The most important assets at Margaret Ives is our caring, experienced and enthusiastic staff team. We have a high educator-to-child ratio and qualified educators in each room. We are committed to professional and personal staff development - we believe it is integral to providing a high quality service.

Our policies and practice reflect a commitment to the safety and protection of children and to providing a child-safe environment. All educators and staff undergo a Child Related Screening every 3 years. Many of our staff have been at the Centre for more than 10 years.

Our Director, Joanne Waterhouse, joined Margaret Ives in 2016 after moving to Australia from England. She has worked with children for over 17 years, working for the last 12 years as Director at a community based childcare centre in one of the most disadvantaged areas in Britain. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Teacher Status. During her time working as a Director in England she mentored Early Years Educators from other local childcare centres, supported centres in preparing for inspection and developed and delivered training programmes to educators and staff working in the early year’s sector.

Our Assistant Director, Sarah Rendell, has more than 20 years’ experience working with young children and families. She currently works throughout the Centre and also has some administrative duties. She is committed to building strong working relationships with the children, their families and the Centre Staff.

In the Baby and Toddler room, our educators have extensive qualifications and experience working with young children; primary caregiving, attachment and infant mental health.

In the Preschool we employ three early childhood teachers and three early childhood educators with a range of qualifications and experience.

Our Administrator, Michelle Dolman, has worked at Margaret Ives since 1988. She has a Certificate in Accounting and the first point of contact for more information about the Centre.

Our Cook, Crisy, has over 26 years’ experience in cooking for children and the elderly. We invite you to view our sample menu. Margaret Ives follows food safety standards as set by the Department of Health.

We have a team of regular relief staff, some of whom have been contributing to our Centre for many years which helps provide continuity for the children.

Comprehensive orientation procedures for all new staff, including relief staff, ensure consistent practice and continuity for children and families.

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