We are a close-knit team of professionals (more like family really!) who share a common love of children and a belief in giving them a magical beginning to their formal educational journey. We are passionate about what we do. We believe that there is no cookie cutter formula for shaping young hearts and minds. It is an art that requires incredible intentionality and heart. We look forward to meeting your little people and helping them, not just grow, but flourish.
At Chiselhurst you will always find one qualified teacher and one qualified assistant to each group of children (max. 22). When excursions are taken external to Chiselhurst the ratio increases to one adult to two children. Parent/guardian assistance is essential for these outings.
The Director and the Teachers employed at Chiselhurst must be tertiary qualified in Early Childhood from an approved institution and be currently registered with the Board of Teacher Registration in Queensland. Teacher Aides must hold a minimum Certificate 3 in Children’s Services.
All teaching staff must hold a current First Aid Certificate of which the CPR ,Asthma and Anaphylactic Shock components must be updated every 12 months. Additionally, all staff must hold a current Suitability Card or a Positive Exemption Card which is issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.
Chiselhurst is proactive in supporting staff by way of continuous professional development.
ROSEMARIE DAWES - Director and Educator - Daisy Group
Rosemarie has been an Educator at Chiselhurst for 17 years and our fabulous Director for 14 of those years. Rosemarie brings to Chiselhurst a wealth of experience in Early Childhood Education, having worked in a variety of early childhood settings across several states within Australia as well as New Zealand. She is inspired to give every child the very best education possible and make a positive difference to a child's life - to send them to prep bubbling in confidence and eager to embrace the next stage of life. “My role is to help instil a love of learning, encourage them to be curious and to aim for the moon!". Rosemarie is also committed to supporting parents wherever possible in their journey as parents. She sees Chiselhurst as a place with heart. Her favourite quote: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart - Helen Keller".
KAREN REID - Educator - Acacia Group
The year 2018 will mark Karen's 12th wonderful year as Educator at our kindergarten. With qualifications from Griffith University and UQ, Karen has taught in many educational environments including preschool, long-day care, primary schools and TAFE. Karen feels very fortunate to be a part of something uniquely special at Chiselhurst - “I knew the moment I walked through the front gates that I needed to be here. Its hard to express what it is that makes it so special. It just has to be experienced!". She values the kindergarten's philosophy and the curriculum that encourages children to be creative thinkers and learn in ways that are specific to their own learning style. Like the rest of the team, she values the homely feel and the fact that the people that attend become part of “the family". “The end of the year is bittersweet! I feel such pride for what the children have achieved but also a sense of loss for the people I have come to know so intimately". She believes her role is both a privilege and a great responsibility seeing this stage in a child's growth as both phenomenal and crucial.
SARAH BRYCE - Educator - Banksia and Casuarina Groups
A teacher at Chiselhurst for almost 12 years, Sarah's connection with our beautiful kindergarten started much earlier when her own daughter attended. Sarah loves seeing the explosion of growth in the children over the course of their kindergarten year. She cherishes the wonderful, rich environment and dynamic curriculum and the fact that every day the educators have the opportunity to be inspired and excited by observing, listening and responding to young children's enquiries and ideas. “My role as educator is to guide, nurture & care for, respect, educate, observe, listen, laugh, be challenged and inspired by young children! We are developing many firsts at this level but none more so than genuine, trusting relationships with others."
Assistant Educator - Banksia and Daisy Groups
Assistant Educator - Acacia and Casuarina Groups
Inclusion Support Assistant
Ros is our wonderful Administration Manager that keeps the kindergarten ticking! With almost 10 years experience at Chiselhurst, we don't know what we'd do without her. She is usually the first face that new families and children will see. If you pop in for a visit, Ros is always happy to show you around and answer any questions you might have.