The Preschool Team

The Preschool Team

We believe that our staff are our greatest asset. We are proud that our staff are very experienced and that we have a higher staff : child ratio than required and a higher number of qualified staff than required by the National Regulations and Quality Standards.

Introducing our current preschool team that “champion” the children every day.

Director / Nominated Supervisor / Educational Leader

Ariane Simon – M. Ed, B.Ed. (ECE), Dip Teach, (ECE) MCAE, Diploma of Management. (1.)


Early Childhood Teachers / Certified Supervisors / ’Responsible Person’

 Julie Creasey – B.Ed (ECE). Macquarie, NNEB (PT). (1)

Amanda Hirst – B.A.QUT, Dip Teach, SKTC. (1)

Yvette Karwaj – B.Ed (ECE), Dip Teach (ECE) (PT). (1)


Child Care Educators

Paula Honeyman – Diploma in Children’s Services. ‘Responsible Person’

Carmel Watson – Cert III Children’s Services (PT). ‘Responsible Person’

Lee Eagleton – Cert III in Children’s Services (PT)

Rebecca Downing – Studying Degree in Early Childhood Education (PT)

Libby Kirk – Diploma of Teaching ECE, SKTC (PT)

Hanae Bansemer Diploma in Children’s Services (PT)

Vicky Sun Diploma in Children’s Services (PT)


Office Administration Team 

Enza PeltonenOffice Manager

Natalie StewartAdmin support

Julie CreaseyAdmin support

Inclusion Support Team

 Ariane Simon – Coodinator

Allison WatsonBachelor of Social Work, Behaviour Therapist (30 years experience in Early intervention and family support)

Amanda Buzacott – B.Ed. ECE – Special Education. (1)


Emily Bolster – (Studying Diploma in Children’s Services)

Vanessa Daniels – (Studying Cert 3 in Children’s Services)

Relief Staff

Where possible we try to use our part time staff as relief staff to ensure continuity for the children and understanding of the philosophy, policies and procedures of St Stephen’s.


  • All permanent staff have current first aid certificates with training in Anaphylaxis and Asthma management.
  • Our Certified Supervisors also have current Child Protection training as required under the National Regulation.
  • Responsible Person = staff members that are certified by DEC as “responsible” people in the absence of the Nominated Supervisor.
  • (1)  = Accredited Teacher with NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority)
  • (PT) = Part Time