Our Team


Clovelly Child Care Centre  offers professional, high quality child care in a nurturing, safe and meaningful environment. Our philosophy is informed by strength-based practice and this  is incorporated  into the daily program.

The Directors

Debbie Zerbst




Our Educators

The Puggles Room (0 – 2 years)

Sally Anderson A highly experienced mother craft nurse, Sally has been at the Centre for 28 years and has cared for children that have since come back to the Centre as educators, including her own daughter Claire. Sally has a Certificate III in Children’s Services and is studying for her Diploma. Sally is the room leader and also the Nominated Supervisor.


Hawraa  Sabbagh Hawraa is a recent graduate of the Certificate III course and has been working in the Puggles since the middle of 2016. This is her first full time position and she is developing into a very competent educator.

Suzanne Palmer Suzanne, a local lass, has a Certificate III in Children’s Services.  She has been with the centre for  10  years and has worked with children of all ages for over 15 years. Suzanne is a mother and feels a strong connection with the children she cares for. Suzanne continues to learn within the area of early childhood and brings an optimism and a voice to match to the room.

Melody Stitt


The Plateenas Room (2 – 3 years)


Evelyn Guan  Evelyn began working as a casual when her son was enrolled at Clovelly over 8 years ago. She has a wonderful positive attitude and cheerful manner that has led her to be engaged as a permanent educator. She has completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services and most recently finished her Diploma. Evelyn wants to ensure that we provide a warm, nurturing environment for all children and takes her responsibility as an educator very seriously.

Luke Azzopardi  “Big Luke” as he has become known 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, guitar, recorder and the spoons . Luke has a Certificate III in Children’s Services, many years experience and is studying towards a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Macquarie University.

Jessica Cram  Jessica, who has a Certificate III in Children’s Services, began working with us on a casual basis. We liked her so much she is now here to stay. Jessica interacts beautifully with the children and she continues to grow as an educator.

Mele Fale

The Joey’s Room (3 – 6 years)

Victoria Gray Victoria is an Early Childhood Teacher from Auckland, New Zealand. She has worked for the last 8 years at Waiheke Kindergarten where she was the leader of the Enviro Kindergarten Program there. Her previous experience also contains the Reggio approach and also has  a articular interest in mathematics, science and the environment

Millie Dickens  Millie started her career as a primary school teacher but recently completed her Masters in Early Childhood Education. She brings a lot of pedagogical knowledge to her role in the Joeys and has a particular love of literacy and numeracy

Vanessa Smith Vanessa also began her teaching career in primary school in England. She has recently completed her Diploma in Children’s Services to enable her to have specific early childhood qualifications. Last year Vanessa was avery positive presence in the Joeys as she led many art experiences in particular a clay program

Bridgitt Adams  Bridgitt worked in the Plateenas last year in an Inclusion Support position and now continues this role within the Joeys room. Bridgitt first came to Clovelly when she did a practicum for her Diploma of Children’s Service. She has now graduated and brings her knowledge to the Joeys room


Kitchen Garden Program

In 2013 Clovelly  began a pilot Kitchen Garden Program. The aim of which is to support sustainable practices in a practical and educational way and to embed the culture within the daily program. The program is facilitated by Athe, her credentials below! She is supported in this role by the educational leaders team, the cook and in general by all the educators.

Athe Arifin  Athe began working as a casual at the centre, then stepped up to fill a maternity leave position. She proved herself a flexible and creative team member, with an impressive work ethic. She is also a photographer and a writer, contributing to the Indonesian Monthly magazine with a strong interest in the arts. Athe has a Certificate III in Children’s Services, a Diploma in Advertising and has successfully completed her Diploma in Children’s Services. She has led the Kitchen Garden Program and it recently received an ECEEN Award.


Our Cooks

Bronwyn Jefferys Bronwyn has a background in catering and a genuine love for fine food. She contributes and compliments the Kitchen Garden Program beautifully. Bronwyn takes the time necessary to make sure the food is prepared and served in a way that will appeal to children and educate them about good eating.

Jason Stephens Jason has been in the hospitality industry for many years. He now works 2 days a week with us and brings to the job, not just his broad experience in the kitchen, but also natural handyman skills!


We have experienced staff to support the administrative functioning. They look after fees, enrolments, CCB, financial housekeeping and all the other office tasks.

Catherine Wisker has been with us for 5 years. She has a Diploma in Business Studies. She has recently upgraded this knowledge through TAFE. She is the ‘go to’ person for your billing and account inquiries. She can multi-task and knows where most of the utilities outlets are located!

We also have a  team of casual staff that work with us from time to time, some of which have been with the Centre for over 10 years.

For more about the Governance and Parent Management Committee at the Centre read Parent Involvement.


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