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 educators 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.

Lauren – Assistant Director

Lauren joined the team in April 2016 and has worked in various roles throughout the centre. Lauren holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and has worked within the Education and Care sector for over 15 years. She is passionate about supporting children to develop confidence and resilience and loves planning natural play spaces for children to explore and investigate.

Sue РAdministration 

Sue works alongside Nica and Lauren in the office, assisting with admin duties on Wednesdays.


Mel- Lead Educator (Monday, Tuesday)

Mel has been at Unley CCC since 2017 and holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. Mel has several years of experience in the childcare sector and is very passionate about her work. Mel has recently stepped into the role as Lead Educator within the Nursery room and you will see her cheery face on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Jenelle- Lead Educator (Wednesday – Friday)

Jenelle began her time at Unley CCC as a student and we are lucky enough to have her stay on with us as an educator. Jenelle has almost completed her Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood) and works within the nursery room from Wednesday – Friday.

Serife (Shez) – Assistant Educator (Monday-Friday)

Shez began her journey with Unley CCC in 2016 as a student and has completed her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services. 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 Lead Educator within the Toddler room. 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.

Leonie – Assistant Educator (Monday-Friday)

Leonie holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and joined the team here at Unley CCC in 2018. Leonie has worked in many of childcare centres around SA in various roles 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 – (Wednesday – Friday)

Vanessa joined our team in 2013 and holds a masters degree in Early Childhood. Vanessa is passionate about meaningful conversations with children, building relationships and teaching children about self expression and self help skills


Ella – Early Childhood Teacher (Monday – Friday)

Ella is studying her Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching, she has been with the centre for several years. Ella is passionate about teaching children in the 3-6 age range, and preparing children for their transition to school.


Angelina – Cook

Angelina works Monday-Friday preparing delicious, nutritious meals for your children. Angelina has extensive experience in cooking and catering and planning meals for various modified diets/cultural needs.

Tom –¬† Lunch Cover

Tom joined us in 2016 and has completed his Certificate III in Children’s 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.