Our Education Team

All Child Care Educators in the Gumnut Pre-kinder education team are trained in the area of early childhood educationAll Child Care Educators employed at Gumnut Pre-kinder are trained in the area of early childhood education. Please see our educators list for more information. All Educators bring to our service a wealth of knowledge and experience to enable us to provide a dynamic and professional environment.

Gumnut Pre-kinder is licensed by the Department of Education and Communities (DECS) and supervised by advisors from this department.

We are a 1 unit centre catering for up to 33 children per day.

Name Position Qualifications
Maria Hogan Director/Teacher/Supervisor
(5 days per week)
Bachelor of Diploma of Teaching Education (Early Childhood Primary Schools)
Jill Comerford (3 days per week) Advanced Childcare Worker Diploma in Children’s Services
Leeann Campbell (3 days per week) Advanced Childcare Worker Diploma in Children’s Services
Jane Darnell (3 days per week) Advanced Childcare Worker Diploma in Children’s Services
Debbie Potts (3 days per week) Advanced Childcare Worker Diploma in Children’s Services
Rhonda Kubecek (4 days per week) Advanced Childcare Worker Certificate III   in Children’s Services
Larissa Behn (2 days per week) Advanced Childcare Worker Certificate III   in Children’s Services
Sarah Brown (2 days per week) Advanced Childcare Worker Diploma in Children’s Services
Karen Tomlinson (4 days per week) Advanced Childcare Worker Certificate III  in Children’s Services
Marilyn Lahiff (2 days per week) Administration Officer

Please Note:

All Educators have a First Aid Certificate and Asthma and Anaphylaxis training.

Experienced and qualified staff may replace permanent staff on leave and all staff, including casual staff, have had a working with Children’s Check.

When required, additional Special Needs staff work with children with specified special or diverse needs to support their learning development and inclusion. Funding for this support comes from Inclusion Support Program (ISP), Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR). To further support children with special and diverse needs, educators collaborate with agencies such as Noah’s Ark Early Intervention Unit to develop individual educational plans (IEP). Other para-professionals including speech pathologists and other therapists are also consulted where necessary.

In our Centre the Education team work as facilitators (guides) in learning process, which requires them to:

  • Interact closely with the children.
  • Constantly reflecting on their practice and pedagogy.
  • Be flexible in their planning and interactions.