From the moment I started school at the age of 5 I dreamed of being a teacher. Now after having worked as a teacher for almost 40 years, it should come as no surprise that education is my true passion. Studying back in the 70s in Sydney as an Infants / Primary teacher, I began my teaching journey in Special Education. Although this wasn’t the pathway I had ever considered, an opportunity arose when I was approached by a friend who had taken a job at a Special School and I immediately fell in love with the children there. I worked at the school for almost 7 years, loving every minute of my time there. After the birth of my third child, my husband and I decided to relocate to Tweed Heads. We purchased a home that I converted into an early learning (childcare) centre that I opened in 1993. I had three more children and continued to run successfully for 22 years. These were some of my most cherished memories. During this time, my husband and I met so many beautiful children and we ended up fostering 5 siblings aged 1to 5 years of age in 2011. A couple of years later my husband and I separated after 35 years of marriage and eventually I closed the doors of my centre to dedicate more time to my children and 3 grandchildren. I took 18 months off before I returned to work as an Early Childhood Teacher until I developed bowel cancer in late 2017. I undertook 6 months of chemotherapy before returning to teaching once again in 2018.
I was fortunate enough to be offered my current position at Beach Kids as Centre Manager in January 2021 and I have been very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the wonderful team and the beautiful Cabarita community. Everyone has made me feel so very welcome.
My main areas of interest in the Early Childhood field lie in Literacy, Sport, Creative Arts and Indigenous Education. I have always loved playing team sports such as netball and touch football as well as swimming to keep fit. My interest has also been shared by my children who have all achieved at a high level such as playing representative netball, playing for Rabbitohs and winning Australian gold medals in Surf Life Saving. My youngest biological son is a professional dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. Two of my daughters are also in Early Childhood and Primary teaching.
Although I have been teaching for a long time, I believe that we are always learning and we can never stop learning from the children we work with. They inspire us, entertain us and challenge us to perform to the very best of our ability every day. I would like to think I have made a difference in the lives of the children I have met over the years, along with my children and grandchildren and I appreciate the great joy every one of them has brought into my life.
Hopefully, I have a few more years left in me to continue on my journey with my wonderful team at Beach Kids and I thank everyone for their continued support during my time here. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all our wonderful children at Beach Kids and I look forward to sharing with them their hopes, dreams and educational journey.
Hey hey!! My name is Chef Bindi.
I love to cook food!! I love to watch children try different foods and be adventurous. I am 27 years old and married to an amazing husband, Jason. I LOVE animals and I have many animals such as fish, exotic birds and kittens. I love chilling with Grace, my macaw and my many conures. I love colour and I am very loud and ‘out there’.
I love to teach the children in my care that it’s ok to get a bit messy and have some fun! I love to see the children experience new and wonderful things and watch their faces as they learn and take the next step in their development, or the excitement of conquering toilet training. I delight in watching the next generation grow.
I believe in creating meaningful relationships with children, families and educators. I always try to get down to the children’s level when talking and interacting. I believe environments should be calming and welcoming spaces with meaningful experiences and a place where all children feel respected and included. Children need to have a sense of belonging and wellbeing in the room and be able to feel safe and secure with their educators. I believe strong communication and team work is key to a successful room.
I strongly believe that all children are confident and capable learners with the right to have a voice. I believe in equality. If you say yes to one child, you should say yes to all children. Each child is unique and different with their own style of learning.
Each child has the right to have their needs met, to take risks and receive quality education while in the care of a service. I will always aim to meet every child’s needs and educate them to the best of my ability.
My name is Miss Bree (Brianna) I am a early childhood assistant educator at beach kids early learning and preschool.
I have had the privilege to work in child care for 5 years, I love being an educator that much now me and my partner Are expecting our own little bubba February 2022. I love all age groups from babies to preschool. I love to watch the children grow and learn. My favourite part about being an educator at beach kids is the families and children they give us just as much support as we do them. I love when the children see my face in the morning and get excited and give me lots of cuddles.
My hobbies are morning sunrise walks, shopping, music and going to the beach with friends and family. I have two cats at home. I was born in tweed heads and loved it here every minute.
My name is Huong and I am a proud mum of my 11 year old daughter. I was born in Vietnam and travelled to Australia 9 years ago. In 2014, I studied childcare and attained my Cert 3. I have since worked in various childcare centres on a casual basis and I am presently employed at Beach Kids in beautiful Cabarita Beach. It has now been 1 year since I started here and I absolutely love it. I have always loved children and since moving to Australia, I am very happy to have the opportunity to have a career working with children.
I love to go for walks along the beach with my daughter and I love surfing and fishing. I lived by the water in Vietnam and I am always at my happiest near the water.
I hope to continue my journey in early childhood education for many years to come.
Hi, my name is Kelsey, I started my journey as an educator at Beach Kids in 2019 when I moved from Brisbane. After graduating high school, I worked in an administration role for 5 years until I left to travel around Europe for 2 months. When I came back, I decided to follow my passion and get into the Early Childhood sector, it was the best decision I have ever made!
On my weekends I love getting out and exploring the beaches, markets, and everything our beautiful community has to offer. I love to practice yoga and going to the gym, I believe taking care of yourself is the best way to be the best version of ourselves.
The main part of my philosophy is teaching the children holistic ways and believe it is so important that the next generation learns about connecting to the environment and how to take care of our earth.
Hi, my name is Kerri, I am lucky enough to work with all classrooms, so I get to interact with all of the children. I am also a yoga teacher and massage & Reiki therapist. I have two children who are 15 and 11 years old.
It is a great joy working at Beach Kids, thank you for allowing me to have the opportunity to work with your children.
Hi, My name is Kiara and I am an educator at Beach Kids Early Learning & Preschool. I have always enjoyed the caring aspects of life. As a young adult, I was involved in charities and found happiness in helping and making others happy. I have completed both my certificate 3 and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and have also enjoyed a wonderful 9 years in the sector so far.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, face painting, getting creative and signing at church. I look forward to fostering your children’s wellbeing and development to blossom and grow.
Hi, My name is Linda, I am married with three fantastic boys.
I have been in the childcare sector for more than 10 years and find my position very rewarding. I love teaching the children to become positive and confident throughout their younger years.
I have recently started at Beach Kids and have a great understanding of every individual child. In such a short period I have shown the children how to be independent whilst having fun along the way.
I feel very proud of all the children in the centre and their learning adventures.
Stacey joined Beach Kids Early Learning and Preschool in March 2019. She has been working in early childhood since 2007. She has an Associate Degree in Education Studies.
Stacey has a love for all things early childhood and has a passion for embracing a holistic approach to children’s learning.
In her spare time Stacey loves playing sport and being outdoors. She also loves spending time with her children.
Hi, my name is Susan- I am a mum of three children who loves to spend time with my family and friends at the beach, skateboarding, riding bikes, laughing, eating out and sharing in new places and experiences.
I have been working in childcare and education since I was 15 years old, it was destiny, love and understanding of young children that lead me to choose this path and I wouldn’t change it for the world. They are my friends, my heart and my soul.
Hi, my name is Zoey and I am an Educator at Beach Kids Early Learning & Preschool. I found my love for working with children when I was teaching dancing. When I finished high school I completed my certificate 4 in Education Assistant. I have worked in the sector for 6 years and I have loved continuing with my learning through my Diploma.In my spare time, I love going to the beach, walking my dog and paddleboarding. I have really enjoyed working at Beach Kids and having the opportunity to get to know all of the children and families.
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