Belrose Kindergarten’s most important asset is the excellent team who work there. Full time and part time staff with a wide variety of training and experience are employed at the Centre. Consistency of care is maintained through careful staff rosters, ensuring the best possible experience for the children.
Rhian has been Director of the Service since January 2014 when her mother Susan Callagher stepped away from the role. Rhian holds a Diploma of Children’s services and has worked in the industry since 2004. She divides her time at the Service between the Service Director role and Guppies group leader (2-3 years room) that is shared by her sister.
Rhian has a special interest in sport, having been involved in playing team sport year round from a young age. At the Service this translates into a lot of fun shared with the children when active or gross motor play is involved. In September 2015 Rhian and her husband Brad welcomed a new member to the family, a little boy who many of the children call “Kindy’s Baby”.
I’ve been working in the Early Childhood Education Industry since I commenced my degree twenty five years ago. In between having three children I have worked in the Inner West, the Western Suburbs and the Northern Beaches, in a range of Long Day Care and Pre-school settings. I also worked as a Manager of Before and After School Care settings but I missed working directly with the children so I’m so glad to be able to work with the children and staff at Belrose Kindergarten.
Through my experience with my own children I have learnt how anxiety and depression affects our children’s learning along with ADHD, Dyslexia and speech delays. The journey our children take us on as parents is quite a learning curve, which has also helped shape me as an educator who supports not just the children but also the parents. I believe in providing children with an environment which ignites their passion whilst introducing all learning and developmental areas. I believe that children’s sense of being, belonging and becoming is essential for them to grow into a confident, happy and healthy child.
Nursery Room Leader
Kate first came to Belrose Kindergarten as a TAFE student on work placement in June 2018. Once her work placement was over, she stayed on as a casual staff member before beginning a traineeship and taking up permanent work.
Kate holds her Certificate III in children's services and is currently working towards completing her Diploma.
With a primary focus on fostering secure relationships, Kate is passionate about caring for, nurturing, and supporting young children to grow and develop into the unique and talented people they are. Kate took on the role of Turtles group leader (newborn - 2 years) at the beginning of this year.
Turtles group leader (newborn-2 years room)
Bhree is the youngest of the three Callagher children and assists her eldest sister, Rhian Duke, with the running of the Centre. She began work at Belrose Kindergarten in 2009 while completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of Sydney. She worked mostly in the mediums of ceramics and painting and was asked to lead classes of large groups of primary school children. She also has her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services.
While at University, Bhree developed a strong interest in using art as a therapeutic medium for children by supporting their creative and expressive selves, increasing sensory awareness and integration, problem solving and self esteem.
She is a Turtles group leader (0-2 years room) and is also learning about centre management and finances from her father Steven.
Guppies group leader (Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)
Kat is a Guppies group leader (2-3 year olds). Originally from New Zealand, she has worked at the Centre since 2009. She recently became a mum, but continues her work at the Centre two days a week. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services.
Carolyn does relief work at Belrose Kindergarten as well as assisting at local schools. She has taught at primary schools for over 20 years, working mainly with younger infant school children. Carol is Sue’s sister and aunt to Rhian, Nicole and Bhree.
Yasmin does relief work at Belrose Kindergarten while she completes her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Yas has known the Callagher family for many years in which both her daughters attended the Centre. She joined our team in 2013.