About Us

Hi my name is Megan

I am the Managing Director or Port Macquarie Community Preschool!
It was 30 years ago that I began my career as an Early Childhood Teacher and to this day I still have a driving passion to provide high quality education and care. As Managing Director, it is my role to ensure that your child is educated in a welcoming and supportive environment, where the ultimate goal is for them to feel safe and happy! I work closely with the room educators to ensure that the learning program provides stimulating and meaningful experiences, which allows each child to progress at their own pace.

The other part of the Managing Director role is to develop relationships with families. My door is always open and to offer guidance and support, as you navigate the early learning journey. Do not hesitate to come in, I look forward to meeting you.
When I am not at preschool you will find me on a beach somewhere, camping with my family. My partner Paul and I have two daughters aged 32 and almost 17! My eldest daughter is a professional scuba diver and Master 5 in Maritime Operations, she is currently driving boats for Sealink Ferries in Morton Bay, and my youngest has just started in year 11. So I am well versed in all aspects of child rearing, if you are in need of a friendly ear!

I feel confident that you have made an excellent choice in choosing Port Macquarie Community Preschool! As you will not find a more experienced and dedicated team of educators. The African proverb says that “It takes a village to raise a child”. I firmly believe that we are part of an extended network entrusted with the education and care of your child. At Port Macquarie Community Preschool your child will have the opportunity to learn and laugh in a nurturing, stimulating and trusting environment. As part of your village we will give your child every opportunity to develop their full potential and make a smooth transition from preschool to school!

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Hi, my name is Cara; I'm the Business Manager…

I have a Bachelor of Economics with a major in Management and Government. Early Childhood is the best industry to be in! It’s so rewarding working in a not-for-profit, community-based organisation as the profits go back into our wonderful preschool community.

I feel so lucky to be able to come to work with these beautiful, happy little people; I get to hear laughter and singing as I crunch numbers, write policies and much, much more in our office all day long! I love watching the children grow; from the time they walk in the door on their first day to the time they head off to big school (although I always feel a little teary when they leave us). I'm blessed to be work with a fantastic, supportive administrative team and hugely, enthusiastic educators.

I'm a mother of three children who are aged 15, 13 & 10 and I live on a farm of 24 acres with 13 cows, 6 chickens,  dog and a cat.  I'm kept extremely busy when I'm not at preschool, on the farm, in my veggie garden and with my kids. Whenever I can, I love to get away and camp with my family, exploring the beautiful parts of this country that we live in!

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I am the friendly smiling face you see at reception, when you walk in at Munster Street or on the phone when you have an enquiry.

I have worked 5 days a week at PMCP for almost 14 years as Office Manager, the dynamics of my role has changed and evolved over time and I LOVE MY WORK.

My job is so varied, and each day brings new and exciting things. I enjoy seeing the children grow and develop into confident children who are comfortable in their surroundings and ready to take on their next big adventure. I love it when the children stop and have a chat, show me something special that they have brought in or just want to share what is going on in their world.

Having 4 grown children, 3 grandchildren and a partner our home is always filled with fun and laughter. My background is in hospitality and as a chef, I enjoy cooking and entertaining along with gardening and travelling.

 

 

 

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Hi, I’m Nicola…

I have been a part of Port Macquarie Community Preschool since January 2013. I have lived in Port Macquarie pretty much all my life, except a four-year stint in Newcastle where I gained my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (way back in the day!). I have four daughters, who are all grown up now and I am super proud of them all!

My 28-year young career has seen me teaching in primary schools, long day care centres, preschools and I’ve also clocked up 8 years in managing roles. I do have to admit though; the teaching side of things has stolen my heart.

There are so many aspects I love about my job but the few things that stand out would have to be the incredible smiles you get from the gorgeous little faces when you greet them in the mornings, the super special relationships developed, the wonderful enthusiasm for learning the children show (it should be bottled) and the many days you can honestly say to yourself that you have made a difference in making someone’s day better.

Well, I had better get back to it, I’m missing out on play!

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Hi, I'm Michelle ...

This is my 16th year at PMCP! My career in Early Childhood began in the early ‘80’s initially as a Diploma Trained Educator. I went onto University and obtained The Bachelor of Education Early Childhood/Primary Degree. I have taught in Long Day Care Centres, Vacation Care, The Department of Education - Infant /Primary School, TAFE and for most of my career in Preschools working in the capacity of Director and Teacher.

I strongly believe in the early childhood pedagogy that children learn best through play.I believe that children are competent in leading their own learning and that my role is to support, guide, enhance and extend on this. I believe that we learn together in partnership with families and the community.

I enjoy working with children in these early years, as I believe this is the best stage in our lives– carefree, happy, finding pleasure in simple things, they are honest, kind, curious, enthusiastic, motivated, creative, imaginative and loads of fun.

It is my goal to maintain these qualities in my own life, working with them is my reminder and inspiration. My primary objectives are to broaden my teaching experience, continue my professional development as an Early Childhood Educator and to ensure a quality education for every child under my care and guidance.

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Hi, my name is Alyssa

I have been working at Port Macquarie Community Preschool since 2009. I have however worked in the Early Childhood industry since 2001. At Preschool I have the role of Outdoor Educator and along with Nicola we will be running the Beach Kinder Program.

My knowledge over the years has grown and I have developed a strong passion for sustainability and passing this knowledge on to children. I am an advocate for children’s rights and believe in providing opportunities for them to use their voice, empowering them for future success as active community members and global citizens.

I love to garden, spend time in nature and the outdoors, spot birds, bugs and wildlife. I love books and I am passionate about building connections within the community and teaching children about the world around them.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Alyssa Chapman

My name is Maggie…

I have a Certificate III and a Diploma in Children's Services. I have worked at PMCP for 15 years and have seen the role of Educator evolve and change during that time.

After all these years as an Educator, I still  enjoy the trust that builds up with the children in our care. Seeing them learn and develop to become comfortable in their environment and confident in their sense of self. It is also wonderful to support families in their role as parents.

I am married and have one grown-up daughter. My interests outside of work; I love nature, walking, family, travel and anything contributing to make the world a better place! At Port Macquarie Community Preschool, I have been increasing my knowledge of Aboriginal history and of the local Aboriginal community and I continue to enjoy this journey!

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Hi, my name is Jylan…

I have a Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and I have been working in the childcare industry since 2018. I an currently studying Teaching at Charles Sturt University.

I am originally from the Gold Coast and moved to Port Macquarie at the end of 2014, after finishing school. Since then, I have fallen in love with the community and atmosphere of this beautiful town, establishing it as my home.

My passion is coming alongside children, meeting them where they are at and accepting them for who they are. My aim is to know the individual not the group, allowing children to be fully known and understood. I believe every child is uniquely made, with individual strengths, talents, skills, and interests. As an educator, I believe it’s important to cultivate a safe, nurturing, and secure environment where children can explore their distinct identities, and in which these innate gifts can flourish.

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Hi, my name is Amy…

I am married to my husband Adam, who is a primary school teacher at Telegraph Point Public School. Together we have 6 children aged 18 – 8. I studied for my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at Port Macquarie TAFE.

In my spare time our family enjoys CrossFit, where we spend almost every afternoon! We live close by the beach and enjoy swimming, walking and playing football or cricket on the sand. It helps to have enough people for two teams!!

Being with children feels very natural to me and that is what inspired me to peruse a career in early childhood. I truly enjoy the many conversations I have with these wonderful individuals each day. I love hearing what they like, dislike, what interest them, what they find funny and what makes their hearts sing! You will always find me playing, singing, chatting, building or constructing with the children. Providing a positive learning experience in early childhood is very important to me.

I look forward to working with you and your child!

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Hi, my name is Kelly.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in History and English literature and a Diploma in Early Education and Care. I was born and bred in Port Macquarie before venturing off to university and then overseas to travel. Upon returning, I moved to Sydney for 16 years where I was a private nanny for a family for 11 years before heading back home for my sea-change. I have one child, a eight year old called Jack.

Early childhood education is important to me because I believe if we can reach children at that critical stage of early development then we can play a crucial role in helping them become the best versions of themselves. For some, preschools are a sanctuary away from home and provide opportunities to develop in all key learning areas.

I enjoy the company and conversations I have with children, the optimism, the questions, the brutal, unfiltered truth. I aim to provide a positive, safe and judgement free place for them to grow, learn and play.

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Hi I’m Debbie,

I am new to the Community Preschool family this year.  I have lived in Port Macquarie since I was 5 years old, so I consider myself somewhat of a local.  My husband David and I have two adult children, Joshua who is 28 and Katie who is 24.

I love sport, especially Basketball and firmly believe that being active is a vital component in a child’s development. I have been a member of Port Macquarie Basketball Association since I was 12, I am a Life Member of the club and a current Board member.

I started my Early Childhood journey later in life but consider it the best decision I have ever made.  I studied my Cert 3 through Port Macquarie Tafe but consider every day a learning opportunity. My previous experience was in Administration however I also hold a Diploma in Event Management.

I believe that children are our window to the world. The delight and wonderment they show when they discover something new, is an amazing gift to whiteness every day. I believe I give children a safe and secure environment in which to grow and learn. My goal is to develop strong relationships with families and children alike.  I believe that it is a great privilege to be able to nurture the children in my care and play a small part in their life’s journey. I look forward to meeting you all, please come and say hello.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your children’s lives.

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Hi, my name is Jeanette…

I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education obtained at North Coast TAFE and I have been employed as an educator at Port Macquarie Community Preschool for the past three years.

My husband Chris and I have three beautiful children, who are aged 14, 19 and 23.

In my spare time I love cooking, gardening and exploring our beautiful local beaches, rivers and National Parks with my family.

I find working with children extremely rewarding, as you get to see children's learning and development first hand as children grow and flourish in our care at Preschool!

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Hello, my name is Deb,

I am a new team member at Port Macquarie Community Preschool and so excited for this amazing opportunity this year to further my Early Childhood career. I have been in the Early Childhood sector for 16 years, starting my career on the Gold Coast where I gained my Certificate III. I then moved back to Port Macquarie with my family and continued my Early Childhood journey, achieving my Diploma in Children’s Services and my Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood Degree.

I live with my husband and have three children, 2 daughters and a son 21, 18 & 14. I am a local having grown up in the Hastings area and love our town, especially the beaches where I spend endless hours either volunteering as a Surf Life Saver at Lighthouse beach or training for the next competition. I am a keen competitor and love to win medals.

I cannot wait to meet everyone involved with Port Macquarie Community Preschool and I invite you to come and say hello to me. I am very approachable and have a friendly personality and happy nature.

I believe a key factor to children’s success in my care is building trusting, open and respectful relationships and partnerships with families, which allows children to feel safe and secure in the early childhood setting. I believe supporting children’s wellbeing and sense of success and achievement will foster a confidence for them to become lifelong learners.

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Hi, I’m Penny,

As the eldest child of eldest children on both sides of my family, I have always been surrounded by younger siblings and cousins. I have always enjoyed the company of young children and love being a cousin, an aunt, a mum and an educator. On a recent trip overseas, I really felt the lack of contact with small children. I missed being around pre-schoolers and delighted in observing them out and about in parks, cafes and on public transport.

I no longer have children living at home as my two are now young adults. My husband chuckles when he catches me watching pre-school TV “for research” and looks forward to a time when we can declutter all the children’s books and toys I have collected to use at Preschool. All Preschool teachers are hoarders!

My professional motivation is building relationships with children and families; seeing the growth in skills and knowledge of the children and sharing their enthusiasm and achievements. Each year the highlights are always the interest projects within my room. Our service has a varied mix of educators, children and parents, each sharing their talents and interests. This aspect keeps my job interesting and stimulating.

My primary objectives are to broaden my teaching experience, continue my professional development as an Early Childhood Educator and to ensure a quality education for every child under my care and guidance

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Hi my name is Chris,

I am a father and a family man. I have a Diploma in Management and a Certificate III in Children's Services. My work history is 20+ years as a manager in the Resort and Motor Inn Industry and 16 years experience in children's services, having been at Port Macquarie Community Preschool for the past 9 years, this year being my 10th!

What I love most about my job is the bonds and friendships we make with the children, their families, the staff and the wider community. I love our philosophy of learning through play and enjoy making the children's days at preschool fun, exciting and educational!

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Hi, my name is Tori!

I have been in childcare since 2013 having obtained my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education, as an on floor full-time trainee completing in 2016. Once my certificate was complete, I followed my heart and had a little holiday break to destinations  overseas to explore in other cultures and places.

My interests are music ( love music and dancing I’m an island vibe girl ), exploring areas with fresh waterholes, going to the beach or rivers and pippy catching and oystering as I’m a big seafood lover and love trying new things.

I have been doing this with a special little friend of mine that I had rescued as a very young pup, my little staffy cross boxer named Mia, who is more of a substitute child than dog. Caring for children is my passion and now she is my fur child!

I joined the fun, loving family orientated educators, children and families at Port Macquarie Community Preschool, towards the end of 2021, as the some of you know the “Bus Driver” or a part of the Buna room education team. This year my position varies to Morning and Afternoon driver for Community Preschool, as well as a part of the Buna room team on Mondays.

Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

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Hi, my name is Lori-Ann…

I am a proud Birpai woman and I have lived in Port Macquarie most of my life. I am a mother of 4 boys, all of whom have attended Port Macquarie Community Preschool and now it is my turn.  I have a Certificate III in Early Education and Care and at Preschool this year I have taken on the role of the Aboriginal Engagement Educator.

Part of my role is to create a culturally rich environment that promotes and encourages children and Educators to develop their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture, history, issues and culturally appropriate practices I will be spending equal time in each of the learning environments (Wati, Buna, Bila and Mitji) and contribute an Aboriginal perspective to the learning program.

I am feeling excited to playing a small role to support the learning journey of your little ones.

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Hi I am Ryan ...

I started at PMCP in 2020 and this year I am undertaking a workplace traineeship. This means that I am studying my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care whilst working. I am excited to be continuing with the PMCPS team into 2022. At PMCP you will see me in every room, as I provide curriculum support relief for the educators, this allows them to plan the program for the children.

My role at PMCPS has had a huge impact on my life. I am proud of what I do. When I was in high school, I never thought I would work in childcare - but now I would not want any other job!

My world outside of work is friends, gaming and the gym and spending time with my family too!

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Hi my name is Victoria, but everyone calls me Torie.

I am a busy mum of three, with 3 1/2 year old twin daughters and an 11 year old son. I have worked in Early Childhood education for 12 years. I have a keen personal interest in sport and transferring this to the children teaching them Fundamental Movement Skills through the learning program. I also enjoy cooking with the children at preschool. I find Early Childhood education so rewarding, as I am privileged to watch your children's individuality emerge and grow through play, guiding them to discover the world around them!

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

 

 

 

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Wiyabu (Hello), I am Tianna Graham. Completing my cert III in Early Childhood Education on a traineeship last year through PCMP, I have chosen to further my studies doing my Diploma this year. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I am a part of the lovely Wati room team. Tuesday and Thursday I undertake other roles within the service.

I love that not a single day is the same! I adore seeing children making special bonds with each other and flourish in their interests. I am heavily involved in within the Port Macquarie Aboriginal community. I am a strong and proud Darug and Worrimi Women.

I enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends. As a teen I was super involved with Navy Cadets sparking my interest sailing and shooting, which are now my hobbies.

I hope to meet you all soon!

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Hi my name is Renee,

I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. I have been working in the Childcare Industry since 2012.

My husband Paul and I, along with our four boys moved to Port Macquarie two years ago from a small country town looking for a sea change. We have fallen in love with this wonderful community and all that Port has to offer. In our spare time we enjoy exploring the beautiful beaches, parks, and rainforests. Our children love sport so you will find us out and about at football games, athletics, and swimming in the local beaches.

I find providing Early childhood education very rewarding, and I am privileged to watch your children grow in this critical stage of their early development. I enjoy outdoor play, building, constructing, painting, singing, or dancing with the children. To hear the children's laughter is the highlight of my day.

I look forward to meeting you all soon!

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Hi my name is Emma, 

I have recently joined the team at Port Macquarie Community Preschool and I am very excited to start this new journey in my life. Towards the end of last year I completed my Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care at Newman Senior Technical College and am currently have a traineeship to complete my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care whilst gaining skills and experience through working at the preschool, this is my first official year as becoming a fulltime educator and I am super excited to get to know everyone and to help support and guide the children on their learning journeys.

I am very grateful to be working alongside very enthusiastic and caring staff and can’t wait to see what the year will bring.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Hi my name is Kylee,

My husband and our two children made the sea change to beautiful Port Macquarie in 2017 from Sydney, where I had worked in the Insurance Industry for 20yrs. After almost 4 years working in call centres, I embarked on a career change and started studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, whilst working part time at a Long Day Care service

When I was given the opportunity to do a traineeship at PMCP I grabbed it with both hands. I am looking forward to meeting all the families and getting to know all the children, what they like, helping them strive, learn, grow and most importantly have fun! I’m very proud to be a part of the PMCP working at the amazing Annex this year.

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Hi my name is Emilia …

I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, and I am completing my Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five). I have been working in Early Childhood Education, for six years, and when I am not working or studying, I am busy exploring the local area with my six children. We all enjoy bushwalking, kayaking, fishing, camping, and swimming and surfing at the beautiful beaches here.

I am passionate about our local environment and love to share my passion with children, exploring and investigating the beautiful and unique plants and animals found in our area and encouraging children to develop respect for our environment.

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work at such a fantastic preschool, with staff that are genuinely interested in promoting children’s and families’ voices in everyday practices.

Emilia

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