Staff

The staff at Merewether Day Care share a passion for working with children in small groups where individuals can be heard and assistance can be given to promote the uniqueness in each child. All the staff also share a common attitude towards children to facilitate healthy choices and positive respectful interactions with everyone. We all seek to create a calm, peaceful environment where children can learn to explore and make friendships in this home away from home, educational setting where their contribution is valued.


Gianne
Gianne – Director
Diploma Early Childhood
20+ years experience

“Merewether Day Care is such a unique place to work. 20 children a day allows for educators to have the opportunity to get to know and spend quality time with each child and form meaningful relationships with the families. A special part of Merewether Day Care is the twice weekly excursions. These are an important part of the program and allow educators and children the chance to be part of the wider community.

I have been working in the childcare industry for 18 years. I was born and raised in Newcastle and have Diploma in Children’s Services. I have always enjoyed working with young children and over the years have had a variety of different roles from room leader to centre director. Spending time with my family, my dog Coby and friends is also important to me.

I believe every child is unique and deserves the very best we can give them. I enjoy seeing children grow and develop. I believe in interest based play that allows children to create their own learning journey, and this can be facilitated even more within a small group setting like Merewether Day Care.” -Gianne



Melanie – Daycare Educator, German Language Specialist
Bachelor of Law, Diploma of Legal Practice, Bachelor of Business, Certificate III Early Childhood
5 years experience

“Working at MDC has made me in to one of those people who say they love their job and as corny as it sounds I truly do. I work in a beautiful environment, with the centre and backyard feeling like a little sanctuary, and the team at MDC are like a tight knit family rather than just colleagues.

I have always had a passion for working with young children. Children have the ability to provide you with absolute honesty which is refreshing and rare. The relationships that develop are so special, you are always guaranteed a smile and a laugh and children are such a joy to educate with their willingness to learn and experience new things. Working in this sector and knowing you are helping shape the lives of these little humans and are a part of their crucial formative years provides amazing job satisfaction.

I was born and raised in Newcastle and attended Newcastle University where I completed a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Law. After working in the corporate world in Sydney for 10 years I decided to finally follow my true passion and am currently re-training in early childhood education. I am a mother of two beautiful children, a vivacious 4 year old daughter and an already strong willed 8 month old baby boy, both of who keep my husband and I very busy!” -Melanie


Rebecca
Rebecca – Relief Responsible Person and Babies Room Leader
Diploma Early Childhood
14 years experience

“Finishing my Diploma in Children’s Services in 2011, I have worked with all ages of children from 0-6 years old; loving different aspects with each age group. Here at Merewether Day Care, I am Room leader of the Baby Group. This makes coming to work so very busy but also so much fun. No two days are the same. I love how at Merewether Day Care, I am able to  watch my babies grow up and move onto each room, and still be involved in teaching them, in this family like environment at this centre.

Having previously worked in a very commercial daycares, I found these centres became more about the profits than anything else. When I came to Merewether Day Care I found the children came first not profits! With the smaller, intimate groups, this provides a much high quality of care and education.

Merewether Day Care has become like a family to me, with the teachers, director, children and their amazing families providing a sense of community. The chance to take children out in the community and teach them valuable life skills, is very rewarding as a teacher as we often have members of the general public come up and say how well behaved the children are. This strikes a sense of pride in me, as if they were my own children!” -Bec



Bridget – Educator (Babies and Toddlers)
Certificate III Early Childhood
4 years experience

“I obtained a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care when I completed a Traineeship in 2017 at a 104 place centre in Cessnock owned by quite large company. I worked there for a total of 3 years as an assistant educator and gained experience working with each age group, spending my first 6 months floating, followed by a year and a half working with the Toddlers and a year with the Nursery children.
Working with children is something that I have always been passionate about and I look forward to coming to work and seeing the children’s faces light up as I walk through the door, knowing that they are happy to see me.

Coming from such a large fast paced environment I really noticed the difference when changing to a family owned business with much smaller numbers. The children are the main focus of everything that we do and not the profits. I formed some really beautiful relationships with my children and families at my previous centre and I am so excited to continue to do this within the Merewether Day Care community.

I believe all children deserve the right to feel valued and cherished, comfortable and confident, nurtured and supported and most importantly like they belong, allowing them to learn and grow to their full potential. I aim to foster nurturing relationships with the children and provide a happy, healthy, safe and secure environment that promotes development, whilst also having fun! The imagination can take you anywhere you want to go and children need a space to be free and embrace this, whilst also learning about themselves and others around them. I am so passionate about embracing the small things in life that make you happy and try my best to teach the children the importance of this concept.” – Bridget


Melinda – Daycare Educator (Babies) 
Diploma of Children’s Services
20+ years experience

“I obtained a Diploma in Community Services (Children’s Services) completed in 2001 and have been working in Early Childhood for 20 years.I am so excited to be working at Merewether Day Care in such a beautiful, calm and welcoming environment.

I am passionate about quality early education and care and believe each child is unique with their own personalities, interests, strengths and passions and that our role as Educators is to guide, encourage, support and assist them to reach their full potential.Through play based learning the children will develop age appropriate skills and confidence and be encouraged to be kind and confident to try new things and develop friendships.I look forward to building beautiful relationships with the children and their families here at Merewether Day Care.” – Melinda


Jill – Daycare Educator
Certificate III Early Childhood
5 years experience

“I am a mother to five amazing children, two boys and three girls. We are a very active family who love salt water. I believe every child is unique, an individual and they all have their own way of processing moments of every day life.

I completed my Certificate III in Early Childcare in 2007 and began working in an industry I have a strong passion for. I have worked with children from 0-6 for many years and I still enjoy it as much as when I started.”


Mikenzie – Daycare Educator
Certificate III Early Childhood
6 years experience

“I have worked in early childhood education since 2015 where I completed my Certificate III. I have worked in all age groups from 12 weeks old babies to 6 year olds ready to head off to school, and I love them all with each age group bringing something different. From when I was young I always knew that this is what I wanted to do and I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of the Merewether Day Care family.

Merewether Day Care is such a unique service and I love how it genuinely feels like a family and a home away from home. I have worked in centres of all different sizes before but love how small centres are so child focused and with small groups you are able to really follow children’s needs and interests so personally. I also love that no matter what room you are in you know and see all the children and families of all rooms which you just don’t get in larger centres.

I believe that children are so incredibly capable, different and unique and our role as educators is to create an environment where children feel safe, secure and supported giving them the tools and confidence to thrive because without that children will not learn and grow to the best of their ability. I absolutely love the quote – “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel”.


Anna

Anna 
Anna has been engaging and entertaining children and their families for over 15 yrs across Newcastle and the Hunter. Anna trained and worked as a Captain Starlight in John Hunter Children’s Hospital where she performed, engaged with children and families and managed a team of 8 Captain Starlight’s for 7 years. She also assisted in the development and mentoring of the national team of Captains to learn to engage and connect with youth, particularly the most vulnerable. With her upbeat energy and passion for empowering children, she brings 10 yrs of working in media and the arts together with 10 yrs of training and working with children and adults from all over the world in the personal development field into her business Inspired Play.

Her purpose is to support consciousness to awaken, her passion is working with children and their families to connect and grow and she chooses to do all of this through her values-based educational entertainment sessions. Cultivating gratitude, connecting to self and others, mindfulness and group work; combine this with fun upbeat music and activities for under 6 yr olds and you have Inspired Play!

Anna is so grateful and happy to be a part of the Merewether Day Care Community.