Meet Janelle – CEO, Swinburne Childrens Centre Inc.

My name is Janelle Williamson and I am Chief Executive Officer at Lilydale Community Childcare Inc.

I have been involved in child education for over 25 years, initially as a primary school teacher before making the move to early childhood education in 1992. I have worked as an educator, kindergarten teacher and for the past 17 years in a senior management capacity. I was the owner operator of a large, reputable early childhood centre and kindergarten for 5 years before moving to Swinburne Children’s Centre at Lilydale in 2004. In 2009 I was employed to oversee the coordination of our 3 centres before taking up the position of CEO in late 2013.

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Meet Liz – View St Centre Manager

My name is Liz Paterson, and I am the Centre Manager at Swinburne Childrens Centre – View Street. I joined the Swinburne team as a Certificate III trained educator eight years ago, and what an enjoyable journey it has been thus far! I have been very fortunate to have undertaken an array of professional roles throughout this time and I have met and worked in partnership with many wonderful educators and families.

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Meet Amanda – Croydon Centre Manager

My name is Amanda Brown and I am currently the Program Coordinator at our Croydon Centre. Working at Swinburne Childrens Centre has renewed my passion for early childhood. It’s wonderful to work with people whose love for their work and the children in their care shines through in the quality of the programs offered, and in the interactions with the children throughout the day.

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Meet Leah – Wantirna Centre Manager

Hi my name is Leah and I am the Centre Manger of the Wantirna Campus. I have been working in the early learning environment for 8 years, and have now been with Swinburne Children’s Centre for 5 years. I am Diploma qualified, and am currently into second year of studying my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

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Meet Belinda – Marketing Manager

My name is Belinda Wilson and I am the Marketing Manager for Swinburne Children’s Centre. I was thrilled to join the team at Swinburne Children’s Centre in February 2016 and bring a career of many strengths to my role including Marketing/Communications, Banking, Social Enterprise and Business Owner.

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Meet Samantha – Manager

My Name is Samantha Bywater, and I have been employed by Swinburne Children’s Centre for the past 13 years. In 2017, I’m very excited to be undertaking a new position. My new role will be mentoring our educators to embed the “Taxi Dog” program into our pedagogical documentation. Taxi Dog is a wellbeing educational program which enables young learner’s social and emotional skills, including self-regulation and empathy development.

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