Our Staff

Our qualified staff have extensive early childhood experience and are committed to providing programs that allow children to learn through play by engaging in experiences that are relevant and challenging for them.  We are dedicated to creating a happy, safe and secure environment for every child.

ANNE
My working life began as a social worker, working with vulnerable children. After 14 years in this field, I decided to pursue my childhood "dream job" to work in a kindergarten.  My own two children attended Helen Paul Kindergarten, and when a job opportunity to become a co-educator was presented to me, I jumped at the chance. Having been previously part of the Helen Paul community as a parent, I was familiar with the kindergarten and it's philosophy. I have been a staff member of HPK for eight years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I love watching and facilitating the growth and development of the children, especially sharing my interest of stories and singing. I have a Certificate III in Children's Services, and some university degrees in Psychology. When I'm not at work, you'll find me reading and camping with my family (in between running a busy household!)


AMY
If you hear the call of the jungle drums, it’s just me and my African Djembe (pronounced gem-bay)!  I am a bright, bubbly person who loves glitter, feathers, music, songs, and stories. I love to get dirty in messy play, and often end up more painty, gooey and glittery than the children! I am absolutely passionate about nature and animals, I am often tree hugging and cloud watching! I love the mind of the child and the wondrous places they take me and feel privileged to share their world. My work in early childhood fills my soul and lights up my life each day. If I won Tattslotto I would continue my work in early childhood, I just wouldn’t get paid for it!  


LESLEY
I have been working at Helen Paul Kindergarten since 2013 after having a career change and completing my Certificate III in Children's Services. Originally from London, my family and I (husband and 2 children) emigrated to Melbourne in 2003 and have lived in Bayside ever since, continuing to enjoy everything the area has to offer.  Working at Helen Paul Kinder is always fun and every day is rewarding in some way. I feel very lucky to have a job that I enjoy so much.


LUCY
When my youngest child was in four year old kinder, I was asked if I would like to relieve for a sick lunch time carer ... here I am 20 years later!  Along the way I completed my Certificate III (when all that became necessary) and have had a lot of fun.  I have been privileged to work with some very experienced educators over a long period of time and have learnt many life lessons along the way. It really is true; everything you need to know about life you can learn at kinder: being kind to each other, sharing, taking turns, asking if our friends are OK, looking after the environment and having fun.

I enjoy being in the outdoors and was lucky to be involved in the setting up of the Outdoor Kinder Program and seeing how the children really thrive in this session each week. I like to potter in the garden and hopefully pass on some of this enjoyment on to the children.  


MEREDITH
I am the three year old kindergarten teacher at Helen Paul Kindergarten. I have been a kindergarten teacher for six years and have run both three and four year old kindergarten programs.

Prior to having my own children I worked as a nurse and also completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy (I like studying!). My mother was an Early Childhood Educator so, whilst being a kindergarten teacher always felt like ‘home’, I took a while in my career journey to come full circle and when, after the birth of my children, I was ready for a change, taking the leap and undertaking a Graduate Diploma in ECE was an easy choice to make.

Being a kindergarten teacher is certainly different to nursing but I love it; I have never felt so fulfilled. It is very cliché to say that what you enjoy most about being a kindergarten teacher is the children – but it is true. I love the way three year olds adore their teachers, I love the learning that occurs through play, music, movement and storytelling – but what I love most about being an Early Childhood Educator is knowing that I am a part of the foundation on which a child’s education is built.

(Oh… and I like studying so much that I am currently undertaking a Masters in Inclusion and Special Education… my life is very busy!).


EMMA
Every day is a new adventure and I am incredibly fortunate to be in a profession where something new happens every day. I have been teaching kindergarten for over 22 years (…phew) and could not imagine doing anything else. I spent much of my childhood on the family farm - my South Suffolk Sheep did well at the Melbourne show! When I was young and brave I parachuted out of a plane, explored the Great Barrier Reef and trekked through Asia. Now I take my shoes off and spend time with my feet in the mud, asking important questions like “I wonder what clouds taste like?”
I strongly believe kindergarten should not just be a place not just for children to begin their educational journey but for families as well, as it takes a village to raise a child.
Time has certainly not waned my enthusiasm for what I do, instead I think the more I teach the more passionate I become.


MEL

I am a busy mother of two who has worked in early childhood for over four years.  As a Diploma qualified educator I feel it is important to form special bonds with children and make them all feel special in their own way!

I love to create through arts and crafts, and cooking and use my hobbies to teach and make new discoveries with the children. I believe kinder is a time for children to have fun, grow confidence, feel nurtured and safe and explore their surroundings! Lastly, but not least, I love to make kinder fun and have a laugh!


HOLLIE

This will be my second year at Helen Paul Kindergarten, being one of the Diploma educators. I've been working in kindergartens for 6 years, mostly on the Mornington Peninsula where I grew up. I enjoy working with small groups of children and with children one on one. I especially enjoy cooking with children, working on big floor puzzles, playing ball games on the grass and reading stories to them. I love to see the children climbing to the tops of the trees at outdoor kinder.