Early Years

Ceri

Ceri

Early Intervention Key Worker / Support Coordinator

Ceri has a wealth of experience working in the field of education, disability and early childhood intervention. Over the last 10 years her genuine passion for early development has led her from primary education to early childhood development, developmental delay and disability. She is interested in how children learn through play and how early years learning is central to brain development in later life. Ceri is passionate about supporting families to reach their goals and has extensive knowledge about the supports available in the disability sector. She has experience working with the NDIS as well as with children and families in educational and community settings. She is a committed advocate of inclusivity and the right of every individual to exercise choice and control in their lives.

Hannah

Hannah

Occupational Therapist / Early Intervention Key Worker

Hannah is an Occupational Therapist who has experience working within the school, home and community settings. She has worked with children with a range of diagnoses. Hannah is passionate about supporting children within a family centred approach.She has a particular interest in supporting individuals with their development of social learning and emotional regulation. Hannah values building strong relationships with families and their supports to drive positive outcomes.

Jackie

Jackie

Early Intervention Key Worker / Support Coordinator

Jackie has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, and have extensive experience working as a Kindergarten Teacher and Educational Leader in a variety of early childhood settings over the past 13 years. During this time Jackie has developed a strong set of skills to support the varying needs of children and families, and established detailed understanding of early child development, working with vulnerable families, and the school transition process. Jackie recognises the importance of the family in a child’s learning and development, and is passionate about ensuring children and families feel involved and empowered.

Kelly

Kelly

Early Intervention Key Worker

Kelly has a Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and comes from a background of early childhood and therapeutic parenting support. Kelly is passionate about supporting families holistically and ensuring participants are accessing the supports they desire. Kelly enjoys working with families and being able to impact and see children’s developmental growth.

Michelle

Michelle

Early Intervention Key Worker / Group Facilitator

Michelle has over 10 years experience working in education, in Primary, Secondary and as a specialist Visual Art teacher. She is passionate about group based practices and the benefit participants get from social interactions with their peers. Michelle has an extensive knowledge and interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and is the facilitator of the primary school girls social group run through The Treehouse.

Michelle

Michelle

Early Intervention Key worker (Mildura)

Michelle has a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) and a Grad Dip in Education (Early Childhood). She has been an Early childhood teacher for 25 years, previously working in Melbourne before moving to Mildura where she has lived for the past 20 years. She is passionate about early childhood education and ensuring that all children and families are supported in their journey through this early educational experience in a positive and inclusive environment. Michelle is particularly attuned to children who face challenges in their life for various reasons like cultural diversity, family vulnerability, anxiety, trauma, developmental delay or disability. She works hard on how she can support the child’s inclusion and engagement within the program and how she can provide support to families in their home life and the wider community. Michelle is an avid reader of anything, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and generally relaxing on weekends.

Zac

Zac

Support Coordinator / Social Worker / Early Intervention Key Worker / Behavioural Support Practitioner

Zac is a qualified Social Worker, having obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from Deakin University in Geelong, and is an Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Zac has over seven years’ experience in human services; specifically, this has been in Out of Home Care, working with children who have experienced traumatic abuse, neglect or adverse experiences, providing direct therapeutic care, complex case management and intensive support to children, their families and their carers. In his last two years at his previous organisation, Zac trained and recruited new foster carers. Zac is the Convenor of the Barwon Social Work Practice Group, which provides networking and development opportunities to Social Workers across the Barwon Region. Zac has grown up with many family members who have disabilities, including two brothers on the Spectrum, and has seen the incredible outcomes that can be achieved with the right love, support and networks. Zac is excited to work with people to achieve their goals.