Staff and Management
Without doubt, our staff are the backbone of Neighborhood House. Educators want to work here because of our excellent reputation and our reputation is because of our Educators. Testament to this is the number of staff members eligible for long service leave, those who are recognised for years of dedicated and committed care and the low staff turnover. We look after our staff so they stick around long enough to educate and care for your children from whatever stage they start until they head off to primary school.
Our staff are qualified over and above minimum requirements. They have knowledge of both emotional and developmental needs of our children. Our Staff/Child ratios exceed Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Regulations. Through in service workshops we continuously extend their skills. You will surely get a sense of their nurturing, sensitive and caring natures when you visit us.
Kate Hall. Director (Commenced May 1983) Kate has been the Director of Neighborhood House since May 1983. Kate is passionate about the Early Childhood Education Industry and constantly aims to raise the bench mark in delivering outstanding outcomes for young children and Educators under her guidance. In this time Kate has overseen the relocation of the Centre from Bridport St to Carter St and the expansion and renovations in 1995, 2002 and again in 2012.
Kate has two children, Sarah and Ben who are both young adults now.
Telstra Business Women’s Award Finalist 2005.
In 2012 Kate was awarded an "Outstanding Educator Award" and an "Advancing Practice Award" from Early Childhood & Education & Care Awards.
Qualifications – Diploma of Applied Science (Children’s Services). Diploma of Business. Occupational Health & Safety Supervisor.
Margaret - Educator -Preschool Room (Commenced June 2015) Margaret joined our team having gained extensive experience as a nanny for several families in Paris for 15 years. Since coming back to Melbourne in early 2014 with her family, Margaret has completed her Certificate III in Children's Services and has been working in a wide range of Centres as a casual reliever. Margaret is a mature and enthusiastic Educator who is passionate about offering high quality care and education for young children. Margaret is the co-ordinator of our ever popular French Program and ensures that French is a part of the children’s everyday life.
Qualifications - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Claudia Losada - Educator - Kindergarten Room (Commenced August 2016) Claudia began her journey at Neighborhood House as a student on placement while completing her Diploma during which time she displayed a huge degree of professionalism and maturity. On completion of her studies Claudia joined our team on a part-time basis to relieve in all rooms. Claudia has first hand experience with Preschool children as she has a young son Santi who is 6 years old.
Qualifications - Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Wilbert Romulo - Centre Chef (Commenced June 2017) Wilbert relocated to Melbourne from New Zealand just prior to commencing at Neighborhood House where he had gained 17 years experience as a chef across a range of different sectors including flight catering, hospital catering and Pre-school catering. Wilbert’s previous role included catering for 140 children each day including those with a range of allergies, food preferences and religious dietary requirements. Wilbert has an impeccable reputation that includes his great work ethic, strong attention to detail and superb ability to prepare nutritious and popular meals for children.
Qualifications - Food Services Course, Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3
Lynette Tah - Educational Leader (Commenced April 2019)
Lynette joined our team as the Educational Leader after 5 years of experience at another Early Years service in Sydney. Lynette is equipped with pedagogical leadership to create commonly accepted values and share vision for the teams in which she works within. Lynette’s greatest strengths are her conscientious, high level of initiative and reliability.
Qualifications: Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)