Our Team

Appleseed Childcare is a place of fun, love, games, stories, songs, play and imagination – but behind all of our activities is a guiding program of early childhood education and development.

Appleseed Childcare is a place of fun, love, games, stories, songs, play and imagination – but behind all of our activities is a guiding program of Early Childhood Education and Development.

Our Early Childhood Educators are fully qualified, very experienced and extremely dedicated to their roles - many have been with Appleseed since it opened in 2010.

We truely value continuity of care and know how important consistency is in a young child's life - which is why we our team is only made of of all permanent part-time and full-time educators. We employee regular permanent float educators which enables us to refrain from using "casual" or "agency" educators. This means that your child will always know and be familiar with every educator in the service! 

We are a small service - with only 49 children in attendance each day and our enrolled families stay with us from nursery to preschool. What this means is that your child isn't just a number or another face in the crowd! We are so proud of the tight-knit service we provide - with each educator knowing every child, regardless of room or age group, individually. For your child, it provides them an additional sense of belonging and security. 

Our service highly values continued professional learning and development - we hold regular professional development training and a high number of our Educators are furthering their own individal studies.

We know that the early years of life are the most important for learning - with 90% of a child's brain development occuring in the first 5 years of a child's life. This time is when the foundations for future learning is laid. We also know that higher qualifications equal a higher quality service and higher quality education. This is why our service has employed not just one but FOUR fully qualified Early Childhood Teachers, with an additional FIVE Educators part way through their 4year degree. 

 

 

 

Kim Elhayek

Licensee/Nominated Supervisor/Centre Owner

(Fully qualified Early Childhood Teacher) 

I am the Owner of Appleseed Childcare.

My history in childcare goes back to 2003 when I worked in a 2-3 room looking after 16 toddlers while studying my certificate 3. I had 2 children and was ready for a career change. After completing my Certificate 3, I went on to complete my Diploma in Children’s Services, then my Bachelor of Teaching 0-5 years through Charles Sturt University.

This was a very challenging experience with 3 children and pregnant with my fourth, but working with children is something I’ve always had a passion for. It stems from being the oldest sibling of 6 younger brothers.

My husband and I bought our first preschool located on the Central Coast in 2003, and so we made the move from Sydney to operate the preschool. In 2006 we bought a long day care centre in Woy Woy but we had the ambition to build our dream centre with everything that we wanted, so the search was on to look for a sight back in Sydney.

In 2008 we decided that Ray Rd would be the place that our dream centre would be built, and in April 2009 the site was cleared to be ready for construction. It was an exciting time for me, assisting with the design and purchasing materials and resources for the centre. In June 2010 we opened for business, with children eager to start their journey with us. Since then, we have built a great team and have had many lovely families and children attend of our centre.

In February 2020 I will be returning full time to the centre whilst Hannah (centre director) goes on maternity leave. 

We look forward to showing you through our centre and building a great relationship with yourself and your child.

Hannah

Director

(Fully qualified Early Childhood Teacher) 

My name is Hannah and I started at working at Appleseed in July 2011.

I studied my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education through the Australian Catholic University. Since starting at Appleseed Childcare in 2011, I spent most of time in the 0-2 age group as the Room Leader - which was very rewarding. However at the start of 2016 I was keen for a change and to work with a new age group, so I moved to the preschool room.

The beginning of 2017 gave me new challenges as I moved into a 2IC role and then from May 2017 I moved into a Centre Director position. I absolutely love this role and have enjoyed learning many new skills about managing a service, mentoring and guiding a team of Educators and office administration. 

 

I will be going on Maternity Leave in February 2020 as my partner and I are due to welcome our first child this year! I will be on leave until March 2021. 

I look forward to working with you and your child in the future. If you have any questions please come and see me or give me a call. 

Kind Regards,

Hannah

Alice

Cook

Hi there! My name is Alice.

I am the cook at Appleseed :)

I have about 22 years experience in the hospitality industry and have previosuly worked in both aged cares settings and hospitals providing meals. 

I look forward to providing healthy, delicious meals for your child! 

Melissa

Preschool Room Educator

(Fully qualified Early Childhood Teacher) 

I have been working at Appleseed since March 2011. I love my leadership role in the preschool room, and enjoy watching the children grow and develop through different stages.

After leaving school, I began studying a Bachelor of Arts at University before realising my passion for Early Childhood. I went on to complete my Certificate 3 and Diploma in Children’s Services at College full-time in 2010 while attending practical days at a local child care centre and before and after school care. I have now succesfully completed my Bachelor of Teaching (0-5 years) through TAFE.

In August 2017 my beautiful baby boy was born! I am loving being a mother and seeing my own child grow and develop. 

I returned from Maternity Leave at the start of July 2018.

 

Jaclyn

Preschool Room Leader

I started at Appleseed Childcare in November 2014 and was based in the preschool room. In 2017 I progressed into a Room Leader position in the toddler room.I work full time and last year I completed my Diploma in Children's Services. In 2018 I moved back into the Preschool Room as the Room Leader. 

I have a passion for implementing School Readiness and have continued to expand my professional knowledge in successfull school readiness over the past 3 years. I am also fully quailified to implement and run the PreLit program in the preschool room.

I find working with children a rewarding career that challenges me in many different ways and there are many skills and lessons to learn each day. I love getting to know the children and helping them as individuals while having lots of fun along the way!

I look forward to meeting you.

- Jac

Alex

Preschool Room Educator

Hey! My name is Alex.

I started at Appleseed in 2014 as a Yellow Room Educator before moving into the nursery Room Leader position at the start of 2016.

I loved working with young children and enjoy planning lots of exciting activiites and experiences to keep them engaged and interested throughout the day. I find working with young children to be so rewarding and such a hoot! 

I welcomed my first baby at the begining of 2017 which was a very exciting time for our family.

I returned to Appleseed in 2018 after taking a year off on Maternity Leave. I am now based in the preschool room, where i job share with Sophie. I work 3 days a week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). 

In 2019 i took on the role of the service's Educational Leader. I am thoroughly enjoying expanding my knowledge in this area and am loving mentoring the other educators at Appleseed. 

I look forward to getting to know you and your child!

- Alex

Sophie

Preschool Room Educator

(Currently studying Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree) 

Sophie currently works Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in our Preschool Room.

Sophie holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and is currently studying her Bachelor of Education (Birth-5yrs). She has over 8 years experience in the childcare industry and is looking forward to completing her degree in 2020.

Sophie is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. 

 

Cecilia

Green Room Leader

Fully Qualified Early Childhood Teacher

Hi there,

My name is Cecilia and I have been in the Early Childhood Field for three years as a university student, community volunteer, language tutor and preschool teacher.

I hold a Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from The University of Sydney. This program has enabled me to develop the knowledge and skills to become an outstanding early childhood teacher, professional decision maker, and theoretical and practical thinker. I also have a qualification of information technology in education from The University of Hong Kong. This program enables me to design, develop, implement and evaluate the use of IT in various educational level and settings.

I speak Mandarin, English and Portuguese. I am an avid language learner and am still on my journey to pick up more languages!

I have a great passion for Early Childhood Education. I also hold a firm belief that every child is unique and full of great potential, and they grow the best when being exposed to a wide range of educational opportunities that inspire critical thinking, self expression, communication and imagination. I aim to provide the highest quality setting, education and care program to help the children build a foundation for the rest of their life. 

Jolene

Green Room Educator

Hi, my name is Jolene!

I started working at Appleseed in January 2018, where I worked fulltime in the Yellow Room.

In 2020 I moved into the Green Room and am looking forward to working with a different age group! 

I hold a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education & Care and am currently studying my Diploma - which i am due to complete early this year. I love being around children and seeing them grow and develop. 

I am a happy person who loves to learn new things and make new friends!

Looking forward to seeing you :)  

Janieh

Green Room Educator

Hi dear families!

My name is Janieh. I am a diploma qualified early childhood educator with almost 9 years of experience in educating and training children at childcare centres in Sydney, as well as 15years of working with preschool and school age children in my country of origin.

I am also a registered educator with the NSW Department of Education, and have 10yrs experience in teaching scriptures at primary schools. 

I have also completed Munch and Move training - the NSW Government's health program.

I am a working mother and love working with young childre.

I look forward to meeting you. 

Emma

Green Room Educator

(Currently studying Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood & Primary degree) 

My name is Emma and I work part time at Appleseed - I have been at the centre since January 2017. I am also currently in my 4th year of my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary) degree which I am really enjoying.

I have worked as the centre floater (mainly based in the green and red rooms) and enjoyed getting to know all the children across the centre and extending on their ideas, thoughts and interests throughout the day. 

I look forward to working with you and your child.

- Emma

Lonica

Yellow Room Leader

I started at Appleseed in January 2017 and I hold a Diploma in Children's Services. I moved to Sydney from Bendigo, where I had been working there with children for over 7 years.

Over these years I have gained valuable experience and skills that are essential in providing children and their families with high quality early childhood learning experience.  I am a deeply caring person who adores and delights in all children. I work full time and I look forward to meeting you.

Regards,

Lonica

Lyndal

Yellow Room Educator

Hi there!

My name is Lyndal and I started at Appleseed in January 2018, whilst undertaking a full-time traineeship at the centre. 

Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I was so proud to successfully complete my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care last year. 

I look forward to getting to know all the children and families that attend the service.

I love that I get the opportunity to help children develop their growing minds.

- Lyndal

Claudia

Yellow Room Educator

(Studying Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood) 

Hi my name is Claudia!

I work full time at Appleseed in the Yellow Room. I will be returning to University in March and from then will be working part time at the centre during the semester. 

I have completed my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood and love working with young children! 

Nisha

Yellow Room Educator 

Hi there! 

I have completed my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care and currently I am studying my Diploma. 

I love working with children and providing them with consistent emotional support and also assisting children to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. 

I look forward to working with you and your child.

Ping

Yellow Room Educator

Hi!

My name is Ping. I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Meadowbank Tafe (2016) and achieved Outstanding Achievement Award. I am currently studying my Masters of Teaching at Macquarie University. 

My main aim is to provide children with a safe and positive environment. I believe that educators play the most important role of all in the proactive approach to guide children's behaviour. I believe in establishing a real and respectful relstionship with each child. I respect and reflect on the feelings and opinions of each child. I respect the culture and family of each child. I have a calm and cheerful attitude :)

I look forward to meeting you and your child.

Ashley

Float Educator

(Currently studying Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood degree) 

Hi, My name is Ashley - Whilst i originally worked part time at Appleeed, i now work varying days at the centre as i am currently undertaking my honors. 

I am in my 4th year of my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree.

I love working with children of all ages and enjoy seeing them learn and grow. I am a kind and caring person who loves to listen. 

I look forward to assisting the development of your child through play activities that are carefully programmed to promote your children's physical and cognitive development. 

See you around the centre! 

- Ashley

Manmeet

Float Educator/Inclusion Support Educator

Hi,

My name is Manmeet and i work full time at Appleseed.

I hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and am an expeienced pre-primary and early childhood educator with more than 10 years of experience teaching at different preschools and mainstream schools in Bangalore and New Delhi.

I love working with young children and providing them with an environment that brings out their curiosity and interest in learning and developing social, emotional, intellectual and motor skills. Over the years i have learnt to adapt my teaching style to suit the needs of varied groups and needs of children up to the age of 6 years. 

I look forward to meeting you. 

Mary

Float Educator

Hi My name is Mary.

I hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and work as a float educator (mainly based in nursery room) at the centre.

I speak fluent Mandarin and English and absolutely adore working with young children.

 

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