Our Rooms

Puggles

In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging.  Our Educators in the Puggles room pride themselves on the low child to primary educator ratios of 1:3. We believe that these low ratios will help children develop a sense of belonging and build on their relationships with the familiar faces.

Puggles Educators

Jessica Cram - Room Leader

Jess grew up on south coast before moving to Sydney six years ago. She found a connection to Clovelly and is grateful to return for her fifth year. Growing up the eldest of four siblings, Jess developed a natural connection and love for providing care to younger children. She completed a traineeship why working down the coast and has been in the industry for eight years. Jess is always open to further her knowledge and skill set within the industry. She aims to provide quality, supportive and nurturing environments for all children to thrive in.

Alejandra Gracia-Loch

Alejandra has Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. She moved from Chile to Australia 14 years ago. She is a mother of two beautiful children and speaks Spanish. On her spare time, she loves camping with her family, go to the beach and doing crochet. She believes children are unique with their own strengths and interests. She believes by creating a joyful, stimulating and safe environment, children can shine.

Kalani Silvester

Kalani has her certificate III in early childhood education. Kalani is ecstatic to learn and build on her knowledge whilst working in the puggles room! she was working as casual during 2020 and is now part of our team as a full timer! Kalani grew up surrounded by children as her grandmother owned a day care, Kalani had always found herself wanting to help engage with the children, leading her to find her passion in working in the early childhood industry!

Cèlia Pibernat Trias

Cèlia is an enthusiastic and multilingual Early Childhood Teacher. Her strengths arise in her ability to be present, adaptable and dynamic with a variety of children. When utilizing their interest as a vehicle to understand, integrate and build strong relationships in environments, with the endeavour for children to have the best start that prepares them for life. She is passionate about building connections and understandings about Indigenous perspectives, as well as sustainability and social justice. Her philosophy is inspired by Forest Schools, Reggio Emilia and the Aboriginal 8 ways of learning amongst others, as her learning also continues.

Plateenas

In the Plateena’s room the children naturally gravitate towards helping out with everyday routines and enjoy the responsibility of collecting eggs from the chicken coop, collecting the mail from the mailbox, and picking the vegetables from the garden beds to give to the cook.

Plateenas Educators

Suzanne Palmer - Room Leader

Suzanne grew up in the area & has a strong connection of this land as a child. She has a Certificate 3 of Early Childhood Education and working towards finishes her diploma. She has been at the centre for 13 years. She believes children are capable, wonderful, intelligent human beings and can achieve all they set out to do. She is passionate in supporting & guiding them to reach their full potential. She takes her passion in music, arts, kindness, love and caring into her daily practice as an educator.

Luke Azzopardi - Room Leader

Luke has a musical background. He attended Newtown Performing Arts High School majoring in Classical Voice and Saxophone. He then went on to The Conservatorium to further his musical knowledge. He also plays piano and guitar. Luke holds the degree of Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood.

Evelyn Guan

Evelyn began working as a casual when her son was enrolled at Clovelly. She has been working in Clovelly Child Care Centre for 12 years in different room. She has a wonderful positive attitude and cheerful manner that has led her to be engaged as a permanent educator. She has a Diploma in Children’s Services. Evelyn wants to ensure that we provide a warm, nurturing environment for all children and takes her responsibility as an educator very seriously.

Athe Arifin

Athe began working as a casual at the centre, then stepped up to fill a maternity leave position. She proved herself as a flexible and creative team member, with an impressive work ethic. She is also an award winning photographer. Athe has a Diploma in Children’s Services and a Diploma in Advertising. She has led the Kitchen Garden Program since 2013 and it received the SPROUT Award in 2014.

Joeys

The Joeys children show growing independence.  Together we learn from each other that there must be a partnership between the child and the Educator where not only the child learns from us, but we listen to the children’s thinking and learn from them too.

Joeys Educators

Rebecca Lawson - Room Leader

Having grown up in rural NSW, Rebecca moved to Sydney around 25 years ago and calls Bondi home. Having just returned in January 2021, from 6 years in Switzerland, Rebecca is excited to begin her new role in the Joey’s room. During her time in Switzerland, Rebecca worked for a German Montessori school, as Assistant Teacher (year 1,2 & 3), whilst also working as a Head Pedagogy Teacher for children in the 0-5years room, in the daycare centre affiliated with the school. This was both a daunting but exciting experience for a country girl who spoke limited Swiss German & German! None the less, it strengthened her respect & appreciation for our multicultural and diverse community we now live in. Rebecca has a Diploma in Early Childhood and is currently studying her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood at Macquarie Uni. Rebecca has a strong passion for Social Justice, anti-bias and inclusion. Rebecca is a mum to 4 children and will continue to use a guiding approach when working alongside children, as co-collaborators and co-researchers.

Sally-Anne Kenny

Sally-Anne ran a successful Family Day Care business for 14 yrs before joining the team at Clovelly Child Care Centre in April 2021. She is a busy mum to 2 teenagers and is passionate about the environment, sustainability and enjoys walking, cooking and early morning swims at Coogee beach. Sally-Anne completed her Certificate lll in 2012 and recently her Diploma in Early Childhood in November 2020. Sally-Anne sustainable practices and knowledge of the different educational philosophies supports her holistic approach to early childhood education. Combined with a business acumen gained from running a small business in the early childhood space, Sally looks forward to deepening her knowledge and engagement with the families at Clovelly Child Care Centre.

Jo Power

Jo is a kind and caring child care educator with a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood education. She loves engaging with the children at her Clovelly Child Care family. Her empathy and compassion make her a shining light

Jo Power

Jo is a kind and caring child care educator with a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood education. She loves engaging with the children at her Clovelly Child Care family. Her empathy and compassion make her a shining light

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