Our Staff

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.

Director
Jo Bedingfeld

Mon/Tuesday groups:
Snugglepot Room:

Early Childhood Teacher: Jacqui Philp

Educators: Pip Eggleston and Bec Gaffney

Cuddlepie Room:

Early Childhood Teacher: Claire Walker

Educators: Chantel Suter and Claudeen Kerr

Wed/Thurs/Friday Groups:

Snugglepot Room:

Early Childhood Teacher: Meredith Wakeman

Educators: Jennifer Wills and Nicola Dirks

Cuddlepie Room:

Early Childhood Teacher: Rachel Feary

Educators: Chantel Suter and Paula Williams

Clerical Assistant
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