Our Team

The most important asset we have here at Unley Community Childcare Centre is our amazing, caring and experienced staff team.

The Centre operates with a young, dynamic and enthusiastic group of staff that truly are the backbone of this small and unique centre.

Being such a small centre allows us to have a great educator to child ratio and qualified educators in each room. We pride ourselves on the relationships we are able to build with our children, as we believe that they are the foundations to the best possible education, development and care of each child. We are committed to professional and personal staff development as we also believe it is a fundamental to providing a high quality service.

IN THE OFFICE….

Veranica (Nica) – Director and Educational Leader 

Nica joined Unley CCC in December 2015. She has worked in childcare for ten years and has worked with all ages in a variety of job roles. She has completed her Diploma of Children’s Services and passionate about programming and planning. Nica works Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Andrea –  Assistant Director

Andrea joined our team in July 2017. Andrea has been in the childcare industry for the past 2 years and has spent time working with children aged 6months to 5 years. She is passionate about policy review and work health and safety and currently works at the centre on Monday mornings, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Lauren -Director (Maternity Leave until April 2018)

Lauren joined the Unley CCC team in April 2016. She holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and has three young children of her own. She is passionate about providing high quality learning environments for children and has extensive experience as a Centre Director and trainer. Lauren has worked in children’s services and education for 15 years and works at the centre Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Sue – Administration 

Sue works alongside Lauren and Nica in the office, assisting with admin duties on Tuesdays and Thursdays

IN THE BABY ROOM….

Mandi – Team Leader in the baby room

Mandi Joined Unley CCC in October 2016. She has worked in Childcare for eight years and is passionate about building children’s self esteem and resilience.

Alice – Assistant Educator in the baby Room

Alice joined Unley CCC in January 2016 in our Nursery Room. She has her certificate III and has worked for 4 years in a Nursery Room previously. Alice is passionate about craft and messy play with babies.

 

IN THE TODDLER ROOM…

Jade – Team Leader in the Toddler Room

Jade joined our team in May 2017 and has been in the Education industry for several years although most of her experience lies with school aged children she was ready for a change. Jade is very passionate about creating beautiful learning environments and has a strong focus on sustainable practices

Melissa – Toddler Room Assistant

Melissa joined our team in February 2017 and has several years experience working with Toddlers. Melissa is passionate about building lasting relationships and having fun whilst teaching children.

Vanessa – Toddler Room Assistant – Mon, Tues, Thurs

Vanessa joined our team in 2013, she holds a masters degree in early childhood and works with our Toddlers 3 days a week. Vanessa is passionate about meaningful conversations with children, building relationships and teaching children about self expression and self help skills

Claire – Team Leader in the Toddler Room (Maternity Leave until January 2018)

Claire joined UCCC in 2015 as the Team Leader in the Toddler Room. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and is also a Certified Supervisor. Claire has worked in childcare for 15 years and has experience both on the floor and in the office.

Sylvia – Toddler Room Assistant (currently on maternity leave)

Sylvia has a Certificate III in Children’s Services and works full time in the Toddler Room.

 

IN THE KINDY ROOM..

Leanne – Early Childhood Teacher – part time

Leanne joined the team in January 2017, she holds a bachelor of early childhood and has been in the childcare industry for many years. Leanne has strong leaderships skills learnt through working previously as a Director, is passionate about emergent curriculums and strives to create beautiful learning environments for the kind aged children.

Ally – Early Childhood Teacher – part time

Ally joined the team in 2015 and has a Bachelor in Early Childhood. She supports Leanne in the kindy room and is passionate about learning environments and play based learning.

AROUND THE CENTRE…

Anne – Cook

Anne has a Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) and a Certificate in Food Service, Cleaning and Sanitising. Anne has 12 years extensive experience in cooking and providing special diets. Anne works part time, Monday to Friday.

Tom – main lunch cover

Tom joined us in 2016 and has completed his Certificate III in Children Services. Tom works across all the rooms providing lunch cover throughout the week and is passionate about developing lasting relationships.

We also have several valuable casual employees who help us out throughout the year.

A comprehensive orientation procedure for all new Educators, including relief, is in place to ensure consistent practices and continuity for children and families.