MEET THE TEAM

Shae McNAlly

Centre Director
Hi my name is Shae McNally and I have been working in the childcare industry for over 7 years. I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and am currently studying my Bachelor in Early Childhood. I started out in the industry with a love for looking after children and watching them grow, develop and achieve their milestones. I believe children learn best through active learning, each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which they are able to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. As an educator I believe children are able to achieve their full potential by creating a positive and nurturing environment. As the Director at Create Imagine Learn Kiama Downs I look forward to ensuring myself and our educators will be providing only the best for you and your children.

Amanda Reynolds

0-2 Room Leader
Hi there, my name is Amanda and I am the room leader for the nursery room. I have been working in the childcare sector for the past 14 years, 10 of them with babies 0-2 years. I currently hold my Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching degree. I have a great passion for the first years of early education, especially through mathematics, music and science. I believe by creating reciprocal relationships with families and children are the foundation and most important aspects of my role as a Teacher. I thoroughly enjoy seeing children from 6 weeks of age progress through the service until their first day at primary school. I enjoy playing softball and spending time with my friends and family.

Denella Sturm

3-5 Room Leader
Hi there, my name is Denella Sturm. I have my Diploma in Early Childhood Education with a background of 4 years. I started in childcare with a passion for creating the best care for children. I love working in childcare as it is an overly rewarding job, I also take pride in assisting the children in their growth and well being. I’m dedicated to routine and structure but also acknowledging all children are individuals and have different learning styles and abilities. I find passion in extenuating children’s strengths as I feel it develops a confident and motivated child. I feel it is a privilege to play a part in the children’s lives and assist them with personal growth from a young age. I enjoy active and cognitive learning as I feel it is when children learn best.

Jessica Nolan

3-5 Room Assistant

Hello, My Name is Jess Nolan! I have been working in Early childhood for over two years, Completing my Diploma in Early Childhood Education here at Create Imagine learn. I adore working with children especially toddlers and early preschool ages as I am able to guide them through their early stages of development when things start to get just that little bit trickier, I love building relationships with each child and watching them flourish and grow as their confidence grows stronger in the environment that we have created. I am really passionate about animals and try to incorporate animals into my program as much as possible, all whilst incorporating a lot of sensory exploration to allow each child to extend their horizons just that little bit further. 

Brittney Barrett

0-2 Room Assistant
Hi, my name is Brittney, I have my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and am looking forward to starting my Diploma in the near future to continue learning and furthering my career in childcare. I have been working in childcare for the past 18 months and I am absolutely loving it! I find it so rewarding to be caring for children and helping them grow and learn. I enjoy watching children discover their world around them and becoming their own unique, individual people. It brings me joy to help children figure out their strengths and figure out how they learn best.

Katie Hall

Centre Cook
Hi my name is Katie, I am the mother of 2 and have lived on the South Coast all my life having been born at the old Kiama Hospital. I have over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry having owned and operated restaurants and cafe’s in the local area. I love to cook good wholesome home made food and am looking forward to making a few changes to the menu including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. I also run a Sous Chef program with the children to help ignite a love of cooking and healthy foods early on.

Lily Fryer

Floater

Hi my name is Lily Fryer and I have my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. I love spending time making amazing memories with the children. I adore children, playing and getting silly! I absolutely love art and getting creative, so I can’t wait to make some wonderful creations with the children. I’ve wanted to work in the childcare industry my whole life as the atmosphere and happiness a child can bring is so heart warming.

Maddison DiBartolo

Trainee

Hi my name is Maddison and I am currently studying my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. My favourite thing about working in childcare so far is getting to know the children and helping them learn. My favourite colour is orange and I have two kittens named Willow and Smokey.

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