Our Team

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Management Team

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General Manager

Paul Turner
Diploma in Management
Person with Management or Control
Approved Provider – Representative to the Board

Date Joined: 2017

Paul is instrumental in providing support to the Administration, Management, Catering, Cleaning, Maintenance and Expert Educator Teams in ensuring all the outcomes are working at Best Practice. All the Teams keep him continually busy with their new ideas for innovative projects. In Paul’s spare time you will often find him playing with the Tonka Trucks or trying to work through the never-ending to-do list – The team just keep adding more projects!

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Director Education and Care

Nicole Morris
Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services
Nominated Supervisor

Date Joined: 1989

Nic is our Director of Dudley Street and Nulkaba Educational Preschool. Having grown up in the area and with over 29 years’ experience caring and educating children from 6 weeks to School Age within all our centres. Nic takes pride in watching our children grow from inquisitive babies into resourceful little people. Nic is passionate about our services and building collaborative partnerships with the community. Nic is always available for a quick chat if any families, or expert educators need advice! Nic makes great cakes, just ask her for one!

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Manager Occasional Care and Playgroup

Joanne Calabretta
Diploma in Teaching (Bachelor of Education)
Nominated Supervisor

Date Joined: 1985

Jo is passionate about children learning through play, Early Education and Care. As Centre Manager, Jo ensures that families, children and educators are happy, safe and supported and that children’s learning is continuously extended.  If you are interested in hearing further about quality care and education, make contact with Jo and she also makes the best Cuppa around…

Support Team

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Chef

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Chef's Assistant

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Chef’s Assistant

 

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Client Services

Lauren Evans
Cert IV in Business Admin

Cert IV in Human Resources

Date Joined: 2017

Lauren is the “go to” for the team for admin enquiries. Lauren has learnt from Dianne on how to multitask such as answering calls, processing pays, binding enrolment books and helping families at the reception with their ever challenging CCS enquiries at all the same time. By the way don’t bring your dog in the office as Lauren gets no work done!

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Client Services, Brick Engineer and Flag Pole Coordinator

Kate Archer
Printing and Graphic Arts Cert II

Digital Art & Media Cert IV

Date Joined: 2018

Kate is the newest member to the team and is a master Graphic Designer! Kate is another master at multiskilling so in one hand Kate has the phone in her hand assisting a family with an enquiry and in the other hand Kate is designing something for one of the team! Don’t give Kate a camera as she also has qualification and experience with this area as well!

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Operations Support

Cassie Smith
Diploma in Children’s Services

Date Joined: 2018

Cassie is one of our expert educators that is multi-skilled carrying out many roles. When Cassie is not assisting the Playgroup team and carrying out her role as our Quality and Compliance Coordinator she is engaging with the children providing best practice outcomes! Cassie brings a range of experience and knowledge with over 10 years experience working with children.  Cassie has a passion for ensuring we deliver quality care for our children and families. If you have any thoughts, ideas or feedback Cassie would love to hear them.

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Educational Practice Facilitator

Denika Green
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Date Joined: 2018

Denika has been an expert educator for over 7 years and over this time her commitment and passion has seen her progress with many opportunities in the sector. Denika is a very busy person, completing her Bachelor of Early Childhood and she has had experience educating and caring for children in a remote Aboriginal community in the Kimberley’s of Western Australia. Denika is very passionate with supporting our expert educators and ensuring the children receive the best possible outcomes! Denika always has time for a chat so why not ask her about attachment theory!

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Quality and Compliance Coordinator

Trudy McGovern
Diploma in Children’s Services

Date Joined: 2021

Trudy has been an expert educator for over 13 years, her devotion and passion has driven her progress with many opportunities in the Sector.  After 10 year working directly with children, Trudy has also had experience in Coordinating an OOSH service and Directing an Early Childcare Centre.  Trudy is passionate about remaining in the childcare sector and enjoys working alongside a team of expert educators at CMCC to provide quality of care to the children and their families.

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Client Services

Amy McNamara
Cert 50001 Typing

Masters of Everything

Date joined: 2019

If you want to meet the most super organised person in the world, Amy is the one! Amy is now the newest member of the team and we all have trouble keeping up with her. Amy oversees the day to day of all the families inquiries to ensure everyone is looked after quickly! If you want to ask Amy who can blow up balloons the quickest, she will tell you “Cessnock Multipurpose Children’s Centre expert educators”

 

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Maintenance / Grounds / Driver / Chief Brick Challenge Sorter

Phil Goodwin
Cert III in Horticulture

Cert II in Conservation and Land Management
Motor Mechanic  

Date Joined: 2019

Phil is our general guru of everything! Phil is a qualified motor mechanic and the team always put his skills to good use. When Phil is not driving the children to and from school you will find him fixing something or helping to ensure the backyards are first class for the children. When Phil has all his tasks completed, you will find him sorting out bricks for the children’s brick challenges.

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Cleaning and Maintenance

Craig Thomas
Cert 50000 in Lawn Edging

Masters in Cleaning

Date joined: 2013

Craig is our expert cleaner and maintenance contractor. Craig and his team are kept busy maintaining all our centres. Regardless if it’s a mop or an electric drill, Craig has all the handy solutions and equipment to deliver on what needs to be done! In Craig’s spare time he is prioritising his to do lists as they keep getting bigger with all the ideas the Team Members are coming up with!

Team Leaders

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Waratah Educational Preschool

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Diploma in Children’s Services

Date Joined: 2014

Jane’s passion for literacy and the written word drives her teaching outcomes for children. Introducing children to the world of imagination and creation is what she is best at and is always fascinated to watch the children problem solve and work their way to independence and resilience. Jane believes that as an educator she learns as much from the children as they learn from her and is honoured to be given the opportunity to help your child grow, learn and flourish.

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Gumnut Nursery

Tracey King
Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood)

Date Joined: 1986

Tracey has been an Early Childhood Teacher with us for over 30 years. She particularly enjoys supporting the rapid development and growth of the under 3’s. Tracey strives to encourage all children to reach their full potential, be creative thinkers and be self-resilient! Tracey enjoys interacting with the children in the garden, learning about sustainability, science, art and storytelling experiences.

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Rhe Monk​
Rhe is Certificate III in Children’s Services

Date Joined: 2016

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Blue Gum Educational Preschool

Jane McCarthy
Diploma in Children’s Services

Date Joined: 2014

Jane’s passion for literacy and the written word drives her teaching outcomes for children. Introducing children to the world of imagination and creation is what she is best at and is always fascinated to watch the children problem solve and work their way to independence and resilience. Jane believes that as an educator she learns as much from the children as they learn from her and is honoured to be given the opportunity to help your child grow, learn and flourish.

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OOSH Coordinator

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Nulkaba Educational Preschool

Lauren Fara
Diploma in Children’s Services

Date Joined: 2004

Lauren has a strong passion and love for children which is evident in her scaffolding approach to the children of the future. Lauren has been educating and caring children for 21 years and if you asked any of the children they would tell you Lauren is the best at giving cuddles and having snow fights – a real child at heart!

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Cessnock Occasional Care

Selena Wallis
Undertaking Diploma in Children’s Services

Date Joined: 2015

Selena has a background in fine art and she is constantly thinking of new creative concepts to enhance the children’s learning. Selena prides herself on developing respectful and supportive relationships with all of the children and families at Occasional Care and is committed to providing first class education and quality care.

Board Directors

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President

Barbara Rodham
Approved Provider – Person with Management or Control

Date Joined: 1976

Barbara has been on our Board since 1976 and has been President since 1995. Barbara is a retired health professional who worked for many years in Quality and Safety. Barbara has a vision that all our Centres are of Educational Excellence for Early Childhood and to meet the changing needs of our families, carers and the wider community.

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Secretary

Lisa Edwards
Approved Provider – Person with Management or Control

Date Joined: 1996

Lisa joined the Board when her children were attending as a result of moving to an area with no support networks. Lisa found that Dudley St provided her children a level of care and education that was unparalleled in the area and joined the Board to contribute so that other families had the opportunity to have their children enjoy the same level of experience.

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Treasurer

Mark Metcalfe
Approved Provider – Person with Management or Control

Date Joined: 2020