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.

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Doreen

CENTRE DIRECTOR

Centre Director
I have been actively working within the sector for the past 10 years. My passion for early learning education was planted and driven after arriving in Australia 10 years ago. Coming from overseas, I was hungry to hunt and aim for better Education and have finally found my love and passion after learning so much about early learning education. Mother of 2 and I can feel and understand what parents want best for their children. I aim to embrace all families culture, values and emphasize their individuality and offer diversity. My role is to support families, children and educators to develop relationships that support the individual development of each child.
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Arzu

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & EDUCATIONAL LEADER
I believe the environment plays a major role in the success of an early childhood program. It should enhance the children’s interests in all developmental domains. In planning my program, I would strive for a developmentally appropriate, child-cantered atmosphere where children have the opportunity to master new challenges through activities and topics that are meaningful to them, thus building their self-esteem as they develop and learn. I have been in the industry more than 10years and I love working with the children. I have 2 children and I am happy to be offered to join the Dawson St team and look forward to meeting all you!
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Sema

CENTRE COOK

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!

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Siobhan

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR
I moved to Melbourne from the UK in 2014 and took this opportunity to retrain in Early Years Education. Working with children has been a huge passion of mine for as long as I can remember and now I have my 2 year old daughter Eva, that passion has only increased. I love to watch children grow and learn through play – their imagination and capabilities are endless! Its a privilege to have joined the Dawson Street Children’s Co-operative team and be a part of the children’s journeys through these important years.

Lucy

DIPLOMA TRAINED EDUCATOR

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.

Maria

DIPLOMA TRAINED EDUCATOR

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Richelle

DIPLOMA EDUCATOR

DIPLOMA EDUCATOR
Hello, I am new to Dawson St and new to the Early Years Learning sector. I moved to Melbourne from Sydney in 2019 and rediscovered my passion for working with young children and facilitating their learning through play. I completed my Diploma and placement requirements in Dawson St last year and am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to work with such an exceptional team of staff and families! I enjoy working with children of all ages and have a background in Primary School Teaching, as well as facilitating workshops and learning programs in children’s hospitals and museum sites across Sydney.

Hashini

DIPLOMA EDUCATOR

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Wattle

Ashleigh

DIPLOMA EDUCATOR

DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR
I am a Diploma qualified educator, I have been in the early education industry for 6 years and have loved every minute of it. Working with children has always been a passion of mine, growing up with a lot of younger siblings definitely encouraged this! I love being able to do this at Dawson Street where there is such encouragement of outdoor learning and allowing children to engage in challenging learning experiences. I am also working towards my Bachelor’s to become a qualified Kinder teacher. I grew up in country Victoria before moving back to Melbourne and love spending my spare time outdoors going on adventures or having some quiet time reading with my dog on the couch. I look forward to seeing, encouraging and teaching your children as they grow and develop new and exciting skills.
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Kim

DIPLOMA EDUCATOR

DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR
I have a Diploma in early childhood education and care, I have worked in the industry for fifteen years. I have previously owned a small retail business in Kensington (Melbourne) from the year 2010-2014, by the end of the year 2014 I began to have my second calling back in to the child care sector. During my career in early childhood, I have worked for private, council and smaller co-operatives. I grew up in Brunswick and find my self back here after all these years, many childhood memories. 😊
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Laila

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR

OUTDOOR EDUCATOR
Hi my name is Laila and I have 2 beautiful children aged 5 and 3 years. I believe that children should be treated equally with respect and having a good foundation will build children’s confidence and self-worth. I love making children laugh and happy and love to see how their individual personalities make each and every one of them unique and special.

Pimmi

DIPLOMA EDUCATOR

DIPLOMA EDUCATOR
HI am originally from Thailand. I moved to Melbourne since 2018. I have a diploma early childhood and care and I am passionate about children. I love to support them to grow the way they are as I believe that every child is uniquely shaped by childhood experiences and environment. I am also happy to be surrounded with children as I like their naive and curiosity to explore new things so that I can support and extend their learning.

Mallee and Lilly Pilly (Kinder room)

Alison

 KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (LILLY PILLY 4 YEAR OLD KINDER PROGRAM)

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 .
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Victoria

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (MALLEE 3 YEAR OLD KINDER PROGRAM)

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
I have been working at DSCC as an educator since 2012 and in that time have worked as a team leader with all age groups. I completed my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in 2018 at Charles Sturt University and I now teach in the Kindergarten Program. I also hold a Diploma of Children’s Services from Swinburne University. Working across different age groups has given me a deeper understanding of early childhood development and a strong belief in child centred practice and the importance of building trusting relationships with children and families. My teaching focuses are embedding an Indigenous perspective in the curriculum, practicing an anti-bias approach and supporting social and emotional development through art and the natural world. My favourite part of teaching at DSCC are the Tree Kinder and Art Programs that Alison and I have created and implement over the last few years.

Ida

KINDERGARTEN QUALIFIED EDUCATOR

KINDERGARTEN QUALIFIED EDUCATOR
Hi, I am Ida, I am originally from Malaysia, moved to Australia to pursue my studies, shortly after completing my placement at Dawson Street in 2019, I was offered a great opportunity to join the team. I am constantly amazed by children’s curiosity, creativity, resilience, and honesty. Watching children learn and grow and building relationships with them genuinely brings me joy.

Maria

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR

CERTIFICATE III EDUCATOR
I have been working at DSCC as an educator for 10 years. I have a Certificate III in Children's Services and completed Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology in the Philippines where I was born. I did volunteer work during my university days in different communities which I was able to work with children which I thoroughly enjoyed. I worked in HR overseas, I am fortunate to have an opportunity to work with children when I move to Melbourne. As an educator, I aim to provide a stimulating, educational, fun environment for the children, a place where children are comfortable and confident to engage in learning relationships with their educators and peers. I aim to help each child to grow as an independent, confident individual and a person that respect, accept and embrace the uniqueness of each one of us, with the hope that each child will understand that everyone regardless of our differences can co-exist happily in an accepting and inclusive environment.

Susan

DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR

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.

Ajay

ISS Certificate III EDUCATOR

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.

Outdoor / Sports and Yoga

Swara

OUTDOOR EDUCATOR

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Raghav

SPORTS AND YOGA EDUCATOR

Multi-Aged Educators

Shahrooz

MULTIAGED EDUCATOR

MULTIAGED 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

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.

Deki

DIPLOMA-TRAINED EDUCATOR