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 34 and 18! My eldest daughter is a professional scuba diver and a Master 4 in Maritime Operations, she is currently driving Tug boats the Port of Brisbane, and my youngest is completing year 12. 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 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, my name is Katie…

I joined the PMCP family in 2022. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 16 years now. For as long as I remember, I have known that Early Childhood Education, is my passion and the industry I wanted to work in. I have worked my way through my Diploma in Children’s Services to my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, while continuing to work in the industry and learn through hands on experience.

My husband Matt and I have two boys. On the weekends we are busy with sport, enjoying our beautiful local beaches, camping or catching up with friends and family. I enjoy sharing my interests of sport, dancing, singing and reading with children and love when they share their interests with me. I believe literacy has such an important role in Early Childhood Education and look forward to sharing this passion with many more children and families.

I am looking forward to meeting you soon!

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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 16 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... I am Lexie,

I believe that children are our future! We have to nurture and support their growing minds and look at each child individually - not one person is the same! I believe that children have the whole world ahead of them and us as educators can help guide them to be whatever they wish to be!

I LOVE soccer and netball - but I’ll give any sport a go! I LOVE any type of food and will try anything. I LOVE music, I know a lot of song lyrics (my friends think it’s a talent) I LOVE rainy days and thunderstorms, there is just something beautiful about them, I LOVE listening to children/people, I enjoy hearing about their lives and the stories they have - you can learn so much from them if you just listen! and lastly, I LOVE animals, but my weakness is dogs - I have an English Bull Terrier named Dino - he is the best thing in the world ! We even were on Better homes and Gardens with Dr Harry (surely makes him famous, right?) - everyone who meets him loves him! (definitely not bias hahaha).

Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

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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. 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 childa son 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 joined the Community Preschool family in 2022.  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.

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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Hello, my name is Deb,

I am so excited to have the opportunity to work at Port Macquarie Community Preschool! I have been in the Early Childhood sector for 18 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 grown children. 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 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 my name is Victoria, but everyone calls me Torie.

I am a busy mum of four, a toddler, with twin daughters and a high school aged son, life is never dull! 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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Hi my name is Leanne,

My role at Port Macquarie Community Preschool is that of Nutrition Educator!  I run the Breakfast Program and manage the children’s nutrition throughout the open leaning program.

Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day. Breakfast means “breaking the fast” as it could be up to 10 hours since a child ate their last meal. Did you know that each day at Preschool we run the free breakfast program daily between the hours of 8am - 9.30am, where the children can have cereal, toast and fruit.

I love getting to each and every child as they come to my nutrition area. I am a mum of three grown up daughters and have two grand daughters, so life is never dull.

 

 

 

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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 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.

Kylee

 

 

Hi my name is Emilia …

I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, and I a 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.

 

 

Hi, my name is Lucy.

I have my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and I actually worked at Port Macquarie Community Preschool many years ago, and now I have returned to the industry after a 6 year break and I am excited be part of the PMCP family.

I enjoy building relationships with the children and families at preschool. I love getting to know what inspires and interests each child and learning about their own little (or BIG) personalities.

When I’m not a preschool I enjoy spending time with my close friends and family, playing netball and swimming.

Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

 

 

 

 

Hi, my name is Dana,

I recently joined the team at Port Macquarie Community Preschool and have loved it so far! I completed my Cert III Early Childhood Education and Care at Newman College in 2021. I joined the team at PMCP in 2022, after a two-year Traineeship at another childcare centre.  I feel a part of the team, and I am excited to spend more time here. I am utilising my gap year by working hard and learning more about the childcare industry.

I am eager to meet and get to know everyone, so I can learn more about the children, that I will be educating and supporting. I am grateful for this opportunity and thrilled at how much I've learnt so far from the Educators at PMCP! I have already had many wonderful moments with staff, parents and children.

I look forward to meeting you all soon!

 

 

Hello, my name is Telaine,

I was born in Port Macquarie and moved away when I was 6 however, I have visited my family in Port every Christmas holidays growing up.

Along with my husband and three children, we decided to make the move back from the Tweed Coast in 2022!

I got my Certificate III in Children’s Services when I was fresh out of high school and have worked in the childcare industry for about 15 years in-between raising my children and having owned and operated a home cooking business. At my last centre I was both the cook and educator for 5 years which I thoroughly enjoyed as food is a passion of mine and I would love to share my love for food and cooking with the children of PMCP.

I am so happy to be a part of the amazing PMCP team and just love having the opportunity to be a part of children’s experiences as they develop, grow and thrive.

 

 

 

 

Hi my name is Lissa,

I love spending time reading, gardening and various crafts. My family attend the Point Community Church and we are involved in a variety of activities for children that are run through the church.

Spending time at the beach with our mini schnauzer, Sooty, is also a favourite pass time.  My first experience of the PMCP was in 2013 when my youngest child attended. It was such a blessing as we'd only just moved to Port Macquarie from Sydney and provided the care and support, we had need during that transition.

 

I hope I can be a part of making your time at the preschool equally special.

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