little boys, Chayse and Lleyton who are at school. We love the ocean and spend many weekends in our kayak and paddle boarding. I love working with children as from a young age I use to help my aunty and uncles look after my cousin which made me want to get into child care. I love working in childcare as I like seeing the children smile and to achieve so many milestones.
Centre Support Educators
Essie – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Certificate III Qualified – Studying Diploma
My name is Essie, I have my Certificate III in Children Services and I am currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I graduated at Aldridge State High School in 2014 and completed one and a half years of work placement at a local child Care Centre during this time. I began working in the childcare industry in 2016 and have loved every minute of it. My passion is working with children as I love watching them develop and helping them learn new things every day. I am a very friendly, easy-going person and I look forward to meeting you and your children.
Sarah H – Educator – In Child Care Since 2010 – Certificate III Qualified
My name is Sarah and I am an educator at Little Gems. I have two beautiful nephews and one beautiful niece who I love spending time with. I also love animals, travelling and I am an avid reader. I started working in child care in January 2010 where I started studying my Certificate III in Children’s Services which I completed in 2012. I have a strong passion for working with children and helping them reach their full potential. My aim is to help assist and guide children with their journey through their early years. I wish to inspire their learning through their interests and imaginations. I look forward to getting to know you and your family here at Little Gems.
Rebecca E – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018- Certificate III Qualified
My name is Rebecca and I’m an Educator at Little Gems. I have completed my Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2016. I believe that all children should learn in a happy and safe environment. I will contribute to their care by showing each child and their family respect, care, compassion and give them a sense of community. I find working with young children extremely rewarding. I enjoy the challenges that can sometimes be presented, along with the day to day tasks involved with working within the Early Childhood Environment. My interests and hobbies include working out at the gym, long distance running, Oz Tag and supporting my favourite NRL team. I look forward to sharing your child’s learning journey together at Little Gems Child Care.
Phi – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Certificate III Qualified
QLD Government Approved Kindergarten Program
Grasshoppers Room – 4 to 5 years – QLD Government Approved Kindergarten Program
Theresa – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2000 – Bachelor Qualified
I have been in the child care industry for the past 17 years. I started my Certificate III in community services (child care) in 2000 when I left school; once completed I went on to study my Diploma in community service in 2003, during this time I worked full time as a Lead Educator. In 2008, I decided that I was going to study my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) which I completed in December 2012. I have lived in Maryborough most of my life, but moved away for a brief time and lived in MT. Isa then Mackay and moved back to Maryborough to be closer to my family. I got married in 2010 to Trevor and we are lucky to have 2 children Aden and Chloe. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends on the weekends. I have chosen child care as a career because I love seeing the children grow up around me and I think that as a child care worker we have the most important job because children do a lot of learning in their first 5 years. I believe I have the privilege of teaching the children in this most important stage of their lives. I have been working with children of the kindergarten age for the last 5 years and in this time, I have been getting the children ready for their big journey into their schooling lives. I enjoy working in this age group as I can see the children gaining all the skills that they need to get ready for their schooling journey. I work closely with the families so we can work together for the children to achieve the best outcome . I also have a close relationship with community members which I use to include community involvement into the curriculum.
Dragonflies Room – 3 to 4 years
Rebecca N – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2004 – Diploma Qualified
My name is Rebecca and I’m a Lead Educator at Little Gems. I have been working in the child care industry for the past 13 years. I completed my Certificate III in Children’s Services while working through a traineeship which I completed in 2006, after completing this I then continued further with my studies by completing my diploma in 2008 and advanced diploma in early 2009 just before the birth of my first child. I then took a little break from working in centre based care to working from home doing family day care for the past six and a half years until both of my children had started school this year. I find working with children to be both challenging and enjoyable as children are always growing, developing and teaching me new things every day. I am looking forward to working with both you and your family during your time spent at Little Gems.
Kindergarten Support Educators
Gabby – Educator – In Child Care Since 2002- Certificate III Qualified
My name is Gabby and I have been working in the Child Care industry since 2002 and obtained my Certificate III in Children’s Services through a Traineeship in 2003. I have experience working as an educator in various age groups and centres. I find working with Toddlers both rewarding and satisfying, helping them develop and grow. I also enjoy implementing new ideas to encourage children’s learning and play. I am a mother of 2 young children who also attend Little Gems with me. I look forward to getting to know you and your children and working with you in partnership with you on their journey.