Virginia Street Team

  • Jodie Lee , Office Manager

    Jodie Lee

    Jodie has previously worked in HR in the real estate industry. Her two daughters attended Kensington Castle in its inaugural year so Jodie has had a long relationship with the centre. Jodie manages the administration functions of the business.

  • Natalie Cameron, Nominated Supervisor and Educational Leader

    Natalie Cameron

    Natalie has worked in the Childcare industry for over seventeen years, spending most of her time teaching Preschool age children. Natalie has been with Kensington Castle since our opening year. Prior to joining Kensington Castle she was Centre Director at another centre. Natalie has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Since the age of six, she has wanted to be a teacher, practising this with her younger sister, brother, and cousins. Natalie loves working with young children, watching them grow and learn; there is never a dull moment! Natalie loves nothing more than to prepare and transition the children in her care to primary school through education and experience. Her passion point is the implementation of our preschool curriculum, focused on literacy and numeracy skills, social and life skills.

  • Niamh Keller, Childcare Educator

    Niamh Keller

    In June 2014 Niamh graduated from college in Carlow, Ireland with an Early Childhood Care and Education degree, equivalent to an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia. She has been working with children for seven years . In Ireland she worked with children from one year to five years and also has experience in after school care.

    Niamh is dedicated to her job and really enjoys teaching children the skills they need to complete tasks for themselves and learning to do ‘hands on’ activities. Niamh believes that children will learn most through fun organised activities and making sure that their social and emotional development is a key focus, so that they are prepared for the changes that come with going to school.

    Niamh likes to focus on holistic development, ensuring that every child’s needs and differences are observed and respected in the programs she develops for their learning.

  • Valerie Aspill , Childcare Educator

    Valerie Aspill

    Originally from Ireland, Valerie holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. She has seven years experience in the industry. Valarie enjoys working across all ages. Valarie is passionate about play as a means of learning, forming friendships and developing key skills like the ability to negotiate, express ones needs and form meaningful connections.

  • Lisa Cameron, Childcare Educator

    Lisa Cameron

    Lisa Cameron holds a Diploma in Children's Services, which she obtained from Randwick TAFE in 2008. Lisa has been in the industry for over fourteen years. She has a strong belief in quality childcare and is passionate about watching children grow and develop. Lisa also believes the childcare environment should be a happy, safe and welcoming place. Lisa’s calm and caring nature is a key strength.

  • Emma Jackson, Childcare Educator

    Emma Jackson

    Emma has been in the childcare industry for industry for fourteen years. Her experience is in long daycare with a focus on working with children aged 2-5years. Emma has worked in the Randwick municipality for the duration of her career. More recently Emma’s work has focused on the 2-3-year age group, which is a real passion for her. Emma holds a Diploma in Children's Services, which she obtained from Randwick TAFE in 2006. Emma loves music and is almost always found singing a tune! Emma has a passion and enthusiasm for early education. She just loves watching children grow in confidence and seeing their strengths emerge.

  • Sarah Quinn, Childcare Educator

    Sarah Quinn

    Sarah is originally from Ireland, where she studied for two and a half years at the Liberties College, Dublin to obtain her Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education. Since moving to Australia, Sarah has completed a Degree in Early Childhood and Care 0-5 years at Randwick TAFE. Sarah regularly attends childcare related courses and seminars for continual training and development. Before her career at Kensington Castle, Sarah worked in the nannying industry for 9 years in Ireland, Spain and Australia. Caring for children has been a passion for Sarah since a young age. She believes that all children deserve a loving, nurturing, happy and fun environment in order to grow and succeed in their everyday life.

  • Vina Vendivil, Childcare Educator

    Vina Vendivil

    Vina is originally from the Philippines. She holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. Vina has a wonderfully calm persona, a contagious smile and an enthusiasm for working with 0-3 year olds. Vina loves art and craft and is a skilled in video production. Vina has produced many fantastic videos with the children for Kensington Castle. She also manages our social media pages.

  • Kirra Gregson, Childcare Educator

    Kirra Gregson

    Kirra holds a Bachelor of Psychology with first class Honours. This degree included the comprehensive study of personality development, socioemotional development, language acquisition, cognitive functioning, identity formation, behaviour management, and more. After completing this degree, Kirra conducted Applied Behavioural Analysis therapy. This therapy helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn communication skills and decrease difficult behaviour. She has also worked in the nannying industry and tutoring industry. She now also has her Certificate III in Children’s Services and is studying her Diploma. Kirra believes that all children are capable learners and she is passionate about making children feel safe, secure, and loved.

  • Janine Crawshaw, Childcare Educator

    Janine Crawshaw

    Originally from the UK, Janine holds a Diploma in Children’s services. She has over 10 years experience in the industry. Janine has gained experience in all aspects of early education, working with children of all age groups. Janine has specific experience in caring for children with complex health needs. Janine has also volunteered in Africa where she worked with children.

  • Alison Clark, External Music Provider

    Alison Clark

    Alison holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. Alison also has five children of her own! Alison runs a music program at the centre twice a week as well as at a local community space in Kensington. Alison loves music and firmly believes that music is a way of communicating, something we can share and that we feel connected when we move together in time with the beat of music, or through shared familiarity with the popular songs of childhood.

  • Alejandra Campa, Childcare Educator

    Alejandra Campa

    Ale comes from Mexico, where she worked as a graphic designer for over ten years with Mexico’s Indigenous communities. After she arrived in Australia Ale decided to pursue her dream to study teaching. Ale has now been in Australia for seven years and now has a Bachelor of  Early Childhood Education from Randwick TAFE. Ale believes in developing respectful, patient and kind relationships with children to support their sense of being. Ale believes in learning through play and, as an educator, also believes that each child learns in their own unique way which Ale works to support.

  • Ashleigh Rose, Childcare Educator

    Ashleigh Rose

    Ashleigh-Rose has been working as an Early Childhood Educator for 10 years and holds a Diploma from Randwick Tafe. She has had many years of experience working in the babies room and knows that the early years are so important for young children.   

    She strives to build and maintain relationships with children and families and believes that through these positive relationships, the best outcomes are achieved.  She has two young daughters of her own and has found that becoming a mother has given her even more knowledge of young babies. 

  • Joanna Alcantara, Childcare Educator

    Joanna Alcantara

    Joanna Alcantara: Childcare Educator Joanna holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. Joanna loves looking after children of all ages but especially enjoys working with the 0-2 and 2-3 year olds, where she has gained most of her experience. Joanna loves watching children grow and develop as she helps them through each of their age appropriate milestones.