Our experienced staff welcome and support each child’s ideas, experiences and understandings in a learning environment which values play. We work together with each child and their family unit to encourage a child’s disposition to learn and create.

We are fortunate to have highly qualified and experienced staff. All staff members hold current first aid certificates and participate in various professional development activities such as workshops and conferences.

Staff Profiles

Sharon Kemp

Director, Nominated and Certified Supervisor and Educational Leader to the Bees Group (Mon-Wed)

B. Ed/Early Childhood (Hons), Blue Card, First Aid and CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Training 

k2z sharon213Sharon is a passionate early childhood teacher with extensive international training in Reggio inspired learning environments, Danish and UK forest schools. She has 18 years experience in Early Childhood (16 years with C&K) and 8 years as a qualified teacher. Sharon has the ability to facilitate an inclusive, calm and vibrant learning space for children and families. Her teaching practice has strong connections to building a sense of community and nature education. Sharon believes family and friends are a strong foundation in maintaining a healthy work life balance. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys gardening, crochet, art and volunteering.

“I am inspired by the knowledge and diversity each of us bring to our community kindergarten. I believe in education for a sustainable future by learning and teaching in, with and about nature, to nurture connections to the world we live in.” – Sharon Kemp

Kim Crisp

Dedicated Supervisor and Educational Leader of the Butterflies Group (Thurs/Fri)

B. Ed/Early Childhood (Hons), Blue Card, First Aid and CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Training Kim Crisp

Kim joined Banks St Kindy at the start of 2018. She has over 20 years of working with children. Prior to joining Banks Street Kindy, Kim has taught in kindergartens, schools and long day centres. When she is not at Kindy, Kim works as a research assistant in the School of Early Childhood at QUT.

I believe that childhood is a place to be, a place to stop and smell the roses. In our busy world, where there is so much emphasis on preparing for the next challenge, it’s important that we remember to enjoy the present, the magic of childhood and all of the wonder and learning that comes with it” – Kim Crisp

Melissa Calkin

Assistant Educator for the Bees Group

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Melissa joined our Kindy in 2018 as Assistant Educator for the Bees Group. Melissa has over 20 years experience working in a variety of Early Childhood settings and since 2010 has worked in a variety of roles in Kindergarten

 

“It’s great to join the team at Banks Street Kindy.  I have many years experience working in early childhood settings in a range of roles and I am also a mother of two children – Grace and Louis. I love taking time just to visit a creek, sit in nature or go bushwalking. I look forward to getting to know all of the children and their parents/carers throughout the year.” – Melissa Calkin

Rachel Edwardson

Certified Supervisor and Assistant Educator for the Butterflies Group.

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Diploma Child Services, Blue Card, First Aid and CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training

Rachel started working at Banks St Kindy in 2008 as an Inclusive Assistant and more recently in an Assistant role. Her career in Early Childhood Education began in 1993 and includes work in family day care, long day care and TESOL in a primary school in The Netherlands.

“Banks Street Kindy is a place that values nature, creativity, community connections and learning in a social play based environment. Children who spend time time at Banks Street Kindy experience an important  foundation to a life of learning, with the help of interested educators and loving families.” – Rachel Edwardson

Kath Reilly

Artist-in-Residence

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Our multi-talented Kath holds a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Illustration QCA 2000, as well as having a background in nursing and childcare. Kath began working at Banks Street Kindy 2007 facilitating group artworks for the Annual Art Show. She is an incredible Artist and communicates so well with the children, enlightening them to the wonders that surround us, and teaching them how to describe their ideas verbally and through art.

 “Why I love working here? At Banks Street Kindy I am always overjoyed to see how much the children (and their families) are supported – as a community, as individuals and in a creative capacity. I love seeing the children share ideas and explore problems together. It’s a home away from home and a pleasure to work with such a positive and knowledgable team.” – Kath Reilly

Elizabeth Oliver

Administrative Assistant,  Tuesday and Friday mornings, 8.30am, – 1.00pm

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Elizabeth is our exceptionally qualified Admin Assistant and go-to girl for almost any question. Elizabeth started at Banks Street Kindy in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Hospitality Management, and a Masters of Professional Accounting. Elizabeth brightens every room she is in and is an all round good chook, and an incredible asset to the Kindy.