Meet Our Team – 2018

Erin & LaurenceCENTRE OWNERS: Laurence & Erin Adney

Mimosa Kids is privately owned by Erin and Laurence Adney with over 25 years’ experience in the child care industry. Erin is trained in early childhood education and both Erin and Laurence enjoy playing an active role in supporting staff and ensuring a high quality of care and education for all children is provided.

 

 

NOMINATED SUPERVISOR/ DIRECTOR: Ashleigh Magee (M-F)

Ashleigh has been a part of the Mimosa Kids family for over ten years, in that time not only has she developed close ties with families and the community, she has excelled in leadership roles, continually supporting her team members in meeting a high quality standard in all areas of the service. Ashleigh has experience with all age groups and in management roles and is currently in her last year of completing a Bachelor of Education. Ashleigh’s main role as director and nominated supervisor of the service is to ensure all stakeholders are heard and Mimosa Kids policies, procedures, and high quality service is continued. Ashleigh can be contacted via phone, or email; ashleigh.magee@mimosakids.com.au

 

EDUCATIONAL LEADER: Bec Reeves (M, T, TH, F)

Bec has been part of the Mimosa team for the past 7 years, working throughout each of our rooms in this time. She has competed her Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services and hopes to begin studying her Bachelor of Education in the coming year. As the Educational Leader of the service, Bec’s main goal is to support educators in ensuring a high quality, individualised learning program is carried out, where children of all ages can freely explore their interests and grow in all developmental domains. Bec will also be working in the Kookaburra room, which will enable her to hold a clear perspective of the challenges that may arises for educators. Bec will be able to make time with any family who are looking for any additional support and/ or may have questions in regards to our online programming tool, Appsessment.

 

OUR JOEY TEAM 

Joey Team Leader/ Educator: Danni Hodgins (T-F)

Danni has been part of the Mimosa team for the past 3 years, and holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. Danni has a passion for early childhood education and will take on the role of team leader in the Joey room. As Danni transitions back to full time hours after returning from maternity leave, she will start the year working 3 days a week, 10 hour days and by February will be working her normal 4 days.

 

Joey Educator: Zoe Marsden (M, T, W, F)

Zoe was part of the Mimosa team between 2000-2010 before moving over to Perth and having her son Noah. Zoe has now returned to Sydney and is eager to get back into the Early Childhood sector. Zoe holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and will be working 4 days a week, 10 hour days. We are very excited to have Zoe back!

 

 

 

Joey Educator: Kesaia Palu (M-TH)

Kesaia has been a part of the Mimosa team for the past 3 years, completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services. She is currently studying her Diploma in Children’s Services which is due for completion in early 2018. Kesaia will be working four days a week, 10 hours a day as part of the Joey team.

 

 

Joey Educator: Alisi Kanongataa (M-F)

Alisi joined our team in July 2017 as one of our trainees. She is due to complete her traineeship in September where we will then begin her Diploma in Children’s Services. Alisi has a “special touch” with our younger children and we feel very lucky to have her as part of our team!

 

OUR BILBY TEAM

 

Bilby Team Leader/Educator: Dionne Nicol (M – W)

Dionne has been a part of the Mimosa team for the past 9 years, prior to that, working at Erin & Laurence’s previous centres. Dionne is a mother of two and holds a Bachelor of Education. Due to having to drop off and pick up her children, Dionne will be working 9am – 2:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

 

Bilby Team Leader/Educator: Jacqui Fraser (T – F)

Jacqui holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and is also a mother of two. She has over twenty years’ experience in the industry, with a passion for working with children aged 3 to 5 years. Jacqui will work 8 hour days, alongside Dionne as the team leader in the Bilby room.

 

 

 

Bilby Educator: Sammi Stevenson (M, T, TH, F)

Sammi has been part of the Mimosa team for the past 2 years, completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services. She is currently studying her Diploma, and will be moving up with her 2017 Joey children into the Bilby room for 2018. Sammi will be working 4 days a week, 10 hour days.

 

 

OUR KOOKABURRA TEAM

 

Kookaburra Educator/ Team Leader: Jennifer Chen Chow (M-F)

Jennifer joined our team in 2017 and will be working as the team leader in the preschool room. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Education, with over 18 years’ experience in the industry. Jennifer has a close connection with the local community and ties with Mimosa Public School.

 

 

 

Kookaburra Educator: Bec Reeves (M,T,TH,F)

Bec has been part of the Mimosa team for the past 7 years, working throughout each of our rooms in this time. She has competed her Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services and hopes to begin studying her Bachelor of Education in the coming year. Bec will work alongside Jennifer in the preschool room, whilst also taking on the role of our centres Educational Leader.

 

 

OUR CENTRE TRAINEES

We run Traineeship programs at Mimosa Kids. For 2017, we will have two trainees as part of the team. These trainees are paired with more experienced staff to be mentors to them and help them to gain important skills through on the job experiences.  You can always see what staff members/ trainees are in your child’s room, as pictures of each team are displayed for the day in the classrooms. If you are not sure where that is located in your child’s room, please see a team member.

Alisi Kanongataa (M-F)

Alisi joined the Mimosa team in 2017, and is one of our centres Trainees. Alisi will be completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services whilst gaining on the job experience, working throughout all three rooms.

 

 

 

Kate Nelson (M-F)

Kate joined the Mimosa team in 2017, and is one of our centres Trainees. Kate has begun her on the job experience as she works towards completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services. Kate will be working in all three rooms throughout the year.

 

 

 


Jaana Veikkanen (M-F)

Jaana joined our team this year as one of our Trainees. Jaana will be working in all three rooms, relieving educators when needed. She will also begin studying her Certificate III in Children’s Services.

 

 

 

OUR RELIEF EDUCATORS

Brianna

Brianna Picker (M-F) – Diploma in training

Brianna joined our team in 2018, working Monday to Friday 6-8 hour shifts. Brianna has previous experience in Early Learning Centres and is currently completing her Diploma in Children’s Services through TAFE. Brianna will be working throughout the centre supporting the team, covering breaks and relieving educators for programming/study time.

 

 

 

Stephanie Salter (on call) – Cert III trained, Bachelor of Education in training

Steph joined our team in 2014 as a trainee, completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services. Steph is currently a full time student completing her Bachelor of Education at University. Steph will be working casually on Tuesdays and Fridays, allowing relief time for educators for programming and study.

 

 

 

Victoria Hayes (on call) – Diploma trained

Vicky has been a part of the Mimosa team for over ten years, completing her Diploma in Children’s Services. Vicky will be taking on an Assistant Coordinator role at our OOSH service in 2018 whilst also helping out at the centre when needed.

 

 Steph Sadler (W, TH) – Cert III, Diploma in Training

Steph joined our team in 2013 and completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services. This year she returned from a 3 month European holiday and will be working at both our OOSH and Long Day Care services. Steph will cover educators for programming/study time two days a week.

 

 

 

 Our Administration Team

Sharon Stewart (Monday & Thursday)

Do you need help with your account?? Never fear, we are here to help! – Sharon is able to help you with any account problems/questions or queries. You can call the Centre 94531162, send her an e-mail MKenquiries@MimosaKids.com.au or simply visit the Centre’s office between 9-3 on Monday or Thursday..

 

 

 

Lina Janeliuniate (Wednesday)

Do you need help with your account?? Never fear, we are here to help! – Lina is able to help you with any account problems/questions or queries. You can call the Centre 94531162, send her an e-mail MKenquiries@MimosaKids.com.au or simply visit the Centre’s office between 9-3 on Wednesday.

 

 

 

Our Chefs

Julie-Anne

Julie-Anne (M,Th,F) 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee-anne

Lee-anne (Tu,Wed)

 

 

 

 

 

Our Preschool and Early Learning Centre provides food that meets 50% of the recommended daily requirements. To meet the individual child’s needs at meal times we provide the children with choices. Lunch can be a variety of foods with the emphasis being on the preparation of fresh, healthy, child friendly food. A seasonal menu is displayed in each room so you can adjust your evening meals; please ask a staff member if you are not sure where the menu is displayed. If you have a recipe you would like to share please let us know, we are always looking for new recipes to incorporate into our cookbook. We also have cook books for sale ($10), full of family friendly recipes we use at Kindy. This way if your child can’t get enough of their Kindy lunches you can cook them at home too!