OUR STAFF

 

Our centre employs an early childhood teacher, four diploma trained and two certificate III trained early childcare educators. In total, our team of educators offer over 60 years' experience in childcare! Our centre has higher educator to child ratios than required by Children's Services Regulations, to provide your child with the highest possible quality educational experience.

Sue Collinson - Director, Nominated Supervisor, Early Childhood Teacher

I have been fortunate to be part of Macquarie Hills Community Preschool for over 35 years. I live locally and have 2 wonderful children who are now young adults. I enjoy being involved in our local community and getting outdoors camping, travelling and taking care of my home and extended family.

It is a special privilege to be involved in the lives of our families and to help each child on their journey from home, to preschool and to prepare them for kindergarten. I believe that children are unique and have great potential. When encouraged and guided in a secure and stimulating environment by passionate teachers they can begin to reveal their personalities and interest in the world.

 

Lauren Holbert - Early Childhood Teacher

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My name is Lauren Holbert and I’m so excited to be part of the team at Macquarie Hills Community Preschool. A little bit about me - I have twin daughters at home and enjoy being active, playing and spending days at the beach with them. I also love to read, paint and cook in my spare time. I have been teaching in the Early Childhood sector for just over seven years and hold a double degree in Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood studies.

I believe early childhood is the most crucial time in an individuals life. This is the time where children develop their personalities, their attitudes towards learning and their sense of wonder and excitement. It is also a very special time where children are free to use their imaginations and be whoever they want to be. I believe that being an early childhood teacher is a very important role and to be able to facilitate, inspire, support and encourage children in their learning is very special and highly rewarding.

 

Kelly Harmes - Educational Leader

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My name is Kelly Harmes.  I am the mother of a wonderful son who is now a young adult.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, camping and looking after my home.  I have been in the Early Childhood Sector for over 20 years and have held a Diploma qualification since 2006.

I believe that my role in the life of a child is one of guidance and trust.  I feel that the relationships forged are an integral component of childhood development.  I strive to create an environment where a child feels comfortable and secure enough to reach their full potential.  All children are unique and celebrating this individuality is a strength in early childhood services.  I look forward to creating strong relationship with both children and families.

 Jodie Sliwa - Educator

Hi my name is Jodie Sliwa.

I am a proud mother of two young boys that along with my family are my world.

I have held my Diploma in Community Services since 2004 and have worked as an educator and in the industry for many years in a variety of roles and positions.

I am very passionate about early childhood education and find working with children to be both rewarding and satisfying.

Children to me are strong and capable and unique individuals and should feel safe and secure in their environment.

It is through child's play that they create and explore. Supportive educators allow children to gain life skills to prepare them for when they transition to the next stage of their development.

Abby Caslick - Educator

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Hi my name is Abby Caslick. I am excited to be part of the team at Macquarie Hills Community Preschool and begin my educator journey. I completed my traineeship last year and obtained my Cert III in Children’s Services. I loved my first year so much I have just begun to study my Diploma.

I enjoy going to the beach, keeping active and spending time with my family and friends. I am passionate about early education and play based learning. I am keen to learn and support my fellow team members to create a nurturing, caring environment that promotes a sense of belonging for everyone. I find my role extremely rewarding and feel so fortunate to be working within MHCPS. I look forward to meeting you all.

Stacey Galloway - Educator

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Hi my name is Stacey Galloway and I am excited to be joining the team at Macquarie Hills Community Preschool. I enjoy baking, watching movies, spending time with friends and family and swimming.

I have been working in the childcare industry for 15 years and have held a diploma qualification since 2011.

Working with children is a pleasure for me and I feel passionate about facilitating children in engaging spontaneous and intentional experiences. These experiences encourage and extend positive and confident beings which develop over the years. I am excited to play an integral part in your child’s learning to help them gain the skills they need and to help shape their life to become the best person they can be.

 

Leia Searant - Educator

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Hi may name is Leia Searant. I am a dedicated mother of three beautiful children, all who have attended Macquarie Hills Community Preschool.

My family love spending quality time together in our caravan or going for bike/scooter rides together in the local area. We believe in and make healthy active lifestyle and good nutrition choices.

I enjoy artistic activity including face painting and drawing and hope to bring some of my creative ideas to the children.

I have completed the Certificate III in Children’s Services course and wish to continue studies to complete a diploma of Children’s Services in the near future.

I believe I can make a difference in the lives of young children by encouraging them to build confidence and develop understanding of each other as individuals. It is important that I build secure relationships with the children and families.

I feel very passionate about early childhood education and have thoroughly enjoyed my studies so far. I am so excited to become part of such a caring, fun and supportive environment as Macquarie Hills Community Preschool.

Kristy Acland - Educator

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My name is Kristy and I have been in the childcare sector for over 17 years, holding a Diploma of Child Studies.

I am the mother of two beautiful daughters who I adore and love to spend time with. My interests include going to the movies and spending time with friends and family. I enjoy going for walks around the lake and going to the beach.

I believe all children should be given the opportunity to be themselves, to be confident and have pride in their achievements. I’m very excited to be a part of the team.