I decided to start studying a certificate 3 in Early Education and Child Services back in early 2010. At this time I was working at another child care centre however had a beautiful daughter attending Olsen Avenue Community Child Care Centre. After only a few months I was offered a position at Olsen Avenue.
Meet our staff
I am Jackie and have been at the Centre, as the office administrator, for two years. I arrived in Australia in 2005. I stayed at home with my children for the first few years while teaching bookkeeping at TAFE on the weekends and at night. I have 23 years’ experience in accounting and I love my job here at Olsen Ave.
Welcome, my name is Alana, I have had the privilege of working at Olsen Avenue Community Children’s Centre since December 2003, and during my time here have worked my way up from an assistant educator, Educator, Assistant director and now to the Director. This place feels like home and I hope that you too have a sense of belonging when you visit our centre.
Working within the Early Childhood Education Industry has been a long awaited and exciting passion of mine. Being a child takes me back to the feeling of how much fun, freedom and playing was harmonious and timeless. I resigned from my office based job and honoured to be able to pursue a career in early childhood education with Olsen Avenue Community Children’s Centre. I have always wanted to work with young children and people, and supporting community initiatives.
Hello, my name is Natasa, I work as a valuable floater supporting all the rooms in the centre. I am originally from Serbia where I worked as a Primary teacher for 5 years. My social and friendly nature enables me to connect with the children of all ages. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work at Olsen Avenue Community Centre, which has furthered my knowledge in early childhood education. My previous experience in teaching and its qualifications have helped me to utilize my skills in the best way possible, way by making each day a new learning experience for each and every child.
I have been here at Olsen Ave for nearly 27 years as the cook and the food safety officer. In that time there has been a dramatic change in the cooking aspect of the Centre.
Frozen vegetables, was the go in all countries that provided lunches for the children. Not that anything is wrong with this, but the motto, fresh is best became not only popular but much healthier and tastier.
I use a huge variety of vegetables in all the meals I cook, you can see the food display on the front counter each day. I try to introduce new ideas and methods each week.
Hi my name is Sarah I started at Olsen Avenue when I was 19years. I was educated at Saint Francis Xavier and Trinity Lutheran College. I have worked three of which is at this centre.
I’m currently studying my Diploma as I wish to become a group leader in the near future. I love working with children and watching them grow and learn each day.
This is the first time I have worked in a community centre and I understand a huge difference in the parent involvement and how the money generated by fees is put back into the centre.
I was lucky enough to join the Olsen Avenue family four and a half years ago. In this time I have studied my certificate lll, which has given me tools to use in my career. Additional seminars and staff meeting workshops have given further knowledge I have utilized to enhance me working with your children. I love watching and assisting our children learn new things. I have been lucky enough to see some of our babies take their first steps and my heart melts when those little arms wrap around my neck and you get a big kiss. I love how every child has their own qualities.
Hi, my name is Melissa, but everyone calls me Molly, I’m a mother of three children who are all grown now and I’m a very lucky to be grandmother of 4 beautiful grandchildren.
I have been working in Early Education for since 2002 and never looked back! I have a Diploma in early childhood education and care and have been working at Olsen Avenue for nearly from 2017. My colleagues are the amazing people to work with and I’m very blessed to be part of the team, I love working with children seeing them grown and become their own little person.