Our Team

Our Team

Our Preschool is fortunate to have highly qualified, long-serving and experienced staff, who work extremely hard to ensure that each child experiences a positive, meaningful and educational environment that optimises their learning and development. The educational programs are developed by highly experienced University qualified Teachers and Diploma trained Educators, which are implemented with the support of experienced Certificate III Assistant Educators.

 

Our team takes a collaborative approach to program and planning development guided by our Educational Leader, Janelle. Our educational programs are developed around the principles and practices set out in the Early Years Learning Framework, with each of our teaching team bringing their own unique talents and interests to the program.

 

All of our educators participate in fortnightly staff meetings and regular professional development and training to reflect on their own values, views and understandings of early childhood theory, research and practice in Early Childhood Education. All educators have completed the following:

 

  • First Aid, CPR and Anaphylaxis and Asthma Training
  • Child Protection Training
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • All Early Childhood Teachers (ECTs) are accredited at Proficient Teacher Level, and maintain that accreditation, with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
Heidi
Director

Nominated Supervisor | Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 years)

Proficient Teacher (NESA)

 

Heidi is a university qualified teacher, who has been working at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2010. Heidi is responsible for the day to day management of the preschool and is dedicated to providing a nurturing, caring and welcoming community where children, families and educators learn, discover and grow together each day.

Janelle
Educational Leader

Early Childhood Teacher | Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Proficient Teacher (NESA)

 

Janelle is a university qualified teacher, who leads the team in implementing an engaging and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children aged 3 to 5 years and is responsible for ensuring children achieve the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

Yvette
Office Administrator

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Yvette is a highly experienced administrator providing office support on Thursdays and Fridays.

 

 

 

Our Experienced Teachers

Angela
Koala Room (Mon-Wed)

Early Childhood Teacher | Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Proficient Teacher (NESA)

Angela is a university qualified teacher, who has been working at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2019.

Brooke
Koala Room (Mon-Wed)

Early Childhood Educator | Diploma of Children’s Services (Community Services)

 

Brooke is a Diploma qualified educator, who has been working at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2019.

Ness
Koala Room (Mon-Wed)

Early Childhood Educator | Certificate III (Children’s Services)

 

Ness holds a Certificate III (Children’s Services) qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care and is our Outdoor Programming Educator on Monday to Wednesday. Ness has worked at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2020.

Victoria
Koala Room (Thu-Fri)

Early Childhood Teacher | Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five) – Charles Sturt University

Provisional Accreditation (NESA)

Victoria is a university qualified teacher, who joined us in 2022.

Mel
Koala Room (Thu-Fri)

Early Childhood Educator | Diploma of Children’s Services (Community Services)

 

Mel is a Diploma qualified educator, who has been working at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2022.

Ness
Koala Room (Thu-Fri)

Early Childhood Educator | Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care

Ness is a Certificate III qualified educator, who has been working at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2020.

Janelle
Possum Room (Mon-Fri)

Early Childhood Teacher | Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Proficient Teacher (NESA)

Janelle is a university qualified teacher, who has been working at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2020.

Bek
Possum Room (Mon-Fri)

Early Childhood Educator | Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Bek is a highly experienced Diploma qualified educator, who has been working at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2022 while Liza is on maternity leave.

Dearne
Possum Room (Mon-Fri)

Early Childhood Educator | Diploma (Early Childhood Education and Care

Dearne holds a Diploma qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care and is our Outdoor Programming Educator on Thursday and Friday. Dearne has worked at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2014.

Liza
Possum Room (Mon-Fri)
Currently on Maternity Leave

Early Childhood Educator | Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

 

Liza is a highly experienced Diploma qualified educator and our longest standing member of the team. Liza has been working at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2003 and is currently on maternity leave.

Josie
Casual Staff

Early Childhood Teacher | Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Proficient Teacher (NESA)

Josie is a university qualified teacher, who has been working at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2017.

Rachel
Casual Staff

Early Childhood Educator | Diploma (Early Childhood Education and Care)

 

Rachel holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Dearne has worked at Elanora Heights Community Preschool since 2015.

Haryella
Casual Staff

Inclusion Support Educator | Certificate III Children’s Services | ABA Therapy

Haryella is a Certificate III qualified educator working towards a university qualification in Applied Behavioural Therapy.

Community Volunteers

We are also fortunate to have regular community volunteers at preschool – Alison (previous-Director) and Jean (neighbour/local community member).

Alison is also a much loved and reliable member of our casual teaching team.