Educators

  • Rebecca (Bec), CO DIRECTOR (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

    Rebecca (Bec)

    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 husband 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, CO DIRECTOR (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday’s)

    Jenna

    Qualifications- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
    Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe: since- 2011
    Languages - English
    Interests - My Family: Ari (son), Levi (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.

  • Natalie, Educator, 2IC & Educational Leader

    Natalie

    Qualifications - Advanced Diploma and Diploma of Children services
    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. I enjoy collaborating with educators and providing curriculum direction and guidance. I enjoy supporting educators to effectively implement the cycle of planning and enhancing programs and practices. I like to ensure that the children’s learning and development is guided by the learning outcomes of the Early Years learning framework/and or the framework for school aged children.

    I support educators in conjunction with the director to develop and review professional development plans to challenge educators to reflect on pedagogical practices.

  • Pas, Qualified Educator in Pre-Kinder Room

    Pas

    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 talented team of Educators to exceed the high on going performance to the best of our abilities.

  • Ivy, 4 year old Funded Kinder Teacher

    Ivy

    Qualifications: Master of Early Childhood Teaching
    Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe: Since July 2020
    Languages you speak: English, Mandarin 
    Interests: My interests are travelling, Lego, and watching movies.
    Why you love working with children: I enjoy the energy of children and the curiousity they have, and nothing makes me feel better than when their eyes light up when I walk in the room and they say my name in greeting., it’s SO rewarding. I love guiding children during the school readiness year, to see the excitement in preparing children for their schooling year. Watching the friendships grow, knowledge being extended and love of learning form. I really miss the children when they go to school but know the play based program at Cuddly Bear Templestowe gives the children a good foundation of learning.

  • Chloe, 3/4 yr old Kindergarten Teacher

    Chloe

    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, Casual Kinder Teacher

    Christina

    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.

  • Jenny, Educator in Babies Room

    Jenny

    Qualifications - 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.

  • Brigitte, Qualifed Educator in all rooms

    Brigitte

    Qualifications - Diploma of Early Childhood Education
    Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe: January 2019
    Interests - Interests -  Swimming and Athletics,  cars, photography and listening to music.

    Since the young age I have bonded well with young children, and since wanted to pursue a career working along side other educators to further children’s development and wellbeing. I also love getting to know families and building strong, trusting relationships.  What makes working in childcare so rewarding for me, is putting a smile on each child’s face and being able to make the children laugh.

  • Rosy, Educator in all rooms

    Rosy

    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

    As an educator I strive to provide the best care and nurture for all children. I enjoy interacting with families to work together in gaining knowledge to further extend on children’s development. I like to keep all families involved in decision making and part of our community. I like to build a sense of community by helping families feel comfortable.

  • Luisa , Educator in all Rooms & First Aid officer

    Luisa

    Qualifications - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
    Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe: 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.

  • Selina, Educator in Babies Room

    Selina

    Qualifications- 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.

  • Daphne, Qualified Room Leader – Toddler Room

    Daphne

    Qualifications - Diploma of Early Childhood and Education
    Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe: 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.

  • Rebecca W, Educator in all Rooms & Inclusion Support Worker

    Rebecca W

    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.

  • Fotini, Educator in all rooms

    Fotini

    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.

  • Ellen, Assistant in all rooms

    Ellen

    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.

  • Clare, Educator in all Rooms & Sustainability Officer

    Clare

    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. 

  • Katrina, Casual Educator

    Katrina

    Qualifications: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
    Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe:  since December 2019
    Language spoken: English
    Interests: Love spending time with family which includes my 5 adult children; and especially my three grandchildren Ari, Harper and Levi. Like to watch movies, watch AFL footy and my husband and I definitely have the travel bug and love to explore the world as much as possible.

    I love working with children as they are always honest and have a unique perspective of the world. They can make you laugh with the funny little things they say, do and tell you; and it is a very rewarding job to be able to nurture, care and develop their individual personalities and interests.

  • Mary, Qualified Room Assistant

    Mary

    Qualifications- Diploma in Children services
    Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe:  2021
    Languages- English, Mandarin, Japanese and Taiwanese
    Interests- Cooking, Baking, Crafting, Travelling and reading  

    I love to see the children’s progress , growing and learning, Working with children is the most rewarding career in my lifetime

  • Victoria, Educator

    Victoria

    Qualifications – Currently study a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
    Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe: 2021
    Languages- English
    Interests – My interest include playing netball, singing, and playing guitar, I love to paint and have found a new interest in pottery.

    Why I want to work in childcare – For myself, working with children and their families is some of the most rewarding work I have ever partaken in. As well as this, I find that children have a strong impact on me, and I find that the ones I work with teach as much as I feel I am impacting their growth and impact. I admire the creativity, endless energy, honesty, and resilience that are present by children.

  • Yafit, Chef/ Centre Cook

    Yafit

    Qualifications -   Certificate 5 in hospitality management, commercial cookery & patisserie, food safety supervisor, child protection in early childhood and first aid  
    Employed At Cuddly Bear Templestowe: since June 2019
    Languages - English & Hebrew
    Interests - cooking & baking, music, traveling in Australia & overseas, and spending time with my family. 

     I love cooking and I love seeing the children enjoying the different meals. I enjoy creating a variety of dishes that are colorful, nutritional and tasty that support the children throughout their busy days at Cuddly Bear.