Meet Our Friendly Teachers
Please note that we operate during school terms and will be closed throughout the Queensland school holidays.
Our staff are in attendance at the centre 30 minutes either side of session times.
Session times Koalas
3 day group
Each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
9am to 2.00pm
Session times Kangaroos
2 day group
Each Thursday and Friday
8.30am to 4.00pm
Children MUST NOT be left unattended before the start of session and MUST be collected NO LATER than end of session.
Birralee Kindergarten Teaching Team
Mrs Michelle Clement
Nominated Supervisor / Teacher
Ms Michelle Sutcliffe
Educator Both Groups
Mrs Cara Hodgson
Mrs Leanne Tighe
Kangaroo Group Educator
Ms Sarah Reynolds
Teacher Relief Contract
Mrs Tracey Hall
Koala Group Educator
Mrs Katie Hansen
Kangaroo Group Educator
Our teaching team
A key indicator of a quality early years program is highly qualified staff. All staff directly working with children at Birralee Kindy are qualified (or studying towards) an appropriate early childhood qualification. It is a Lady Gowrie requirement that all permanent staff have a current senior first aid and CPR certificate. All staff working in the centre will also have a positive notice, more commonly referred to as a blue card.
Staff professional development
Birralee Kindergarten believes that ongoing staff professional development is essential for high quality practice. Professional development provides staff with the opportunity to learn new skills and to challenge current practice. We actively promote and support the ongoing professional development of all staff members by encouraging their attendance at courses, seminars, workshops and conferences. All staff at Birralee Kindergarten is encouraged to develop an ongoing approach to their own professional development.
The Nominated Supervisor is the person in charge of the day to day operation of the service in collaboration with the Management Committee. At Birralee the Nominated Supervisor holds a three or four year university early childhood teaching qualification. All aspects of the effective day-to-day operation of the centre rely on the director. They have a wide range of teaching and managerial skills in relation to:
- supporting families by providing high quality education and care
- overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of the curriculum
- implementing sound policies and high quality practices
- supporting, mentoring and managing of staff
- supporting staff growth – professional development
- promoting a sense of community within the centre
- marketing the centre, and Lady Gowrie, to the wider community.
Responsible Person/Teacher (1 per Group)
The Approved Provider has to ensure that a Responsible Person is present at all times the service is educating and caring for children. A Responsible Person can be the Approved Provider, Nominated Supervisor or a Certified Supervisor placed in day-to-day charge of the service. This means that when the Nominated Supervisor is absent, the Approved Provider or a Certified Supervisor placed in day-to-day charge may be the Responsible Person in their absence.
A high teacher/child ratio allows teachers the individual time to spend with your child. Lady Gowrie kindergartens have two teaching staff for every 22 children.