Experienced and nurturing care

One of the most important aspects of the Happy Valley Community Children’s Centre is our team of nurturing, experienced and passionate Educators. Our Educator-to-child ratios are above the required number, with a strong mix of qualifications in each room to ensure the highest quality of care, support and engagement.

Administration

Claire Austen

Claire

Director
Accreditations:
Diploma of Children’s Service
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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca

Assistant Director and Educational Leader
Accreditations:
Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood/ Bachelor of Arts
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Lynda Vegter

Lynda

Administrative Officer
Accreditations:
Administration Skills
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Infant Room

Suzie Luscombe

Suzie

Infant Room Team Leader
Accreditations:
Diploma of Children’s Service
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Amy Robertson

Amy

Educator, Cultural Leader
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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Vicki Maddern

Vicki

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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Junior Room

Kylie Wilson

Kylie

Junior Room Team Leader
Accreditations:
Diploma of Children’s Services, Certificate III in Children's Services and Disability Services, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
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Catherine Thompson

Catherine

Supported Worker
Accreditations:
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Tara Presley

Tara

Educator
Accreditations:
Studying Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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Joanna Maxwell-Davis

Joanna

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care
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Sally Reiche

Sally

Educator
Accreditations:
Diploma of Children’s Services
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Kinder Room

Kate Hodgkison

Kate

Kinder Room Team Leader, Sustainability Leader
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Children’s Services and studying Diploma of Children’s Services
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Julie Baugh

Julie B

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Children’s Services
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Amanda Wright

Amanda

Educator
Accreditations:
Diploma of Children’s Services
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Courtney Maass

Courtney

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Children’s Services
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Catherine Thompson

Catherine

Supported Worker
Accreditations:
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Preschool Room

Georgina Wallace

Georgina

Preschool Room Team Leader and Early Childhood Teacher
Accreditations:
Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching
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Julie Gates

Julie G

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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Sarah Tucker

Sarah

Educator
Accreditations:
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
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Permanent Part-Time Educators

Karen Tregenza

Karen

Educator
Accreditations:
Diploma of Children’s Services
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Jordan Hartman

Jordan

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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Summa Ingram

Summa

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Early Education and Care
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Sheena Zare-Saisan

Sheena

Educator
Accreditations:
Diploma of Children’s Services
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Relief Educators

Tanya Greenbank

Tanya

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Children’s Services
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Aimee

Educator
Accreditations:
Studying Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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Elisha

Educator
Accreditations:
Studying Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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Laura

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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Robyn

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
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Jenna Lea Holton

Jenna-Lea

Educator
Accreditations:
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and studying Diploma of Children’s Services
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Kitchen Staff

Verity Packer

Vez

Cook
Accreditations:
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Management Committee Role Descriptions

Management Committee

Our Management Committee is important at Happy Valley Community Children’s Centre. Without the dedication of this wonderful group of volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to remain open. The Educators and Staff appreciate the time
you give up each month to ensure our Centre runs to the best quality possible. We encourage all families to come along and be involved in the operations of the Centre.

The Chairperson at HVCCC provides leadership to the Management Committee and acts to ensure the effective running of management meetings and general meetings. The Chairperson ensures the effective day-to-day running of the Centre through liaising with the Director, Treasurer, Secretary and Assistant Director and to make sure issues are addressed in a timely manner. The Chairperson must remain impartial when putting formal motions to the vote of the Committee. The Chairperson is to establish and enhance relationships with internal and external stakeholders and be available for staff members to approach with any concerns they may have.

The Vice Chairperson at HVCCC provides support for the Chairperson when they are unable to perform their duties as listed as well as within the Management Committee handbook. In the absence of the Chairperson the Vice Chairperson will be required to run monthly management meetings and if needed the general meetings. The Vice Chairperson is a member of the Executive Management Committee.

The Secretary of HVCCC Management Committee has the responsibility to call meetings within the terms of the constitution and prepare the agenda for such a meeting. The agenda is to be made seven days prior to meetings for the addition of agenda items. The Secretary may also be required to prepare correspondence on behalf of the Management Committee as well as to record the business undertaken by the Management Committee during its monthly and Annual General Meetings. The Secretary is responsible for distributing the minutes of the previous meeting and the agenda for the forthcoming meeting seven days prior to that meeting.

The Treasurer at HVCCC needs to have a good working knowledge of the day-to-day financial runnings of the Centre. This will enable them to prepare financial reports to present to management as well as working collaboratively with the Director on HVCCC budget. The Treasurer needs to be able to answer any relevant financial questions and to monitor bad debts; taking appropriate action to recover debts. The Treasurer is a counter signatory for checks and other bank accounts as well as to make recommendations for the appointment of a financial auditor each year.

Our Research Stream reviews the constitution and philosophy as required. Records and updates the Centre’s operational policies and supports the accreditation process and is responsible for researching and applying for grants. This is in consultation with the people elected on the Research Stream, Management, Educators and Families which is then overseen and passed at Management Committee Meetings.

Our Family Stream supports the Centre to provide and maintain a safe, secure and aesthetically pleasing environment and encourages families to be involved in the Centre and supports the negotiation of the curriculum by all stakeholders. The Family Stream organises different events throughout the year as well as fundraisers for Educators to purchase equipment and materials to help support children and their learning.