Staff at Helensvale Little Gems Child Care

Kellie – Centre Director – In Child Care Since 2001 – Bachelor of Early Childhood

Hi! My name is Kellie and I just wanted to say a big hello, I am the Director at the service and I wanted to share a bit about myself and my family with you all. I am 40 years old, am married and have two children aged 19 and 15. I have worked in the Early Childhood profession for the past 22 years (now I’m feeling old!) and have loved every minute of it. I started out as a trainee in 2001 and have worked through my diploma and then I completed my Bachelor of Early Childhood in 2014. My passion is building relationships with families, our community, our wonderful educators and of course all your precious little people! Please never hesitate to come and see me at any time you need! I am looking forward to getting to know you all and working in partnership with you to ensure your children feel safe secure and supported in their environment and in their learning.

Nicole – Assistant Director & Educational Leader – In Child Care Since 2001 – Diploma Qualified

sharing your child’s early learning journey with you. I have worked in the Early Childhood industry for over 20 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 a strong interest in inclusion for all children of all abilities. 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!

Caterpillars Room – 6 weeks to 15 months

Nikki – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2012 – Diploma Qualified

Hello. My name is Nikki, I am a Diploma qualified Educator.  My passion is early Childhood Education.  I have worked across all age groups and look forward to sharing your child’s learning journey. I am a Mum to 2 beautiful boys both now teenagers!!  My hobbies include reading, coffee but most importantly spending time with my family. I am very lucky to be a part of the Little Gems family and look forward getting to know you and your children.

Madilyn – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Studying Certificate III in Early Childhood Services

Hello! My name is Madilyn and I have been working in Early Childhood since March 2020 and have started studying my Certificate II in Early Childhood. I started off studying nursing but then realised I loved working with the children and wanted to focus on this so moved into Early Childhood. This has been the best decision! I like being able to nurture and supporting their development and growth. Watching them grow and learn new skills is one of the best parts of my job. On my weekends I like to read, go to the beach and socialise with family. Some of family is on the sunny coast so I often travel up there to see them! I look forward to supporting and watching your little people grow and develop!!

Lady Bugs Room – 15 months to 2 Years

Sophie – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2016 – Studying Diploma

Hi everyone! My name is Sophie! I have worked in childcare since 2016. I currently hold my certificate III and am studying towards my diploma. I have always loved being around children and adore the connections I make with them. A few hobbies of mine include, walking my dogs, spending time with family and friends and watching movies! In my spare time I study as I am very keen to complete my diploma. I am very excited to join the amazing team at Little Gems and cannot wait to get to know everyone!

Hayley – Educator – In Child Care Since 2019 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Services

A big hello to all our families! My name is Hayley and I started my childcare journey whilst I was at school when I completed my Certificate 3 in 2018. Once I graduated school I knew I wanted to continue working in Early Childhood as I am passionate about being able to support children to learn and grow. It is a very special privilege to be able to watch children blossom and to be able to guide them through their early childhood journey. In my spare time I love to spend time at home with my family watching movies!! I look forward to getting to know you and your children!

Charmaine – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Studying Diploma

Hi! My name is Charmaine, I am currently completing my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. My love of watching children grow and develop lead me to start my study. I am married and have 3 beautiful children. I love spending time with my family as my family is very important to me. I am really excited about building relationships with all your children and with you as well!! I believe relationships are the basis of all we do in Early Childhood.

Fireflies – 2 Years to 3 Years

Maddie –  Lead Educator –  Years in Child Care 2016 – Certificate III Qualified

Hello, my name is Madison but I prefer to be called Maddie. I have been working in early childhood since 2015 and I hold my Certificate lll in Children’s Services and working towards my diploma. I grew up being the middle child which I loved. I have an older sister who shares the same love for children that I do who currently works overseas in childcare and I have a brother who I have helped take care of over the years. I found my passion for children through being the neighbourhood babysitter, it helped me grow my love for children, helping look after the children any way I can. My goal in childcare is to support every child’s needs and create a safe environment for all children to learn and grow. I look forward to getting to know your children and you.

Luci – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Certificate III Qualified

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.

Bumble Bees – 2 Years to 3 Years

Kellie – Educator – In Child Care Since 2003 – Diploma Qualified

Hi, My name is Kellie. I have been an Educator since 2003. During my time in this role I have learnt many things about children, their development and styles of learning. I have a family with two adult children that I am thankful still like spending time with me. Our weekends and holidays are spent camping, four wheel driving, jet skiing and other activities that get us outdoors. I have a dog named Pepper and two clown fish that live in an anemone. I am happy to be spending my year in the Grasshopper room where I look forward to helping the children strengthen their skills in preparation for ‘big school’ next year.

Jayde – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Studying Certificate III

Hi, my name is Jayde, I am currently studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood. I have had a passion for working with children since I started babysitting at 14. I moved from South Africa at the end of year 11 and became a nanny once I left high school. The love I have for children grows everyday. On the weekends that I don’t babysit I am hanging out with my friends and family, going to the beach, Sushi Train or reading fictional books. I am so excited to be a part of the Little Gems family.

Hannah – Educator – In Child Care Since 2022 – Studying Certificate III

Hi, my name is Hannah! I am one of the educators at the centre, recently graduating from high school in 2021. I am currently studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood. When I turned 12, I started assistant teaching at my Dance Studio. This is where I discovered my passion and love for working with my younger students. I believe that all the children should build a safe, supportive and bubbly relationship with their educators. I am super excited to be part of the Little Gems family and look forward to getting to know all of the wonderful families.

Butterflies Room – 2.5 years to 3.11 Years

Alana – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2008 – Diploma Qualified

Hello beautiful families my name is Alana, I am lucky enough to have been given the wonderful opportunity to join this caring family here at Little Gems . I have worked within the childcare industry since 2008 in all age groups and various roles including lead educator. I don’t have a favourite age group but I certainly have a favourite way to spend my working day helping to nurture and develop our next generation into resilient, caring and happy little beings. I have recently returned to work after being on maternity leave from having my youngest baby boy Lachlan who is a younger brother to both Brodie and Eligh. We are an adventurous family who enjoy the outdoors . I look forwards to having the opportunity to be a part of you and your children’s learning journey, I can assure you we will have plenty of fun, laughter and learning experiences together.

Rochelle – Educator – In Child Care Since 2019 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Services

Hi! My name is Rochelle and I currently have a Certificate III in Children’s Services and I am very excited to start my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have wanted to work with children since adolescence. I have always loved helping friends and family with their little ones whenever needed. I love the wonder and curiosity children have for the world and watching them explore it. Last year I was in a position to make a change and pursue my dream job and now I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else, I LOVE my job. A little bit about me, in 2017 my family and I made the move to Gold Coast, from Coffs Harbour NSW, we absolutely love it here. I have three children, a daughter and two boys. I love being creative, sewing, painting etc and love music, it soothes the soul. I very much look forward to meeting you and getting to know your little ones!

Dragonflies – 2.5 Years to 4 Years

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

Hello to all the Little Gems families. My name is Miss Tahnee and I am a lead educator here at Little Gems. I believe that every child deserves the best possible start to life by growing and learning in a loving, safe and secure environment. I am very much looking forward to getting to know all the children within my care as well as their loved ones and to be a reliable, trustworthy and honest educator whilst providing the best possible care and education to your children. A little about me: I am originally from Victoria but grew up on the Gold Coast. I thoroughly enjoy anything classic such as cars & music. I am quite an artistic and active person and love an adrenaline rush. Outside of work, you will find me either outdoors staying active, enjoying hinterland motorbike rides or doing arts and craft / baking.

Grasshoppers – 4 Years to 5 Years

Amber – Early Childhood Teacher – In Child Care Since 2017 – Bachelor of Education and Arts Qualified

My name is Amber and I have been working part-time in childcare since 2017. It wasn’t until recently that I began working full-time perusing my passion of teaching and working with children. I am currently studying my Bachelor of Education and Arts, majoring in both Early Childhood and Primary teaching. Family influence is one of the most important factors leading to my profession. At an early age my mum would always take me with her to her work where she was an educator at an early childhood centre. Also growing up in a family where I was much older than my four siblings introduced me to nurturing, supporting and teaching young people. Despite these experiences teaching wasn’t my original career path, it wasn’t until I saw the personal achievement of each of the children I worked with and watching their development that made me choose this rewarding and satisfying career of an early childhood educator. I look forward to getting to know you and your family, here at Little Gems.

Ky – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Studying Bachelor

Hey Parents, My name is Ky and I am one of the Educators at Little Gems. I am currently studying Bachelor of Education at Griffith University and am hoping to complete that soon. My love for teaching originally started living in a large household with 7 other siblings and continues onto me loving my time spent at school.  I am a true-blue Aussie and am extremely passionate about my sport. I have played several club sports for many years including AFL and Basketball and loved every second of it. It was a great opportunity to make new friends and grow.  As mentioned before, I grew up in a large family. I have 6 sisters and 1 younger brother. They are all still in school bar my eldest sister who is also a childcare educator. I am really looking forward to meeting your children and doing everything I can to provide them with the best start to their schooling journey.

Bronte – Educator – In Child Care Since 2018 – Studying Bachelor

Hi, my name is Bronte and I am currently at university studying to become a high school teacher. I also have obtained my Certificate III in Childcare to gain knowledge and experience in all areas of teaching. My hobbies include playing netball and touch football, and in my down time I enjoy reading or watching a good movie. I love making new relationships and I am excited to be apart of the Little Gems family.

Centre Support Educators

Dee – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Studying Certificate III

Hi, my name is Deanna but everyone calls me Dee! I’m currently studying my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care. I really enjoy working with children and supporting their growth. I look forward to getting to know each and every family. Out of work I enjoy painting, gardening, watching movies and most of all, spending time with my family.

Bailey – Educator – In Child Care Since 2021 – Certificate III Traineeship

Hi I’m Bailey. I’m 15 years old. I attend Helensvale State High School and I’m in year 10. I am so  excited to be completing a Traineeship here at Little Gems. When I complete it I will hold a Certificate III in early childhood. I wanted to get into the childcare industry as I feel there are a lot of children with no male role models in their lives. I would love to be a positive role model to children. Some of my hobbies are traveling to places I haven’t seen before, going to the beach and I love exploring the bush on my bike with my friends. I enjoy going camping and sitting around they fire roasting marshmallows while listening to music. Cooking may not be my specialty but I really enjoy it.

Alyssa – Educator – In Child Care Since 2021 – Studying Certificate III

Hello Everyone. My name is Alyssa. I am new to the childcare industry and am currently Studying my certificate III in Early Childhood Education and care. I love seeing the smile on  the children’s faces when I come to work each day. The thought of me being able to make a change in a child’s life is such a blessing to me. I love helping the children to learn new skills. I like spending time with my loved ones laughing and having fun. Sometimes I like to go to the beach and watch the sun set while enjoying a burrito. I also love spending time with my pet cat Sox.

Michelle – Educator – In Child Care Since 2015 – Studying Diploma

Hi! My name’s Michelle and I’m so excited to be a member of the Little Gems family. I am currently finishing off my Diploma in Early Childhood education and care after completing my certificate III in children’s services in 2018. I have a strong passion and enthusiasm for early childhood development and take pride in the difference we as educators make in children’s lives. I love seeing children reach their development milestones as well as forming close bonds with the children and their families. I’m a mum to a sassy and energetic 4 year old girl and spend most of my free time exploring the outdoors and keeping active with her. I’m originally from Melbourne but have spent the last 8 years living on the Gold Coast and haven’t looked back since. I look forward to getting to know you and your children.

Jade – Educator – In Child Care Since 2015 – Certificate III Qualified – On Maternity leave

Hi! I’m Jade! I have worked in Early Childhood since 2016 and hold my Certificate III in Early Childhood studies. I am so excited to be a part of the Little Gems team and meet you all! I started working in early Childhood as I wanted a career that allowed me to bring fun and happiness as I love seeing the smiles on the children’s faces. A little bit about me, I have two dogs called Thor and Rio, one cat Isabella and a bird named George. If you can’t tell I love animals! On the weekend you can find me visiting friends, Shopping or spending time with my family! I look forward to meeting you all!

Tamieka – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Diploma Qualified – On Maternity leave

Hello. My Name is Tamieka but everyone calls me Mieka. I have been working in Early Childhood education and care since 2017. I hold my Diploma in 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 other activity that involves movement and activity. Having the opportunity to watch the children learn and grow is one of the best parts of my job.

Shardai – Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Diploma Qualified – On maternity leave

Hi my name is Shardai! I’ve completed my Cert 3 in childcare and I’m currently studying my Diploma. I come from a big family and have 8 siblings so I’ve always loved being around children. I’ve worked at Little Gems since 2018 and it is the most amazing and rewarding sector I’ve ever worked in and I’m excited to see where the future takes me. In my spare time I love to get creative and paint or draw, I also have a passion for cooking and spend a lot of my time in the kitchen. Looking forward to getting to know you all!