Kerrin Thomas

General Manager

Kerrin Thomas (kerrin@habitatlearning.com.au)

General Manager

Habitat's General Manager, Kerrin Thomas is responsible for overseeing the strategic management of the organisation and supporting the senior management team. Kerrin is extensively qualified and experienced in early education and understands the many issues that impact on young children and families. She is committed to ensuring that high standards of care and education are delivered for the families and children who choose Habitat Early Learning. Kerrin hold qualifications in supporting disciplines including Pedagogy, Child Development, Early Childhood Research, Educational Management and Marketing.

Stacey Clough

Senior Director

Stacey Clough

Senior Director

As the person responsible for overall co-ordination of the Centre, Stacey Clough ensures compliance and daily management of the service, providing staff leadership and support to the Divisional Directors. Stacey has many years’ experience working in the early childhood sector in both the UK and here in Brisbane, and is passionately committed to providing the best possible care for Habitat children. Her door always open, Stacey goes above and beyond to provide an exceptional service to our families and to making sure they feel welcome and secure.

Sandy Griffin

Enrolments Officer

Sandy Griffin (sandy@habitatlearning.com.au)

Enrolments Officer

Habitat’s Enrolment Officer, Sandy Griffin, supports new families from the moment an initial enquiry about our service is made, right through until the time she introduces the family to their child’s educator. Sandy prides herself on providing excellence in customer service to families seeking information and advice about Habitat’s services, and is committed to continually refining and improving the systems and communication at Habitat Early Learning. There is not much about the Centre Sandy doesn’t know, having been with us since the early years.

Louise Mead

Division Director-Figtree / Educational Leader

Louise Mead

Division Director-Figtree / Educational Leader

As Figtree Division’s Director, Louise Mead is responsible for supporting all educators and families within the division. Louise is also responsible for overseeing all educational components across the Centre and providing advice in the continual enhancement of Habitat’s curriculum. Louise interacts with educators, families and children to ensure the best possible learning outcomes and to find methods of conclusion for every child in the program. Louise loves the creativity teaching offers, capturing children’s attention and their representations of the world around them.

Kirby Thompson

Division Director-Sunshine / Advantage Program & Events Coordinator

Kirby Thompson

Division Director-Sunshine / Advantage Program & Events Coordinator

Bringing vibrancy, energy and creativity to every aspect of her work, Kirby Thompson is responsible for the operation of Habitat’s Sunshine Division, and the implementation of our unique Performing Arts Program. Kirby’s background in opera and professional dance, together with her knowledge and experience in early education, ensures the delivery of Habitat’s unprecedented Advantage programs. Kirby also enjoys co-ordinating Habitat’s events which she believes help tie our local community together.

Smeeta Vanmali

Division Director-Parkview Montessori

Smeeta Vanmali

Division Director-Parkview Montessori

Montessori Leader Smeeta Vanmali knew from a very young age that she possessed a desire to help children. In her daily work managing and mentoring the Parkview Montessori Team, Smeeta strives to create a community outside of the home where children feel safe and supported. She is an experienced educator, teacher and specialist, mentoring her team in the Montessori philosophy to exceeding standards. Smeeta has been teaching in Montessori settings since 2001, and in 2010 continued this journey with Habitat Early Learning.

Molly Weedon

Responsible Person / Assistant Educator

Molly Weedon

Responsible Person / Assistant Educator

Supporting the Management team and ensuring quality care for the children of Habitat is Molly Weedon’s first priority. In her role as Responsible Person, Molly is inspired by Habitat’s high standards of care delivered by highly qualified, happy and enthusiastic staff. Molly is nearing the completion of her Diploma of Children’s Services and is eager to increase her responsibilities. As a mother of two, she realises how important it is for all children to be educated, loved and cared for, and delights in being able to greet families when she is at reception.

Chelsea Joliffe

Responsible Person / Assistant Educator

Chelsea Joliffe

Responsible Person / Assistant Educator

Always positive and bubbling with enthusiasm, Chelsea Joliffe believes her role as Responsible Person is to help all children, parents, and carers feel at home at Habitat. Chelsea is very proud that Habitat has been rated as Exceeding National Quality Standards in its service delivery and also to be working with such an accomplished team of educators. Chelsea’s favourite part of the job is seeing how new children settle into Habitat so quickly. Chelsea enjoys the being part of the RP team and finds it both professionally satisfying and rewarding.

Grace Briggs

Responsible Person / Group Leader

Grace Briggs

Responsible Person / Group Leader

As a member of Habitat’s Responsible Person team, Grace Briggs relishes the chance to personally meet families and children on a daily basis. Having two children of her own has heightened Grace’s empathy as a parent and brought a fresh perspective to her work in the childcare sector. With 11 years in childcare, Grace believes attention to detail and experienced early childhood educators is the key to successful outcomes for children. Grace aims to continue growing her leadership skills, working with a great team in an exceptional facility.

Staff

Attracting and retaining the most committed, talented, passionate and qualified educators is at the core of the Habitat premium experience. The correlation between quality and qualification is well established and provides a sound rationale for the extensive recruitment and induction processes implemented to source our educators.

Each educator is qualified to certificate, diploma or advanced diploma, bachelor or master level, or is actively progressing towards the respective qualification. Many of our educators are currently studying towards higher qualifications. Most of our senior team have teaching degrees or postgraduate qualifications.

Habitat Early Learning employs some 75 staff, to learn a little more about this month's featured personnel, please click on the team member’s image.