"The educators are EXCEPTIONAL, they love and care for every child and their uniqueness."
- Renee, Yarra Warra parent.
The Yarra Warra Preschool & Bush Kinder team are enthusiastic about early childhood education and working with the families in our wonderful local Warrandyte area. They are community minded and are Warrandyte and Nillumbik locals.
Our teachers are passionate and many maintain long standing tenures at our centre. Each kindergarten teacher brings a variety of skills to the kinder, that is joined as one to make the team a cohesive unit. The combined years of experience, coupled with the love and admiration of our preschool children produces a centre of excellence that many kinder’s can only aspire to.
As far as preschool teachers go, we have the best! Here is a little about them to introduce you to the amazing team we have at Yarra Warra.
Teacher in Charge (Exemplary) and Educational Leader
4 year old Teacher
Connie is our lead teacher and the captain of the ship. You will see why as soon as you walk into her classroom. She has not only the respect of her co-workers, but she has the admiration of the children.
Connie has worked in Early Childhood education for over 30 years. She worked in a number of local preschools before joining Yarra Warra in 2005.
Connie is passionate about keeping up with the latest research in early childhood and different pedagogical influences and integrating them into our local learning community. A few years ago, she took time to visit Reggio Emilia whilst on an overseas trip and has adapted some key ideas to the kinder.
Connie has the rare classification of ‘exemplary’ for teachers, through the VETASSESS’ Early Childhood Teacher Validation Department. She has been given this honour since 2007 as a reflection of her dedication and achievements in early childhood education.
All three of Connie’s own children attended Yarra Warra Preschool & Bush Kinder before moving to a local primary school in Warrandyte. She is a strong advocate for community involvement and credits the strength of the community has been fundamental in the kinder’s success.
3 year old Teacher
Meegan is the first face your child will see everyday they come to 3 year old kinder. It can be a scary time for some if they haven’t been away from mum before. But not to worry, Meegan is our child-whisperer and with the greatest of ease she will settle your child into the kinder program.
Meegan started her journey with Yarra Warra Preschool & Bush Kinder as a parent, with her own two children attending the preschool for both the 3 year old and 4 year old programs. She has been a local North Warrandyte resident for over 25 years and through her time at the kinder, has become a beloved figure in the community.
Meegan has worked in Education for over 30 years. Her journey into Early Childhood Education began in 1995 through an invitation by the Yarra Warra Preschool committee at that time to join the teaching team, facilitating an enrichment program for older students.
Over the years, Meegan has transitioned to becoming the leading educator of the 3 year old kinder program, a position she has held in since 2004.
As a life-long learner, Meegan has recently completed postgraduate studies to further her expertise in Early Childhood.
4 year old Educator & Administration Officer
Kaye is one of our 4 year old educators and is very beloved by all the children.
Kaye joined the amazing Yarra Warra team in 1996 as Meegan’s assistant with the enrichment program.
Kaye was a keeper, and before long she transitioned to the role of 4 year old educator.
Interestingly, Kaye holds a commerce degree and that is very handy to Yarra Warra as Kaye also performs many of the administration tasks for the kinder.
Another local contributing to the Yarra Warra Preschool & Bush Kinder community.
4 year old & Bush Kinder Teacher
Carla is our bush kinder teacher and has a wonderful ability to create learning experiences in nature. From edible plants to fire pits, from mud-pits to building forts, the open ended learning opportunities are endless in Carla’s classroom.
Carla began her educational career as a primary school teacher. Driven by her love of teaching the younger levels and passion for play based learning, Carla decided to complete a post graduate diploma in Early Childhood.
Carla’s interest in bush kinder came about when she was on work placement with Connie at Yarra Warra. She loved the idea of outdoor learning spaces and could see the importance of educating children about their natural environment and the world they live in. After pursuing further studies in the area, she has made bush kinder her main pursuit.
“I am inspired by the Danish Forest schools where children are outside most of the day, sometimes all day and are connected to their natural environment.
As a teacher I see the importance of educating children about their natural environment and the world they live in.”
In 2013, Carla officially joined Yarra Warra as a 4 Year Old Teacher, working in the classroom as well as coordinating the bush kinder program.
3 year old Educator
Sue is our resident artist. What she can extract from your child is nothing short of amazing! In the first week of one child, who hadn’t drawn anything beyond a scribble, Sue managed to help the child visualise and draw a dinosaur!
Sue was teaching at Yarra Warra when the North Warrandyte and Yarra View preschools joined in 1992 and also when the preschool burnt down in 2002.
A seasoned mother of four herself, Sue's time with the kinder began when her youngest daughter attended Yarra Warra in 1990, when she thoroughly enjoyed her time on parent duty so much (and was such a natural at it), it was an obvious progression for her to complete her studies and become permanent staff! During her time here at the kinder Sue has seen all of our other team members - Connie, Kaye, Kym & Meegan's children come through the preschool - proving the connection to family and community is a big thing here!
Outside of kinder, Sue is a successful artist in a number of different mediums and her work is exhibited in Australian and overseas collections. Fortunately for us here at Yarra Warra, her creative talents inspire the children's own imaginations as she works closely with them on the amazing kinder kid artwork.
3 & 4 year old Educator
Kym has been a much loved educator with Yarra Warra since 2009.
Kym has the privilege of working with all the children at the kinder. Her time is spent with both the 3 year olds and the 4 year olds in the kinder room, but she also joins in getting dirty with the 4 year old children in bush kinder [link].
“I love everything about my role(s) and am particularly passionate about seeing our beautiful children get excited and interested about the world!“
Kym has developed a special interest in the area of Autism and has been participating in further professional development to further her skills in helping children on the autism spectrum.
All four of Kym’s children came to Yarra Warra, and they were all fortunate enough to be taught by the current Yarra Warra team!
Kym has been a Warrandyte local for years and participates in other community initiatives, including band management at the Warrandyte Festival.