Staff at Little Gems Early Learning Maryborough

Tiffany – Director – In Child Care Since 2015 – Certificate III Qualified

Hi, my name is Tiffany, I am the Director at Little Gems Child Care & Early Learning Centre and I am diploma qualified. I enjoy spending time with my son, Jasper and much of our weekend is filled with soccer. When growing up I had an amazing childhood being able to travel and explore different places and cultures. As a family we settled in Maryborough for High school. 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.

Kyla – Lead Educator & Educational Leader –  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.

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.

Helen – Educator –  In Child Care Since 2006 – Diploma Qualified

Hi My name is Helen, I have a certificate 111 in children’s services and I finished my diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in 2001. I was born in the Philippines and migrated to Australia in 1989 I am married with one daughter and I am now a grandma. I have been working in the childcare industry since 2006 and have loved every minute of it. I enjoy being around them, watching and assisting them as they explore and investigate the world around them. I look forward to getting to know all of the children and their families and sharing this journey with you all at Little Germs Child Care

Lady Bugs Room – 15 months to 2.5 years

Essie – Lead Educator – In Child Care Since 2017 – Certificate III Qualified – Diploma Qualified

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.

Kasey –  Educator –  In Child Care Since  – Studying Diploma

Hello. My name is Kasey and I’m currently studying for a Diploma in Early Childhood and Care with TAFE Queensland. For the last 8 months, I have been conducting work placement at this centre as part of my Diploma. Before that I worked in community services as a Home Tutor supporting families, with children aged 4 and 5 years old, teaching an educational program that gets children ready for school and encourages a love of learning, and builds the parents confidence in becoming their child’s first teacher. I have a passion to support children and help them grow. I am committed to working in partnership with family’s and their children to discover new experiences through play-based learning. I look forward to meeting you all.

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

Hi! My name is Sophie and I work at little gems as a full time trainee studying my certificate 111 in childcare. I live with my Mum, Dad, younger sister and older brother… I have horses, chickens, dogs and a cat… in my spare time you will find me spending time with my pets or riding my horses I suppose you could say that I love animals just as much as I love children. I’ve always loved children even at a young age helping look after my baby cousins was my favourite thing to do. So, when I completed grade 10 I knew that I would much rather work in a childcare centre then continue school and that’s exactly what I did! You could say working at Little Gems is a dream come true! I believe that the youngest years of a child’s life are the most important I love seeing children achieve their little goals it’s so rewarding to me! I can’t wait to work with all the staff, families and of course your children at little gems!

Bumble Bees Room – 2 to 3 years

Angela – Educator –  In Child Care Since 2012 – Diploma Qualified

Hi I’m Ange, I have been in childcare for since 2012. I have 2 adult  children who live in Mount Isa and 1 child who is about to start High school. I have 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 Guinea pigs and 3 chickens. I enjoy going out at the weekend with my daughter to horse riding. I love working with children and watching them grow into their own  personalities. I enjoy teaching but also love learning from the children.

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

Hi my name is Pam I have been working in childcare since 2009. I decided to take this  change of career after I had just had my youngest as I realised how much I enjoyed being with them and watching the babies grow. My husband has just taken a long service leave from the Royal Air Force. We have recently settled here and have brought a farm. I have 3 daughters 2 have grown up and flown the nest. As a family we traveled a lot depending on where my husband was based. I loved this as I got to work in many different day care environments. The Little Gems family is an awesome family to be part of and I can not wait to be part of your little ones journey.

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.

Dragonflies Room – 3 to 4 years

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.

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

Hi, My name is Tamara. I have a little boy Dustin and partner Jake. I was born and breed in Maryborough and I love our little town. We have 2 dogs Charlotte and Spotty, we enjoy walking them along the beach and having family time. As Dustin has so much energy you will often see us at the park running off some steam. I like working with all age groups but love having conversations with the older children listening to their stories.

QLD Government Approved Kindergarten Program

Grasshoppers Room – 4 to 5 years – QLD Government Approved Kindergarten Program

Sarah – Early Childhood Teacher –  In Child Care Since 2015 –  Bachelor Qualified

Hello my name is Sarah and I am the Kindergarten teacher. I was born in New Zealand, we moved to Australia as a family 5 years ago. I am married with a son and daughter and have 2 small dogs. I Have a bachelor in early child care, post graduate certificate in leadership and management. (New Zealand) I love learning and currently studying, certificate 4 in allied health. (Australia) I love nature and all-Natural resources. I enjoy arts and crafts and anything messy. One of my passions is science and exploring science experiments with the children. when I am at home, I like walking my dogs, listening to all different music. I like soccer and rock n roll dancing. I love being part of the little gems family and working with the amazing Kindy children.

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.

Talissa – Educator – In Child Care Since 2021 – Studying Bachelor in Primary Education

Hi, my name is Talissa. I am a confessed science nerd. I love everything to do with science and exploring all the possibilities, I get excited when the Kindy children show the same interest and we can explore and experiment together.  When I am not working here or at uni, I am a Home tutor for  autistic children who find the school environment overwhelming. I am also a netball coach for a team as well as playing wheelchair basketball. I play a number of musical instruments, my mum has banned me from buying anymore! The kindergarten year is such an exciting one and I feel privileged to be on the journey.

After School Care Educators

Elizabeth – Educator –  In Child Care Since 2014 – Certificate III Qualified, Studying Diploma

Hi I’m Elizabeth but I get called Dizzy by my friends. I have been in childcare since 2014. I live in my own house with my 2 fish Squishy and Sparra. At weekends I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews. I am the crazy sock lady, which the children love to see. I love the children’s reactions to the different designs. I am a marvel nerd and favourite super heros are black widow and black panther. Childcare is my passion, it stems from my Nanna, she was my inspiration. I enjoy engaging with the children and listening to all their stories.

Centre Support Educators

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!

Rebecca M –  Educator – In Child Care Since 2002 –  Certificate III Qualified

Hi I’m Bec and I’ve worked in childcare since 2002. I have a daughter who has Autism and ADHD, she lives with me full time and is the joy of my life. I live on 3 acres out of town and enjoy camping, fishing, exercising, going to the beach or anything outdoors. We have 2 pet staffies, a snake, and lots of chooks. I love working with children and feel they bring so much joy to the world and love watching them learn and grow. Over the years I have cared for kids through foster care and respite, I have worked in home day care caring for 3 different families, and worked in 3 child care centres (2 in Maryborough & 1 in Gladstone). I spent 2 years working as a Teacher Aid at the Special School and I loved working with children with special needs, I found it very challenging and rewarding. I enjoy working in child care as I love the way children view the world and appreciate all the little things in life, I look forward to working with you and your children and forming great bonds while making life long memories.