Our Educators

As part of employment at the Pre-School, and in accordance with Department of Education and Communities, the Ombudsman Act, and the Children (Care and Protection) Act, all educators are required to undergo a Working with Children Check. This ensures the safety of the children enrolled. In accordance with the Education and Care Services National Regulations, the Pre-School is required to employ a total of three staff to meet staff to child ratios. Please feel free to approach any staff member if you have any questions or concerns.

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Narelle Jackson

Position: Director/Nominated Supervisor

Qualification: Diploma of Early Childhood Education/

Teaching: (Newcastle University)

Experience in Child Care: Over 35 years experience

Employed: Full time

My Personal Philosophy.

It is one that embraces fun and the excitement of anticipating the unexpected. I love the element of surprise and will always endeavour to stimulate the children’s learning by providing experiences by “thinking outside the box”, that challenge, are thought provoking, providing opportunities for to hypothesise and test their theory by incorporating ‘Habits of the Mind’

I feel that children need to have their voices heard so they feel empowered and valued within any early childhood setting.

My style of teaching is to listen to the children and families and through the process of respect, reflection and inclusive practices, together we will embark on the path of being co-contributors of learning. Be it about ourselves and our potential, our families, our community and the many wonders of the world around us and all that these embrace.

To respect one another in open yet meaningful conversations, to be fair and encourage ownership of responsibilities by offering intentional and spontaneous pedagogical teaching moments to help a child go above and beyond their potential in all aspects of development.

To me it is and always will be ‘having a go’ and I will always be proud of even the smallest of steps.

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Jackie Mulholland

Position: Advanced Child Care Worker/ Certified Supervisor

Qualification: Associate Diploma in Children’s Services - TAFE

Experience in Child Care: Over 25 years’ experience

Days Employed: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (Job Share)

My Personal philosophy commences with the belief that early childhood is a time to learn about life. It’s a journey of adventure and discovery, a time for fun, laughter and a time for children to develop their own understandings of the world and their place in it.

My personal goal is to give children a sense of worth and belonging by helping them develop at their own individual pace and making them feel confident and secure enough to explore and grow.

My passion for children’s safety drives my vision to create a future where all young children are provided with education, protection and support to be safe from abuse and risk of harm.

I consider families a vital aspect of me achieving my goals as we build relationships based on honesty, trust and respect. Only when we fully achieve this partnership can we build a bridge between a child’s two worlds-home and our centre. I’m committed to community engagement which broaden children’s understanding of the world in which they live.

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Belle Cusack

Position: Advanced Child Care Worker / Certified Supervisor/Educational Leader

Qualification: Diploma in Children’s Services – TAFE

Experience in Child Care: Over 25 years’ experience

Days Employed: Mondays,Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Job Share)

My Personal Philosophy.

As an educator at Hamilton Community Preschool I believe that the foundations laid in the early childhood years are crucial to their being, becoming and belonging. I practice the educational appropriate programs that support the Early Years learning Framework, while acknowledging developmental theories and the importance of learning through play-based experiences.

It is my strong belief that each child is given the opportunity to evolve in a rich environment which supports their individualism as well as developing each child learning and discovery.

I am committed to the care of the whole child and therefore maintain strong links and effective open communication with families and the wider community. This ensures that the care I provide is honest, based on mutual respect and in partnership with each family.

As a professional educator I strive to develop trust, respect and responsibility with my work colleagues to build a positive network. This will lead to productive mentoring and a harmonious work environment.

I will strive to be an approachable, organised and effective educator who meets the requirements in my philosophy. 

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Tema Adam

Position: Child Care/ Support Worker

Qualification: Certificate III in Child Services/Studying Diploma

Experience in Child Care: 10 years

Days Employed: Monday - Thursday

Hi, my teaching philosophy is to help facilitate children’s learning in a positive and friendly manner, where a child needs to experience a sense of belonging. This allows them to gain understanding and knowledge of the world around them and be co-contributors in a rich learning environment. Personally I believe that it is extremely important for me to form effective personal relationships between educators, children and parents to help create safety, trust and the acceptance of challenges.

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Krystal Scholl

Position: Child Care

Qualification: Certificate III in Child Services

Experience in Child Care:1 year

Employed: Monday,Thursdays and Friday

My Personal Philosophy

My personal teaching philosophy incorporates the belief that children should be active participants in their learning through interest-based activities and play based learning. As an educator I am passionate about providing positive educational experiences in the early childhood years by developing valuable relationships with each child and their family. 

I endeavour to nurture and guide children to discover their unique abilities by offering a safe, secure and exciting environment in which they can explore at their own pace and develop a sense of belonging.

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Lindsey Dragosavljevic

Position: Clerical

Qualification:

Experience:

Employed: Tuesday and Fridays