Child care educators reading to group of children in child care classroom at ELC The Lakes

Our People

Our People

The educators at Early Learning Centre The Lakes are all experienced and passionate about giving children the best start in life. We are dedicated to exploring culture, diversity and what makes us all different with the children, so that they can understand how the world works and how they fit in it.

Jessica McGuffie
Centre Manager

Years in childcare: 9
 years
 
Qualifications: Diploma
 
What makes you passionate about working in childcare? Knowing that I am making an impact and helping scaffold children into the people. They are going to be for the rest of their lives. Being a part of their first point of learning is such a wonderful feeling.  
 
What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcareMy first ever childcare job, I was able to watch 2 classes of children grow from the nursery all the way up to kindergarten and off to school. Building the bonds with those children over the 4 years, was the most memorable experience. I still see them every now and again and it is a great feeling when they remember who I am, it means I have impacted them.
 
Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? Milestones The Lakes has a great team of educators who work collaboratively to deliver quality care to all of our children. We focus on all aspects of learning and like to introduce new and exciting experiences weekly, to ensure our children are staying engaged. We have a great relationship with our local school and deliver weekly visits for our kindergarten children to ensure they are getting the most out of our school readiness program.
 
Fun Fact about you: I have a collection of almost every piece of art I’ve done with children over my 8 years 😊 I ensure I sit and do the activity with them and I then take the sample I made and stick it in a folder. These have become a great resource for my staff when they are stuck for extension of learning ideas.
Miss Katlin

Miss Katlin

My name:  Katlin Acford
Qualifications:  Currently Studying Diploma of Early childhood Education and Care
Number of years in childcare:  3.5
You will find me in: Toddler Room 1
My favourite food:  Chicken
My favourite book character:  Grufflo
My favourite hobby:  Shopping
I love working with children because:  I got to use my creative and loving personality everyday.
 
Miss Mel

Miss Mel

My name:  Melissa Laundess
Qualifications:  Certificate 3 and Studying Diploma
Number of years in childcare:  1
You will find me in: Nursery 2
My favourite food:  Pineapple
My favourite book character:  Where’s Wally
My favourite hobby:  Spending time with my children
I love working with children because: I love watching them grow and helping them to achieve milestones
 
Miss Kimberley

Miss Kimberley

My name:  Kimberley Norris
Qualifications:  Studying Certificate 3 in Early childhood Education
Number of years in childcare:  My first year
You will find me in: Kitchen
My favourite food:  Thai Green Curry
My favourite book character:  Hermione Grainger
My favourite hobby:  Spending time with my children
I love working with children because:  I love seeing them learn and grow.  It’s wonderful getting to see their personalities coming out.
 
Miss Katelyn

Miss Katelyn

My name:  Katelyn Grocott
Qualifications:  Certificate 3 and Studying Diploma
Number of years in childcare:  1
You will find me in: Nursery 1
My favourite food:  Spaghetti Bolognaise
My favourite book character:  Cat in the Hat
My favourite hobby:  Watching Tv
I love working with children because: I just love it, I’m a big kid myself!”
 
Miss Claire

Miss Claire

My name:  Claire Paterson
Qualifications:  Trainee
Number of years in childcare: 1 year
You will find me in: Junior Kindy 2
My favourite food:  Vanilla Slice
My favourite book character:  Harry Potter
My favourite hobby:  Computer Games
I love working with children because: They bring a smile to my face every day
Miss Natanya

Miss Natanya

My name:  Natanya Grobler
Qualifications:  Cert 3 / Studying Diploma
Number of years in childcare:  1 year
You will find me in: Kindergarten 1
My favourite food:  Red Jelly
My favourite book character:  There was an old lady who swallowed a mozzie
My favourite hobby:  Working on my car
I love working with children because: They are clever and I want to be a part of their learning journey
 
Miss Kelly

Miss Kelly

My name:  Kelly Mills
Qualifications:  Certificate 3 and Studying Diploma
Number of years in childcare:  6 years
You will find me in: Kindergarten 2
My favourite food:  Southern Fried Chicken
My favourite book character:  Elsa
My favourite hobby:  Teaching
I love working with children because: By helping a guiding children through their early education.
 
Miss Belinda

Miss Belinda

My name:  Belinda Weeks
Qualifications:  Diploma in Early Childcare and Certificate 3 in educational support
Number of years in childcare:  7 years
You will find me in: Nursery 1
My favourite food:  Cheesecake
My favourite book character:  Harry Potter
My favourite hobby:  Craft
I love working with children because: I can give them so much and I enjoy helping them reach their milestones
Miss Logan

Miss Logan

My name:  Logan Jordison
Qualifications: Diploma
Number of years in childcare:  2.5 years
You will find me in: Toddler 1
My favourite food:  Spaghetti Bolognaise
My favourite book character:  Baloo the bear
My favourite hobby:  Camping and outdoors.
I love working with children because: I love the fact that children can teach me just as much as I can teach them.