Approved Provider, Educator and Service Owner – Erin Adney

Mimosa Kids is privately owned by Erin and Laurence Adney. The Adney’s have been educating and caring for children aged 0-12 with over 25 years’ experience in the sector. Erin is trained in early childhood education and both Erin and Laurence enjoy playing an active role in supporting their staff members and ensuring a high quality of care and education for all children is provided. Erin and Laurence have three adult children of their own, and being a family owned and run service the Adney’s children are each involved in the service in some capacity.


Nominated Supervisor, MOOSH Coordinator and Educational Leader – Laura Martin

Laura Martin is the Co-ordinator of our MOOSH team. Laura works closely with all educators to ensure the provision of a high quality programme that incorporates the children’s ideas, wants, needs and emerging interests.Laura has many years’ experience working with children aged 0-12 and has completed her Bachelor of Education at Macquarie University.
Laura has experience working as Primary School Teacher in local public schools. Previously to this role Laura was working as an Early Childhood Teacher at our Preschool in the Kookaburras room and is already familiar with some of our children and families.
Laura aims to maintain a strong framework within which your children can feel both safe and stimulated while in our care.



MOOSH Assistant Coordinator – Vicky Hayes


Vicky Hayes is the Assistant Coordinator of MOOSH and has been a part of the Mimosa Kids family for over 10 years!
Vicky has completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services and have had previous experience working in the Out Of School Hours sector prior to working for Mimosa Kids.
Vicky’s aim for MOOSH this year is to create engaging programs and experiences for the children, and assist the children in being creative and expressive in a safe and fun learning environment.


Our Educators    

Kenneth Morris grew up and has lived in Frenchs Forest his entire life. The kids love to hang out and play with Kenneth and he will boldly tell you that he enjoys the finer things in life such as surfing, fancy dining and serving in the local community. Kenneth is of South American decent and claims he gets his curls from his Mum, he is also fondly looking forward to spending his lunch breaks at the new Glen Street shopping centre once it opens this year! When he is not working at MOOSH, Kenneth is busy studying primary education at Macquarie University.



Steph Sadler
 has been working for Mimosa Kids for a number of years. She previously worked at Mimosa Kids Preschool and Early Learning Centre full time and now works at MOOSH and the Preschool as a casual Educator.
Steph has completed a Certificate III in Children’s Services and is currently completing a Diploma in Children’s Services at TAFE.



Annalise Stigter
 has been a part of the MOOSH team for just over 2 years and enjoys forming relationships and spending time with the children.
Annie is currently studying at the University of Sydney with the intention of doing her masters of education next year.
Annie is extremely passionate about health and physical activity, especially amongst young people, and often encourages the MOOSH children to engage in beneficial gross motor activities.


Jack Crombie grew up in the Frenchs Forest area.
He is currently a student at Macquarie University, studying Commerce and Psychology.
Jack has loved sport his whole life, in particular, rugby and cricket, and has been playing both since a young age.
Jack really enjoys working at MOOSH, and loves engaging in different sports with the kids.





Georgia O’Sullivan
is currently studying Architecture at Sydney University.
She loves sharing her passion for art and design with the children through craft activities.She also enjoys participating in sport and exercise and have fun engaging in these experiences with the children outdoors.





Julia Allen is currently studying to be a high school woodwork and textiles teacher at ACU.
I realised I wanted to become a teacher when I travelled to India with World Challenge in 2014. It was this experience which opened my eyes to the joys of supporting kids learn and seeing their personal growth.  I tutor English as a second language students in English and love to see their personal development.





Kieren Nixon is currently studying Primary Education at Macquarie University and looks forward to becoming a teacher.
Kieren loves spending his spare time playing and watching all kinds of sport, his favourites being rugby union, cricket and soccer. With his knowledge and skill for sports, Kieren educates the MOOSH kids of different ball skills and games.




Melissa Luscri is fondly known as Mel or Mel.L by all of our children, families and educators. Mel has always had a passion to work with children of all ages and has been inspired by their eager and inquisitive minds to pursue a career in education.
Mel has completed studying her degree in primary education and pursuing her dream of being a primary school teacher. Mel is very family orientated and love to be surrounded by people, and will help out during our holiday club programs (whens she’s not busy planning for her busy classroom).


Tom Newcombe has lived on the Northern Beaches all his life, and has natural developed a passion for sports, the beach and food.
He plays and coaches football for Mosman and is currently studying at Uni to be a Physiotherapist.
Tom enthusiastically engages with the children, implementing his



Zoe Jackson is currently studying and enjoying her second year at University studying psychology.
Zoe enjoys playing netball and active outdoor activities, she hopes to be able to implement some of her interests into the MOOSH program, offering stimulating and physical experiences for the children.
Zoe is looking forward learning all about each MOOSH child and building relationships with their families.




Melissa Adney has been working for Mimosa Kids for over 10 years. As a member of our Management Team Melissa often works as a relief educator for both our MOOSH and Preschool services. Melissa enjoys spending time with the children extending on their knowledge, skills and interests and above all just forming strong relationships and having fun! Melissa is Diploma trained and also completing her Bachelor of Early Childhood education in her (non-existent) spare time.





Melissa Regan has always enjoyed working with kids and creating a positive, safe and fun environment for them to learn and grow in. Melissa has extensive experience nannying, babysitting and as a peer support leader in her schooling community. Melissa is currently studying Psychology at Macquarie University in order to continue her love for working with children in a supportive way.






Cameron Hill has lived in Australia since she was 8 years old. She spent most of her childhood growing up in Frenchs Forest. Cameron is currently studying Fashion and Textiles at UTS and loves getting creative and helping out the children with their craft experiences.






Jen Stoddart loves being a part of the MOOSH team and getting to work in an incredible environment.
She has always loved working with kids and is currently studying Social Work at Sydney University, with plans to study a Master of Art Therapy. Jen enjoys painting and drawing and loves sharing this passion with the children to help them embrace their creative side.






Brigette Lee is currently a student at Macquarie University studying Primary Education. She has always loved being around children and she is especially fascinated by the way they think. Brigette  enjoys photography, video editing, playing card games and listening to music. Brigette has a hidden tallen that is she can understand a language that not many people speak (a Chinese dialect called Teochew).






Stephanie Salter has been at Mimosa for the last few years as a casual educator, both at the Preschool and Early Learning Centre and MOOSH. Steph is in her last years of  completing a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (birth -12) and really enjoy working with children of all ages. Steph really enjoys engaging the children in the environment, exploring what mother nature has to offer.






Aaron Peters is currently studying business at the University of Technology Sydney. He has a passion for sport and has played many over the years. However, these days he plays and coaches football for Saint Augustine’s. Aaron loves playing sports and learning alongside the kids here at MOOSH, teaching them a new sporting skill or two along the way.






Stephanie Harding began a traineeship with Mimosa Kids Preschool and is now a keen member of our casual team at MOOSH. Steph thoroughly enjoys working with kids and it is great to see some of the children I use to teach at the Preschool at ‘big school’ now.




Michelle Adney works casually at our preschool and MOOSHservices. Michelle an enrolled Nurse and is currently completing her Diploma in Children’s services. The children and families love Michelle’s loud, fun personality as she often runs some of our most exciting group games. Being an enrolled nurse Michelle is an invaluable team member who often reminds each educator of the importance of strictly following the services health and hygiene procedures.


Our Cook


Karina Lopes (Monday to Thursday)

During school term Karina cooks the delicious afternoon tea for MOOSH as well as work as a casual educator. During the school holidays Karina work as an educator. She is highly passionate about cooking and enjoys working with children. Engaging with and talking to children and their families allows Karina to become more fluent in English. Previously, in Brazil Karina worked for a large health care company and there she learnt the importance of ensuring the safety and care of others.



Our Maintenance Team

Chris Adney is one of our on call Maintenance people. Chris is a member of our management team and available as a relief educator often participating in our Holiday Club Program to ensure the smooth running of activities and to be an extra pair of hands when we have particularly busy days. Whenever our room is in need of a face-lift or we have new equipment to be installed we know we will have the pleasure of seeing more of Chris!

Bret Jarvis is one of our on call Maintenance people. Whenever our room or gardens are in need of a face-lift or we have new equipment to be installed we know Bret will be promptly on the job.



Our Office Administration Team



Sharon Stewart (Mondays and Thursdays)

Sharon is happy to help you with any account problems/questions or queries.
You can call the Centre 94531162, send an e-mail to
or simply visit the preschool office between 9am-3pm.





Lina Janeliuniate (Wednedays)

Lina is happy to help you with any account problems/questions or queries.
You can call the Centre 94531162, send an e-mail to
or simply visit the preschool office between 9am-3pm.