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 2003 – Diploma Qualified
Hi my name is Amanda and I am a lead educator here at Little Gems. I have been working in childcare since 2003 and have three boys of my own, two 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.
Breanna – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Certificate III Qualified, Studying Diploma
Hi my name is Breanna, Bree for short. I have currently a cert 3 in children services and half way through completing my diploma. I have been working in the childcare industry since 2018 and have enjoyed every moment of it. I have always had a passion for working with children, I love being able to guide and help children to the best of there ability, I find this job amazing and rewarding. I myself have 2 beautiful children who I love watching grow up. I’m very easy going and always here for a chat. I look forward to meeting you and guiding your children along the way.
Lady Bugs Room – 15 months to 2.5 years
April – Educator – In Child Care Since 2012 – Diploma Qualified
My name is April, I was raised in Maryborough and am a local. I went to Aldridge State High School and finished in 2011, where I then ventured into starting my Diploma of Early Childhood in 2012 and completed my studies late 2014. I am a huge animal lover and I own quite a few fur babies of my own, which are Pilot the Husky and Theo & Hamish, which are both rescue cats. I also love to give back to the less fortunate animals by volunteering and supporting my local animal refuge. My hobbies include art, photography, beauty, fitness, exploring and spending time with those I love. I have been working in the childcare industry for about 4 years and I am more than thankful to have the privilege of working with such a wonderful team here at Little Gems. I have a lot of beliefs when it comes to childcare and how we should educate children. I strongly believe that children are very intelligent, imaginative and creative beings and with the proper education, encouragement and implementation, they can grow and develop their skills and abilities. It is extremely rewarding to me seeing your children grow and especially being a part of their journey and development through life, by doing my hardest to create and think of new experiences and activities your child can have here at Little Gems. I look forward to meeting yourself and your children and getting to know you all!
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 2002 – Diploma Qualified
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.
Jet – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Diploma Qualified
Hi, my name is Jet and I have completed my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in TAFE Mooloolaba. I love to work with children as they remind me how life should be lived. I have always been passionate understanding children’s learning development and my work experiences in different countries and childcare centres have opened my eyes that children’s experiences can have positive influence on their development and readiness in school and in life. I was born in the Philippines and moved here in Australia in 2017. I love travelling and exploring countries and places I have never been. It taught me that learning is dynamic and every culture, tradition and belief is beautiful and unique.
Hayleigh – Educator – In Child Care Since 2010 – Certificate III Qualified
Hi, my name is Hayleigh and I am assistant educator. 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 used 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 mile stones.
Sophie – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Studying Certificate III
My name is Sophie and I look forward to getting to know you
QLD Government Approved Kindergarten Program
Grasshoppers Room – 4 to 5 years – QLD Government Approved Kindergarten Program
Melissa – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2009 – Bachelor Qualified
Hello my name is Melissa. My role is the Kindergarten Teacher in the Grasshoppers room. For nine years I have been teaching children in schools, kindergartens and family day care. In 2008 I completed my Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in second language after living in France for six months. I then studied to gain my Diploma in Children’s Services to focus on Early Childhood Teaching. My aim is to create an inclusive environment where the children can learn through play and develop an understanding of the world around us. I love working with the kindy age group with their inquisitive nature and love of learning through active play! I live with my husband, two children (Archer and Ronin) and my dog, Bingo. My hobbies include reading, games and spending time with family – bowling, swimming or going to the park.
Angela – Educator – In Child Care Since 2012 – Diploma Qualified
Hello my name is Angela and I look forward to meeting you
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.
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.
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.
Centre Support Educators
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.
Elizabeth - Educator - In Child Care Since - Certificate III Qualified, Studying Diploma
My name is Elizabeth and I look forward to getting to know you
Rebecca M - Educator - In Child Care Since 2002 - Certificate III Qualified
Gina - Educator - In Child Care Since 2017 - Certificate III Qualified
My name is Gina and I look forward to getting to know you
Melinda - Educator - In Child Care Since 2020 - Studying Certificate III
My name is Melinda and I look forward to getting to know you
Helen - Educator - In Child Care Since -
My name is Helen and I look forward to getting to know you
Essie - Lead Educator - In Child Care Since 2017 - Certificate III Qualified - Studying Diploma - Maternity Leave
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.
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.