Our Staff

CREST employs early childhood educators in line with legislative requirements but we also seek to attract and retain the most inspiring, creative and dedicated team of educators to inspire your children's learning. They also have a commitment and love for teaching and learning in the outdoors.

CREST implements a robust and thorough merit based selection process based on candidates qualifications, skills, knowledge and personal attributes. We will provide all candidates with equal opportunities.

The CREST values are important in employing staff as we wish to create a culture that is true to our philosophy, vision and our beliefs of children's learning.  

Meet the Management Team

AMANDA

Centre Director

Amanda is a co-owner of both Dandenong and Rowville childcare facilities. Amanda has a Diploma in Childcare, she has much knowledge and experience that she can share with educators, families and children. Amanda believes that children benefit when they feel connected to beautiful outdoor spaces where they can develop individual strengths and skills

JENNI
Assistant Director


Jenni is the Assistant Director- Educational leader (Nominated Supervisor) at Crest, Dandenong and has close to 17 years of experience in the early childhood industry. She also assists the director in the day to day operations and supports and mentors the educators in effective program planning, mentoring and professional development. As an educator Jenni wants to support the children at Crest as they embark on a journey to make discoveries about themselves and learn to recognise and name their feelings. Jenni believes in working as “one “with families, communities and educators. Encouraging   all families to feel welcomed, all children to feel loved and everyone at CREST to want to work together as one in order to aid in a child’s optimal development.

MICHELLE  

2IC - Admin

Michelle is the 2IC-Admin. Michelle has a passion for educating and nurturing children and has worked in the children care for the past 4 years. She holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Michelle is passionate about her career in childcare and wants to provide an education, fun, compassionate and empathetic environment for the children at the service where the children learn and play. Michelle believes that each child is a unique individual, and that all children develop through their own pattern of growth and development

Meet the Educators

WENDY  

Wendy is a Diploma Qualified educator in the room. With great passion about my teaching career, Wendy has worked with toddlers age group for 5 years and has worked 2 years as team in charge. Wendy enjoys working with children and believes it a rewarding experience to work together with families to support their child to become successful learners and responsible citizens.   

ANURADHA

  

Anu is a Diploma Qualified Team leader in the room. She has been working in childcare industry for the last 7 years. Anu believes as an educator each and every child should be respected and treated equally. Each child’s voice and opinions should be listened and respected. Anu believes that by giving the children the opportunity, they will become a confident individual and a good citizen in the future.

NORA   
 

Nora is the Diploma Qualified educator in the room. She has completed her Diploma in children’s services and has nearly 5 years of experience in this industry. Nora designs her Program Planning based on the children’s interest, asking questions to further understand and actively engage in the activities alongside the children instead of passively observing the children’s learning.

JUDY  
 

Judy is a Diploma qualified educator in the room. Judy is keen to create a warm, loving, secure environment and strong bonds with the children and the families to ensure they feel comfortable in their environment.

ZINAH

  

Anu is a Diploma Qualified Team leader in the room. She has been working in childcare industry for the last 7 years. Anu believes as an educator each and every child should be respected and treated equally. Each child’s voice and opinions should be listened and respected. Anu believes that by giving the children the opportunity, they will become a confident individual and a good citizen in the future.

ERICA  
 

Erica is currently working in the Tulip room (kinder). She has completed her Diploma in children’s services.Erica brings a sense of calmness into all play spaces and children love her positive spirit. Erica is passionate about giving children opportunities to connect with the broader community by inviting families and community members to CREST.

TANYA  
 

Tanya is a Certificate 3 qualified educator in the room. She has a passion to work with children and have been an energetic and caring childhood educator since 2016.She strongly adapts learning through play and initiates the love for learning in children. She believes in creating an environment that enforces positivity into the child’s learning.

ALICE  
 

Alice is a Certificate 3 Qualified educator in the room. Interactive communication through family input and daily information books is something I think is a vital part of early childhood development, this helps voice opinions and expresses different ideas that we will work on as a team to ensure we create the best learning possibilities and a positive environment for each child and their families. Watching children develop, grow and being able to extend on it is very rewarding experience for Alice as an educator. It brings pleasures to her to see them be able to expand on their knowledge and develop into smart, driven young people.

MADDI  
 

Maddi is a permanent part time Diploma qualified educator. She has been working at our Rowville facility as a casual educator and has recently joined us a permanent part time educator at our Dandenong facility. Maddi believes that each child should have opportunities to be involved in a flexible program that involves individual and group activities as well as free play and outdoor play.

BADRA

  

Badra is a Diploma Qualified permanent part time educator. She is passionate about working with the children. Badra believes in giving highest quality care for all children at CREST.

SHARON

  

Sharon is a Permanent Part time Certificate 3 qualified Educator. She is studying to complete the Diploma in Early childhood education. She values each child as an individual. As an early childhood educator, she values their development based on their strengths, interests, skills abilities, and knowledge to extend their learning.  She engages with them in building relationships while fostering an educational experience in a warm secure, trusting, and welcoming environment. 

KATELYN  
 

Katelyn is the Chef at CREST, Dandenong. She has completed her Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery and worked at Restaurants and Cafes in the Bayside area prior to commencing her employment at Crest. She is studying her Diploma in Early childhood education. In more than 9 years of her cooking experience she has learnt to cook different cuisines and has cooked to cater to various types of food allergies. She loves working in childcare industry because of the daily challenge of providing nutritious healthy and delicious food for the children.