Educators

Rebecca (Bec)
Room/Role - CO DIRECTOR (Monday to Wednesday)
Qualifications- Advanced diploma in children services and Food Safety Supervisor.
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- 1999
Languages- English
Interests- my family, daughter Charlotte and fiancé Karl, shopping, social media, spending time with my family and friends.

I love co leading an amazing and dedicated team. Assisting educators fulfil their passion in the early childhood field. Working alongside families to provide the best care and education to their beautiful children in a high quality centre in the Manningham area.

Jenna
Room/Role - CO DIRECTOR (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday’s)
Qualifications- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- 2011
Languages - English
Interests - My Family: Ari (son) and Frank (Husband), music, movies, food, spending time with family and friends, sewing, running a small handmade children’s clothing store.

I Come from a very big family and have always been around children. I love leading the wonderful team of educators at Cuddly Bear. I am passionate about educating, nurturing and caring for young children and love to inspire and encourage children’s interests and individual personalities.

Pas
Room/Role- ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Qualifications - Diploma in Children’s Services
Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe since-2003
Languages - English and Italian
Interests - family, catching up with friends, Netflix and long walks

I’m Passionate about encouraging children to explore their surroundings and watching their curiosity grow, building relationships with children and their families and working with a talented team of educators.

Chloe
Room/Role - Kindergarten Teacher
Qualifications - Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood, Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Primary) and Diploma of Children’s Services
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- 2015
Languages - Mandarin and English
Interests- Travelling, cooking and watching movies

I love guiding children to achieve their full potential, it is the most rewarding job I can think of! I have genuine passion for children because I admire children’s honesty, creativity and resilience.  Watching children grow and learn is amazing. I love that no single day at work is the same.

Christina
Room/Role - Kinder teacher 
Qualifications - Master of Early Childhood Teaching
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since-2017
Languages - Mandarin and English
Interests - Swimming, traveling, cooking 

I love the way they look at the world and the way they learn can help me see things from a whole new perspective.

Lirielle (Liri)
Room/Role - Educator
Qualifications - Certificate III and almost completed Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- 2013
Languages - English
Interests - Harry Potter, dancing, hiking...... eating

I love working with children because my days at 'work' pretty much involve hanging out with 15 mini best friends that are non-judgemental, hilarious and so inquisitive about the world and everything in it. I love watching them learn and sharing ideas about what and why things are the way they are. 

Clare
Room/Role- Educator
Qualifications - Diploma of Community Services (Children's Services)
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since-Feb 2018
Languages - English
Interests - travel, country music, spending time with family. 

I love to know the care we provide may help nurture them into kind, resilient, respectful and accepting individuals as they grow older. 

Natalie
Room/role - Toddler Room Leader and First Aid Officer
Qualifications - Diploma of Children Services and currently studying the Advanced Diploma
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- 2013
Languages - Arabic and English
Interests - Shopping, Friends, Brands, Food, Coffee Dates with Friends

I love helping children and watching them develop and grow, it is the biggest reward. Helping children reach their full potential and learning with them is very gratifying.

Selina
Room/Role - Assistant in Babies Room
Qualifications- Certificate 3 and Studying Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- 2014
Languages - Cantonese, Mandarin and English
Interests - Travelling

Today's children are tomorrow’s future. I am proud of myself for shaping the future.

Victoria
Room/Role - Qualified Assistant in the Toddler Room and OHS Leader
Qualification- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 
Languages - Greek and English
Interests - I love going out with my sisters, cooking with my mum, listening to music and going on long drives with friends.

I love children because watching babies grow from taking their first steps, saying their first word, brings a smile to my face. Being there to help them learn while still having fun, being there to listen to their amazing stories and watching them grow into kinders ready for school is a privilege. Every child you see stays in your heart and they are there forever. Working with children makes me happy knowing that I was there to watch them grow.

Daphne
Room/Role - Toddler Room Assistant
Qualifications - Studying towards Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- June 2017
Languages - Greek and English
Interests - Spending time with family and friends, and reading.

I love seeing children interact with one another whether it's in their play or through conversations. Engaging in conversations with children and listening to them when they speak. Also, I love seeing children being happy and my favourite is when I hear children's laugher- can't help but laugh with them.

Jenny
Room/Role- Baby Room Educator and Qualified Assistant in all rooms
Qualifications - Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- March 2018.
Languages - Croatian and English
Interests - Travelling, being outdoors/nature/bushwalking and gardening.

I love watching the children grow and develop especially if I have been with them since they have been in the babies room and seeing all their milestones/achievements.

Rebecca
Room/Role - Kinder Room Educator and Qualified Assistant in all rooms
Qualifications - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since-2012
Languages - English
Interests - Music, Gardening, Camping and seeing the world.

I LOVE working with children. Where else can you go to work, play and laugh and have fun all whilst making a difference in someone’s life. To walk into work and be greeting by smiling faces and big cuddles, you just know it is going to be a good day. To form bonds and have children let you in and trust you enough to share their world with you is just magical.

Rosy
Room/role- Qualified Assistant in all rooms
Qualifications -  Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- 2005
Languages - Arabic, French and English
Interests - Catching up with friends, Coffee, Laughing, Food, Gardening, Travel

I love children and enjoy guiding them as they develop

Luisa
Room/role - Qualified Assistant in all rooms
Qualifications - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- November 2006
Languages - Italian and English
Interests - spending quality time with my kids Allegra and Massimo and of course my husband, shopping, going to our beach house, baking cakes.

Working with kids is a very rewarding job. I love watching the children learn, grow and develop and enjoy spending time helping them achieve their best.

Fotini
Room/Role - Qualified Assistant in all rooms  
Qualifications - Diploma of Early childhood Education and Care  
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- June 2018
Languages - Greek and English
Interests - I love to travel and spend time with my husband and my two children Maki and Elefteria.

I really enjoy my job, getting down on the children's level to take part in lot of exciting experiences with them. My greatest satisfaction is seeing how much children grow and develop during a year and knowing I played an important part in that.

Julia
Room/Role - Qualified Assistant in all rooms
Qualifications - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- November 2017
Languages - Mandarin and English
Interests - I like sewing, reading and singing in my spare time

I love everything about children, and I like to communicate with young children, I think it is awesome for me to be involved in the course of children‘s development.

Danielle
Room/Role - Qualified Assistant in all rooms
Qualifications - Diploma in early childhood education and Care
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- 2002
Languages - English, Italian and Mandarin
Interests - My interests are travelling and exploring nature and walking, spending time with my family and cooking different cuisines. 

I have always had the passion to work with children. I find it very rewarding by providing children with a safe and creative learning environment where they can interact and make new friends. Giving them a world of lifelong learning in their early years and watching them grow and develop new skills and interests in the first few years of their life. I love that I also learn new skills working with young children. They teach me as much as I teach them.

Ellen
Room/Role - Assistant Educator in all rooms
Qualifications - Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Studying Diploma
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since-2018
Languages - Mandarin and English
Interests - reading, cooking, singing

Every child is unique and all are special. I love children and I enjoy working with children because I love the way they look at the world. I love to see them grow and I love to see all the things they learn and how surprised they are at things.

Melanie
Room/Role - Centre Cook and Food Preparation
Qualifications - Certificate III in Children’s Services, Food Safety in the Workplace Level 1,2 & 3
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- 2018
Languages - English
Interests - Family time, the outdoors, swimming, shopping and cooking

I enjoy teaching children about healthy eating. I love using different ingredients from different cultures and making fun and nutritious food for children and showing children that healthy eating can make you grow big and strong.

Bailey
Room/Role - Educator  Assistant
Qualifications - coming soon 
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- January 2019
Languages - English
Interests - Reading, Traveling and Cooking

I love to work with children. They are always creative. And I love to work with the educators in Cuddly Bear. All educators are very nice to each other. I have more to learn, and i'm expecting to have great experience working here.

Emma
Room/Role - Pre Kinder room leader Thursday & Friday
Qualifications - Diploma of Early childhood Education and Care  
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- January 2019
Interests - Photography and swimming.

I enjoy listening to children’s ideas and guiding them to use their imaginations.

Brigitte
Room/Role - Babies Room Leader 
Qualifications - Diploma of Early Childhood Education
Employed at Cuddly Bear Templestowe since- January 2019
Interests - Arts and Crafts, puzzles, food, animals, music, outdoors.

 Since a young age I have bonded well with babies and young children, and have since wanted to pursue a career working alongside other educators to further children’s development and wellbeing.  I also love getting to know families and building strong, trusting relationships.