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.


Veranica (Nica) – Director

Nica joined Unley CCC in December 2015. She has worked in childcare for 12 years, has two children of her own and has worked with all ages in a variety of job roles. She has completed her Diploma of Children’s Services and is passionate about programming and planning and childhood development. Nica works Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Rachel – Assistant Director

Rachel joined the team at Unley in October 2018. She has worked with children from the ages of 4 months to 7 years. Rachel has successful completed her Diploma of Children’s Services in 2016. She is passionate about allowing the children to take calculated risks to assist in their development and encourages the introduction of sensory materials and independence.

Sue – Administration 

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


Rachel- Lead Educator (Mon- Fri)

Rachel began working at Unley CCC in October 2018, she has several years of experience in the childcare sector and is very passionate about her work. Rachel has recently stepped into the role as Assistant Director. She works three days a week in the Nursery Room and two days in the office.

Shez – Assistant Educator (Mon-Fri)

Shez began her journey with Unley CCC in 2016 as a student and now assists in our nursery room. Shez is passionate about educating and extending children’s learning through positive interactions, communication and play.


Djarra – Lead Educator (Mon-Fri)

Djarra joined the Unley Team in 2017 as a casual employee and has now moved into the role of the Toddler room team leader. She has several years experience in this role and is passionate about creating inviting and interesting play spaces for children to learn, building children’s self esteem and embedding culture into everyday practices. Djarra works Wed- Fri

Leonie – Assistant Educator (Mon-Fri)

Leonie is the most recent staff member to join the team here at Unley CCC. Leonie has worked in many of the childcare centres around SA and has several years of experience. Leonie is very passionate about creating new experiences for the children and introducing them to new materials and sensory activities.

Vanessa – Assistant Educator – (Mon, Wed, Fri)

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


Ella – Early Childhood Teacher (Working towards)

Ella began her time at Unley CCC as a casual educator throughout the centre, she then moved on to be the assistant educator in the kindy room. As of early this year, Ella has begun studying her Bachelors degree and is now the registered ECT for the remainder of the year. Ella has expressed great interest in the community and has already planned a wide range of excursions and incursions for the Kindy children.



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 –  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.