Our Team

Management

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Debbie- DIRECTOR

Director since 2016, hold a Diploma of Children’s Services from TafeSA and a Bachelor of Early Childhood Degree from UniSA.

“I started at the Centre in 2006 as a Team leader in babies before becoming the Pre-school Teacher and remained in that role until the resignation of the previous director in 2015. I thoroughly enjoy educating children and also assisting educators and families with their needs. My role as a director is varied which keeps my days exciting and challenging! I enjoy reading, gardening, walks, holidays and anything relaxing. I usually spend my weekends very busy and come to work for a rest.. ha ha!”

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Lisa- ADMIN

Lisa joined the Centre in 2015, is a master of Myob, Excel, Spike and exceptional phone and interpersonal skills and welcomes everyone with a happy smile.

“I have worked in finance, HR, admin my whole working career. Prior to starting here I ran my own business for 15+ years assisting other small businesses to manage their admin and finances. I enjoy going on holidays, reading and spending time with my family and friends”

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Suzi- Assistant Director and Education Leader

Assistant Director and Education Leader works Mon-Fri is an Australain registered Teacher with overseas teaching qualification.

“I have worked as a primary school teacher and a principal overseas before migrating to Australia. I started working at Grey Ward Children’s Centre in 2010 as a relief before working in the Nursery room for 7 years. I am now enjoying the challenges of creating an engaging curriculum and working with a different age group. I enjoy walking on the beach with my family and my dog. I like spending time with my friends and going on holidays and visiting different countries”.

BABIES

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AnnaRita- Team Leader

Holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood, Diploma of Children’s Services

“Hi, I have been a primary school teacher for 10 years and was then given the opportunity to work in childcare in 2018 where I found my love and true passion to not only teach young children but be a part of their overall development and happiness. I love to travel, garden and spend time with family and friends and am looking forward to sharing the beginning of your special child’s journey here at Grey Ward Children’s centre."

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Nila- Team Leader

Holds a Cert 111 in Children’s Services and studying towards a Diploma of Children’s Services

“I am very passionate about children’s learning and supporting families to be involved through building relationships that support each other. I enjoy spending time with my family, friend, and my dog. I also like watching movies, swimming, and travelling."

NURSERY

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Ali- Team Leader

Team Leader works Mon-Fri and holds a Cert 3 in Childern's Services from TafeSA.

“I have worked at Grey Ward Children’s Centre since 2001. I have held a variety of different positions and enjoy the flexibility of changing roles and rooms. I love fitness, travelling overseas and going out with friends and family"

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Tenille- Team Leader

Team Leader works Mon-Fri and holds a Diploma of Early Childhood & Care from Queensland College.

“I have worked with a wide range of ages over my career of almost three years, from 3 months to 3 years old, all ages which I enjoy nurturing. Watching children learn through play, letting them be curious and getting creative is what I love most about working with children. I am particularly passionate about teaching subjects such as nature, sustainability, music, and art. At home, I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, playing video/board games with friends, and practicing music”.

JUNIOR KINDY

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Andrea- Team Leader

Team Leader works Mon-Fri and holds a Diploma Children's Services 2009 and Certificate 3 in Montessori Education 2013.

“I started working in Early Childhood Education in 1987. I have held many different work experiences over 32 years including working in Child Care Services, as a Nanny in the UK for 3 years - and in a Montessori Early Education setting. I have been part of the fabulous team at Grey Ward Children's Centre since 2013. I enjoy spending time with friends, travel and exercise, reading and renovating my little house!”

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Claudia- Team Leader

Graduated in 2018 from a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and have been enjoying working at different childcare centres since 2016.

“I come from a big, loud Italian family, and I love to spend quality time with friends and family. My secret passion is organising and styling different spaces in my house. I also love to cook and entertain and to go for day trips or for lunch in the Adelaide hills. While recognising parents and caregivers as the children’s first teachers, I love building relationships with the children and their families to play an important part in helping them learn and grow." ”.

KINDY

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Natalie- Preschool Teacher

Holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Degree from UniSA.

“Early Childhood Education is my passion and I have been dedicated to helping young children learn and grow. I love watching children inspire others with their excitement, knowledge and eagerness. Every day, kindergarten children take me on many different pathways as we learn and grow together. I enjoy playing netball, tennis, hanging out with friends, cooking and looking after my plants.”

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Jason

Jason studied at TafeSA and holds a Cert 3 in Children’s Services

“I have been in Australia over three years now, moving from London, UK in 2017. My interests are varied and Australia allows me to enjoy them more frequently. It's hard to play tennis 3 times a week and grow vegetables when it rains as much as it does in the UK. I'm an avid sports fan (soccer, F1 and tennis) as well as a culture junky, so living in Adelaide with its mountain of festivals is perfect for me. . I've always wanted to work with children as sharing a snippet of information with the curious, exciting, questioning minds of children and making them ponder has always made me smile. Helping to bring up my much younger siblings and then becoming Uncle JayJay were highly rewarding aspects of my life and I hope to continue learning with and from the children at Grey Ward”.

RELIEF STAFF

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Aleesha

Aleesha is currently studying the Bachelor of Early Childhood of Education at UniSA.

“I thoroughly enjoy working in child care and watching individuals grow and develop to be their own unique self. Being a part of children’s lives and providing support to setting the foundation to their education is significant and rewarding. I love that no two days are the same. I enjoy bike riding, cooking and spending time with family and friends”.

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Chelsea

Chelsea works in all rooms and holds a Diploma of Children’s Services from Tafe SA. Formerly one of our Baby Room Team Leaders for 5 years before having her own baby.

”One of my greatest passions is to provide creative art experiences to children and watch as they create their own masterpieces.”

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Cheryl

Cert 3 in Children’s Services, has worked in childcare for over 10 years, at Lady Gowrie Children’s Centre and McKinnon Parade Children’s Centre.

“I like reading, watching reality tv shows and travelling. I like spending time with friends going out to dinner, coffee and movies”.

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Clyde

Clyde has Cert 3 in Children’s Services from TafeSA and almost completed Diploma of Children’s Services from TafeSA.

“I began working as a relief educator in all rooms in 2017. I like spending time with family and friends”.

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Kate

Works in all rooms and has a Bachelor of Early Childhood.

“I have over 13 years of experience in childcare and I started at Grey Ward Children’s Centre in 2017. I love working with young children and watching the wonder in their faces as they discover and learn. I enjoy reading, visiting the zoo, going to church and spending time with my husband and two daughters.”

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Nilu

Works in all rooms and holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care –TAFE SA

“I enjoy being an Early Childhood Educator as it gives me the opportunity to be with children, know their personalities, interests and strengths and I love watching them grow and develop into independent young learners. My favourite hobby is shopping for clothes. I enjoy visiting places and playing with my little daughter.”

COOK

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Riley

Riley works 5 mornings a week, catering to support all children’s allergies, food preferences and the nutrition guidelines.

“I enjoy the challenge of creating healthy, tasty meals that the children love eating. I like to spend my weekends exploring walking trails and experimenting with baking”.