Our People

Our People

Our dedicated staff offer a wealth of childcare and early learning knowledge and experience. Through patient observation and interaction with your child, our attentive and fully-qualified educators are able to adjust the curriculum to suit your child’s needs, capabilities and interests.

Meet our Centre Director

Name: Kandas Brown

Years in Child Care: 10 years
 
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education Early Childhood

What makes you passionate about Early Childhood Education?
 Being allowed to be apart of such an important journey in little lives.  Those individual moments when you get to see them achieve new milestones is so fulfilling.  Children have a natural drive to learn new things and it is an honour to help foster their continuing development.

What makes your centre different from others?
Kids Academy endeavours to provide a welcoming and nurturing environment that provides each and every child an opportunity to reach their full potential.  We value our families and go above and beyond in building strong relationships.  We have a dedicated team with varying experience who are passionate about the role that they play in children’s lives.

Meet our Assistant Centre Manager

Meet our Assistant Centre Manager

Name: Johanna Eurell

Years in Child Care: 10 years

Qualifications: Diploma of Early Childhood Education

What makes you passionate about Early Childhood Education?
I am passionate about Early Childhood Education as I enjoy seeing the children grow and develop over their time in our care. It is very rewarding helping them to achieve different goals and milestones, some big and some small. Many of the children start as quiet little people and grow into confident learners before moving onto school or onto their next adventure. It is a wonderful feeling building relationships with the children and watching their curious minds explore the world around them. Every child is an individual and has the right to feel safe, secure and supported. I am proud to be an advocate for the children to help them discover these rights.

What makes your centre different from others?
Kids Academy Warnervale is an amazing centre that focuses on the children, families and educators. As a service we strive for everyone to reach their full potential by implementing Affinity’s Core Values of Having Serious Fun, Creating Shining Stars, Living the Team Spirit, Delivering Outstanding Professionalism and Going Above and Beyond. The children are provided opportunities to become confident and involved learners, by focusing on their interests and working on areas of improvement. We develop positive relationships with our families and love their involvement, as we believe it takes a village to raise a child. All educators are encouraged to look towards career progression and are supported with the building blocks and skills to reach these career goals. These goals could be as simple as completing further study, becoming part of the QIP team or looking at further steps to becoming Educational Leaders etc.
Meet our Third in Charge

Meet our Third in Charge

Name: Leah Schmarr

Years in Childcare: 8 years

Qualifications: Certificate III & working towards Diploma

What makes you passionate about Early Childhood Education?
A career in Early Childhood Education is very rewarding and satisfying. Making a difference in every child’s learning and development is a passion I have had for a long time. Being able to provide the opportunities to influence and shape young minds and lives of both children and their families. Being able to equip children with life-long skills and the ability to be confident and engaged learners from the early years through to school and beyond. The connection I have with the families and children within the community make it easy for me to come to work every day. Working in Early Childhood Education for me is serious fun!

What makes your centre different from others?
The team at Warnervale are dedicated, nurturing, motivated professionals striving to enrich the lives of many young children. The programs developed by each room are tailored to suit the learning and development of each child. We are an all-inclusive centre, and pride ourselves in our relationships with families and the community. The centre encourages and promotes further development within the staff, giving opportunities to gain further qualifications and skills. Our centre focuses on the importance of the overall health and wellbeing of every child, complete with a fun and friendly atmosphere!

Meet our Third in Charge

Meet our Third in Charge

Name: Jessica Doney

Years in Child Care: 5 years

Qualifications: Diploma in Early Childhood and Care

What makes you passionate about Early Childhood Education?
I enjoy spending quality time with the children and being able to provide different activities to support their learning. It's empowering to be a role model for them and being able to provide a calm, safe and secure learning environment. 

What makes your centre different from others?
At Kids Academy Warnervale, our team are passionate about helping children reach their potential as they learn and grow. Our team implement new ideas, activities, and projects to improve each child’s journey in our centre. I’m very proud to work amongst a fun and supportive team of educators.
Meet our Educational Leader

Meet our Educational Leader

Name: Kristy Howarth

Years in Child Care: 9 years

Qualifications: Bachelor of Primary Education/Bachelor of Early Childhood studies

What makes you passionate about Early Childhood Education?
My passion for Early Childhood Education stems from how valuable early years learning is. The first three years of life are crucial to build valuable neuron pathways and to be apart of children's learning journey and to support building these pathways is fulfilling. When children have that 'wow' moment, you see the learning and the dots connecting for the child, you then know you have impacted that child's life and development. It is also so refreshing working with children in their early years as their eagerness to learn and amazement of the world is booming and their desire to learn drives inspiration and passion to teach.

What makes your centre different from others?
There are so many skills to learn during the early years which are taught holistically and intentionally in early years learning centers. These learning environments of play where children are engaged and having fun, learning becomes embedded and almost unnoticed which is why I believe it is the best way to learn and that is why I truly enjoy teaching at Kids Academy Warnervale.