Meet Our Staff
Our dedicated team of educators combine over 100 years of experience to bring the most informed and dynamic early childhood program to the learning environment.
Director and Banksia Room Teacher
Hayley is the Director at Tarragindi Kindy. Hayley is the Director/Teacher in the Banksia room. Hayley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and is registered with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Hayley offers experience teaching in Early Childhood Education in both Australia and New Zealand.
Hayley strongly believes that the environment is the third teacher in the room, allowing children to develop a connection to the natural environment and develop an independent identity. Hayley feels that children specialise in their own learning outcomes, demonstrating these through the use of “real” materials in a way that they choose to express.
In Hayley’s spare time she enjoys attending local markets, heading out to a nice restaurant, or watching the local footy games.
Banksia Room Assistant
Tracey is the Assistant in the Banksia Room. Tracey has been working in education since 2000 in various roles that included Teachers Assistant. For the last 8 years, Tracey has held the position of Coordinator of a before-and-after school program. Tracey is passionate about supporting children’s social and emotional as well as their physical development within the education framework.
Tracey believes in supporting children’s different needs and developing their inner voices. This provides for children’s varied strengths and interests as the driving source for their learning adjustments and processes to ensure support is meaningful and purposeful. ‘When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms.’
Bottlebrush Room Teacher
Belinda holds a Bachelor’s degree in education and is registered with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Belinda offers over 25 years’ experience in teaching in Early Childhood Education in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Belinda is passionate about early years literacy and enjoys sharing her love of books with the children. ‘The more that you read. The more that you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will grow.’ Dr Seuss.
She enjoys outdoor walks and travelling which has provided her with a deep appreciation for different cultures, ecosystems, and people. Belinda has a talent for immersing children in a world where they become their inner master. Where they are free to grow, learn and create their dreams.
May is the Assistant Teacher in the Bottlebrush Room and joins the teaching team at Tarragindi War Memorial Kindergarten in 2022. May started working in education in 2016 right after she graduated high school in 2015. She holds her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
May found a passion for learning and implementing cultural practices within an education setting when she was living and working in a remote community. May values and celebrates diversity and does her utmost to create a safe and caring environment for children of all backgrounds.
May moved from the Gold Coast to Tarragindi in 2022. She lives with her partner and visits her family in the Gold Coast often. In May’s spare time she enjoys watching movies, visiting family or enjoying company at a nice restaurant.
My name is Connie and I come from Dublin, Ireland. I have lived in Brisbane for the past 6 years. I have worked with children of all ages, cultural backgrounds for the past 3 years. I have worked as a volunteer with a theatre group for the past 4 years, which is centered around young adults with disabilities, my role is costume coordinator.
Sandy is the Assistant in the Wattle Room. Sandy is currently studying her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Since having two children of her own, it has highlighted her passion for children’s education and care in their early years. Sandy values children as independent learners and believes children thrive when their imagination and creativity is encouraged and nurtured.
Some of her favourite things are going to the beach, gardening, reading books and spending time with her family.
Eucalyptus Room Teacher
Kelsey is the Teacher in the Banksia class. Kelsey has a Bachelor of Education specializing in Early Childhood. Kelsey has been a part of the industry for the past six years and strongly believes in the importance of play-based learning in school readiness.
Play has such an incredible influence on children's cognitive, social, physical and emotional development. Through it we are able to find out their interests, strengths and learning needs so that we may continue supporting them in their journey of discovery.
Kelsey enjoys an active lifestyle including playing and watching sports, spontaneous day trips, adventures with family and friends and finding new favourite coffee spots.
Offers of enrolment occur mid-year, the year prior to your child’s attendance at Kindy. For example, mid-2023 for attendance in 2024. Please ensure your contact details are accurate and kept up to date. Please contact us if you need to amend your contact details.
Kindy-aged children (3.5 to 4.5 years old) can attend our kindergarten program. Enrolments commence in July each year. To place your child on the waitlist please complete the waitlist application.