Kids College is a quality childcare centre with an EXCEEDING THE NATIONAL STANDARDS rating on the old system in 2016 and again on the new system in 2019. Kids College is proudly owned and managed by the Scafidas family. We were very lucky and finally had our dream come true, to create a wonderful loving childcare for children to enjoy and for parents to trust.
Nicholas and Craig Scafidas are our Directors, Wendy is our Administration Manger and Jennifer is our Manager, Nominated Supervisory Officer and Educational Leader. Our beautiful 19-year-old and 17-year-old daughters provide a child’s perspective. With such a strong involved management team it is important to all of us to choose dedicated early childhood education professionals to work with.
We have a unique system where we have a large job share team that is fully trained with us and works exclusively with us. This ensures people who know and love your children are here each and every day and there is no need for relief staff from outside our centre. This has become especially important during Covid times ensuring we are fully staffed at all times, people who need to take leave can do so and we are separated from any germs that might be lurking in the community.
Our staffing team is highly qualified and most importantly have a love for children and a passion for childcare in their blood. Kids College is our third child and we welcome you to our centre. We send our children home every day having experienced love, laughter and learning.
Our Kids College staffing team
Kids College has a core team of eight permanent full-time educators across our four rooms.
We usually have four or five part time job share team members. We have now welcomed some new exceptional quality team members and increased our permeant part time job share team taking us up to 10 job share members.
Each team member gets a few fixed days each week and works in different roles on different days. When one of our team need a day off, we have the advantage of calling on any of our job share team who know and love all of our Kids College children.
This system also ensures we are upholding our exceptional hygiene practices and there isn’t any cross contamination of germs from any other centre that relief staff from an agency might bring.
This job share system ensures a good life work balance and allows for time to study and follow our early childhood educator career path and build skills so we can be the very best we can be.
Teaching Prac placements for Jo and Georgia
We wish Teacher Jo from Babies Explorers well in her teaching prac placement for the next few Wednesdays 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 6 Sept, 13 Sept & 20 Sept. Teacher Mel will be helping out on these Wednesdays. We are also wishing Teacher Georgia well in her teaching prac placement for the next few Wednesdays 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 6 Sept, 13 Sept & 20 Sept, 11 Oct & 18 Oct.
Office staffing team Jennifer, Cathy, Michele and Cazz
Jennifer Scafidas (full time) is our full time Manager, Educational Leader, Early Childhood Teacher and Nominated supervisory officer at Kids College since we opened our centre in 2010. I am constantly reading and studying and always have some study on the go. I have qualifications in South Africa and in Australia in Business, Psychology, Teaching and Childcare.
I also have a TAE, Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services, Advanced First Aid certificate, Ngala Sleep management certificate, Parental Guidance Recommended Cancer council healthy eating certificate, Baby Massage instructors certificate, 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion coaching practitioner certificate, Mental Health First Aid and Scaredy Cats Anxiety management practitioner training.
I have two teenage daughters at home and two fluffy doggy daughters too. I am so proud to be entrusted with the care and education for your precious little ones. Not many people are fortunate enough to have their dreams come true but I am very pleased my dreams have come true and I am able to welcome your family into our Kids College family.
Cathy (Full time) joined Kids College team in July 2021 as teacher in the 4 Year Kindy Imagineers program and is joining Jennifer in the office as Assistant Director in 2022. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education (ECE) at Edith Cowan University in 1990 and a Bachelor of Education Edith Cowan University 1994. She is one of our supervisory officers.
She has spent almost 28 years as an Early Childhood Teacher at two local Catholic Primary schools teaching Pre-Kindy right through to Year 3 however, Kindy has always been her favourite age group.
She has three adult children and a furbaby, Cavoodle named Bill. She is passionate about providing a safe and welcoming environment where all children feel happy and confident to explore, create and learn. She prides herself on making connections with each and every child and valuing what they bring to each day and enjoying the learning journey with them. To have a great connection with each child, the same connection needs to be made with their caregivers – after all, it takes a village to raise a child!
Michele ( Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays extra cover) started at Kids College in 2022. She is Diploma trained and will be all around the centre helping out in the rooms and in the office. She was born and raised in London where she first qualified as a Nursey Nurse and spent time as a nanny (Mary Poppins style) and in hospital maternity wards, and at a school kindy. She moved to Australia when she was 29 years to start her next adventure. In Australia she has been involved in early childhood education from so many different perspectives. She has worked in classrooms with children, been an adult trainer for Cert 3 and Diploma students at high schools, she has also been centre director, but her love and passion gets her back on the floor enjoying sharing this precious time with the children themselves. Michele has been married forever and has two adult daughters who are her best friends and she has five little grandchildren who she absolutely dotes on. Weekends are family time, being in the pool together bbq and spending happy days at the beach. She loves animals and has a menagerie of pets. One of her hobbies is photography where she loves to capture a moment and preserve the magic of that precious memory. She believes a child’s mental health and wellbeing are paramount to their lives. One of her favourite things she has been involved in over the years was becoming a Relax Kids coach at Oxford University. It is a program that fosters relaxation and mindfulness, managing emotions and boosting self esteem, self-regulation and reframing emotions in positive way leading to emotional intelligence.
Carolyn (Cazz) (Mondays and Wednesdays in office) joined the Kids College team in 2023. She is a dedicated early childhood teacher with over three decades of experience in nurturing and educating young minds. Her passion for teaching was ignited when she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Education (ECE) back in 1990. Since then, she has had the privilege of sharing knowledge and fostering growth in young learners across all year levels, from Pre-Kindy to Year 2. Cazz is driven by a profound love for teaching young children and a steadfast belief that every child has the right to a fulfilling and enriching education. Witnessing their growth and the sparkle of understanding in their eyes keeps her inspired. Beyond the classroom, she finds solace in nature, keeping fit with long walks in the great outdoors and enjoy doing a little Yoga for both physical and mental well-being. To unwind and relax, she reaches for a novel, finding escape in the pages of a good story. Cazz loves word puzzles – enigma and cryptic crosswords, code cracker and of course the famous Wordle! She also takes pleasure in heading to the kitchen, losing herself in music, while exploring new recipes to create delicious treats to share. She is looking forward to bringing her experiences, love for teaching, and dedication to enriching young lives to the nurturing environment of Kids College.
Babies room Discoverers team Jo, Mel, Tess and Tayla
Jo (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays) joined our team in 2022 and is a room head in Babies Discoverers. Jo is currently studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies with ECU and is hoping to finish by mid 2025. She has also done previous studies were she a Bachelor of Arts (Education Studies) in 2015. Her career goals are focused on being an asset to the industry and a positive part of a child’s early years. She is passionate about knowing what makes a child sparkle through their unique interests and their backgrounds. Her studies have taught her to not underestimate the early experiences of a child’s life. She wants to be a part of early childhood education because she feels she has the nature and personality to be a great educator. Jo really does bring her best self every day to, work well in a team environment and hold values that align with the Kids College ethics. Jo lives in Craigie with her husband and two daughters aged four and the other 18 months and a beloved dog named Jeffrey. Jo loves to read, for both herself and for my children. She also enjoys craft activities such as painting and crochet.
Mel (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) joined Kids College in 2023. She is job share room head in babies Discoverers and has over 16 years childcare experience.Mel left school and dived straight into her chosen profession and loved it from day one. She loved that it was different every day. To turn a frown upside down and see a child smile with joy is so rewarding. She was given the opportunity to obtain her Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2007.After she had her own children, she explored a few different avenues and gained experience in admin roles and hospitality. She was a Safety advisor which was interesting and fast paced and during her time in hospitality she liked meeting new and different people every day. Every stage of her life has brought new opportunities and challenges and she is excited to be jumping back into the job she loves, now my children are old enough. Mel has three delightful children of her own and am excited that my littlest son Tyson has joined the 4 Year Imagineers program.Mel is excited be studying for her Diploma in Children’s Services. Having children of her own has inspired her to learn more and more about children’s development and be part of these special years. Having the privilege of being with children keeps her young and connected to the magic and fun that early childhood brings.
Tess ( Mondays and Wednesdays) joined the team in 2022. She is an assistant and is part of the job share team working mostly middle shifts two or three days per week in our babies Discoverers and in other rooms too. She has recently moved to Perth having spent her whole life in Carnarvon, growing up in a small town where everyone knew everyone. They all went to the same daycare and the same school. It was a special time where children could roam the streets. Tess comes from a big family and has always felt confident with children. Her favourite thing to do was coach gymnastics for all different ages. Watching them grow and learn and increase their skills she found so rewarding and that has sparked her interest in working with children. Once she had finished school, she felt ready for the next adventure and she is so excited to be starting a traineeship to get her Certificate III in Children’s Services. Tess likes to be fit and healthy and a walk along the beach always makes her happy. Tess would like to connect with each child and take the time to get to know them. She believes it’s important for children to learn and play in a nurturing and safe environment, so she endeavours to always do her best to be able to provide that for the children. She is excited to start this new chapter of her life and is so grateful to have this opportunity. She is looking forward to making new memories and sharing experiences with both the children and the staff team at Kids College
Tayla (Tuesdays and Thursdays in Babies and extra cover on Mondays) joined the team at Kids College in 2023 and is part of the job share team working towards her Certificate III in Early Childhood and Education. She was born in England and moved to Australia when she was 11 with her mum, step dad and two brothers. She has a blue staff called Marley who is the light of her life and keeps her active. When Tayla finished school she got a job doing marketing administration for a mining company which she worked at for 2 years, She decided she wanted to explore other industries and do some studying so she started a traineeship for individualised support, working in an aged care facility for a year and a half, where she enjoyed caring and making an impact in people’s lives, she felt it was interesting to hear all the peoples past and memories they have. Tayla has always from a young age loved children and has been babysitting for many years so she thought why not make a career out of it. Tayla views a child’s childhood is a very important part of their lives, it is where they do a lot of learning and they store memories they will forever look back on, putting a smile on their face and she feels like knowing you are positively impacting their life is very rewarding.
Toddler’s room Explorers team , Hope, Tylah and Georgia
Hope ( Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) joined the Kids College team in 2021 as an assistant and is now group Leader in our toddlers Explorers program. She is currently studying for my Diploma in Children’s Services. Hope was born in South Africa and moved to Perth in 2019. Living in Australia has allowed her to make friends from all over the world and learn about many cultures. At school she finished top of her class for Children, Family and Community and that sparked her interest in pursuing a career in early childhood education. Thinking about her future career she always known she had an affinity for children and is very passionate about helping children to find their unique potential and be the best people they can be. She has learnt so much about herself through being around children. She has a good understanding of children’s feelings and needs and how to connect with them on their level. She has a rescue sausage dog called Fergie who is full of energy even with her tiny legs and a Jack Russel named Dexter who loves his cuddle time. She has lots of siblings and is in the middle of the age groups and absolutely doted on her younger sister and kind of claimed her as her own. Hope is interested in reading, especially about self-care and wellness, particularly loves yoga and exploring nature. Weekends are for adventures, and she loves to take on a challenge. She is excited to be helping your little ones grow and develop and provide them with care and loving support
Tylah (full time) joined the Kids College team in 2023. She started as a room head in Discoverers Babies program, worked in Adventurers 3 year Kindy and is now in Explorers Toddlers program. Tylah holds a Diploma in Childcare, Early Years from Worchester College of Technology. Tylah is a Supervisory Officer at Kids College. Tylah completed her studies in England in 2015. Tylah moved to Perth five years ago from England to help her sister look after her nieces and nephews and be involved in their lives from the very beginning. Her sister is a long-term Kids College family with three children. In Australia she has dived into hospitality work and spent her time working at taverns, in bars and bottle shops where she enjoyed feeling part of the team and enjoying the regular customers who became special to her. She is now ready to resume her early childhood education teaching and we are thrilled to have her. From the moment we met Tylah, she blew us away with her sunny, happy nature and her enthusiasm.In her spare time she enjoys going to gym to swim, going out to breakfast with friends and watching a good series on Netflix in her pajamas with some hot chocolate. She is a bit of a book worm and also loves to do a spot of baking. She has two sausage dogs names Barry and Thor, who enjoy a slow walk and a trip to the park. Tylah believes that children should be able to have valuable early learning experiences in life with caring adults to support them and facilitate learning by scaffolding experiences that are meaningful to children creating a solid base for education and a love for lifelong learning.
Georgia (Tuesdays in Kitchen and Wednesdays in rooms) is part time room head in Toddlers room Explorers program. She is a second-year student at ECU studying her Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood. We were first introduced to her as a student when she spent three weeks at Kids College in 2022. She loved us and we loved her so now she is part of the family. She will be joint room head with both Hope and Misha. Georgia has worked in the childcare industry for two years, as has already attained her Cert III in Children’s Services.Georgia is quite the artist and has won an award as a Year 12 ATAR art student. One of her artworks is displayed in the Perth museum. She loves to get messy and sharing her passion for art as an expressive medium. One of her favourite activities with children was when she took buckets of water to the park to paint tress to symbolize care and healing for the natural environment. She is happy when a child is so relaxed with her that they feel free to create and explore and seeing that spark of joy in their eyes
3 Year Adventurers Program Vera and Jada
Vera (Full time) joined Kids College in March 2019 and heads up our 3 year kindy Adventurers program with Zali. Vera is full time and alternates early and late shifts. Sergeev. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and has over 19 years’ experience in working as an Early Childhood Educator in Perth. She is one of our supervisory officers. Vera loves working with young children and thinks that children are the wisest, kindest, amazing, most beautiful and magical humans on earth. Vera is very crafty and enjoys sewing and dressmaking, hand and machine knitting, crochet and bead embroidery and uses these skills to create different resources for children’s play and especially for the group mat sessions. Her family includes her husband, two grown up sons, her beloved Airedale terrier and two guinea pigs.
Jada (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) joined Kids College in 2023. She is part of the job share team. You will see her in 3 Year Kindy and she will be helping with cover in every room on Mondays and Fridays. Jada has always been passionate about early childhood education and has spent two years in childcare services earning a Certificate 3 Early Childhood Education and Care in 2021. She loves to be involved and has babysat since I was old enough to in 2015. Jada is constantly busy and has worked a variety of jobs in hospitality and food service and even in a petrol station or a while. Jada grew up in Albany and spent her teens in Karratha, which had such a community feel, and exploring the outdoors with the oceans and rivers as my backyard being part of the outback. Immersion into different cultures has opened her mind to true inclusive practices. She can’t remember what age she was when she started drawing, it’s just a part of her nature. Sharing her gift with everyone and expressing myself through the art of tattooing makes her happy. Jada considers herself as a cheerful person who has a lot of love to give. She loves watching how children approach life with such gusto and curiosity. Seeing them learn and grow is just so rewarding, and she feels honoured to be part of these special moments in life and being their home away from home.
Our 4 Year Kindy Imagineers Jade
Jade (full time) joined our Kids College team in June 2021. In 2021 she was room head with Vera in 3 year Kindy and in 2022 she is room head in our 4 year Kindy Imagineers. Jade is full time, she has a Bachelor of Education from Curtin University and is one of our supervisory Storytelling is one of her passions with children and adults dressing up and living in the moment through our imagination and creativity. She is the oldest child in her family and is happy looking out for her younger siblings and many cousins. Jade has a cat named Muffin who views herself as the queen of the house and is totally in charge of the household. Since her own childhood days, she has always wanted to be a teacher. Her philosophy for teaching encompasses the phrase ‘Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy’. She is very excited to explore and go on adventures to follow your child’s learning journey.
Our fabulous chefs in the Kids College Kitchen Annie and Veronica
Annie (Wednesdays and Thursdays) joined Kids College in 2023 as a chef in our kitchen. Annie was born in Narragin and grew up in Perth in a big family with seven siblings. She is actually our very own Teacher Cathy’s sister. Annie has always had a caring nature and left school and studied nursing straight away. She has done all kinds of nursing school nurse, theatre nurse, nursing research, emergency care nursing, silver chain and now ready for a life change so she joined us. She has always loved cooking for her family, she has two grown up children and has seven grandchildren. She is lucky enough to have gone to tour Europe in her lifetime and is hoping to go again and experience all the world has to offer. Annie also loves sewing and takes great pleasure in creating amazing quilts. She keeps healthy by running and cycling. To recharge her batteries, she spends time with family. Annie enjoys the fun and laughter of being around children. Watching them grow and develop is just so special. The satisfaction of cooking and serving a good home cooked meal that the children just love, is so rewarding.
Veronica (Mondays and Fridays) joined our team in 2023. She came to us as a Certificate III in Children’s Services TAFE student looking for a work placement in a centre she felt reflected her values and made her happy. We snapped her up and are proud to have her in our staffing team. Veronica was born and bred and grew up in Sydney. She loved the hustle bustle of being a young woman studying a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science in the big city. She worked in banking for ten years and took the opportunity to live in London for a while and to travel in Europe. She loved her time seeing all the different places Europe has to offer and then headed home to the sunshine. Once she got married their family headed to Perth. Veronica has three teenagers at home and Max, the kelpie who keeps them all fit and healthy. She loves to read and explore different perspectives and is involved in helping out at her children’s school at scholastic book fairs and in coaching and managing various sports teams along the way. Veronica came to a time of life where she wanted to follow her heart and study for a profession where she would make a difference in the lives of young children. She wants to play a part in helping to raise smart and kind people for the next generation.
Georgia (Tuesdays in Kitchen and Wednesdays in Rooms) is part time room head in Toddlers room Explorers program. She is a second-year student at ECU studying her Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood. We were first introduced to her as a student when she spent three weeks at Kids College in 2022. She loved us and we loved her so now she is part of the family. She will be joint room head with both Hope and Misha. Georgia has worked in the childcare industry for two years, as has already attained her Cert III in Children’s Services.Georgia is quite the artist and has won an award as a Year 12 ATAR art student. One of her artworks is displayed in the Perth museum. She loves to get messy and sharing her passion for art as an expressive medium. One of her favourite activities with children was when she took buckets of water to the park to paint tress to symbolize care and healing for the natural environment. She is happy when a child is so relaxed with her that they feel free to create and explore and seeing that spark of joy in their eyes
Kids College Job Share Team
Lia, Jandri, Veronica, Nathalie, Kashala, Jade, Tayla, Simone, Chanel and Claire
Lia (Wednesdays in Toddlers and Fridays extra cover) joined Kids College in November 2022 after completing her Year 12 studies. She is an assistant and is part of the job share team working mostly middle shifts two or three days per week in our 2 Year old Explorers program. She was born in London and moved to sunny Perth when she was eight. She actually attended Springfield Primary just across the road. In school she enjoyed outdoor education studies and had the best maths teacher. She was fortunate enough to have taken childcare as a subject and got to be involved in the animatronic baby experience where she looked after a robot baby programmed to cry, get tired, get hungry, need a nappy change and need a snuggle. She had a great time and decided that working with children would make the perfect career for her. So she answered our job ad and is excited to be starting a Certificate III in Children’s services with us. To relax she enjoys snuggling up with her Kindle full of stories, especially Harry Potter, binge watching TV shows especially funny sitcoms with a nostalgic twist. On weekends she likes to hang out with friends and spends time shopping. They frequently include her friends little sisters and She has already had a good work history as she helped her mum in a beauty salon with customer serice and admin which she feels gave her a good introduction to the working world. Lia likes to draw as an expressive outlet and is looking forward to sharing her arty side with the children and sharing books together in this precious time of their lives enjoying the magic of early childhood.
Jandri ( Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Toddlers) joined the Kids College team in 2023 . She is an assistant and is part of the job share team working mostly middle shifts two or three days per week in our 2 Year old Explorers program. She finished her Year 12 at Quinns Baptist College in 2022 and is excited to start the next part of her life. In school during Year 11 and 12 she completed a Sound Production Cert 3 and was part of her school’s production and concerts. She also enjoyed filming and capturing the action and feeling on stage and was involved in creating snippets videos for her school website. She has been playing netball since she was only four years old. Jandri has played for a few clubs over the years and grew up at WDNA in Kingsley. When she was just eleven years old, she joined Purple Poison netball team and loves being part of such a close knit team, growing up together with these wonderful ladies. She takes great pleasure in oil painting patiently capturing the beauty of nature. It is calming to take your time and blend and build on a painting until it feels just right. She was born in South Africa and moved to Perth when she was 9 years old where she loved Perth instantly and its incredible scenery. Jandri has always gravitated towards younger children and is most looking forward to creating a special bond with each child as they welcome her into their hearts.
Veronica (Monday and Friday mornings in Kitchen and afternoons extra cover in the rooms) joined our team in 2023. She is part of our job share team working in the kitchen and in the rooms. Veronica came to us as a Certificate III in Children’s Services TAFE student looking for a work placement in a centre she felt reflected her values and made her happy. We snapped her up and are proud to have her in our staffing team. Veronica was born and bred and grew up in Sydney. She loved the hustle bustle of being a young woman studying a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science in the big city. She worked in banking for ten years and took the opportunity to live in London for a while and to travel in Europe. She loved her time seeing all the different places Europe has to offer and then headed home to the sunshine. Once she got married their family headed to Perth. Veronica has three teenagers at home and Max, the kelpie who keeps them all fit and healthy. She loves to read and explore different perspectives and is involved in helping out at her children’s school at scholastic book fairs and in coaching and managing various sports teams along the way. Veronica came to a time of life where she wanted to follow her heart and study for a profession where she would make a difference in the lives of young children. She wants to play a part in helping to raise smart and kind people for the next generation.
Nathalie (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in our Toddlers room) joined our team in 2023. She is an assistant in the job share team. Nathalie was born and raised in Guadalajara. She has always been a very busy person and loves to learn. She studied Clinical Psychology after school and loved learning in depth relationship building and how to really feel like she was able to help people. Her mother owns a school in Guadalajara where Nathalie enjoyed working with the children for a six years teaching children from 3-7 years old English. After that she studied broadcasting which turned into a job that she enjoyed for ten years. During this time she decided to study Marketing and she loved the creative side of advertising. Nathalie came to Queensland Australia when she was twenty eight years old, got married and had two incredible children who are now eight and six. She just moved to Perth this year and is very excited to be following her passion for helping families by joining our team and signing up to study for her qualification in childcare. To relax she enjoys anything musical, especially playing the piano, singing, crating crafts and drawing. Nathalie has a natural affinity for children, an awesome seen of humour and is not afraid to get in there and have fun with the children. Helping families is close to her heart and she wants to work with purpose, to give children love, empathy to families and to feel connected and special.
Kashala (Mondays and Fridays helping around the centre) joined our team in 2023. She is an assistant in the job share team and is studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood and Education. Kashala has always had a passion working with children which she has done in a number of different jobs. She is excited to be making a career out of her enjoyment of being with children. She is one of seven children and is the middle child. Growing up she’s always had her siblings to play with and have helped to look after her younger siblings. As a child Kashala did gymnastics competitively until she was 16 years old where she transitioned into a coaching role at College Park Gymnastics Academy. He taught gymnastics for over 5 years to a number of different age groups and children. She loved seeing the development of the children in the gym learning new skills and loved being around each of them. She is currently training Muay Thai at Suay Muay Thai in Joondalup and absolutely loves it. She has had 3 competitive bouts and is looking to finish of the year with a couple more. Kashala is so excited to be working at Kids College and see all the smiley faces that come through the doors each day.
Jade (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in Toddlers) joined our team in 2023. She is an assistant in the job share team and is studying a Certificate III in Children’s Services. Jade graduated high school at Servite College in 2022 and decided to take a gap year from university to decide what she wanted to study. She took multiple Family and Community classes in school and has always had a passion for teaching children. Jade has worked as a swim teacher for the Department of Education and really enjoyed being in that environment with children, helping them grow into their best selves. It was really rewarding seeing children who were previously afraid of the water becoming so confident and thriving with their newfound swimming abilities. During her high school years, she worked multiple jobs across all different industries and found she was most passionate working with people and especially young children. At some points Jade was working 4 jobs plus school, so she found many ways to de-stress including going to the gym, reading, and going on nature walks. She has a big extended family with her Mum having 9 siblings and her Dad having 5 siblings, she 2 brothers of her own, and they all share a split culture with her dad being Italian, German and Irish and her Mum is Indonesian and Chinese. She is most excited to join Kids College’s tight-knit community to not only live my passion but to also build strong connections with the lovely, diverse staff and children here.
Simone ( Monday’s and Thursdays) joined our team in 2023. She grew up locally in Padbury and after school she worked in the hospitality industry in various positions from kitchen staff to management, and from bars to fine dining. She loved working with people and in a busy environment, but always had a desire to work with children. She began nannying and babysitting for families in their home and did this for seven years. During this time Simone helped with bedtime routines, meal preparation, household chores and during lockdown in Perth she assisted with home-schooling, as well as lots of fun outings and play. She and her husband went to live in Adelaide in 2020 for 2.5 years and it was during this time that Simone found herself working in an Early Learning Centre. This is where she saw her passion come to life and hopes to continue working in Childcare for many years to come. She is currently studying for her Diploma. Simone has a one-year-old son named Felix, who will be attending Kids College as she begins her employment here as well. Simone loves to do anything creative with children, including singing, dancing, art and craft and messy play. She loves to see how children light up when they are provided with the space to express themselves and finds it incredibly rewarding being a part of their learning journeys.
Chanel (Mondays and Wednesdays) joined the team at Kids College in 2023. She is part of the job share team. Chanel is studying for her Certificate III in Children’s Services. She was born in Perth, travelled around Australia when she was young and lived in Queensland with her family for three years before settling back in Perth. Chanel has a very spoilt greyhound called Manu who is her ‘not so little’ baby. While she was at school, she worked part time as a party host at two local play centres. She loved being able to put a smile on the children’s faces and witness their excitement as they joined in games, shared cake and played together. There was even more excitement when she put on the crocodile suit and joined them for a dance in the Disco Room. She has always enjoyed working with young people and feel that working in an early childhood setting is a perfect fit for her. She is very much looking forward to being part of the lives and learning journey of the little people in our care here at Kids College.
Claire Scafidas (weekends and school holidays) has been at Kids College her whole life. She is one of Jennifer and Craig’s daughters. She loves to help at Kids College in the classrooms weekdays when she is on school holidays and is part of our maintenance team during weekends. Claire was almost two when we started Kids College so she gained her early childhood education here, then graduated to the academic extension program in her school and is currently in Year 10 in 2022. She has many diverse interests, including teaching, medicine and computer technology. She enjoys netball, javelin, volleyball, hanging out with her friends and snuggling up with our two dogs. She has done hair and make up for school productions, has helped coach netball, is a peer support leader at her school and likes to help make people feel welcome. She enjoys every moment she spends with children and is so happy to be able to spend her days with your little people having fun. Claire believes it’s important that children learn in a friendly, safe environment full of fun happy moments.
Did you know that ALL our staffing team have professional development in all these important areas?
- Qualifications in childcare and/or teaching
- First aid
- Anaphylaxis management
- Allergy management
- Asthma management
- Fire safety
- Food safety
- Occupational Health and safety
- Hygienic practices
- Behaviour guidance
- Child protection
- Keyword signing
- Social Emotional learning programs
- Early Years Learning Framework
- National Quality Framework
- Code of ethics
- Covid 19 Infection Control
EARLY CHILDCARE EDUCATORS APPRECIATION DAY
At Kids College we celebrate Early Childhood Educators day every year in September. We are asking all of our lovely families to please send us an email on Jennifer@kidscollege.com.au and/or leave a review on our Kids College Childcare facebook site letting our wonderful staffing team know how much you love and appreciate all the hard work, love and dedication they have to caring and teaching your beautiful children.
Quote from Kids College Philosophy
‘We have a positive workplace culture that values and supports our profession as early childhood educators. We believe in our team of enthusiastic educators who genuinely enjoy being part of children’s lives and enjoy creating warm responsive relationships with a foundation based in secure bonding and attachments.’
National Quality Standards
6.1.3 Current information is available to families about the service and relevant community services and resources to support parenting and family wellbeing.
4.1.1 The organisation of educators across the service supports children’s learning and development.
4.1.2 Every effort is made for children to experience continuity of educators at the service.
Kids College family
At Kids College we work each day embedding our values and philosophy into each facet of what we do. We continually improve our practices by critically reflecting and engaging in meaningful relationships with our community and for this we need your support and input. Make sure to follow Kids College Childcare on facebook, watch for our regular emails and keep an eye on our Kids College website. Join our Kids College family community and share in our vision of creating the very best childcare where children experience love, laughter and learning every day. You can reach us on Jennifer@kidscollege.com.au
With love, laughter and learning from your friends in the
‘village it takes to raise a child’
Teacher Jen and the Kids College Childcare family