Educators

Our educators are an integral part of the DSCC team. Parents are encouraged to take the time to talk with the staff during drop-off and pick-up times. The centre employs a range of full-time, part-time, floating and relief educator, led by a director , assistant educator and administration officer.

All rooms are staffed in accordance with the Education and Care Services Regulations 2011. All staff are required to satisfy a current Working With Children Check, and to hold first-aid qualifications.

Dawson Street Children’s Co-operative employs Kindergarten teachers, Diploma and Certificate 3 educators. All educators also participate in ongoing professional development. All educators are allocated a position at the centre and you and your child will be introduced during indication to the educators in your child’s room. The centre also employs a part-time cook to provide well-balanced and nutritious meals and snacks for the children.

Relief staff are used to cover annual leave, rostered days off and sick leave. At all times the centre aims to maintain and use a pool of regular relief staff to ensure as much continuity as possible for the children.

Narelle

CENTRE DIRECTOR

I have worked in the education industry since 1995. I hold a Diploma in Children’s Services, Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services – Management and Leadership and a Bachelor of Teaching (birth to five years). I have worked in a number of education settings and I also have 3 beautiful boys of my own who keep my life busy and fun.

I’m passionate about leading an education centre that provides exceptional experiences for children, a place where parents and families can be confident to leave their children while they go to work and study. As a working parent I am very aware of the challenges parents face on a day to day basis juggling work and home commitments and am always here to help with any questions.

Alison

ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

I have a certificate IV in Bookkeeping and I have experience working in Administration. I have been working casually in these roles while being a busy mum of 4. I started working at Dawson Street in May 2016 as the Administration Officer and I have found Dawson Street to be a wonderful and friendly environment.

Dee

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & EDUCATIONAL LEADER

My name is Dee and I moved to Melbourne from Malaysia in 2004 where I studied at University of Melbourne for my Bachelor of Early Childhood. While I was studying, I worked in numerous centres as a casual. After the 4 year course, I worked as a 3 year old kinder teacher in St Kilda, giving me the great opportunity to put my studies in practice.

After 2 years, I took a break and flew to Nepal on a volunteer program where I worked in an orphanage, teaching them Maths and Science. The program not only gave me an insight to how significantly important education is, but also narrowed down my passion in the early childhood sector. When I came back to Melbourne, I enrolled in Masters of Education; specialising in Thinking, Knowledge and Creativity. I am fascinated with the human mind and how children at a very young age are able to manipulate, evaluate and apply knowledge to develop innovative and creative outcomes.

I have been working at Dawson Street since 2013.

Sema

CENTRE COOK

I started working here in May of 2003 as a reliever in the rooms with the children. When the cook at the time was away, I would cook for her. This then became a permanent position.

I love cooking, I love eating and I love feeding people. When I cook something I have to make sure everyone tastes it. I think this is coming from my grandmother. I grew up in an apartment in Istanbul and we had lots of neighbours. My grandmother also loved to cook and feed all the neighbours! Watching the children eat the food I have prepared, makes me so happy!

Victoria

OUTDOOR EDUCATOR

I spent 8 years working in hospitality, 2 years of which I spent working in different venues and restaurants in the UK and Ireland and travelling through Europe and South-East Asia. I volunteered teaching children English while travelling in Laos and returned home to Australia where shortly after I moved to Melbourne and completed my Certificate III in Children’s Services and my Diploma in Children’s Services. I began my first job as an educator at Dawson Street in 2012. I am currently completing my Bachelor of Education (Birth-5yrs).

Alison

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

I graduated from Charles Sturt University, Albury, in 2009 with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching and Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Science. After completing my studies I moved to Melbourne and gained full time employment working as a Kindergarten Teacher. I have had experience working in a sessional type Kindergarten . This gave me the opportunity to see different philosophies and ways an educational program can be delivered.

In 2015, my career brought me to Dawson Street where I hope to continue to grow as an Early Childhood Teacher. I hope to share my passion, dedication and love of the early years with the Dawson Street community.

Lucy

ROOM LEADER. DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR

I have been working in early childhood for the past 15 years and in 2000 I decided to further my knowledge and completed my Diploma in Children’s Services in 2002. I have been working at Dawson Street for the last 5 years and recently returned from maternity leave after having a child of my own. I enjoy working here and am very lucky that my son will be here also and know that he will be cared for by a happy and friendly team.

Claire

ROOM LEADER. DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR

I have been working in Child Care for 4 years and have my Diploma in Children’s Services. I have been working at a private centre in Clifton Hill and am looking forward to crossing over into a community centre at Dawson St co-op. I am originally from New Zealand and have been living in Melbourne for 6 years. I have spent time living and travelling overseas in the US, UK, Europe and Asia.

Rosana

BACHELOR TRAINED EDUCATOR

I am originally from Argentina where I studied to become a Kindergarten Teacher. I also lived in Toronto, Canada for 5 years where I studied my Diploma of Early Childhood Education.

I moved to Australia in 2005. I started working at Swinburne Childcare Centre as a Kindergarten Teacher and in RMIT Children’s Centre. I started at Dawson Street in 2017.

Susan

DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR

I began working in the Early Childhood industry in May 1994. I gained experience while working at local centres in many different roles. I began working casually at Dawson Street in October 2001 and became a permanent full time employee in 2005. With support from the centre I studied and completed my Certificate III and Diploma of Children’s Services between 2005-2006. I also completed a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment in 2009. As a long term staff member I have enjoyed watching Dawson Street grow and change but maintain a high quality of care and education.

Chico

DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR

I’m originally from East Timor. I studied Early Childhood Education in 2015 and was lucky enough to complete my placement here at Dawson Street. After a year of working in private centres, I was even more fortunate in 2017 to secure a full time position at Dawson Street.

Galena, Lorena and Xavier are my children and my teachers in life. I wouldn’t have chosen this rewarding profession without the support and encouragement of my family. I love playing music and being creative and curious. It goes without saying, I love working at Dawson Street, it’s awesome!

Shahrooz

DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR

I migrated to Australia with my husband and two young children in 1999. I was a Teacher in Iran.

In 2008 I completed my Diploma in Children’s Services, and started at Dawson Street in 2009.

To me, a child develops best through play-based learning by allowing them to explore their environment and find their place within the community. It is important to recognise the uniqueness of every child and support their individual skills and abilities. In doing so, each child will be able to reach their full potential throughout this important stage of their lives.

Mary

DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR

I have a Certificate of Applied Social Science (1985-1986). I spent 4 years working at Acacia Indo-Chinese Children’s Centre (1987-1990), 4 years at Brunswick Occasional Children’s Centre and then completed my Diploma of Child Care Services at Melbourne University. After that I worked as an Occasional Care Co-ordinator for Sunshine AMEP. I then stayed at home for 12 years caring for my children and then between 2009-2012 I did agency work in childcare centres before coming to work at Dawson Street in 2013.

Lauren

DIPLOMA- TRAINED EDUCATOR

I began working at Dawson Street in 2016 after completing my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Prior to this I was studied a Bachelor of Primary Education at RMIT, where I decided that early childhood education was where my true passion lies. I have always loved being around children and watching them grow and develop their own unique personalities and identities.

Nicole

DIPLOMA TRAINED EDUCATOR

My names Nicole and I’ve been in the industry for 5 years. I’m passionate about being a positive role model for the children and enjoy being able to assist them in reaching their milestones as well as educating the children and supporting their emotional well-being as they grown, learn and develop.

Maria

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR

I have been a volunteer in different communities with underprivileged children in the Philippines which is where I come from. I now live in Melbourne and have been in the education industry since 2008 in OSH programs. I have been at Dawson Street since 2011. I enjoy working with children because I like the way they look at the world, watching them grow, all the things they learn and how curious they are.

Samantha

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR

My career first began in the Early Years Education Industry after completing my Certificate III in 2011, Since then I have recently completed my Diploma in Early Education and Care in 2018.
I have been working at Dawson Street since 2012. Since I was young I have had a passion for working with children and I find it very rewarding to watch children develop, learn and become independent. I enjoy learning and stride to provide a better future for the children and strive to become a positive role model for the children. When I am not at work, I enjoy dancing and performing, shopping ,cooking and going to restaurants with friends and spending  quality time with my sisters and family.

Michelle

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR

I started my career in Early Years Education in 1999 and have been at Dawson Street since 2008. I love coming to work and get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment from being around children and seeing them grow and develop. As a parent myself I would be more than happy to send my child to Dawson Street, there is a strong focus on freedom, independence and the children’s voices are always heard. It’s a great place to work with lots of laughs from the children and educators every day. When I’m not at work I love being outdoors, reading, cooking, seeing live music, going shopping and hanging out with my family and friends. I also often have a creative art project on the go.

Ajay

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR

I jumped right into child care after finishing school. I completed my placement for my certificate at Dawson Street and was soon given the great opportunity to become a permanent educator working as a part of the Dawson Street team. I’ve been working at Dawson Street since 2015 and am loving every minute of it. I’ve always been passionate about working with children and am eager to continue my growth as a positive and enthusiastic educator.

Bhavi

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR

I am originally from India, which is Hindu background. I have been living in Australia since 2008. I have my Certificate III in Children’s services and I have been working at Dawson Street since 2012.

I have 2 children (Aanya and Aarya).