Hello there, we’re thrilled to meet you.

Here at Pipsqueaks Early Learning Centre, we value our educators and harness the individual expertise that they bring to their roles within the Pipsqueaks family.

We think our educators are our most valuable assets in providing high quality programs that achieve the best outcomes for your little treasures.

Belinda

Centre Director

Our Director, Belinda, who has over 20 years’ experience working in children’s services, holding a Director’s position for more than a decade. With a passion for working in partnership with families, Belinda is able to get the best care for your children. This comes with a belief that providing challenges for children allows them to take risks in a safe and supportive environment, and nurtures them to develop into the best little people they can be.

Mel

Assistant Director

Mel has been in early childhood education since 2003 and worked across numerous centres in Geelong over that time.

She is passionate about providing an inviting, welcoming and inclusive place, not only for children, but their families.

Mel is Geelong born and bred – with two pipsqueaks of her own at home, Daisy & Oliver. Crazy about AFL, don’t be afraid to catchup with Mel and chat about the latest game – GO CATS!

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Lauren

Educator

I joined the Pipsqueaks family in January 2021. I have been working in the early childhood industry for 8 years now & been fortunate to work in all age groups.

I’m excited to be working in the Golden Wattle classroom in 2021 – supporting the babies and ensuring they’re safe and nurtured. It’s paramount, as an educator to build trusting relationships with our families to ensure we can collaboratively work together to meet the child’s needs, support them as best as possible and show them that they’re capable of anything!

In my spare time I love to travel, cook and bake, spend time with my family and friends, find new brunch spots and hunt down new coffee spots for a good latte!

Aimee

Educator

Hello My name is Aimee, I hold a Diploma in Early children education and care as well as a certificate of Education support-integration Aide/Teacher aide. I have worked in children care for the past 5 years. I have experience working as a nanny/baby sitter aswell as working in disability.

I am a warm and welcoming person who is kind and compassionate. I love coming to work everyday and being a part of each child’s daily interactions, watching them explore, learn, grow and make new discoveries with in their environments. I love to encourage children to engage in experiences that spark from their interests as I believe children learn best when having fun and interested.

It is important for me to provide children with the best quality care, to help support them in their daily routines when needed and their developmental stages to support them in building their self-confidences and identity for later on in life.

Jade

Educator

Jade has lived in Lara her entire life and has been in the childcare sector for 3-3.5 years now. Jade left school around 15-16 to help care for ill family, to keep herself busy she got into the study of childcare. Jade has always been around children at a young age as she became an aunty at the age of 9-10 years old and her love for children grew from there.

The thing Jade loves about her job is how rewarding it is, leaving each day with something new learnt, her aim for her job is for children to feel safe and secure in the environment and community surrounding them allowing them to achieve their individual milestone in their own unique way.

If Jade isn’t at work you’ll find her with her hands full of shopping bags, creating grazing platters and spending time with family & friends

Talia

Trainee

I am currently doing a traineeship at Pipsqueaks and completing my certificate 3, despite not having much time in the industry I have always love working with kids, I love that every child is unique. Some of my interests outside of work is photography and I love to do anything

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Kylie

Educator

I am a diploma qualified educator. I started as an educator in 2016 at a family ran centre in Ballarat and have recently started at pipsqueaks. I have a keen interest in being able to provide an engaging and stimulating environment that is welcoming to both the children and their families.

I have two young children of my own and can see since becoming a mum I have built on my skills as an educator and my passion for early childhood education has become stronger.

Katelyn

Educator

I received my diploma qualification in the year of 2020, before this I studied in the beauty industry, from hair to makeup I then moved to working with children I always knew I would end up working with children.

I felt a sense of passion and eagerness to be a leader and

I am passionate to work alongside children watching them grow and develop each and every day.

Outside of work you will find me on the netball court and in the kitchen most of the time it will be eating all of the food, but I do also thoroughly enjoy cooking. 

I am very excited to be a part of the journey of Pipsqueaks Early Learning Centre and I am looking forward to creating a welcoming, supportive inclusive environment.

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Elyce

Educator

Elyce has been working in the children’s services industry for the past 7 years, in that time she has worked across numerous centres, as a nanny in Geelong, as well as taking a gap year to work in a summer camp tucked away in the Californian Forrest in America.

Throughout Elyce’s career she has worked with children of all ages, from babies, right up to the kinder children. This year she will be working in the Golden Wattle room.

Elyce believes that working in the children’s industry not only do you teach the children, but the children teach you as well.  She cannot wait to create a warm and fostering environment for your children to grow and learn in.

Mia

Trainee

I am a trainee who is currently completing a certificate 3 in early childhood education who cannot wait to expand her knowledge and work in this industry. I have always had a passion for working with children stemming from my days of cheerleading where I would help to coach the young children.

I am very excited about completing my studies in such a positive and uplifting centre while also being able to work with the children and help to create a welcoming environment for them to thrive in.

I believe that is important to build relationships with each child and their families as each child is unique.

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Molly

Educator

Molly has been diploma qualified and in the early childhood industry since 2018.

She is a passionate educator who enjoys hands on and child interest based experiences as she believes a child gets the most out of an experience they’re interested in.

Molly likes to make the environment as homely as possible with the involvement of not only the other staff and educators but the families and most importantly the children in the centres care so everyone can feel as comfortable as possible.

Molly is looking forward to this amazing ongoing journey with everyone involved in the centre and can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Danni

Educator

Danni has been in early childhood education for the last 11 years. She has recently moved back to Geelong from Canberra where she has been living for the last 4 years. She has two young pipsqueaks of her own, a 2-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son who keep her rather busy.

Danni is passionate about creating an inclusive, welcoming and engaging environment for all. She enjoys getting active and creative with the children as they let their ideas come to life.

When she is not at work, she is busy exploring the beach, You Yang’s and different parks with her family, horse riding or experimenting in the kitchen with a 50/50 success rate

Candice

Educator

Candice has worked in early childhood education for 5 years, one of which she spent as a part time nanny.

Being a Lara local her whole life she is passionate about bringing the local community into the children’s education and seeing them develop a love for the simple things that are always around them.

Candice has danced since she was 3 and always enjoy teaching the children a few moves or just seeing them express themselves through their own dance moves.

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Phoebe

Educator

Phoebe was born in Hong Kong and has been in Australia for about six years now. She can also speak Cantonese and Chinese. She has been in the early childhood industry for over two years.

She values early childhood education as the foundation for lifelong learning. She strongly believes that each child is unique and should to viewed, respected and treated right.

Phoebe aims to provide welcoming, nurturing, engaging and stimulating environment which provides each child opportunity to learn, play and grow. She is passionate about making a positive difference in children’s lives and seeing them grow, develop and succeed into the amazing little human beings!

Susan

Educator

I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 11 years, working across lots of different centres in Geelong and Canberra to expand on my knowledge and skills.

I fall in love with the relationships I have built over the years not only with children of all different age groups but also the families, I am very passionate about creating an environment where children feel very safe and secure to grow into their own identities with support.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my Family, living in the moment and not taking life to serious.  The best part Shopping.

Emily

Educator

My name is Emily Comer and I am 20 years old, I grew up in Colac and spent most of my life there until recently moving to Waurn Ponds. I love spending time with my family and friends.

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Chelsea

Educator

Chelsea has been working in early childhood education for the past 5 years. Over that time she has worked across all ages from birth to five years. She has a passion for holistic approaches and strongly believes ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.

Because of that, Chelsea is driven to build strong, collaborative partnerships with all children, families and the greater community.

Chelsea is excited to be a part of the journey of Pipsqueaks Early Learning Centre and is looking forward to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for the entire Lara community.

Outside of work, Chelsea loves to explore her creative side whether it be through art and decorating, cooking, gardening and photography.

Kaycee

Educator

Kaycee has been in the childhood education division since 2017, she holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and has been working alongside children of all ages since she was 16 years old hosting and helping celebrate children’s memorable moments in life-birthday parties! 

At play centres in different suburbs, she has always had a passion to work with children and working with them young is when she commenced her journey in this industry.

Kaycee enjoys helping children grow and become independent and watching them achieve their individual milestones, she is always willing to learn and gain further experience to provide the best quality care.

Kaycee currently resides in Lara with her family and is planning to build her own house this year in the beautiful suburb.

Amber

Trainee

My Name is Amber. I’m 19 years old and Graduated VCE last year (2020)

I’m a Trainee here at Pipsqueaks, studying for my Cert 3 to become an educator. 

Whilst only being new in the industry, I have always loved to care for children and would look after younger family members and family friends in my spare time. 

Outside of work, I love to travel whether just for a day trip or even as a camping trip. While growing up we were always going on camping holidays, so now being out in nature is what sparks my creativity most. 

Manna Gum

Ben

Early Childhood Teacher

With a focus on the importance of children being part of a community and their connection to community, he hopes to influence Lara’s residents in positive and meaningful ways.

He is passionate about creating a warm, inviting and engaging learning space for children to immerse themselves and build new and authentic understandings about themselves and the world.

Ben has been working in the education profession since 2010. During that time, Ben has worked in a number of different teaching roles both in kindergarten and school settings.

Amela

Educator

Throughout the years, I desired a career where I can make a change within an individual’s life and the broader community. Over time, I found myself always working alongside and caring for young children who inspired me to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education and Care. 

Having the opportunity to work with children has reminded me of how beautiful and exciting the world around us can be. I love seeing the individuality of each child and their ability to create and carry out task purely from their imagination and the knowledge retained from the experiences provided to them.

A positive relationship between educators and families can show children that they can trust the adults in their lives because those adults trust each other. Therefore, projecting into the children’s academic growth benefits such instructional coherence, ensuring the learning is supported in all aspects and environments as it structures children’s lives during those vital first five years.

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Tiana

Kitchen Hand

“I enjoy cutting up fruit and vegetables. I enjoy doing prep work for cooking. I enjoy cleaning up and getting all the dishes done. I like coming to Pipsqueaks to work because it’s fun and gets me out of the house

Gypsey

Kitchen Hand

I like the Kids and all of the staff. They are all so nice. I like cooking for all the kids. I love that the centre is new and smells nice. I like nice things. I love when the kids come up and get food. They say thank you and say my name which makes me happy. I love what I do here.

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Jorja

Educator

Jorja completed her childcare studies in 2017.  She will be teaching in the Golden Wattle Room. She has always had such a strong passion for educating and nurturing children, which is the reason she has ended up here, working with amazing children every day.

She is passionate about creating a fun, welcoming and safe environment for all. She believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere to grow and mature.

Jorja is a mum to three beautiful children of her own and since having them her love and passion for children has only grown and they inspire her every day to want to teach to the best of her ability.

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