Staff at Little Gems Early Learning Albany Creek

Hayley – Director – In Child Care Since 2003- Diploma Qualified

My name is Hayley I am the Director for Little Gems. I have been working within the childcare industry since 2003. I hold a Diploma of Children’s Services and worked in a variety of roles before coming a Director. I am a mother of three children, Cooper, Ruby and Brodie. I feel very lucky that I am in a profession that allows me to see my children throughout the day whilst giving me job satisfaction. I think I will always be a country girl at heart growing up in Katherine in the Northern Territory. In my spare time you will find me hanging out with my family, and if I am really lucky getting stuck in to a sewing project. Patchwork quilts are my passion. I am an easy going, approachable person so if you ever have any questions, queries, or complaints please don’t hesitate to discuss them with me. I will always try my very best to help in any way I can.

Jaime – Assistant Director – In Child Care Since 2013 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Jaime and I am the Assistant Director here at Little Gems. I started at Little Gems in February 2013 and that’s when I began my journey and started studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and then went on to do my Diploma in Children’s Services. I am a sister of three, Ashleigh my older sister who also works here at Little Gems and a younger sister Libby. I have lived in Brisbane my whole life and I love this area. I live with my family and our family of Chihuahuas. I must say I love watching the development of each and every child’s learning journey. It is truly amazing to watch children grow and develop as they get older. I’m an easy going, trustful and respectful person and I’m always willing to take on board any advice given to me.

Glow Worm’s Room – 6 Weeks to 15 Months

Caterpillar’s Room – 6 Weeks to 15 Months

Anne M – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 1974 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Anne and I am one of the Lead Educator at Little Gems. I have been working at the centre since it opened in January 2007, spending most of the time in the younger rooms. I completed by Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2009 and my Diploma in Children’s Services in July 2012. I have worked with children my entire working life and find the vocation both challenging and rewarding. On a more personal level I have two girls, both grown and working; one in childcare as well, and the other in retail. In 2016 I was blessed with a beautiful grandson, Carter, who I just adore. I believe family and friends are the most important part of life and I try to spend as much time with them as I can. I am looking forward to caring for your child and getting to know you.

Sarah – Educator – In Child Care Since 2005 – Certificate III Qualified

Hi my name is Sarah, I started working in the Childcare industry in 2005 and obtained my Certificate III in Children’s Services in the same year. I had a break from the industry for a few years and returned with a new passion for caring and understanding children after having my own. I love interacting with children and letting them guide me on the journey their imagination takes them on. No two children are the same and nor are the adventures so everyday is different, exciting and rewarding. Please feel free to come and have a chat if you need anything as I’m a very approachable person.

Ashleigh – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2010 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Ashleigh and I’m a Lead Educator here at Little Gems. I have two sisters Jaime and Libby and a beautiful baby girl Patsy-Mae who attends Little Gems with me. I completed my Certificate III in 2008 through school and continued to work in childcare when I graduated high school. In 2012 I completed my Diploma. I decided to work in the industry because I love caring for children and helping them develop. I like to do arts and crafts and am always looking for new ideas. I am a very loud, open and clumsy individual and can’t imagine myself working in any other industry because I love children, love watching them grow, play and learn and I’m a big kid at heart.

Lady Bugs Room – 15 months to 2.5 years

Amy – Lead Educator & Educational Leader – In Child Care Since 2012 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Amy and I am a Lead Educator and the centres Educational Leader. I have been working within this centre since February 2012. I finished my Certificate III in 2010 and completed my Diploma in Children Services in 2014. I love the challenge of learning more about the childcare industry. My interest in childcare happened when my nephew was born in 2009. He made me became more and more interested in how children grow and learn new things. I wanted to be part of that learning experience and to help children learn and develop important life skills. In my spare time you would find me scrapbooking, painting, taking photographs or photo editing, reading, spending time with my husband and playing with my puppies Sookie, Simba and Sadie and my bird Zazu. I am an easy going person and I look forward to getting to know you and your children. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss them with me and I will try my best to help.

Tegan – Educator – In Child Care Since 2014 – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Tegan, I graduated from High School in the year 2013. I also graduated from TAFE in 2013 with my Certificate III in Children’s services. I have since completed my Diploma in early childhood and care. I also hold my Asthma, Anaphylaxis and First aid. I began working in the childcare industry at the beginning of 2014 and I am still loving it to this day. I enjoy watching the children grow and strive to reach new milestones each day. I currently live in Lawnton with my fiancé, son Levi, Daughter Dakota (Koko) and pet dog named Mayhem whom lives up to his name. I enjoy being around family and friends and the outdoors and try to go camping as much as possible throughout the year. I love to play hockey and have done so since 2008 and hope to return this year after having a few years maternity leave. I’m a very happy out going person and very approachable, so please feel free to have a conversation with me. I can’t wait to get to know you all.

Jam – Educator – In Child Care Since 2021 – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Jam and I have completed my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. I did my placement here at Little Gems during my study. I am very passionate in being able to provide a high-quality education and guidance to the children. I love being surrounded by children, it makes me happy when I get to know and spend time with them. Having the chance to teach them, be a part of their learning stages and development, is truly a special and memorable experience. I’m looking forward to seeing you and your little gem around. 

Alyssa – Educator – In Child Care Since 2008 – Diploma Qualified

My names Alyssa and I hold my Diploma of Children Services. I’ve been working in early childhood since 2008 and I love it, I really enjoyed watching the children in my care grow and develop into unique individuals, I believe children are our future and should be supported and encourage to follow their dreams. I’m lucky enough to spend my quiet time with my wonderful partner Daniel and together we have a beautiful little son named Alexander, we also have two dogs Euphemia and Potato and a cat called Gilbert plus a pet snake named Geoffrey. I’m looking forward to supporting you and your child/ren with growing and developing.

Fireflies Room – 15 Months to 2.5 Years

Anne – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 1991 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Anne and I have been working at the centre since 2007 when it first opened. I am originally from Wellington, New Zealand and I enjoy going back to New Zealand on occasion to see my family, though they all live in Auckland. I come from a relatively large family with three brothers and a sister, most whom have married and have their own children. I have been married to Travis since 2007 also, we have no two legged children but one beautiful four legged Boxer called Jazz. I have been working in the early childhood field ever since I left school in 1989. I went to the Wellington Collage of Education where I successfully completed my Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. In all this time I have discovered my passion lies in the under 4’s. I love fostering and supporting a child’s independence. In the room I aim to be co-constructor of knowledge with the toddlers, working alongside them in their learning journey. I understand Toddlers to be focused on the here and now, impulsive, energetic, determined and they like to gain control over their world by testing limits. I look forward to getting to know you all.

Jade – Educator – In Child Care Since  – Diploma Qualified

My name is Jade and I am an Educator at Little Gems. I am having a fantastic time here, spending quality time with the children, families and fellow Educators. Growing up, I always had a passion to become a teacher and Educator in the industry. I have completed my Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services. I enjoy reading and travelling. My travel experiences have taught me the importance of values and culture in expressing one’s identity. Currently I have no pets and my favourite colour is green and blue. My favourite foods are Nutella, Potato Bake and Rockmelon. Just not all together though 😊. I can come across a little shy, very attentive with a bubbly personality. I look forward to sharing your child’s learning adventures at Little Gems.

Bumble Bees Room – 2 Years to 3 years

Andrea – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2014 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Andy and I graduated from Albany Creek State High School in 2011 and since then have obtained my Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services. I’ve worked at Little Gems since 2014 and I am still enjoying the journey. I currently live with my partner Stefan after living with my mum & dad locally. I am also the youngest of three with two older brothers who are both married with daughters of their own. Looking after and playing with my nieces, Arianna, Penny and Lexi is what interested me into starting to work in the industry. Since starting my career, I have learnt so much about children and how they grow and learn. I love being a part of their journey throughout their younger years. I hope to become a familiar face to you and your child/ren this year and will be happy to help with any questions and concerns you may have.

Tegan C- Educator – In Child Care Since 2021 – Studying Certificate III

Hello, my name is Tegan. I recently graduated high school from Craigslea State High School in 2020 with a Certificate II in Health Support Services through TAFE. After leaving school I had a change of heart and decided that working with children in Early Education was right for me. I have always wanted to work with children, being able to watch them learn and grow is such a rewarding experience for me. I have studied my certificate III in Early Childhood Education and this year I have plans to start my Bachelor of Primary Education through ACU. I look forward to a great year this year and getting to know all of the children and their families!

Robert – Educator – In Child Care Since 2019 – Certificate III Qualified

Hi my name is Robert, I left school in 2017 and have been working in childcare for since 2019. I have my certificate III in early childcare and one day will go on to study my diploma. I love working in this field of work, the children are excellent and amazing to spend time with. Watching them grow over and develop of time is the most rewarding part. I might look a little bit scary but I’m pretty easy to talk to. I look forward to being a part of helping your child grow.

Butterflies Room – 2 Years to 3 years

Katie – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2015 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Katie and I am an Educator here at Little Gems. Before this I was a full time student studying my Diploma in Children’s Services at Caboolture, Brisbane North Institute of Tafe. I have also completed my certificate III in children’s services. My interests are Observing Children and how they play and develop. My hobbies are cooking/baking and spending time with my family and friends. My personal Philosophy is that I believe all children have the right to have a safe, loving environment that allows them to explore their world in Independence. I believe that there is no child that is exactly the same and that is what makes a child unique and an individual.

Rosa – Educator – In Child Care Since 2004 – Bachelor of Education (Primary)

My name is Rosa. I have been working at Little Gems since 2013. I started off as the ECT for the centre but as my child got older I found that my passion was working with the younger children. I have both my Bachelor of Education degree (Primary) and Diploma in children services. I have always loved working with children regardless of what age. I have enjoyed just being in their presence, talking to them, listening to the conversations between children, observing their play, seeing their imaginations come alive, being part of their lives and seeing their eyes light up when they discover something new or when they have mastered something they have tried so long and hard to do. If I haven’t already done so, I can’t wait to meet you and your children, work together in providing a nurturing and supportive learning environment, playing alongside your children and going on their individual learning journeys.

Crickets Rooms – 2.5 Years to 3.5 years

Bec – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2011 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Bec. I have worked in the childcare industry since 2011. In my personal life, I am the happiest mother ever to 6 amazing adult children and grandmother to 9 little cherubs. I have a background in Hospitality Management, but in 2011 I decided to use my life experience with my own children and made a career change into the Early Childhood setting and studied my Certificate III to which I then went on to continue my learning journey and completed my Diploma. Everyday, piece by piece, I try my very best to add and build your child’s abilities and strengths so they become capable, confident, polite and well-mannered little people. I take delight and find satisfaction in watching your most prized possessions grow and become independent little people, each developing their own personalities and characteristics, that I hoped to have played a part in. I thoroughly enjoy looking after your ‘Little Gems.’

Ashleigh – Educator – In Child Care Since 2011 – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Ashleigh and I’ve been working in childcare since early 2011. I completed my certificate III in the beginning of 2012 and have worked in the industry until I had my own son in 2013. I began my journey with Little Gems as a parent first in 2015 when my son started in the Ladybug’s room. In 2017 I joined the team as an educator and have loved every minute of it. As well as being a busy mum and educator, I am also studying business at university full time. I have always loved caring for children and watching them grow into little amazing individuals. I look forward to welcoming you and your child/ren to the Little Gems family.

Dragonflies – Kindergarten Program – 4 Years to 5 years

Anneleise – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2008 – Bachelor of Education (Primary & Early childhood)

My name is Anneleise and I am a Kindergarten teacher. I have completed my Bachelor of Education in 2006 and previous to that I completed my Certificate III in Children Services. I took time away from teaching to be a mum to my four children. I have worked across many different age groups but really enjoy learning and growing with the younger children. I am passionate about children as they deserve lots of love and attention to support their growth, I feel our job is one of the most important jobs. I love watching children grow and develop and what better way to do that then in Childcare. I see myself as an easy going person and I hope to build strong trustworthy relationships with families, children and Educators here at Little Gems.

Tiane – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Tiane and I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. My Passion for this industry started when I was only 15. I became an aunt for the first time but it wasn’t till after I started my own family that I was to pursue this passion of mine and begin studying the career of my dreams. I am also a mother to a lovely little girl that I adore. I love being an active part of your child’s life here at Little Gems and cannot wait to watch them grow and learn. I believe in being a positive role model in your child’s life and helping to shape them into confident adults with a positive approach to life and educating them in caring for our environment. In my spare time I love to relax and take my daughter out on little play dates where she can learn and discover new things.

Grasshoppers – Kindergarten Program – 3.5 Years to 5 years

Tahlia – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2013- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary)

My name is Tahlia and I have been working in the childcare industry since 2013. I hold a bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary which I completed in 2014. I then returned to university and studied a graduate certificate in Special Education. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and watching them grow and learn. I believe that each child is a unique individual. I therefore endeavor to provide a safe and secure environment that will meet each child’s developmental needs. I believe as an Educator it is important to work collaboratively with families therefore, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to approach me. I look forward to getting to know you and your children at Little Gems.

Kara – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2021 – Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary)

Hi! My name is Kara and I hold a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary). I was fortunate enough to be on a placement at Little Gems in 2020, and I am absolutely thrilled to now be working in Kindergarten, my area of expertise. It is my belief that each child, and their families, are unique and bring different perspectives into the classroom. I enjoy working with children because every day is so different, and I love that I can assist children to develop, grow and learn. I also strongly believe in the importance of developing relationships with families, so feel free to approach me with any concerns, or just to have a chat! I look forward to meeting you and caring for your little gems!

Joel – Educator – In Child Care Since 2021 – Certificate III Qualified

Hi my name is Joel, I studied my Cert III in early childhood education and care in high school. I graduated in 2020 and started at Little Gems 6 months later. My favourite part of working with children is watching them learn grow and develop into strong children ready for school and everything life has in store for them. I look forward to becoming a part of each and every child’s family as we work together to help these amazing kids learn and grow.

Centre Support Educators & Relief Staff

Jess – Educator – In Child Care Since 2011 – Certificate III Qualified

Hi my name is Jess and I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. I started my working career for the government as an administrative assistant but found that it wasn’t satisfying and decided I needed a change. I have been working at Little Gems as an Educator since 2011. I’m really enjoying working with children and watching them develop and learn new things every day. I’m currently living in Albany creek with my partner Stuart and our 2 dogs Skye and Gunner. We have 2 beautiful sons Jaxon and Eli and I’m lucky enough to get to bring them with me to Little Gems everyday. Feel free to come and have a chat with me and I look forward to meeting you all.

Aggie – Educator – In Childcare Since 2011 – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Aggie and I work as a Centre Support Educator at Little Gems and I have worked at a retirement village where I was a housekeeper to the elderly since 2000 to 2018. I have my Certificate III in Children’s Services as I enjoy the feeling you get helping a child achieve their goals and especially love my time with them in the sand pit. I find if I’m in the sand pit then most of the children are alongside me. I have two adult children; a daughter who is a teacher. I also have a son in the hospitality industry who has also worked overseas. I live at home with my husband of over thirty years Rod. I am an easy going person and I will always be happy to help in any way I can.

Rachel – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Studying Bachelor of Education

My name is Rachel and I graduated high school in 2017, leaving with my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and a Certificate III in retail operations. I have started studying a Bachelor of Education at University while I continue along my journey here at Little Gems. I have always adored working with children and watching them grow. I believe that children bring lots of joy into this world and it is a pleasure to watch this unfold. I was born in Adelaide and lived there for 10 years. Since then I have found my residence in Albany Creek with my family. I enjoy weekends away near the beach, shopping and most of all I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

Aaron – Educator – In Child Care Since 2021 – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Aaron, I have recently completed my certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. I graduated high school in 2013 from Padua collage. Since finishing school, I have tried a few different industries including retail and hospitality but feel that childcare is the right industry for me. During the completion of my studies, I undertook placement with Little Gems and have since gained employment with them. I have enjoyed working here and I enjoy helping and watching the children grow and can’t wait to see what the future holds at Little Gems.

Steph – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Certificate III Qualified

My name is Steph and I am an educator here at Little Gems. I completed high school in 2017 at Albany Creek state high school. I completed my certificate III in Early Childhood education and care in 2020 and now currently studying my Diploma. My hobbies include spending time with family and friends, watching movies. I’m ready to have fun and grow at Little gems. My passion is working with children, from early on in my school journey I knew that I wanted to one day work with kids. Now I’m lucky enough to land this job at Little gems where I get the pleasure to watch and care for your children as they grow. I enjoy teaching and creating opportunities for your children to explore and develop through play. I look forward to getting to know you and your children. Please come and approach me to introduce yourself or if you have any questions it would be my pleasure to help you out in any way I can.

Bek – Educator – In Child Care Since 2021 – Certificate III Qualified

Hi! My name is Bek and I graduated high school in 2020 with a Cert III in Early Childhood and Care. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) as I work at Little Gems. I have always strived to learn from children as much as they learn from me, and I enjoy understanding how children navigate and explore the world. Although I am young, I am so excited to start my childcare journey and live-out my passion for children and their learning. In my spare time, I love to play the piano and compose some of my own music. I also love travelling, going on adventures and spending time with my friends and family. I feel so blessed to be able to get to know your beautiful children, and I would be delighted to meet you and answer any questions you may have.