Meet Our Team – 2019

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.

 

 

Mel

SUPPORT MANAGER: Melissa Adney Wolfe 

Melissa’s role is to collaborate with the Services Director and Coordinators in order to provide them, and their teams with support and guidance.  She also collaborates with the Approved Providers (owners) of Mimosa Kids aiming to promote clear communication and a shared sense of purpose in order to deliver positive outcomes for team members, children and families. Melissa is personally inspired by the ongoing and collaborative development of our services policies and practices, as well as driving meaningful improvements within our company’s organisation.

 

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

Ashleigh has been a part of the Mimosa Kids family for twelve 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 is currently studying her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.  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 Joey 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: Zoe Marsden (M, T, W, F)

Zoe joined our team in 2009 as one of our trainees, completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services. In 2011 she moved to Perth where she had her son Noah, and completed her Diploma in Children’s Services. She returned to Sydney in 2017 and rejoined our team at the beginning of 2018. Zoe will be working 4 days, 10 hour shifts as the Joey Team Leader.

 

 

Joey Educator: Bec Reeves (M, T, Th, F)

Bec has been part of the Mimosa team for the past 7 years, completing her Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services. Bec is also currently completing her Bachelor of Education. She will be working two days in the room, as part of the Joey team, whilst also taking on the role of our centre’s Educational Leader.

 

 

 

Joey Educator: Kate Nelson (T, W, Th, F)

Kate joined our team in 2017 as one of our trainees, and has since completed her studies, now holding a Certificate III in Children’s Services. During Kate’s year as a trainee, she grew to love the younger age group and is eager to be working in the Joeys room next year as a permanent educator.

 

 

Joey Educator: Alisi Kanongataa (M-F)

Alisi joined our team in 2017 as one of our trainees, and has since completed her studies, now holding a Certificate III in Children’s Services. Alisi’s connection with our youngest group truly shone this year, and we are so pleased to have her as part of the Joey team again in 2019.

 

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 Educator: Sammi Stevenson (M, W, TH, F)

Kesaia has been a part of the Mimosa team for the past 4 years, completing her Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services. Kesaia is excited to also being moving up with some of her 2018 children, and will be working 4 days a week, 10 hour shifts.

 

 

* We are currently interviewing for a passionate, dedicated and experienced Diploma trained educator to join our 2019 Bilby team. This is a process we do not want to rush, but we do aim to have the position filled as soon as we can.

 

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 again this year. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Education, with over 18 years’ experience in the industry. In a short period of time Jennifer has already made such a positive impact in our preschool room and we can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

 

 

Kookaburra Educator: Sammi Stevenson (M, T, W, Th)

Sammi has been part of the Mimosa team for the past 2 years, completing her Certificate III and more recently, her Diploma in Children’s Services. Sammi has a passion for education and is eager to bring her wonderful ideas into the preschool room next year. Sammi will be working 4 days a week, 10 hour shifts.

 

Steph Salter

Kookaburra Educator: Steph Salter (Th, F)

Steph has been part of the Mimosa team for the past 4 years, completing her Certificate III then going on to study her Bachelor of Education full time. Now that she has completed her degree she will be part of our Kookaburra team two days a week, and working casually in local schools the other three.  We look forward to Steph bring her knowledge from local schools into the centre.

 

OUR CENTRE TRAINEES

We run Traineeship programs at Mimosa Kids. For 2019, 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.

 

Jaana Veikkanen (M-F)

Jaana joined our team at the beginning of 2018 as one of our trainees. She will be continuing her studies in 2019 and supporting the team across the centre, working in all three rooms.

 

 

Rose

Rose Buccheri  (M – F)

Rose joined our team mid 2018 as one of our trainees. Rose will be working five days a week and supporting the team across the centre, working in all three rooms.

 

 

 

OUR RELIEF EDUCATORS

Sarah Drummond (M – F)

Sarah will be joining us in 2019 as one of our support educators. She holds a Certificate III in Children’s Services and has over 7 years experience in the early childhood industry. We look forward to welcoming Sarah to the Mimosa team.

 

Stephanie Sadler (on call) – Cert III trained

Steph joined Mimosa Kids in 2014 completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services. Steph is currently one of our full time Out of School Hours Club educators, but regularly works up at the centre to cover when educators are away. Steph will continue this role next year to ensure consistency of educators.

 

 

Hala 1Hala Mroue (on call) – Cert III trained

Hala joined our team in June 2018 as one of our regular casuals. Throughout 2018 she worked three days a week supporting the preschool team. In 2019 she will work across the centre covering educator absences and time off the floor. Hala is on call Monday to Friday.

 

 

 

 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 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)

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 Gallo (M, W, F) 

 

 

 

 

 

Valeria Gomez (T, Th)

 

 

 

 

 

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!