MEET THE TEAM

Shae McNAlly

Centre Director
Hi my name is Shae McNally and I have been working in the childcare industry for over 5 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

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 12 years, 8 of them with babies 0-2 years. I am currently studying my Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching degree and in my final year. 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.

Sophie Hurford

2-5 Room Assistant
My Name is Sophie Hurford, and I have been the educator in the 2-5-year-old age range for the starting month of our beautiful centre. I have 2 years’ experience as a Teacher’s aide in primary schools, and 2 years’ experience in a 2-5 age range centre. I began my work with children as I have always felt young at heart and easily connected with the children in my personal life. I believe the first years of a child’s life are the most important, and that good education, care and nurture can set children up for a highly successful life. I want only the very best for all children in my care and hope to help them grow, learn and develop to their highest potentials. I aim to embed sustainable practices into the centre to create good examples for children to remember throughout their whole lives, that this earth is our only earth and we must look after it, because it looks after us.

Ella Simon

0-2 Trainee
Hi my name is Ella Simon, I’m the trainee at Create Imagine Learn and I’m currently studying my certificate 3 in childcare. I’ve always had a love for children and watching them grow so, becoming an early childcare educator is the perfect job for me. I am a local Kiama girl who has participated in lots of local sporting and cultural events throughout the years and I hope to bring some of that knowledge and experience to the centre. I’m excited to learn more about the industry and to plan new activities for the children.