Gumnut has a team of experienced and dedicated staff. All staff working with the children have early childhood qualifications – University trained teachers, TAFE Diploma trained or Cert III Assistants.
Several of our staff have been with the preschool for many years. This allows us to provide a stable familiar environment, and the opportunity to build strong relationships with our families and also within the community.
In 2013 we increased our staff:children ratio from 2 to 3 staff per class of 20 children providing above-standard quality care. Where a child or children need extra support to participate in the program (Special Needs/Diagnosed Disability) the staff:child ratio will be increased if funding is received through the Preschool Disability Support Program (PDSP).
All the staff regularly attend training to enhance their professional skills and keep informed of all the current research, knowledge and practices in early childhood education. All staff have a ‘Working with Children Check’ and all staff working with the children hold a current First Aid Certificate, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Training and attend an annual CPR refresher course.
Early Childhood Teacher: Jacqui Philp
Educators: Pip Eggleston and Bec Gaffney
Early Childhood Teacher: Claire Walker
Educators: Chantel Suter and Claudeen Kerr
Early Childhood Teacher: Meredith Wakeman
Educators: Jennifer Wills and Nicola Dirks
Early Childhood Teacher: Rachel Feary
Educators: Chantel Suter and Paula Williams
Tue/Wed/Thu – Lyndal Kerr
N.B. The Office is staffed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only.
Relief Staff: Carolyn Barber
Cleaner (after hours)
Mon-Fri – Karen May