Our People

Our People

Our experienced and friendly educators work to create inclusive and exciting learning experiences for your child. Every year begins with goal setting for each room and each child within the centre.
Educators observe each child and create individual goals based on learning needs, developmental stages, interests and strengths. Importantly, we like to include you in the goal setting for your child by finding out what you’d like to see them achieve over the next six to twelve months. Our educators believe in the power of positivity, creating a safe and secure environment and providing life long love of learning for all children. 

Meet our Centre Manager

Name: Leah McDowell

Qualifications: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

What makes you passionate about Early Childhood Education? I love knowing that each day brings lots of fun and enjoyable moments. Nearly every day I get told that I’m some one’s best friend. It’s the little moments like that! Being able to watch the children learn, grow, and develop into their own individual personalities. The best is when their BIG cheeky personalities come out. Then you really know that they have found their sense of belonging, feel comfortable and have a lot of trust in you and their surroundings. I feel once the children have found a connection and feel confident, That’s when the fun learning can take place!! 😊

Being a leader of an Early Education Service I love working alongside the team, coaching, mentoring, and supporting our Educators to grow and develop into the best Educators that they can be. We have lots of Shining Star Educators here at Aussie Kindies Frankston. It makes me really proud to see our Educators achieve their personal goals as Educators. I love being able to support our team.

How long have you been working with children? I actually started as a Vcal Student when I was 17 in 2007. I have worked in every role and age group over the years.😊 In 2017 I became a Centre Manger. 

What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcare? There is so many! Maybe the time when I had a pimple and the kinder children wanted to be like me and drew texter dots on their face!! You have to love how innocent and brutally honest children are. If you have a pimple, the children will definitely ask you what you have on your face!! There is no filters when it comes to children. 

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? We provide a home away from home feel centre. Everyone has a place here at Aussie Kindies Frankston- Educators, Families and Of Course our Children!! We also have an AMAZING natural outdoor yard! It really is AMAZING!! Come down and see it for yourself!! 😊

Fun fact about you:  I had a 2020 Pandemic baby named Zoe!! 😊 – She is nearly 1 now (scary!) It was a very different maternity leave from what I imagined. So for all of the families who had babies during the Covid pandemic – I hear you and totally get you!! 

Assistant Centre Manager & Educational Leader

Assistant Centre Manager & Educational Leader

Pia McInerney

Years in the childcare: 14 years

What is the best part of the day: When children tell me what they have learnt 

Why should families choose Aussie Kindies Frankston as their choice of care: I will work in collaboration with you to achieve quality outcomes for your child

Fun fact about you: I can speak 4 languages
Early Childhood Teacher

Early Childhood Teacher

Sarita Thiagarajoo

Years in childcare:
10 years

What is the best part of the day: Spontaneous child led learning that leads into further exploration

Why should families choose Aussie Kindies Frankston as their choice of care: I will work in collaboration with you to achieve quality outcomes for your child

Fun fact about you: I can speak two languages - English and Indonesian