Our Educators

We value trusting relationships which is why we have consistent staffing across all our rooms. All of our educators get to know the children & families in our community in a personal & meaningful way. This means your child feels a strong sense of safety, familiarity & belonging with their educators when they are learning at Hastings CCK.  

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Grant

Kindergarten Assistant

Grant works in the Kinder room alongside Leesa to deliver the Kindergarten Programs. He has a gentle, fun-loving relaxed nature. Grant is also an avid gardener, running our Kitchen Garden Program which educates the children about planting, harvesting & healthy eating habits.

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Vanessa

Pre Kinder Room Leader

Vanessa holds a Diploma in Children Services & leads our Pre Kinder room. Vanessa has extensive experience working in ECEC for 11 years. She helps ensure children are ready for the transition to Kinder placing a strong focus on communication & self help skills such as toilet training. She loves watching the children achieve something new for the first time and seeing their faces light up with pride.

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Christine

Educator

Christine has over 10 years working in childhood education settings & holds a Diploma in Children Services. She works in all our rooms. She loves the rapid pace of development across early childhood! Christine is very artistically talented and loves sharing this passion by involving the children in all sorts of spectacular art & craft activities. 

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Melinda

Educator

Melinda is our all rounder working across all the rooms. As the founder of a 123Read2Me, a charity service which helps disadvantaged children access books, Melinda is a passionate advocate of reading aloud. She also enjoys singing, rhyming & dancing with the children.

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Briana

Kindergarten Teacher 

Briana has completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood & Primary Education at Monash University. She has a an infectious passion for learning & the children love her bubbly personality. She works alongside Leesa & Vanessa with the 2-5year old children.

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Jo

Pre Kinder Assistant

Jo works across all the rooms but is often in the PreKinder room & she also runs family grouping sessions each morning. She often arrives to work well before her shift to ensure the building is spotless & set up engaging craft/sensory activities. She holds a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education.

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Renee

Nursery & Toddler Room Leader

Renee holds her Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care. She leads our Nursery + Toddler rooms & adores working with this age group to help them reach their individual developmental milestone goals. She loves bringing music and you'll often see her singing & reading to the children.

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Caitlin

Educator

Caitlin is our inclusion support educator in the Kindergarten Room. She has over 11 years experience in the Early Childhood sector. Caitlin is very calm & patient. She works to make sure our program is accessible for all children.