Our Team

Mellissa Ware - Director

I have worked in a range of positions throughout my career, but there is nothing more satisfying to me; then that moment when a child looks at you with overwhelming joy as they achieve their goal and the happiness on their little faces is what it’s all about.

My philosophy is simple:

Remember when you were young and spent your days outdoors, where you had the freedom to wander and explore?

 

Children need the freedom to be able to make their own choices and our job as Educators is to help them foster this. I am a big believer in promoting children’s agency and developing those ever-important life skills.

We understand what parents and children want to see at their childcare. With a strong focus on real play, our unique approach finds the balance between education, care, play and wildwood.

Children have the right to make their own choices and decisions, they need to be able to explore their world through their eyes not ours, to ask as many questions as needed until they have the answer they are looking for, to have the confidence to express ideas and to learn from their mistakes.

As adults we tend to forget at times that children are capable of initiating their own learning and we are only there to support them along the way, remembering that we are in the children’s learning space, not the other way around.

The way the centre is designed will provide opportunities throughout the whole day where children will learn as they discover, create, improvise, test theories and imagine through all play spaces.

I look forward to what lies ahead and I hope you are too.


Joann Beggs

My name is Joann Beggs and I am the kindergarten teacher you will find at Kenmore Hills Early Learning.  My passion is teaching and I have done this for over 20 years ranging from Kindergarten to year seven. I believe that early childhood is a celebration of learning and honour diversity that when valued and nurtured appropriately, fosters individuals that can positively contribute to their community and the greater society.

 

I value early childhood education as the foundation for lifelong learning.  I work with parents, the children’s first teacher, to develop a program specifically for their child. I strive to provide holistic support of the child’s exclusive requirements and interests in a nurturing, familial environment that fosters the child’s development across all developmental domains.

My education includes Masters of Education, Bachelor of education with QUT, a diploma and certificate in children’s services. I have a vast wealth of knowledge about how children learn, child development and most importantly how to set up an engaging environment to engage the children and develop their interests.

Our educational programs are reflective of emergent curriculum from the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines. Through quality relationships with peers, parents and children in the overall attempt to pave the way for an exploratory understanding of themselves, the world around them and their place in it.


 

Our programs are completed and implemented daily. A portion of them is occupied by planned implications observed in individual children. This emergent curriculum is delivered through play which is a key to learning. There is substantial opportunity for the children to participate in spontaneous independent experiences as part of play based learning. It can help enrich learning and develop key skills such as inquiry, expression, experimentation and teamwork. With a focus on bringing back the wildness in early childhood, I am a firm believer that the all environments are valued education areas full of nature play.  Natural areas promote child-directed free play that is imaginative, constructive, sensory rich and cooperative. Most of all it is fun.

 

Our respectful ties with schools and library and recognition of the traditional owners of the land, have been a catalyst in the development of our partnership with the local community more broadly, evoking a sense of belonging in the children and a growing awareness of their place in their community. Creating social capital through their own interactions and participations within their local community enables the children to be recognised and have value.


Nixx - Kenmore Hills Chef

Hey, my name is Nikola, but my preferred name is Nixx.

 

My background is Fijian, French and I grew up in New Zealand. I have two sons Valance and Kobe Foxx; Valance is 9 and Kobe Foxx is 7.

My passion of cooking started from my grandfather who was a chef. I always watch him cook in family gathering and function. I always love helping him around the kitchen. From then onwards I love cooking. I come from a very sporting family. I enjoy helping and teaching kids as I was a soccer coach for the under 7’s and under 9’s Soccer Club.

I represented my country in the world cup qualify in soccer. I moved to Melbourne 17 years ago carrying on my Soccer Career and landing myself a job that I love, which is cooking.

I worked at the Hilton Hotel for 7 years where my recipes, meals and services were well appreciated. I would consider it a privilege to have worked in a reputable establishment such as the Hilton hotel. I am looking forward to working in Kenmore Hills. I am excited for this new challenge in my care


Sam Mansfield

Hello All,

My Name is Sam Mansfield and I am looking forward to being a part of the community here at Kenmore Hills early Learning. I am near the completion of my Diploma of early childhood education and care.

I have been working in the early childhood industry since 2014 in a wide variety of Roles. These included work in Kindergarten settings working alongside children with special needs, sssAssisting educators in supporting children, working in Long day care centres in various roles and capacities. I Love working with children to help them to discover who they are and what they can bring to the Table. I also believe that children are the leaders of Tomorrow. What better way to support them in this but through sowing positivity into their lives? I come from a very close nit family where wild hood was and still is available at our door step (Literally). There are multiple memories from my life spent in nature and the outdoors. When I arrived home from school one of the first things I would do ( After raiding the pantry of course 12 ) was go outside and hang out with the Dog and the ever adventurous brood of chickens. This would often follow up with the dog and My Brother and I heading down to the Creek to Explore and be adventurous.

The Adventures continued year in year out when we as a family jumped in the car to head off into the unknown for an annual camping trip. We’d often set the tent up next to a creek or open paddock and let the adventures unfold.

I’m very much a People person, so if and when I’m not at work or around my Friends and family you will often find me helping out people in many different ways.

I look forward to meeting you all soon!

 

Let the Journey Begin.

 

SAM


Kellie Darby

My name is Kellie Darby and I am the lead educator of senior Kindy you will find me at Kenmore Hills Early Learning.  My passion is working with children I have been working in Early Childhood since 2013 in that time I have worked with a range of different ages. I am also a qualified nurse completed my diploma of nursing in 2017.

I have completed my diploma in early childhood care and education in 2014 which took me 18months to complete I enjoyed and learnt alot from doing this course.

 

I am a step mum to 2 children, Lucas, 4 years and Heath, 18months who I love we have them every second weekend and Tuesday and Wednesday nights. I am a very family orientated person and love to spend time with my family and friends on the weekends.

 

Wildhood to me is playing outside, not being afraid to get dirty, and taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone, trying new things you wouldn’t normally like to do.

 

Learning more about the environment is important to me and I wish to pass this on to the children in my care as I think it is important for children to learn about how to keep the environment safe and clean and the reasons why its important to do for e.g. saving the turtles and keeping the planet clean.

 

I believe that children have the right to make decisions for themselves and understanding its okay to makes the wrong choices sometimes because that’s how we learn within our self to become a better person.

 

I want to encourage the children to learn self-help skills which will teach them independence so they can do things own their own, and just to support them and letting them know they can always for help at any time. 

 

I am passionate about children’s literacy and teaching them how to write their own names and recognise different letters in the alphabet so they can learn to read and write in sentences. I also would like to teach them about different colours and how to recognise and what colours we would need to make different colours by mixing primary colours together.


Deb

My name is Deb, I have been an educator for 8 years.  I started my Family Day Care when I discovered I was pregnant at 43.  I made the decision to stay at home, care for my son Jackson and 3 other children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 4 years of age and complete my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

I was extremely happy with my decision discovering that I have a passion for early childhood education.

When Jackson was old enough for school I began work at a local centre where I completed my Diploma and worked with children aged 2-4 years.

I believe in creating caring and nurturing bonds with children while guiding them through play-based learning.

I believe in child agency, giving children choices, letting the children lead in their education, building on their knowledge, developing their skills and abilities, and helping them gain independence.

I am passionate about cultural diversity and I believe in working closely with families to bring diversity into the centre through language, food and song.

I want to build a community in my room where we will learn from each other and enrich each others lives.

I have embedded sustainability into my program, I believe that the future lies in sustainability and that children can learn from a young age to reuse, reduce and recycle and have lots of fun while looking after our planet.  The animals we have at the centre will go a long way to getting the children to understand the impact we make on our environment.

 

Kenmore Hills Early Learning appealed to me with their approach of bringing back “Wildhood” to children and adults.  The spaces created here are natural and inviting, and takes me back to my childhood where I was free to ride my bike or dig up clay in the backyard, or chase the ducks around the yard or throw the ball to our dog.  Children should be free to experience the outdoors, they should be able to play and to learn from trial and error.  The early years are the foundation for the rest of your life, I hope to build the strongest and most resilient foundations in young people.