Educators

Sue Wilkinson

Hi there, I’m Sue Wilkinson and I am your Director / Teacher.

My real name is Susan, but I only get called that when I’m in trouble!

I have an adult son, Daniel & his partner Hayley.

They have 2 beautiful children, nine year old ~ Luci and seven year old ~ Nate.

Now, a little work place history, I became involved in childcare when I enrolled Daniel at Wickham KU Children’s Service Preschool. I accepted a position on the Parent Management Committee to assist with the fundraising activities; also parents were needed to volunteer for the kitchen roster. It was during that year, 1993, when the Director offered me part-time work, which involved working with children with additional needs.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with children in the Early Childhood environment.

An Un-trained childcare worker position was advertised at Merewether KU Children’s Services (1985), I applied and successfully gained that position. It was during that time when I received encouragement to consider ‘The Certificate of Child Care Studies’ course at TAFE.

I undertook that study commitment over 4 years part-time (1987-1990), maintained my employment with KU Children’s, not to mention time with my family and believe it or not I actually survived.

Once this milestone was achieved, I decided to extend and develop my professional career further. I enrolled as a mature age student at the University of Newcastle in the Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood course. This time I decided to study full-time and I resigned from work. My studies were completed in November 1993. For the next 6 months I worked casual for the Department of School Education and a variety of Early Childhood Centres.

On the 13th April 1994, I was one very happy teacher, I started my new job as the Director / Teacher of Edgeworth Childcare Centre, but little did I know about the ups and downs involved in this job. The good news though is that after 23 years at this job, I still enjoy working with young children and their families, and over the years I have flourished and participated in the many, many changes that have occurred at Edgeworth Child Care Centre. Your children are all little treasures, who make my day with their honesty and achievements as they grow and develop during their time at Edgeworth Child Care Centre.

Please note that my working hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8.00am to 5.30pm.

Belinda Archer

Hi I'm Belinda and I have worked here at Edgeworth Child Care Centre for approximately 7 years. I am currently the Room Leader of the Early Learner's Room and have been a trained Educator for the past 21 years in various roles, including a Support Worker for children with additional needs. Personally I am the proud mother of two wonderful boys who I love to spend time with. During my career in child care I have developed strong interests. These include the benefits of messy / sensory play for young children, music acting as a holistic tool to use in child care, and creating an environment that nurtures a positive self-identity.

Tracy McEwan

Hi, my name is Tracy McEwan. I am an Educator in the Early Learners room. I have worked at ECCC for almost 9 years. I have a passion for art and watching the children express and create their thoughts and feelings. I research and implement musical experiences and broaden the children's interest in music. I have an interest in children with additional needs and find it very rewarding watching children achieving their potential. Outside of work I love the outdoors and being out on my boat with my family. I enjoy travelling and experiencing other cultures. Having a laugh and a chat with friends and cooking up a storm in the kitchen. I look forward to working with you and your family.

Emma Millett

My name is Emma and I have been working at Edgeworth Child Care Centre for the past seven years.  I completed my Certificate 3 in Children's Services then continued my studies to attain my Diploma in Children's Services through TAFE.  I am currently room leader in the Preschool Room.  I have a passion supporting children in their precious first years of learning .  I take pride in building relationships with both the children and their families.  I believe families are a vital part in bridging the gap between home and childcare.  In my spare time I like spending time with my family and friends, catching up on movies and TV shows and going out for coffee.

Linda Duke

Hi, my name is Linda Duke. I am 2IC and Room Leader of the Pre-School Room. I have worked at ECCC for almost eight years and I have worked in the Early Childhood profession for the past 21 years. Being an early childhood educator has been my dream since I was 15 and I have to say it still is my absolute passion. Watching children grow, learn and being able to work with families in partnership to provide the best start for their children's educational journey makes this job the best in the world. Being a wife and a mum as well as being an educator makes my world almost complete. The last piece of my world is my absolute obsession with the Mighty Newcastle Knights. I look forward to working with you and your families.

Sam North

Hi, I'm Sam. I recently joined Edgeworth Child Care Centre at the end of 2016. I moved to Newcastle in June 2016 all the way from Manchester, England. I have always worked in childcare since leaving school, and gained my Diploma in Children’s Services equivalent about 16 years ago. I have 2 children of my own and our hobbies include camping, fishing and exploring this new beautiful country every chance we get. I also enjoy yoga and its benefits and have recently begun practicing this with the children in the Preschool room. I believe that all children deserve a safe, caring, and fun environment in which to develop and grow, which is why I am glad to part of this wonderful team.

Steph Clarkson

I have worked at the centre going on 14 years. My passion is finding recipes that reflect the children's likes and needs, being inventive and implementing new ideas. I am married to John for 46 years and have 2 children, 6 beautiful grandchildren and love having my family together. I enjoy going to the movies with my friends and love to travel.

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