kathy-and-sophia-editedManager Curriculum and staff development – Kathy Patrick

Kathy Patrick has been working in the Early Education profession since 1998, after completing her Bachelor of teaching – the same year she became a mum. Since then she has worked as a Teacher, Casual Teacher and as a Director in a variety of Long Day Care Settings.

Kathy has been heavily involved as an advocate for children, families and the Early Education Sector in a variety of ways. She was part of the original development of the Transition to School Project with ICS and Wollongong City Council. Kathy was also involved in the push for 1:4 ratios for children under two. This was implemented through the new curriculum framework document that came out in 2012. She is currently involved with the “Quality Matters” campaign as the electoral convenor for Cunningham. This campaign is designed to increase recognition of the importance of Early Education in regards to children, families and the community, as well as professional recognition for educators in Early Learning sector. Kathy is also a Joey Scout Leader at her local Scout Group.

In 2009 she came to Boombalee Kidz to work as a teacher in the Pre-School Room. Kathy now works as the Manager of Curriculum and Staff Development. Researching different practices, ideas, theories, resources, training, conferences, in-services, and providing this information to the centres for them to incorporate into their curriculum. Her role involves visiting the centres regularly , participating in the day and then going back to her office to find the best ways to support the educators to provide a great curriculum. Kathy has recently completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in order to provide greater training opportunities for the Educators working at all of our centres.

Next year Kathy is heading back to University to begin her Master of Education – Early Years.


Centre Director – Melanie Allert

Melanie began her career in childcare in 2001 as a childcare assistant and progressed to become an assistant director. She then took on the role of Co coordinator at Wollongong Lollipop kidz which she has held for two years. She has progressively furthered her education and experience by a completing a Diploma of Children’s Services and a Diploma of Out of School Hours care. She has also completed a wide range of workshops and training including firefighting, self defense, presenting creative experiences to children, managing children’s behaviour, and responding to risk of harm. She has also completed Occupational Health and Safety representative training and had been an active committee member for many years. Melanie is currently studying a Diploma of Management.
“I enjoy supporting and inspiring children to reach their fullest potential and becoming a part of their lives”


Supervisor – Tania Veleski

10 years industry experience, Diploma of childrens services

I have worked in the child care industry since 2002 and have been working with ‘kidzcare’ organization since 2007. Over the years I have developed my skills by studying a Diploma in children’s services and attending professional development courses.

I have been the nominated supervisor at the centre but after returning from maternity leave in 2012, I enjoy working part time and being back in the room with the children. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my daughter and husband.

I find working in the childcare industry to be a satisfying and rewarding career. As an educator, I am able to watch children grow and develop through their early learning years.