BHCK employs a staff team of 13.  Our staff and casuals are highly qualified, very experienced and committed to providing quality education in a nurturing and respectful manner.  They are lead by a Teaching/Director who is university trained in the field of Early Childhood education.

Meet Our Staff

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Rebecca White
Lauren Wight
Danii Kenny
Director/Early Childhood Teacher

Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 Years) (Charles Sturt University)

Certificate IV Frontline Management

" I have been working at BHCK since 2004 and I love working with children, especially in the community setting where getting to know the families is also important.  I learn from the children everyday sometimes as much as they do!  In 2020 I took on the role of Director, sitting down at a desk all day has proved a different kind of challenge, as well as seeing the other side of running a preschool outside of the classroom, but one that I am enjoying!"

Early Childhood Teacher​

Masters of Inclusive Education

Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 Years) (Charles Sturt University)

"I have been working in early childhood since 1999 and have been here at BHCK since 2005.  Being part of a community based preschool with local families, wonderful children and an experienced and enthusiastic staff team has been very rewarding. In 2014 I studied to complete my Masters of Inclusive Education. This is something I feel passionate about and this study has provided me additional knowledge to successfully implement strategies at BHCK to include all children."

Educator

Diploma of Children's Services

Diploma of Counselling

"It's an honour to be a part of BHCK. I've spent the last 15 years working in community preschools and understand the value and importance of working in collaborative relationships with families and the community. I love my job. Every day is different, as is every child- I learn something new everyday. I've also studied counselling including majors in effective parenting and grief and loss. I find all of this applies to working with children and families in this setting. I'm lucky to be able to share my knowledge in the workplace where applicable."

Samm Williams
Administrator

"I have been working at BHCK since 2004 in the administration role.  My daughter, who is now 24, attended BHCK and I fell in love with the Kindy and the community. I am very passionate about my role and I do love a good chat."

Renata Bain
Educator
Certificate III
"I’ve being working with children since 2017, I’m passionate about my job and children are the main reason for it! They are the ones who will make a  positive difference in the world and I love to see them grow and develop."

Natalie Bentham
Early Childhood Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Qualified Teacher Status Primary Ed. 3-7 years)

Angela Ippolito
Educator

Diploma of Children's Services

"It has been very exciting joining the team at BHCK in 2022!  I have been working with children for over 15 years and have a passion for children's learning and care.  I truly believe that the quality of education and care a child receives in early life is indispensable in bringing out their full potential.  I love watching the children develop over these very important preschool years, they are so eager to soak up every new experience and have a love for learning!  Each year I look forward to welcoming new faces at the start of their preschool life and get quite teary saying goodbye to confident 5 year olds, who are well prepared for their next step of their educational journey!"

Our Philosophy

Leah Markey
Educator

Certificate III

"I completed my Certificate III in 2016 so I feel very fortunate to be working alongside such an experienced team.  However, my life here at Kindy began in 2010 as a parent across six consecutive years with all 3 of my children.  I thoroughly enjoy my role, relishing the opportunity to meet families from the local community and to be a part of their children's development."

Stav Amiradakis
Educator

Certificate III

"My child attended BHCK in 2016 and as a parent was impressed with the quality of care and education he received. I loved it so much that I became an educator myself and now provide education and care to other families children. Its a very rewarding job and  I feel lucky to be a part of the BHCK family.”

Georgie Cook
Educator
Certificate III
"Becoming an educator at BHCK was the fulfilment of a long-held desire, as I had wanted to join a community kindergarten after years of working in day care.  I was distracted for many years (raising three sons of my own).  Then, as I made my way back into the workforce, I was asked to help out at BHCK on a casual basis in 2021.  Very quickly I realised that the staff and children of the kindergarten formed a wonderfully nurturing learning environment.  I was thrilled to be offered a permanent position in 2022.  My focus now is to learn more from the passionate teachers of BHCK and to help the children in becoming ready for school (while having lots of fun)."

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Mandy Larsen
Educator

Certificate III

"I feel blessed to be a part of BHCK working with this dedicated team.  I have been working with children for more than 15 years and started as an Educator at BHCK in 2015.  I find my position here very rewarding and enjoy meeting new children and their families.  I hope to be able to make a positive impact with the children in my care as I watch them socialise, learn and play in a kindy environment"

Carly Bonnor
Early Childhood Teacher
Bach. of Ed (Early Childhood)
"I completed my Bachelor of Education (ECE) at Macquarie University in 2001 and have been working in not for profit, community based preschools since then. A passion for nature play and outdoor learning was sparked after my family relocated to Europe and I had the opportunity to experience the Forest Schools of North Germany firsthand. I was lucky enough to join the team at BHCK in 2020 as a Teacher and Educational Leader 
and enjoy working with a passionate and dedicated team alongside the families and children of our community. You’ll often find me in the garden or with my hands in our worm farm and I love nothing more than an afternoon knee deep in my garden at home!"

Our History

Testimonials from our Kindy families.....

"I was impressed with BHCK from my very first phone call and I've not been disappointed since.  The staff are professional and very friendly!  The facilities are top notch.  I'd never realised that tucked away in Beacon Hill was such a wonderful kindergarten.  Our son never wants to leave the impressive sandpit and I love that there's a special climbing tree the kids are actually allowed to climb!  My son is learning so much and having great fun in the process.  I have no doubt that his time at BHCK will thoroughly prepare him for the school years ahead".   Newman Family



BHCK staff excels at providing a warm, nurturing and balanced environment and it is truly wonderful place to watch your child grow and learn.  Thanks for the opportunity!  Watson Family



"Our son, Liam is  in his 2nd year at BHCK and we have been very happy with the wonderful education he is receiving.  The kindergarten offers a safe and secure environment in which the children are encouraged to actively learn through both independent play and structured learning activities.  The facilities are comfortable and adaptable for a range of activities allowing flexibility within each day.  Most importantly, the teachers are outstanding!  We know that Liam will be well prepared to start "Big School" next year and would not hesitate in recommending BHCK to other parents".  Katie and Justin Thomas.

 

"BHCK really does inspire a love of learning which has set my children up for the best start to school". Gill Rayfield

 

"My son just loves it at BHCK, he can't wait for his kindy days, the girls are so lovely and always smiling.  You can really see they they love their job and their dedication to our kids' education."  Hendry Family

 

"Our three children have attended the preschool and they have all loved it.  The staff are caring and committed and provide a fun-filled learning environment.  I would highly recommend this Kindy to any family.  Thank you so much!"  Williams Family

 

"We could not be happier with Alex's care at BHCK.  The highly trained staff work so hard to ensure Alex's days at BHCK are happy and settled whilst working towards positive outcomes in his education.  Above all BHCK provides an environment in which he can learn and grow.  Alex is desperate to go to BHCK on his Kindy days which says it all!"  Mace Family

 

"As my twins frist time in a child care setting, I couldn't have been more impressed with our experience at BHCK.  both of my girls have been made to feel incredibly welcome and safe at BHCK, and have been given the opportunity to grow and develop through mutiple facets that I cannot provide at home.  Their individualities have been noticed and nurtured, they have made strong bonds with their teachers and their peers, and they are thriving emotionally, socially and academically each and every day.  I cannot recommend this beautiful kindergarten highly enough, it excels in so many arenas and has certainly exceeded the expectations I had for my children and their transition into preschool".  Neeley Molinaroli