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. 

 

 

 

Kimmarie Hayek

Licensee/Nominated Supervisor/Centre Owner

(Bachelor of Teaching - 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.

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

Michelle

Nominated Supervisor/Centre Director 

(Diploma of Early Education and Care - Currently studying Bachelor of Early Childhood Education) currently am on Maternity Leave

I commenced my career in early childhood in 2004 after I completed school I knew I had a passion for children, so I began my journey by completing a traineeship which allowed me to gain my Certificate III. I went on to then study my Diploma.

I have worked in all age groups as Room Leader, in 2012 I become a Centre Director. I enjoyed being able to guide, mentor, and teach the educators I worked with. 

As an early childhood educator I believe in a holistic approach where educators work alongside each other as well as children and their families to create an inclusive environment. I believe in ensuring inclusive practices are implemented through collaboration methods, including children's perspective, and their families and communties' perspective.

I am a mum to 2 beautiful girls, and now a little boy so I can relate to you when you arrive at Appleseed and say "we had one of those nights and/or mornings" :)

I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you.

 

Alice

Cook - Full Time

Hi there! My name is Alice.

I am the cook at Appleseed and I have 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry. I have previously worked in both aged cares settings and hospitals providing meals. I started working at Appleseed in 2019 and I really enjoy providing healthy, delicious meals for your child. 

I love seeing the smiling faces of the children as they greet me upon arrival. I often enjoy sneaking into the Yellow Room to get a couple of cuddles from the younger children throughout the day. 

I can't wait to meet you and your child!

Lonica

Green Room Leader - Full Time

(Diploma in Children's Services)

Hi, I'm Lonica. I am originally from Victoria and moved to Sydney in 2017. I love living here and have met so many wonderful people. I love bush walking, doing adventurous activities, spending time with friends and learning new things. 

I have been working in early childhood education for over 10 years. In all my years of experience I have really enjoyed the younger age groups (babies and toddler years) the most. It is amazing to see just how quickly young children learn and grow in such a short amount of time. 

I believe all children are precious and inidividually unique. They are to be encouraged, supported, nurtured and delighted in for who they are. I believe children have the right to a safe, encouraging, patient and nurturing environment where they feel a sense of belonging and acceptance, and can be confident to be themselves. 

My favourite children's book is Alpaca by Rosemary Billam.

My favourite children's movie is The Wizard of Oz. 

Regards, 

Lonica

 

Claudia

Yellow Room Leader - Part Time

(Currently studying Bachelor of Early Childhood Education) 

Hello! My name is Claudia and I am currently studying my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at ACU (Australian Catholic University). I am in my second year and I can't wait to become an early childhood teacher. 

I have three older sisters who are all primary school teachers and my Mum also worked as an early childhood educator for over 20 years! So my love for working with young children definitely runs in the family. 

I have been working at Appleseed for two years now and am currently part-time in the Yellow Room - which is my favourite room! It brings me so much joy watching the children achieve such monumental developmental milestones. Nothing makes me happier than seeing one of the children begin to walk or talk. 

I strongly believe that the best way children learn is through play. Play-based learning and providing children with the opportunitiy to get a little messy is one of the best ways for them to learn and discover the world around them. I also believe that providing children with engaging environments and extending their current interest is always a priority while planning daily activities. 

My favourite children's book is Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox 

My favourite children's movies are Frozen 1 and 2!

I look forward to meeting you and creating a meaningful relationship with your child!

Regards,

Claudia

Sarah

Yellow Room Educator 

 

 

Part- time

Mary

Yellow Room Educator - Part Time 

(Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care)

Hello, my name is Huiping (Mary). 

I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. I come from Fujian Province, China. My native language is Mandarin and I can also speak Taiwanese. 

I started at Appleseed Childcare in July 2019 as a Yellow Room educator and this is my favourite room! I love working with babies and enjoy watching them grow and learn new skills. It makes me so happy to feed the babies and care for them. 

I firmly believe that every child is unique and each have different qualities. As an early childhood educator, what I want to do here is to provide all children with high quality care and stimulate their interests and potential through daily routine and activities. 

My favourite children's book is Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

My favourite children's movie is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Regards, 

Mary

 

Rachel

Yellow Room Educator - Full Time 

(Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care)

Hi, my name is Rachel. I am 23 years old and from a very large blended family where I am the oldest out of 7 kids. I was born and raised in Sydney but my step side of the family are Lebanese. My main hobbies and interests are watching lots of Broadway musicals, playing video/board games and collecting beautiful books for my slow growing personal library. 

I have already received my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and have been working in long day care centres for 4 years now. I have the most experience with children aged 0-3 because the toddler and baby rooms have bveen where I've worked the most. I have to say that the babies room (where I am currently working) is my favourite room because I love making the babies smile and giggle every day. 

I am passioniate about creating beautiful play environments that extend the children's current interests. I believe that the most positive learning for children happens when the children's voices are leading the program I create. I ensure that I am always considering the children's interests when setting up an experience in order to assist the children in reaching their developmental milestones. 

My favourite children's book is Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox.

My favourite children's movie is Mulan.

Regards, 

Rachel

Keira

Yellow Room Trainee - Full Time 

(Currently studying Certificate III in Early Childhood) 

Hi, my name is Keira. I started working at Appleseed in 2020 and have been in the industry for 10 months. I am currently studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. My previous job was a McDonalds Manager but working with children was always a passion of mine. 

I have two younger brothers and in my spare time I love going to the beach and going on bush walks! 

I am currently working full-time in the Yellow Room which is my favourite room. I love watching children being able to achieve their developmental milestones and of course seeing their little smiles when greeted at the door in the morning. 

My favourite children's book is Where's Spot by Eric Hill. 

My favourite children's movie is The Lion King. 

Regards, 

Keira

Alex

 - Currently on Maternity Leave

(Certificate III in Early Childhood)

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 am now currently the Green Room Leader. 

I loved working with young children and enjoy planning lots of exciting activities 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 have a 3 year old son so I am able to relate to lots of your stories as a parent.

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

Manmeet

Green Room Educator - Full Time

(Certificate III in Early Childhood)

Hi, my name is Manmeet. I am from India and I am a mother of a young adult. I have been working with children since 2009. This time span includes 10 years of work in India and my 2 years in Australia at Appleseed. Appleseed is my first centre that I joined after I completed my Certificate III in Early Childhood. I am just loving it and being apart of this great team. 

I believe that every age group is fun to work with and each one of them is a different experience in itself. During the last two years of my work span, I got a chance to work with a child with special needs, the pre-schoolers and the toddlers. Toddlers are at a stage of observing and absorbing things happening around them while pre-schoolers become more independent and curious and love to explore more. I have learnt so much from them while catering to their varied needs - working to help them with their age-appropriate skills and their holisitic development. 

My Philosophy:

  • Over the years working with children, I strongly believe that every child is unique and as an educator we must respect and work with their unique qualities and abilities
  • I believe that we hold a great responsibility to provide an environment to our children that can result in their best development. 
  • I strongly believe that there is no end to the imagination and creativity of our youngsters. It helps them to explore the world and understand themselves and others. 
  • We should take joy in their thoughts and provide them an environment that help to follow their interests. This also helps them to grow as an individual. I try to set up meaningful activities for our children that facilitate their learning and development. 

Some of my favourite books are You Are In the Wrong Book, Three Little Pigs, Hop on Pop, and The Cat in the Hat. As our toddlers made me read these books time and time again as their favourites, they have become my favourites too. 

My favourite children's movies are Toy Story 1, 2, 3, & 4. 

Regards, 

Manmeet

Hannah

Red Room Educator/Educational Leader - Part Time

(Bachelor of Teaching - 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 loved that role and enjoyed learning many new skills about managing a service, mentoring and guiding a team of Educators and office administration. 

I returned from maternity leave in March 2021 and work thursday and Fridays in the Preschool room.

I look forward to working with you and your child in the future. 

Kind Regards,

Hannah

Rhiann

Red Room Educator - Part Time

(Bachelor of Teaching - Birth to Five Years)

Hi, I'm Rhiann. I am a mumma to my beautiful daughter Hunter (1yr) and fur baby Thor (American Staffy). I love spending time with family and friends, reading a good book and heading to the beach. 

I have a Bachelor of Teaching and have worked in the early childhood industry for 10 years. I have worked across all age groups as a lead educator, assistant director, and an educational leader. I have also spent time working in the early intervention sector delivering ESDM therapy to children with ASD. 

I am extremely passionate about providing quality care to both children and their families. I believe children learn best through play and hands-on learning experiences. I believe that all chidlren should have equal opportunities and an environment where they feel safe and secure, but most of all, a place where they feel at home to have fun!

My favourite children's book is Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan.

My favourite children's movie is The Little Mermaid. 

Regards, 

Rhiann

Sarah

Part time- Green room 

(Currently studying Bachelor of Education)

Chenfang

Float Educator - Part-Time 

(Diploma of Early Childhood Education) 

 Hi, my name is Chenfang. I have finished my diploma and have been working in the early childhood industry since 2013. I have a 12 year old daughter and my husband is a high school teacher. We like to watch movies and trying delicious foods and travelling. 

I believe young children use their own way to explore and discover the world around them. They use different ways to express their curiosity. As an early childhood educator, I aim to provide a loving, caring and safe environment that is inclusive of different cultures, fostering an environment where children and families feel safe, secure, respected, supported and comfortable in the room. 

My favourite children's book is Shh Little Mouse by Pamela Allen. 

My favourite children's movie is Ratatouille. 

Regards, 

Chenfang

 

Sarah

Preschool Room - Fulltime

Faiza

Hi, I am Faiza Tanvir. I am a mum of three lovely children. My husband is an IT professional. We all love to try out delicious food and travel together. Other than that, I enjoy cooking and love binge-watching home decorating/improvement videos in my free time.

 

I have changed my profession and decided to follow my passion to work with children.

I have done a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and currently doing Diploma of Early Childhood Education.

 

This is my first job and I feel fortunate to work with a very passionate and supportive team.

In my role, I have the opportunity to spend time with each child in different rooms, so I can get to know them better and build a strong relationship with each one of them.

 

As an educator, I firmly believe each child is unique and has their own perspective to see the world and by providing equal opportunity, love, and confidence so they can shine in their world.

 

My favourite children’s book is The wonderful Things you will be by Emily Martin.

 

My favourite children’s movie is Shrek 2.

Nidhi

 

 Nidhi Bakshi

 

A little about me

 

Hello! My name is Nidhi Bakshi. I was born and brought up in India. I come from a family of five, with two elder sisters and my mother and father. With my background being an Indian which means lots of family gatherings and our yummy Indian curries and food enjoyed together. I got married in 2002 and we welcomed the arrival of our beautiful girls in 2004 and 2008. 

 

I graduated my Bachelors in Commerce and Bachelors of Education with distinction from India. I have an experience of teaching and working with  children of varied age groups [birth to 12 years] and have been working as a teacher for 8 years in India. 

 

I came to Australia as a Permanent Resident in December 2017 and hold a Certificate 3 in Early childhood education and care from Tafe, Meadowbank in 2018.  I have worked as an Educator for more than 2 years and have been passionate about working with children and watching them grow and develop into wonderful little human beings. 

 

My Philosophy

 

 

I believe that each child is individual and unique and as an educator I value and develop each child's strengths, interests, skills, abilities and knowledge to extend their learning in the best possible way.

 

I believe in cultural diversity. I feel that all cultures should be respected and embraced and moreover should be celebrated to enable children to understand and acknowledge differences.

 

Teaching children is my passion. I believe that children need assurance of being loved and cared to grow and develop freely in an early childhood setting.

 

I believe that in order to bring out the best in children, educators should see themselves as co learners, working with children as they learn and must be willing to adapt new ideologies and methods of teaching.

 

 

Thanks 

Nidhi 

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