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The Team

Our Management Team

Kellie Stapleford

Centre Director/Nominated Supervisor
Kellie has been working in the sector and our local community for over 26 years and works full time 5 days a week. “I am passionate about providing all children with the opportunity to grow and develop into amazing unique individuals. I love walking into a room and seeing their little faces light up and smile; there really is no better feeling. I love the fact that no one child is the same and I can make a difference in their lives".
Kellie is passionate about instilling a family feel within the centre and ensuring the centre is an active community member.

Erin Adney

Approved Provider
Erin’s experience has now spanned over 40 years with her being active in all areas of the sector. “I am passionate about researching the latest equipment, educational resources and other early childhood related experiences/activities for children aged 0-12 years. As my role has shifted in the past few months I am looking forward to supporting our team more remotely and enjoying more time with my family”.

Laurence Adney

Approved Provider
Laurence has been working in the sector for almost 30 years. “I enjoy working along side my family (wife and children) to provide a safe and nurturing space for the children in our community. I am mostly involved in the back-end of our service and administrative duties but love attending our community events and seeing how many families are benefiting from the work I do behind the scenes”.

Chris Adney

Approved Provider
Chris has over 13 years experience in the sector. “My passion predominately lies in designing and maintaining the outdoor environments that we provide here at Cessnock Kids. Children spend so much of their day outside and their environment really is the third teacher. I am proud of what we have achieved at Cessnock Kids during the development and early stages and look forward to continuing to supporting our Team in every capacity going forward”.

Our Koala Team (6weeks-1.5yrs)

Sam O'Hearn

Diploma
Sam has over 10 years experience and works full time over 4 days a week. “I enjoy coming to work each day and building relationships with both the children and their families.There is no better feeling than seeing their little faces light up when I walk through the door and getting to be a part of their lives as they grow and reach new milestones”
Lead Educator

Sophie Morrow

Working towards Diploma
Sophie is a passionate educator who began a traineeship with Cessnock Kids in June 2019. Sophie now currently works full time 4 days a week and is currently studying her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Jenna Gilmore

Working towards Diploma
Jenna began her journey into Early Childhood Education with us at the very beginning of 2018. She works full time 4 days a week completing her Diploma. “I absolutely love my job here at Cessnock Kids. I am so passionate about watching the children learn and grow!”

Carly Passfield

Cert III
Carly started her journey mid 2020 when she was still studying her Cert III and working as a relief educator. Once completed Carly commenced working 3 days per week.
Carly's friendly personality is apparent in her interactions with the children.

Our Possum Team (1-2.5yrs)

Bree Egan

Diploma/Working towards Bachelor Degree
Educational Leader
Bree has well over 10 years of experience in Early Childhood. She works full time over 4 days a week. “I enjoy watching and helping children achive their milestones. I enjoy coming to work each day & building relationships with both the both the children & their families.Along with teaching the children, I enjoy learning more & more each day about the children and children’s learning as a whole. I love seeing the children's faces light up when i walk in the door & enjoy the fact that i am a great influence in each child’s life.
Lead Educator

Erin Garaty

Cert III
Erin has begun her Early Childhood Career after studying one year at Tafe for her qualification. She currently works 4 days a week. “I love my job at Cessnock Kids because I get to assist in children’s growth and development. I am building relationships with the children and their families.

Cassey Hlad

Diploma
Cassey commenced working at Cessnock Kids in 2018 when she was still studying her Diploma. Once completed Cassey quickly settled into a part time position and currently works 3 days per week. Cassey is passionate about instilling a love of learning for all children from a young age and her sunny nature shines through her interactions with the children, families and her co-workers.

Emily Parkinson

Diploma
Emily commenced working at Cessnock Kids in 2020.
Emily enjoys setting up activities for the children which are fun and educational. Emily always greets the children and families with a happy smile and loves helping others out.

Our Joey Team (2-3yrs)

Kirsten Hugo

Diploma
Kirsten has over 17 years experience and works three days a week. “My favourite thing about working with children is getting the opportunity to watch them grow”“I love getting creative and implementing creative experiences for the children
Lead Educator

Stephanie Sheedy

Cert III
Steph begun her traineeship with Cessnock Kids at the very beginning of 2018 and completed this traineeship in 2019. Steph works part time over 5 days a week. “I am passionate about my job at Cessnock Kids because I enjoy seeing the children grow and experience new things in their life.I love that I can help a child learn something that they may remember.”

Mikayla Watson

Cert III
Mikayla begun working in the Early Childhood and Care sector this year upon embarking on her traineeship here at Cessnock Kids. She works full time 4 days a week. “I wake up each morning excited to go to work and face the day! I love working alongside other passionate educators who work with me to help me learn and grow as an educator.It is a privilege to build positive relationships with the children as well as the families and watch them develop”.

Abby O'Hara

Cert III
Abby commenced at Cessnock Kids in 2018 starting out as a relief educator then transitioning to full time and currently working 5 days per week.
Abby loves to provide the children with fun messy sensory experiences.

Our Bilby Team (3- 4 yrs)

Daina Silva-Thomas​

Bachelor of Teaching
Daina commenced at Cessnock Kids in 2018 while she was completing her university degree. Daina loves engaging the children with thought provoking and educational experiences and believes strongly in the importance of the early learning years for children.
LEad Educator

Layla Howe

Cert III
Layla started her journey with Cessnock Kids as a trainee in 2019. Layla is a passionate Educator who goes above and beyond to help out children, families and her co workers. Layla will always greet you will a big warm smile.

Courtney Day

Cert III
Courtney has been working at Cessnock Kids since we opened in 2017. She has over 7 years experience working in Early Childhood Education and Care. “I find it very rewarding to be a part of a child’s learning development. Helping children to reach their milestones and further develop is a fulfilling feeling.I enjoy creating fun and exciting experiences for the children to engage in and learn from as well as creating a safe and secure environment”.
Maternity Leave

Rylie Radnidge

Cert III
Rylie commenced at Cessnock Kids in 2018 were she took on the role of a part time float educator. Rylie easily adapts to working in any age group and the children adore her calm friendly nature.

Becky Walker

Cert III
Becky started working at Cessnock Kids in 2020.
Becky loves to plan and implement educational, fun, energetic and engaging activities for the children.

Cassy Penfold

Diploma & AWT Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Education
Cassy commenced at Cessnock Kids at the start of 2020 and quickly established herself as a creative educator. You will find Cassy engaging the children in a variety of art and craft experiences but not just your average arts and craft. Cassy teaches and implements different aspects of the real art world though her engaging teaching skills.

Our Kookaburra Team (3.5-6yrs)

Jodie Hackett

Diploma & Final year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Jodie has over 13 years of experience and works Monday, Tuesday, Friday. During my years working I have worked in many roles and age groups. I am passionate about providing children heading off to formal schooling with a foundation of skills. I enjoy working at Cessnock Kids as the centre is family orientated and has a warm sense of belonging.I love working with children. Watching them learn, explore and grow into talented individuals in their play environments”.
Lead Educator

Jennifer Younger

Early Childhood Educator
School Readiness Program Facilitator
Jennifer comes to us with many years of experience teaching in Early Childhood as well as in Primary Schools. Jennifer works Thursday and Friday. “I enjoy working closely with families to create a positive and engaging learning environment for the children to foster all areas of their development.Watching the children’s smiling faces as they grow and learn through essential play experiences is the most rewarding part of my day.”

Amy Morgan

Cert III
Amy has been working in the sector for over 5 years. She works full time over 4 days a week. “I enjoy working with Cessnock Kids because I like to watch children grow, learn through play and achieve their goals & milestones.I enjoy making a bond with each child in the centre and helping them grow and make a bond with the other children”.

Tiffany Liddell

AWT Diploma
Tiffany started at Cessnock Kids in 2020 and is currently actively working towards completing her Diploma while working 4 days per week. Tiffany loves teaching children of all ages about STEM science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Bonnie Ford

Cert III
Bonnie commenced at Cessnock Kids mid 2020. Bonnie currently works part time 3 days per week.
You will find her engaging the children in a variety of educational activities implementing our school readiness program.

Our Trainees

Hollie Leigh

Trainee Cert III
Hollie commenced her journey with Cessnock Kids mid 2020 and is currently completing her traineeship. The children gravitate towards Hollies soft calm nature.

Sophie Wallace

Trainee Cert III
Sophie was fortunate to secure a traineeship at the start of 2021
Sophie is passionate about learning as much as she can in regards to the early learning years during her traineeship.

Kiarra Fenton

Trainee Diploma
Kiarra commenced with Cessnock Kids mid 2020 and quickly completed her Cert III to then start her Diploma. Kiarra loves working with the younger age group and guiding their learning journey.

Our Fabulous Cook

Mel O'Malley

Mel commenced at Cessnock Kids in 2020 Mel loves cooking the children nutritional meals and snacks. With her background in cake making the children are always surprised with some extra delicious treats.

Our Office Administration Team

Clare Eggins

Office Administrator
Clare commenced at Cessnock Kids mid 2020 and currently works 3 days a week Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Clare is passionate in her role as our centre office administrator and loves to help the children, families and team out in any way she can.

Chantal Adney

Chantal has been involved in their family’s business for over 15 years, assisting in providing high quality care to the early childhood industry and now supporting the Cessnock Kids Team.
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