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Our Team at Leura Child Care Centre & Preschool

A child’s brain is a fire to be ignited, not a pot to be filled
– John Locke, English philosopher and physician

Our Team

Lisa – Owner & Centre Director

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Lisa is the creative force behind Leura Child Care Centre.

my kindy book lisa rickardPrior to having her four children, Lisa converted an old church hall into a thriving child care centre on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and served as Director for 8 years.

Lisa is passionate about play-based learning for children, and draws inspiration from Scandinavian models, which emphasise the importance of outdoor play in natural settings for healthy growth and brain development.

Lisa is the author of the very popular ‘My Kindy’ book, which helps parents and children settle into child care.

Tara – Director

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Tara is the mother of 2 children. Her wealth of experience, warmth and intelligence is a great asset to our centre.

Tara loves being well organized and delivering many family events and activities to our centre. Most importantly, Tara delights in working with children in their early years. Her soft and loving heart towards children is already well known to all.

Tara is passionate about the care and education of children and loves nurturing them while they grow and learn.

Preschool Room

Val

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Val is the mother of 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Val has 22 years’ experience in centre based care and a deep understanding of how children learn. She expresses this through a busy program that includes gardening, cooking, art and outdoor play.

Val is a wonderful support to our families and engages beautifully with our children.

Our students attend the Fresh Food Kids Discovery tour excursion.

Jan

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Jan has enjoyed a long and rewarding career in the childcare industry over the past thirty years.

She is a mum to three adult children and “Nanny Jan” to her grandchildren. Jan is strongly motivated to help children become happy, healthy and unique individuals and adheres to the philosophy that children learn through play.

Jan loves passing on her love of books and literacy. She is always looking for a great book to read to our children. She is a wonderful support to our families with a wealth of wisdom.

Jema

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Our children absolutely love Jema and her sensitive nature.

Jema is passionate about working with children and brings a calm and warm presence to this busy room, and has quickly become a hardworking member of the team.

Jo

Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) and Bachelor of Creative Arts

Jo is a fun and vibrant member of our team.

Jo engages beautifully with our children and has a calm disposition.

Jordyn

Working towards Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care

Jordyn is a full time educator in our Pre School room.

Jordyn loves working with children, it’s all she has wanted to do. She has looked forward to her journey ahead being able to support and watch your children grow.

It’s wonderful to have enthusiastic young educators like Sarah and Jordyn on our team, learning from our passionate and experienced senior educators.

Early Learners Room

Sharon

Sharon holds a 4 year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) from Macquarie University

With over twenty years experience working with children and their families Sharon is great at building strong supportive relationships with families and their children. Sharon raised two beautiful boys in the Blue Mountains who are now in tertiary education.

Sharon’s standards are very high, her passion is to provide high quality education and care to children in their crucial early years.

She has an ongoing passion for the environment which means she has a particular interest in fostering sustainable practices and in encouraging children to closely observe, appreciate and care for the natural world.

Rachael

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Rachael is a full time educator in the early learner’s room. Rachael loves working with the 0 to 3 age group and has extensive experience.

She brings a wonderful amount of energy, warmth and joy to the room.

She is a mountains local who loves the outdoors and is a champion rock climber!

Lauren

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care & Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care

Lauren brings vibrance, energy and extensive experience to the early learners room.

Her love of theatre and music is a wonderful asset to our programme.

Lauren engages and connects beautifully with all our early learners.

Cathy

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Cathy is a full time educator in our Early Learners room, bringing to her role valuable experience in long day care.

Cathy has a beautiful son and is a hard worker. She has a warm, sunny and gentle manner with the children. She particularly loves caring for and playing with our babies.

Cathy comes from Vietnam and we all enjoy her culture in the room. We love having Cathy as part of the team!

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Amy

Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Amy works with us two days a week.

Amy is a mother of two beautiful children and loves working with children in their early years.

Elise

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Elise lives in Lawson and is the mother of two children.

Elise engages well with all our children and is a wonderful support to the centre. Elise works with us two days a week.

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