Our Team

Jayne

Hello everyone, My name is Jayne Bray and I am so pleased to be the Director of our beautiful centre, Bay Explorers. I am married with one son and a “Nanni” to two beautiful girls. Like all parents, family is so very important to me and I love spending time with my son and his family.

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Bay Explorers Staff

Of the many things I enjoy in my life, travelling, visiting different countries and experiencing the many cultures, gives me such a great pleasure. I have visited many special places with my husband and in 2011, I was given the opportunity to teach in China for 12 months and returned in 2012. This was an amazing experience for me and because of this, I have developed a great love of this country, its’ people and of course the beautiful children. I have returned to China for a holiday since then and loved every minute of this fascinating country.

Professionally, after having gained a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services, I wanted to further my studies to pursue my chosen career of Early Childhood Care and Education. I hold a very strong passion for early childhood and in 2009, I graduated from the University of Southern Queensland where I obtained a Bachelor of Early Childhood. This has given me an extensive knowledge of child development, early childhood programs and a true understanding of quality education and its delivery. It has also enabled me to support educators in their educational practices. I also hold a Certificate IV and Diploma in Training and Assessment.

I am an advocate for giving young children “Choices” and guiding them in their choices to assist their development of socially acceptable interactions, problem solving, healthy lifestyles and a love of learning through discovery - foundational skills for a happy and successful life.

I look forward to working with Sandi and the team at Bay Explorers and to meeting each one of you and getting to know your lovely children.

Kylie

Hello my name is Kylie and I am employed as the Kindergarten Teacher at Bay Explorers Early Learning Centre. I am originally from New Zealand, however have spent time in Sydney, before making the move north to this beautiful city.

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Bay Explorers Staff - kylie
Bay Explorers Staff - kylie

I am qualified with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) and currently completing my Master of Early Childhood Education. I have also obtained my Supervisor Certificate, Senior First Aid, Asthma and Anaphylaxis and Teacher Registration. I have been working in the industry for 7 years now either in a teaching or supervisor role, gaining valuable experience and knowledge along the way.

I value the importance of building strong relationships with children and their families and aim to incorporate this into the program at each opportunity. I believe all children should have the chance to thrive in a welcoming environment that values the preciousness of early childhood and supports learning and development in all areas.

I believe all children have the right to be acknowledged for who they are and what they can contribute to their learning environment. Therefore, following children's interest and listening to children's voices is incorporated into the program on a daily basis through meaningful interactions and experiences.

I am a strong advocate for early childhood education and know the importance of this for all children and their educational journey through life. Therefore, children are given opportunities to investigate and nurture their growth through specifically designed play based programs, catering to their individual needs.

I am excited to be working as part of the Bay Explorers team and look forward to getting to know all the children and their families.

Lia

My name is Lia, I am Lead Educator in the nursery. I have been in the industry for 11 years and have my Advanced Diploma in Children's Services. I have two grown-up sons whom I am very proud of.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Lia
Bay Explorers Staff - Lia

I am fun loving and passionate about children, I love watching them grow and develop from the nursery to the pre-school room. I provide a caring, loving, and happy environment for the babies, yet also stimulating and challenging. The Bay Explorers nursery is safe and secure for the children to explore the indoor and outdoor environments.

I believe in supporting our families and encouraging your feedback to enhance and promote our children's development.

I am very excited to be part of the Bay Explorers family and look forward to meeting all the parents and extended family members.

Allison

Hi. My name is Allison. I’m new to the Bay Explorers team. I have been privileged to be given the Assistant Educator role in Kindergarten. I have enjoyed all age groups in childcare in the last eight years, but I'm especially excited to be working with the Kindy children.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Allison
Bay Explorers Staff - Allison

I am a mother of grown children and soon to be a grandmother. I am a passionate gardener, health nut and bush walker who enjoys bringing fun to education. I have an Italian background and embrace all cultures; even trying to learn Japanese, Spanish and Mandarin. I love our Reggio Emilio approach of a natural environment and resources and the fabulous people I get to do life with!!

Bianca

My name is Bianca Macpherson. I am employed by Bay Explorers Deception Bay as Assistant Educator in the Nursery. I have been in the childcare industry for 8.5 years, working with various ages, but I adore the babies. I love watching and helping them grow, learn and develop into the interesting little people they become. I believe childcare should be fun and play based and I love coming to work everyday to see my little friends.

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Bay Explorers Staff - bianca
Bay Explorers Staff - bianca

I am mum to my 12 year old son who is my world. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my son whether it be a day at the beach, a bike ride, movie or exploring new places. I’m originally from New Zealand, and like to go back for holidays to see family and friends.

I look forward to meeting all the new families and children at Bay Explorers.

Chris

Hi, my name is Chris Saldez. My family and I recently moved from Hervey Bay back to North Brisbane after being away for four and a half years and it’s great to be back home. I am lucky to be a proud father of three children, two boys and a girl aged 14, 12 and 10. They all share my passion for basketball, my two boys are Division 1 players for North Lakes Hawks and also play up an age division and my daughters’ team is currently undefeated. Basketball has always been a big part of my life - whether it’s playing, coaching or administrating - it has always been a great way of breaking down barriers and meeting new people as well as having fun.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Chris
Bay Explorers Staff - Chris

I have an extensive employment background as a chef with 16 years industry experience in numerous styles of busy venues from 300 seat bistros, seafood restaurants, upmarket cafes and Italian restaurants. This has allowed me the opportunity to gain vast food knowledge in different styles of service from catering for large weddings, school camps and busy pub menus to fine dining a la carte venues.

Bay Explorers Deception Bay has given me a great opportunity to have an important and rewarding role that also allows a great work life balance and offers a chance for me to demonstrate my passion for delivering delicious and healthy meal options for very small but tough customers, and as a parent I know we all can relate to the struggles of getting kids to eat the healthy options.

My goal is to create a series of interchangeable menus, catering for all special requirements and highly influenced by healthy eating options that challenge what people believe kids want to eat, taking childcare meals to a whole other level.

Jasmine

Hello families my name is Jasmine and my job throughout Bay Explorers is to support the Educators throughout each room. This is great because it allows me to get to know all the children around the centre. I have my Cert III in Children's Services and am very passionate about the early years and what that means for children’s development. In the near future I will be studying my Diploma in Children’s Services.

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Bay Explorers Staff - jasmine

In my spare time I like to travel up and down the coast and when I can I like to spend time with my younger siblings, and spend some quality time with my partner, Scott! We are both volunteers at the SES and this enables us to help people in need and gain some great experience out in the local community. I am currently a children’s Sunday school teacher which is a very rewarding job as it allows me to pass on my knowledge to other people in my community. I was a play group leader at the church and this allowed me to gain experience with children aged from 6 weeks to 4 years old. My past experiences around children has laid down the foundations for my career in early childhood. I love spending time with children and I have come from a family of 7 siblings and growing up I spent a lot of my time looking after them. I am very passionate about the early years and look forward to meeting you all.

Kirstie

I’d like to share a little information about me. I am the Assistant Educator in the Toddler room. I have worked in childcare for 5 years and have always enjoyed engaging with all ages. I have a passion for childcare because I believe children's younger years are very important as they grow and develop.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Kristie
Bay Explorers Staff - Kristie

I am a mother of two beautiful girls, Harper and Indee. Both of my girls are lucky enough to be attending Bay Explorers. Becoming a mother is my proudest joy in life.

I am engaged to my partner Jamie. We have been together for 5 years and we plan to get married in October 2016.

I am very excited to be working at Bay Explorers. I look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Leanne

My name is Leanne, I am the proud mother of two young children. Together we enjoy trips to the park and spending time with family and friends.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Leanne

I hold a diploma in Children’s Services and have been caring for children since 2001. I have a passion for working with children and believe in providing professional care while offering unique, consistent and flexible programs to meet individual needs. I’ve been enjoying meeting all of the families and getting to know the lovely children at Bay Explorers.

Madison

My name is Miss Madison and I am new to Bay Explorers. I’m currently the Educational Leader and the Lead Educator in the Junior Kindy room. I am enjoying my time here and love all the wonderful children and families that I have met so far and am beginning to grow wonderful bonds with.

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Bay Explorers Staff - madison

I have my Diploma of Early Education and Care and I am currently studying my Cert IV in Training and Assessment and am going to be doing my Bachelor of Early Education and Care in the New Year. I am very passionate about early childhood and am a big believer that children absorb the most learning in the ages from birth to five years.

I have a small family which consists of myself and my fiancé Joel, our two dogs, Halo and Harlem and our two cats, Harmony and Henley. On the weekends we enjoy spending time with our animals and going on adventures together. We love riding our motorbikes together and taking the dogs to the beach. We love having movie marathons and snuggling on the couch on rainy days.

I love music, singing and dance and did a lot of music, drama, dance and HPE in school. I love being active with the children on their level, making them feel comfortable with me as I engage in their play.

Thank you and I look forward to meeting you all.

May

My name is Miss May, I’m the Assistant Educator in the Senior Kindy room. I’m married and also a proud mother of a 12 year old son named Bailey, who is my absolute pride and joy.

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Bay Explorers Staff - May

Working in the childcare industry is something I have wanted to do all my life, and I am lucky enough to get to fulfil my dream each day by providing the care and support to help children develop their skills and their personalities.

I aim to be a good role model, provide quality care and further my knowledge and skills anywhere I can.

I am very excited to be part of the Bay Explorers family and look forward to meeting all the parents and sharing this journey with you and your family.

Mel

Hi. My name is Melinda and most people call me Mel.
I have been in the industry for just over fourteen years, and in this time I have worked with children from six weeks through to school age. I am a creative person, so I enjoy also being creative with the children. I enjoy messy and sensory play, and getting right into the fun alongside our lovely children. In the past I have created coloured spaghetti/noodles, encouraged fun with shaving cream, cake mixture and icing sugar, coloured water, and even jelly. That’s just the beginning of how we love to get messy with play at Bay Explorers.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Mel
Bay Explorers Staff - Mel

In my personal time I enjoy writing, going to the movies, creating computer graphics, watching my favourite television shows, and listening to music. I am interested in a wide variety of music, some of which you will hear in the room when you pick up your child. I also am a huge convention fan, and I attend many Supanova Pop Culture Expos, and have started attending Oz Comic Con in Brisbane. I love meeting my favourite tv show and movie actors. I also own an Australian Silky/Maltese dog by the name of Betsy, and she will be eleven years old soon.

I look forward to meeting you all, and getting to know you and your child in the room. Feel free to come and say hi.

Miss Melinda/Mel

Rebecca

Hello my name is Rebecca Anderson. I am an Assistant Educator at Bay Explorers. I have been in the childcare industry for a little over 5 years and wouldn’t change it for the world. I have my Certificate 3 in Children’s Services, I also have my first aid, CPR and anaphylaxis. I am currently studying my Diploma in Children's services.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Rebecca
Bay Explorers Staff - Rebecca

I am the middle child in my family as I have 1 older sister and 1 younger sister. In my spare time I enjoying watching my partner play sports, and spending time with my animals. My partner and I have just purchased our first house at the beginning of this year in February.

It is my aim to provide a happy, healthy, safe and nurturing environment for the children to safely explore and also enjoy their time at Bay Explorers. I love working with our families and getting to know everyone.

Sarah

Hi my name is Sarah and I am the assistant educator in the nursery. I am a mum of one and love working at Bay Explorers and feel safe and happy knowing my little boy is in great hands here too! I have worked with children for many years starting with teaching dance when I was a child myself. Over the years I have taught dance to children as young as 2, all the way to adults, and gradually I found my way back to the younger years as this is where I believe I belong. I now hold my Diploma in Children's Services and love working with the babies.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Sarah
Bay Explorers Staff - Sarah

My husband and I moved to Australia from the UK in 2010, first living in the Sunshine Coast and now in North Lakes. I love it here and feel blessed to have the opportunity to move to such a beautiful country. Since moving here we have married, bought a house and had a lovely little boy whom I treasure most in the world.

I feel so lucky to be working in such a fantastic centre and look forward to getting to know all our families and helping the children grow.

Sharon

Hi my name is Sharon and I am an Assistant Educator at Bay Explorers. I have been working in the industry for 4 years working both in Sarina and in Brisbane. I have experience in working across all rooms as Lead Educator and Assistant Educator both at childcare centres and at a private kindergarten. I completed my certificate III in Children Services in 2011 and then started studying my Diploma in Children Services but decided to put that on hold to start a family.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Sharon
Bay Explorers Staff - Sharon

My husband Ken and I have a very energetic toddler by the name of Matthew, whom we absolutely adore. We like spending time with our families and friends and taking Matthew out to the different parks in the area.

At Bay Explorers I am very fortunate to work with a great team of Educators building strong, trusting relationships with both the children and their families. My goal now is to become an Early Childhood teacher and this year I have started studying the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) through QUT at the Caboolture Campus.

Talitha

Hello I am Miss Talitha the Assistant Educator for the Junior Kindy room. I am currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Bay Explorers Staff - Talitha

I love working with children because it’s beautiful to watch them grow, learn, play and develop. They’re also pretty funny and always have me laughing. I love working at Bay Explorers, the team is fantastic and the support that is given to everyone - staff and children - is amazing.

In my spare time I am a book nerd and read a lot of adventure and fantasy books. I love animals and have two dogs and two cats. I have a very close family so my weekends are usually full of catching up with them and spending time with my friends.