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Meet Our Team

Our team makes us the Preschool of choice in the Nambucca Valley.

Particularly their special, trusting relationships with  children, which creates a secure and stable environment where your child will thrive.

Without exception, all children settle in beautifully. Simply because we focus on getting to know them, truly understanding their needs, and using our experience in child development to create play-based strategies that bring out the best in every child. We develop and maintain respectful and equitable relationships with each child and support them in building sensitive and responsive relationships with other children and adults.

We believe that building strong attachments are key to children settling and feeling safe.


Our educators develop strong collaborative partnerships with families, supporting our belief that parents are the first teachers of their child.                                                                    

We openly welcome families from all backgrounds and cultures. 


We support your children with more than 120 years’ combined experience in early childhood education.


Our educators have:

  • Diploma of Teaching

  • Diploma in Children’s Services

  • Certificate III in Children’s Service


The stability of our staff sets us apart. Many have been with us for over 10 years.


A stable team allows your children to settle easily, be confident and secure in a familiar environment, and receive consistent, quality education and care. And our newest team members bring fresh ideas, knowledge and experience.

Debbie Rix

Nominated Supervisor / Director

Debbie is the Nominated Supervisor and Director at Nambucca Preschool and has enjoyed working here for 20 years. With a Diploma of Teaching and 30 years’ experience in early childhood education, Debbie loves nothing more than working with the children, exploring their interests and watching their eyes shine as they learn, create and play.

Sue Rothe

Room Leader / Educator

Sue is the lead educator in our Blue room and has a Diploma in Children’s Services. With many years experience in early childhood education, Sue has enjoyed working with our team for nine years.

What Sue most loves about our centre is the family atmosphere, the staff working as team and the respectful collaborative relationships with parents/carers that enable recognition of each child’s individuality.

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Belinda Taylor

Belinda has a Certificate III in Children's Services. Belinda is passionate about working with children and gets great joy in seeing the children accomplish tasks and develop their skills in all areas of their development. Belinda finds that Nambucca preschool supports her journey in her development as an educator and loves the atmosphere of our preschool.

Brandan Gregory - Educator

Brandan has a Certificate III in Children's Services and has been working with children for 4 years. Brandan gets great satisfaction out of seeing the children develop and become confident and competent individuals, ready to embark on their formal school journey.


Nerida Travers

Blue Room Leader

Nerida has worked in early childhood education for over 15 years and has been a member of our team for eight.  

With a Diploma in Children’s Services, Nerida really enjoys providing an inspirational environment where       the children can play, learn and have fun doing it.

Emily Fletcher


With 20 years’ experience in early childhood education, and 12 years’ working at Nambucca Preschool, what Emily loves most about coming here is  the child friendly environment and the impact her planned activities have on children's journey of learning, discovery, experiences and wonderment. Emily has a Certificate III in Children’s Services.

Our support staff move between the Blue and Green Rooms as needed, are a valuable support to our educators and have developed a special rapport with all of our children.


Tameka Stokes

(Currently on Leave)

Another long-term team member, Tameka has worked with our children at the Preschool for 11 years. Tameka has worked in early childhood education for 15 years and has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. What Tameka enjoys most about our Preschool at Nambucca Heads is our open ended learning environment, which includes a large natural outdoor environment with a feast of exploration opportunities.

Lynette Lyons is part of our behind the scenes, in charge of the cleaning of the Preschool premises. She ensures that the indoor play environments and facilities are clean and hygienic for all our little friends and their families. Her valued work is carried out after hours so our families do not often get to meet her. 

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Janine Reibel

Diploma of Children's Services

Janine comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Janine has previously owned her own centre and has recently joined our team. Her passion for Early Childhood is evident in her interactions with the children. 

Janine loves creating personalised items and gardening.

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Mary Madden

Certificate III in Children's Services

Mary comes to us as an additional needs support worker. Mary has had many years experience as a support worker and has work with many children with a variety of additional needs.

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