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 – 2.5 Years to 4 Years
  • Grasshoppers Room – 4 Years to 5 Years

Jac – Director – In Child Care Since 2009 – Diploma Qualified

Hi, My name is Jacqueline, but everyone calls me Jac, I am the Centre Director for Little Gems. I am a Local to Jimboomba, I have two children of my own and a little hobby farm with an alpaca, sheep and geese! I have been in the childcare industry since 2009. In that time, I have completed my Diploma in Children’s Services I have worked various roles in the industry before taking on this rewarding role as the Director. I thoroughly enjoy my role and I am so proud to be the Director of Little Gems! While in my role as Centre Director I will strive to make the centre welcoming, inviting, and a positive place for all Educators, families and children. I will endeavour to support the Educators to create a nurturing, 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.

Nicole – Educational Leader – In Child Care Since 2003 – Diploma Qualified

Hi my name is Nicole and I am so excited to be sharing your child’s early learning journey with you. I have worked in the Early Childhood industry for 18 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 worked with children from birth to 12 years. 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 – 6 Weeks to 15 Months

Dorette – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2007 – Diploma Qualified

Hi everyone, my name is Dorette.  I am married to Freddy and have two beautiful sons, Shaun and Joshua. Shaun is married to Bree and they are enjoying life with three little girls. Joshua is in Year 10 and just love his technology and music.  I cannot wait to start this year with your babies and see them growing into amazing little people. It goes without saying that I absolutely love and adore children. We will enjoy a fun, educational and exciting year.

Cass –  Educator – In Child Care Since 1992 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Cass, I began in childcare in 1992 with a dream of nurturing little hearts and souls into believing they are worthy of becoming all they can and more. Throughout these years I nurtured my own little dreamer, Caleb and two more years later, Danny and Yazmine through the discovery of my one true love, Dan. We have our own home in Flagstone with two rescued fur babies – Reginald the Bull Terrier and Agatha the American Bulldog. We enjoy exploring on beach, bush walks, live bands and family catch ups.

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

Hi everyone, my name is Ayana. I’m 19 years of age and I have been in childcare since 2020. I am of NZ heritage (Maori Dad) / Australian (mum) and born in Australia. I am the oldest sibling in my family and also the oldest cousin of 10, so I have grown up looking after the younger children in my family and that’s where my love for childcare began. I love Japanese drift cars and regularly attend car events. I love being creative and have a certificate III in Makeup.

Lady Bugs – 15 Months to 2 Years

Debbie – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2009 – Diploma Qualified

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 am excited to get to know your children and your family and look forward to being a part of your child’s learning journey

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

Hello, my name is Shontae. I am currently studying towards my Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care. I am excited to be working within childcare as I have grown up baby sitting for family and friends. I love being involved in such a crucial part of children’s growth and development and am excited to be able to help them achieve their goals. Personally I spend most of my free time with my family and friends, often going out in nature whether it being camping or day trips to the beach or bush. I look for to working with the Little Gems team, parents/guardians and children in this amazing journey.

Tamika –  Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Studying Diploma

Hello my name is Tamika, I have worked in the childcare industry since 2017, in various roles. In that time, I have completed my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and I am currently studying my diploma. I am so excited to be a part of the Little Gems family and look forward to building stronger bonds with the children and families.

Bumble Bees – 2 Years to 3 Years

Ellin – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2009 – Diploma Qualified

Hi my name is Ellin, I have been in the Early Education Sector since 2009. I am a mum of two boys and I can understand the difficulty of a busy work/ life.  I will always be here to help guide and support both your child and the family as a whole. I am currently studying towards my Diploma in Early Education and care. I hold a current blue card and senior first aid and cpr. As well as being qualified in Epilepsy management. I wholeheartedly believe that the first five years in a child’s life is the most important developmentally. This is a time for children to become confident and capable learners through inquiry based learning. As an educator i will provide your child with an enriching and welcoming environment to learn and discover. I look forward to getting to know you and your family.

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

Hello my name is Laura. I have just started my childcare journey and am currently studying my Certificate III. For the past 4 years I have worked in retail and relied on the childcare system to help me with my 3 daughters so I can work. I am so excited to now have the opportunity to be there for other families, while also helping teach and grow their children. I look forward to being a part of your child’s learning journey and meeting your family

Shelli – Educator – In Child Care Since 2013 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Shelli. 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.

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

Hi, my name is Zoe, I have just recently started my journey within childcare. I’m currently studying my Cert III in Early Education and Care and I’m planning to work towards my diploma. Before I started in childcare, I worked in a few different Animals Rehoming Shelter’s as an Animal Attendant, so I am used to a high energy workplace, throughout my work life I have developed a passion for providing care for others and now for education. I’m very excited to go forward with this new chapter in my life and to be able to watch the children grow into the best people that they can be 😊

Dragonflies – 2.5 Years to 4 Years

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

Hi my name is Bree. I have been in the Early Childcare Sector since 2012. I am very passionate about helping children build and strengthen their own identity and allowing the children to know they have rights. I thoroughly enjoy helping them achieve their goals, building strong and meaningful relationships and assisting them throughout their journey in early childhood. I value working alongside a strong, determined and dedicated team. I feel we all bring something different and extraordinary to help the children grow and develop their identity. I am very outgoing and enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I go on day trips and enjoy seeing the countryside and visiting new places.

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 two sons 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 😊

Juliet – Educator – In Child Care Since 2013 – Diploma Qualified, Studying Bachelor of Early Childhood

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 time I’ve had the opportunity to be an assistant and a lead educator. 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

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

Hello, my name is Jordan. I am currently a year 10 student at Emmaus College Jimboomba. I have been working at Little Gems since the beginning of January 2022 and have begun to study my cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care. I am extremely thrilled that I’ve been given the opportunity to work within the Little Gems family and getting to know and meet the wonderful kids, parents, and guardians. I chose to work in childcare because I’ve always been interested in how a child’s mind works and how I can assist that child in a way that will suit their needs. I love spending time with children and seeing their amazing smiles and being a big part in their development and growth. As a kid I grew up around the water, I learnt to swim at a very young age. In my spare time I often go out to the beach with my family and friends. I enjoy swimming, body surfing and paddle boarding. I currently am taking Art as a subject at Emmaus and found out I have a real gift at painting. I am looking forward to the amazing journey I have ahead of me and making new friendships within the Little Gems team and getting to know the parents, guardians, and children.

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

Hi, my name is Jessica, but I prefer Jess. I am fresh to the childcare industry and am looking forward to growing and learning more through experience, to better support the children and families at Little Gems. I am currently studying towards my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and plan to subsequently work on achieving a Diploma. I am the middle child of three children and have an older sister and younger brother. I love working with children and watching their different personalities develop as they attempt and accomplish new skills and goals.

Grasshoppers – Kindergarten Program – 4 Years to 5 Years

Nicole – Educator – In Child Care Since 2015 – Bachelor of Early Childhood

Hello! My name is Nicole. I absolutely cannot wait to get to know you and your child. I am a qualified early childhood teacher. I have a Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood), a Bachelor in Education Studies and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I am passionate about child development, literacy and numeracy development, inclusive education, teaching the gifted, lesson planning, creative arts and physical education. I am an energetic, passionate and caring person who loves being able to create an environment that children love to play and learn in. I love using play and a holistic approach to teaching which considers the whole child, their physical, social and emotional wellbeing.  I know your children and I are going to have an amazing time in kindergarten.

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

My name is Sarah and I have a Certificate III in Childcare, I am a Mum to one little girl who was born in 2020 and she attends the centre with me. 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.

Caris – Educator – In Child Care Since 2010 – Certificate III Qualified

Hi My name is Caris! I hold my Certificate III In Children’s Services and currently have over 10 years experience in Early Childhood as an Assistant Educator, caring for children aged 0-12 yrs. I am a mum of two boys, and I enjoy spending more time with them at home. I have a fun and bubbly personality and absolutely adore working with children. Even though I am a support educator, and not permanently in a room, I promise I will put just as much love and care into your child’s day as any of the other educators. I believe that each child is an individual and as an educator I will value and develop each child’s strengths, interests, skills, abilities and knowledge to extend their learning. I believe that children learn through play. I will provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, create and imagine. Children need the assurance of being loved and cared for while they are enjoying an Early Childhood environment. Caring for and helping children learn is my passion. Security and trust are very important components as well, of my relationship with each child. I look forward to getting to know all the children at Little Gems and build some beautiful relationships with them and their families.

Centre Support

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.

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

Hello, my name is Mark I am currently studying my certificate 3, I have been a stay at home father for the past 2 years to my son James, I am married to my beautiful wife Samantha who is currently carrying our next child, watching my son grow and learn has filled me with a passion to help with children’s learning and development. I can not wait to build positive relationships with you and your children.

Ange – Educator – In Child Care Since 2009 – Diploma Qualified

My name is Angela (Angie). I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and I’m currently completing a Certificate IV in Training and Assessing and I also have training in the Abecedarian Approach (3a). As a parent of three daughters (Isabel—23 years, Hannah— 22 years & Grace—19 years), who all attended Early Childhood Education and Care Centres in their first five years, I understand the importance for each parent/caregiver to feel that their child is spending their days feeling happy, safe, and stimulated. I believe that each child will naturally develop at their own pace, provided that they are in an environment that supports this. I enjoy working closely with other passionate educators to help each child feel safe, included and free to explore their environment. In my time outside of work I enjoy hiking, spending time with my daughters, going to the beach and watching movies. I look forward to getting to know all the families and children

Jessika – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Studying Diploma

Hi my name is Jessika, but everyone calls me Jess. I am currently studying towards my diploma of Early Childhood Education and have been working in childcare since 2020.  I am eager to build my knowledge and skills while working here at Little Gems. I am the mum of two boys and have two stepdaughters. I am down to earth fun and energetic. I have found my passion working with young children and I am excited to be sharing this journey with you!

Rochelle – Educator – In Child Care Since 2013 – Certificate III Qualified – On Maternity Leave

Hi, My name is Rochelle. I am currently studying my diploma in early childhood education and have been working in this industry since 2013. I have joined the Little Gems family and so far it has been a very rewarding change as I’ve been privileged to be able to work in the all the different rooms and meet all of the wonderful children and families that attend our service. A little about me….. I am a mumma to my beautiful daughter Brooklyn, a fiancé to my wonderful partner and a small business owner. I love anything that goes fast and am a thrill seeker. I spend most weekends riding my Harley Davidson motorbike, racing or fishing and skiing behind our boat. My passion for working with children has come from being able to watch each child reach their early years milestones and reaching for their goals. My purpose is to not only build a loving and trusting relationship with all children and their families but to also support and help guide children to be the best they can be as our children are our future. I look forward to meeting you and your family and caring for your little precious child.

Brooke – Educator – In Child Care Since 2015 – Diploma Qualified – On maternity leave

Hi, My name is Brooke! I have a, son Leo with my Partner. I have joined the Childcare industry and I am extremely excited to see where this journey leads me! I currently hold my Certificate III and before I was an Educator at little Gems, I was a swim teacher at a local swim school. Watching children grow and develop with my guidance is such a rewarding experience! I look forward to getting to know you and your children!

Sabina – Educator – In Child Care Since 2019 – Diploma Qualified – On maternity leave

My name is Sabina. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have experience working with children in all age groups from six weeks to school age children. I have over one years worth of experience working in an approved Queensland kindergarten and day care centre. I also have 3 children of my own. I also have experience working with children of various needs and requirements, encouraging and engaging children in activities and routines. I am hardworking and a friendly person who has a genuine interest in working with children, families and as a part of the team. I look forward to getting to know you!    

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.