Staff at Little Gems Early Learning Maryborough

Kyla – Director – In Child Care Since 2002 – Diploma Qualified

Hello, my name is Kyla and I have been in childcare since 2002 working 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 queries or ideas please always let me know.

Caterpillars Room – 6 weeks to 15 months

Kasey –  Educator –  In Child Care Since 2019 – Diploma Qualified

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.

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

Pam – Lead 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.

Danika – Educator –  In Child Care Since 2020 – Diploma Qualified

Hi! My name is Dani! I have lived in Maryborough all my life. I have a little family of my own with my Husband and daughter. We have 2 dogs and a cat. In my spare time we like to go to the beach with our dogs.  As an educator I love building connections with the children and families, being able to support the children to achieve the best they can. I really enjoy working at Little Gems and already feel part of the Little Gems family.

Sophie – Educator –  In Child Care Since 2020 – Qualified 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!

Tyelisha –  Educator – In Child Care Since 2022 –  Certificate III Qualified

My name is Tyelisha ( Leash) I have been working in childcare since 2022. We have moved from Ipswich to be closer to our family. I live with my Partner and Little girl, as well as her Granddad and Omra. We have a dog Sparrow who we like to take for walks along the beach.

I love working in childcare as I feel I can learn a lot from the children as well as supporting and watching them grow. I love coming to work at Little Gems as my own philosophy links into the centres philosophy

Bumble Bees Room – 2 to 3 years

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

Hi I’m Jazz! I’ve worked it in the childcare sector on and off for 12 years. I enjoy working at Little Gems due to the supportive environment built by my coworkers. I’m passionate about early childhood development and love watching and aiding children as they learn and grow. Outside of work you can find me spending time with my family, my husband, our 3 children, my nephew’s, brothers and sister, we are all close. I love soccer and you will often see me playing or watching a game out in the community.

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.

Cassie – Educator –  In Child Care Since 2022 – Certificate III Qualified

Hi I am Cassie! I love working in childcare. I have always known from a young age that I wanted to work with children. I have been working at little gems since 2022 & been qualified since the start of 2024. I like watching the children grow and reach milestones. It is so fulfilling. I have 2 young nieces and nephews who I adore. I like helping out with them and watching them grow. I have a dog Archie & a cat named mocha, who I absolutely love! On weekends I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to meeting you and your families.

Dragonflies Room – 3 to 4 years

Amanda – Lead Educator, Assistant Director & Educational Leader –  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.

Shana –  Educator – In Child Care Since 2022 – Qualified Certificate III

Hey, my name is Shana. I have my Certificate III in Child Care and have always had a passion for working with children. I come from a background of nursing however after having my three daughters I decided it was time to follow my dream of working in early childhood education. My free time is usually spent with my family and our ever growing list of pets. My favourite part of working with children is being able to explore and nurture their imagination.

QLD Government Approved Kindergarten Program

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

Angela – Early Childhood Teacher –  In Child Care Since 2012 – Graduate Diploma Qualified

Hi I’m Ange, I have been in childcare since 2012. I have 2 adult  children who live in Mount Isa and 1 child who is in High school. I have 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 Guinea pigs and 3 chickens. I enjoy going out on the weekend with my daughter to go 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.

Gabby – Educator – In Child Care Since 2002- Certificate III Qualified/Studying Diploma

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.

Alex –  Educator – In Child Care Since 2023 – Studying Certificate III

Hello my name is Alex, I have been in childcare since 2023. I am studying my cert3. I live with my partner Emily and our son Oliver. I have loved the change in my career. Everyday is different and so rewarding.  My favourite part of the day is when the children are engaged in an activities, watching their creativity shine. The Kindy children have welcomed me with open arms.  I look forward to getting to know all the families and children. 

After School Care Educators

Tamara – Educator – In Child Care Since 2020 – Certificate III Qualified/Studying Diploma

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.

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!

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.

Remelie –  Educator – In Child Care Since 2022 – Certificate III Qualified

You can call me Rem. I am currently studying Certificate III in Early Childhood Education through TAFE Queensland. I have always had a love for children, and I am very passionate of taking care of them. I had the privilege of volunteering in orphanages and outreach programs back in my home country. I enjoy engaging with children because I believe they will always remember good memories into adulthood.

I enjoy outdoor activities like cycling, swimming, and trekking. I used to join triathlon and obstacle course races. In my spare time, I also enjoy nurturing veggies and herbs in my backyard.  I also enjoy traveling and immersing with locals and getting to know more about the cultures of different people.
I always look forward to seeing the lovely children of Little Gems!

Tayte –  Educator – In Child Care Since 2022 – Certificate III Qualified/Studying Bachelor of Primary Education

Hi my name is Tayte! I’ve been working in childcare and here at little gems since 2022! I absolutely love working alongside the children as they learn and play. I believe the early years are the most important in helping the children find their most confident selves! I have always had a passion for caring and interacting with children! I am currently at university studying my bachelor of primary education in hopes of moving my passion for childcare into the classroom! I am thankful to be a part of the little gems family and I look forward to continuing to build connections with families and children!

Sarah –  Educator – In Child Care Since 2023 – Studying Certificate III

Hello my name is Sarah.

Hi I’m Sarah, I have working in childcare since 2023. I am currently studying my cert 111. I come from a big family with 2 sisters and one brother. I am also an awesome auntie to my nephews. I live with my partner Bailey and our dog JD. We like to take him or walks at the weekends. We also like spending time at the beach. I love working at Little Gems, its one big family and I enjoy seeing the children grow into their own characters.

Kim – Educator – In Child Care Since 2023 – Studying Certificate III

Hello my name is Kim, I started working in childcare in 2023. I am currently studying my cert 111. I enjoy working in childcare and watching the children grow. I like seeing their excited faces when I arrive at work each day. In my spare time I like travelling and taking road trips. Exploring new towns and places. My partner and I take our Dog on new adventures. I cant wait to meet new families within the Gems family.

Claudia –  Educator – In Child Care Since 2023 – Studying Certificate III – Maternity Leave

Hello, My name is Claudia and I have recently joined the Little Gems team! I am currently studying my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education. My partner (Sean) and I just welcomed our first baby boy to the world who is 5 months old now. We have 2 cats, George and Russell that are very fluffy. In my spare time I love art, with the ocean or space being my greatest muse. I love anything sweet from cake, slices and pastries to chocolate, ice cream and lollies. I definitely rather green tea than coffee. I haven’t done much travelling but would love to go see some more remote parts of Australia. Plants are another great hobby of mine which I used to sell at the Hervey Bay Nikenbah markets. I look forward to a new journey in childcare and the many special moments to come.